The Standardized Patient Program (SPP) now includes new creative and innovative approaches to the medical student and other healthcare curriculums. 

Gynecological Teaching Associates (GTAs) are women who are specifically trained to teach the “sensitive exam” assess and provide feedback to learners about accurate pelvic, and/or breast examination techniques. A GTA uses their body to guide students through the entire process of performing a thorough pelvic exam: a visual exam (checking for any lumps or bumps), a speculum exam, and a bi-manual exam. The GTAs coach medical students on their clinical skills and give “hands on” instruction, as well as comments on technique, language, and overall approach. They also address the communication skills needed to provide a comfortable exam in a standardized manner, while using their bodies as teaching tools in a supportive, non-threatening environment.

Male Urogenital Teaching Associates (MUTAs) are men who are specially trained to teach, assess, and provide feedback to learners about accurate urogenital and rectal examination techniques. A MUTA will address the communication skills needed to provide a comfortable exam in a standardized manner, while using their bodies as teaching tools in a supportive, non-threatening environment. MUTAs teach the proper technique for performing the urogenital exam, including external and internal inspection and palpation. Urological exam procedures to include palpation for lymph nodes, hernias, and examination of the scrotum, testicles, penis, and rectum (Prostate), and breast. MUTAs will guide the student through the learning process while each learner performs the urologic exam on the MUTA’s body. 

We are recruiting people who are healthy—both mentally and physically—to handle this work. It can be draining and sometimes difficult to endure. However, there are compelling reasons why people get involved. Some view it as a form of public service. Others want to work within the medical field, or enjoy the teaching aspect. There are also those who regard GTA and MUTA work as a form of activism, promoting sex-positive health care. 

You will become confident and certified through our intensive training session. As always at CMU College of Medicine, professionalism and dependability are also essential. GTAs and MUTAs provide a unique opportunity to be involved in shaping the medical education of tomorrow’s physicians and health professionals. 

For more information, please visit our website (about us/community involvement/standardized patient program): med.cmich.edu​ 

If you are interested in becoming a Gynecological Teaching Associate (GTA) or a Male Urological Teaching Associate (MUTA) please contact us at (989) 774-1633.