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    Female Clinical Teaching Associates

    The Island Medical Program (IMP) is looking to train Female Clinical Teaching Associates (FCTAs) to help teach second-year medical students how to perform effective, respectful gynecological and breast exams.

    FCTAs play an important role in the education of tomorrow’s doctors – specifically, they provide medical students the opportunity to practice pelvic and breast exams in a supportive, safe learning environment. FCTAs are trained as both instructor and knowledgeable patient during these sensitive physical examinations.

    Examinations are conducted by a small group of students accompanied by a physician tutor. During these sessions, the FCTA helps the students develop a comfortable, sensitive communication style and the techniques required to ensure a safe and effective exam. FCTAs will participate in two or three exams per teaching session.

    FCTAs must be able to participate in a supportive and highly professional manner to help medical students meet their learning objectives, which include all aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication, as well as clinical and medical techniques, to ensure patient comfort.

    Females interested in training as FCTAs must have a high degree of comfort with their bodies, since these examinations are intimate and may at times involve mild physical discomfort. Suitable candidates must learn related anatomy, medical terminology, and exam techniques; have strong interpersonal communication skills; and provide effective feedback.

    1) What kind of training will I receive?

    You will become a confident and certified FCTA through the IMP’s intensive training session, which covers anatomy, medical terminology, physician-patient communication, and physical exam skills. It involves team building exercises, large- and small-group workshops, and hands-on curriculum practice using task trainers.

    2) Will I be examined by both male and female students?

    Yes. It is important that FCTAs work with both male and female students on their technique and communication skills to ensure they deliver a safe and respectful examination, regardless of their gender.

    3) What if I’m not feeling comfortable at any point?

    Please let us know immediately. Your well-being is a priority, as is your privacy, which is why IMP’s faculty and students are bound by the Canadian Medical Association Code of Ethics. All participant information is kept in the strictest of confidence.

    4) When and where will I be needed?

    All sessions are held at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Coronation Annex, IMP Clinical Academic Campus. Physical exams occur in the fall term (September - October). An FCTA must have a flexible schedule to accommodate morning sessions.

    5) Will I be paid?

    FCTAs receive a stipend for participating in the exam sessions. Financial remuneration is also provided for the training sessions.

    6) Who to contact?

    If you are interested in becoming a clinical teaching associate, please use our application form, or contact:

    Karen Basi
    Patient Programs Coordinator, Island Medical Program
    karenpri@uvic.ca
    250-370-8111 ext: 12386


    Male Clinical Teaching Associates

    Male Clinical Teaching Associates (MCTA) are trained to teach students how to perform sensitive urogenital exams.

    Healthy men with an interest in men’s health are required. MCTAs are trained by physicians to undertake the role of both instructor and knowledgeable patient during personal physical examinations.

    MCTAs provide medical students critical opportunities to practice performing urogenital exams in small groups, in a highly supportive learning environment. During these sessions, MCTAs provide guidance and immediate feedback as the student examines the genitourinary area including the penis, scrotum, rectum, prostate and inguinal region. MCTAs will guide and undergo 2 or 3 exams per teaching session.

    1) What kinds of skills must MCTAs have?

    MCTAs are good communicators, and must have a high degree of comfort with their bodies and with physical examination that is intimate, invasive and may be mildly uncomfortable at times. Suitable candidates must be able to learn related anatomy, medical terminology, exam technique, interpersonal communication skills, and how to provide effective feedback. FCTAs must be able to participate in a supportive and highly professional manner to help medical students meet their learning objectives.

    2) How often are MCTAs needed?

    Physical exams occur in the winter of each academic year (January-April). The sessions typically run on Thursday mornings. MCTAs must be flexible in their hours to accommodate these session times. MCTAs are not necessarily scheduled each Thursday during the fall or winter but could be scheduled for up to 8 sessions a year.

    3) What kind of training do MCTAs receive?

    MCTAs become confident and certified through IMP’s intensive training session which will cover anatomy, terminology, physician-patient communication and physical exam skills.  It will involve team building exercises, reviewing the MCTA script and curriculum practice using task trainers. 

    4) Would I get paid?

    MCTAs receive an honorarium for their participation. Financial remuneration is also provided for training sessions.

    5) How do I apply?

    If you are interested in becoming a clinical teaching associate, please use our application form, or contact:

    Karen Basi
    Patient Programs Coordinator, Island Medical Program
    karenpri@uvic.ca
    250-370-8111 ext: 12386


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