Clinical Teaching Associates

Clinical teaching Associates are commonly referred to as CTA’s.  Male (MCTA’s) and female(FCTA’s) are men and women who receive special training to teach students how to approach sensitive physical exams such as, male urogenital and prostate exams and female breast and pelvic exams, in a sensitive and professional manner. CTA’s must be willing to be both the patient and the instructor at the same time as you will undergo these exams while you are teaching. While these sessions are overseen by a physician tutor, we empower our CTA’s to be in control of their bodies and their student interactions at all times during the CTA sessions.

What kind of skills must CTA’s have?

CTA’s must be able to meet their training requirements, participate in a supportive environment, and be able to help our medical students meet their learning objectives. Individuals who are chosen to become CTA’s must have good communication skills and a high degree of professionalism.  It is also important that they have all of the necessary anatomy and that they are comfortable with their bodies.

How much and what type of training will I receive?

The amount of training varies depending on the individual CTA’s needs. A new CTA is not expected to participate in a session until they are feeling comfortable and prepared.

CTA’s will receive training for related anatomy and medical terminology, inter-personal and professional communication, physical exam skills, and how to give safe and effective feedback to a learner.

How often are CTA’s needed and is there remuneration?

CTA sessions are sporadic, occur during the weekday and can take place in both the fall and spring terms and it is essential that CTA’s are reliable and have flexible schedules.

CTA’s receive financial remuneration for both the training and participation in the exam sessions.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about becoming a CTA, please contact us.

Katherine Dewijn
Patient Programs Supervisor