I have Alotta Thoughts about doctors being forced to use preferred names and pronouns for their patients.

This video is in response to a National Post article about a doctor who was suspended for three months for refusing to use a patient’s preferred pronouns.

Article: https://nationalpost.com/news/montreal-doctor-suspended-for-three-months-after-argument-over-patients-pronouns

…and the article stuck out to me because I once had to face transition conversations with my doctor (spoiler alert, my story played out very differently). You can find that article on my profile below this post.

From what’s written, I believe the doctor has not done an ideal job of caring for their patient’s psychological state, but I also wonder if the patient is respecting their doctor as a clinician making a professional medical judgement—or instead viewing them as a hormone dispensary.

What so important to understand is why the doctor refused to use the desired pronouns of their patient. Was this a matter of the doctor, in their professional judgement, sincerely believing that this particular patient, at that particular moment, needed a dose of cold hard truth? Or was the doctor nailed to the floor on their personal beliefs on how society has begun handling gender and decided not to entertain the possibility that their client needed some real support in gender matters?

I’m not clear whether that’s the analysis the medical review board undertook when analyzing this case, but that’s the review I hope they would have taken. I know a TON of psychotherapists who work with transgender individuals and the best ones by far are the ones who recognize that they need to work alongside their patients to understand the complexity of their patient’s mental state, to empathize with where their patients are at in whatever struggles they are facing, and who vary their approach based on their client’s needs.

Julia Malott

Julia Malott is a Canadian based transgender individual who advocates for bridging the gap between diverse viewpoints on gender identity and ideology. Julia is the host of Alotta Thoughts Podcast which features bi-weekly long form discussions exploring the complexity of sex and gender.

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Julia Malott

Julia Malott is a Canadian based transgender individual who advocates for bridging the gap between diverse viewpoints on gender identity and ideology. Julia is the host of Alotta Thoughts Podcast which features bi-weekly long form discussions exploring the complexity of sex and gender.