The role of the Standardized Patient
Standardized Patients (SPs) are highly-trained actors that simulate the concerns of a medical patient. These actors are assigned different profiles of all ages, races, sexual orientation, and gender identity with specific medical histories and problems. It is the role of the medical student to interact with the SPs to develop a diagnosis or next step for that patient. After the simulation, both the SP and student evaluate the experience.
SPs are used in medical schools all over the country and are considered an invaluable part of the learning experience for medical students. It is critical that SPs are well-trained, excellent communicators, and professional at all times.
Gynecological/Male Urological Teaching Associates (GTA/MUTAs)
Gynecological/Male Urological Teaching Associates (GTA/MUTAs) are similar to SPs but specialize in training medical students about accurate pelvic, rectal and/or breast examination techniques. Given the sensitive nature of these subjects, it is vital that medical students have practice and training in communicating with these types of patients. If you are interested in becoming a GTA/MUTA, please Contact Us.