Clinical Teaching Associates

What are Clinical Teaching Associates?

Clinical Teaching Associates (CTAs) are trained to teach students how to perform sensitive exams, including chest, gynecological, and urogenital exams. CTAs use their own bodies to teach these skills.

Examinations are conducted by a small group of students overseen by a physician tutor. During these sessions, the CTA helps the students develop a comfortable, sensitive communication style and the techniques required to ensure a safe and effective exam. CTAs will participate in two or three exams per teaching session. Strict public health protocols are in place to keep CTAs, students, and tutors safe.

Frequently asked questions

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

CTAs 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.

CTAs will become confident and certified 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.

Combined chest and gynecological exams occur in the fall term, from September – October. We run six of these exam sessions during the term. There are additional exam sessions in the winter tern, from January – April. Sessions normally take place on Thursdays, but not always. We schedule participating CTAs for up to six sessions.

Urogenital exams occur in the winter term, from January – April. We run two of these exam sessions during the term. Sessions normally take place on Tuesdays, but not always. We schedule participating CTAs for up to two sessions.

CTA work requires a degree of flexible availability during the day.

Yes. It is important that CTAs work with students of all genders 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. IMP faculty and students are bound by the Canadian Medical Association Code of Ethics, so all participant information is kept in the strictest of confidence.

All sessions are held in the Coronation Annex at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

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