Clinical Teaching Associates

Under the guidance of a physician, Clinical Teaching Associates train students how to perform sensitive exams, including:

  • pelvic and breast exams on females, and
  • urogenital exams—involving the penis, scrotum, rectum, prostate, and inguinal region—on males.

Clinical Teaching Associates use their own bodies to teach a small group of students how to develop a comfortable, sensitive communication style and techniques to ensure a safe and effective exam.

Clinical Teaching Associates must have strong communication skills and have a high degree of comfort with their bodies, since these examinations are intimate and may at times involve mild physical discomfort. Clinical Teaching Associates need to learn related anatomy, medical terminology, exam technique, interpersonal communication skills, and how to provide effective feedback.

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

Clinical Teaching Associates will become confident and certified through an intensive training session, which covers anatomy, medical terminology, physician-patient communication, and physical exam skills. It will include team-building exercises, large- and small-group workshops, and hands-on curriculum practice using task trainers.

Female Clinical Teaching Associates exams occur in the fall term, from September to October. We run four sessions during this time.

Male Clinical Teaching Associates exams occur in the fall term, from October to November. We run four sessions during this time.

Sessions currently occur on Tuesday or Thursday mornings, but Clinical Teaching Associates should have flexibility in their schedules.

Yes. It is important that Clinical Teaching Associates work with male and female students on their technique and communication skills to ensure they deliver a safe and respectful examination.

Please let us know immediately. Your well-being and privacy is a top priority. SMP faculty and students are bound by the Canadian Medical Association Code of Ethics, therefore your information is kept within the strictest of confidence.

All sessions take place at the Clinical Academic Campus at Kelowna General Hospital. Our office is located on the second floor at 2312 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC. Public parking is available in the parkade directly attached to the Clinical Academic Campus (on Rose Avenue).

Clinical Teaching Associates will receive a stipend for participating in the exam sessions. Financial remuneration is also provided for the training sessions.

How can I apply?

Please contact Frank Takacs, Patient Programs Supervisor at smp.volunteer@ubc.ca or 250.980.1329.