As part of the curriculum learners must practice Ob/GYN examination skills. Gynecological Teaching Associates (GTAs) are individuals who are specially trained to utilize their own body as a teaching tool allowing learners to practice pelvic, rectal and breast / chest examination techniques in a supportive, non-threatening environment. They also address the communication skills needed to provide a comfortable exam, in a standardized manner.
Allow students to learn proper technique for performing the breast / chest exam, including inspection and palpation. GTA\u2019s will guide the student through the learning process while each learner performs the breast / chest exam on the GTA\u2019s body.
Allow students to learn proper technique for performing the pelvic exam, including external and internal inspection and palpation. Gynecological exam procedures to include palpation for lymph nodes, vaginal speculum exam, bi-manual exam, recto-vaginal exam. GTAs will guide the student through the learning process while each learner performs the pelvic exam on the GTA\u2019s body.
Provide learners feedback on proper integrated technique for sensitive interactive communication and relaxation before, during, and after the physical examination.
Provide support and feedback to learners, to maximize the learning experience and build learner confidence.
Deliver feedback to learners in a constructive fashion.
Participate in small group demonstrations of the exam, as required.
Maintain standardized instructional curriculum and teaching format.
Assist in the training and development of other GTAs, as needed.
Note: Teaching may be performed with individual learners or small groups of learners (no more than 5). Instructional formats may include independent teaching or partnered teaching with a clinical preceptor or other GTA.
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