The International GTA MUTA Association (IGMA) is hosting it’s first international conference, Voices of Success: Global Partnerships Creating Excellence in Health Care Through GTA/MUTA Education. IGMA is the only organization dedicated solely to GTA MUTA methodology and while we are still in our infancy, just over a year old, we have accomplished some extraordinary things; not the least of which is the organization and planning of our first annual conference. The IGMA conference will be held virtually over the course of two days, December 5 and 6 and will host seven presentations and 22 speakers from four countries, the United States, Turkey, Brazil and Canada. Our speakers hail from active grassroots organizations and prestigious Universities like Columbia, Texas A&M, West Virginia University, Hacettepe University, Tiradentes University, Oregon Health and Science University, Central Michigan University as well as many others.
The cost to attend the conference is minimal and can be broken up into attendance at single workshop or all presentations one or both days. It is only $30 a day to attend all events or $20 to attend a single presentation. In addition to the presentations, (a list of all presentations and links to each of the abstracts is included below), there will be a lunchtime roundtable discussion on Saturday about GTA/MUTA education during the pandemic. On Sunday morning, attendees will hear from IGMA’s Committee Chairs and at lunchtime there will be a lifetime achievement award presentation and a video montage of a number of people who have made significant contributions to the field. Take a look at these exceptional topics:
Opening the Door to Utilizing the Transgender Population in Your Clinical Skills Labs
Liana Hill MSC, RN, RSCN, FNE, SANE-A, SANE-P, Richard Claflin BA; Mani Blunt, Nash Davidson and Charlene Moss
Strategies for Addressing Racism and Promoting Health Equity in Healthcare Education
Kellie Bryant DNP, WHNP, CHSE
Using Best Practices for Simulated Exam Training to Improve Forensic Medical Examinations
Eileen Allen MSN, RN, FN-CSA, SANE-A, SANE-P; Samantha Maloney; Richard Claflin BA
The Experience of Founding the First GTA Program in Brazil to Train Nurses Examining Victims of Sexual Violence
Juliana Musse PhD, MPH, SANE, Rebeca Vieira RN, GTA; Wesley Augusto de Jesus Santos RN
Looking Back to Change the Future: How GTAs use an anti-oppression framework to change medical practice
Mosopefoluwa (Sope’) Willoughby, MLS(ASCP)CM, MPH, Lauren Mitchell, PhD, MS
Introducing the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) GTA/MUTA Standards of Best Practice (SOBP)
Holly Hopkins DNP, CNM; Chelsea Weaks Med, BSN; Tim Webster MEd, Melih Elcin MD
Unconscious Bias in GTA Exams
Jennifer Lanier, Tru Chatelain AAS
Small Scale GTA/MUTA Programs: the Challenges and Triumphs
Lee Ann Miller EdD, CHSE; Rachel Older BS; Chelsea Knutson MSN, BS, RN, CNE, CA-SANE
Continuing Education hours will be offered to attend the conference. IGMA is grateful to have partnered with Crisis Services of North Alabama in order to provide the CE hours. We are also grateful to our sponsors, Clinical Practice Resources for Training and Education, Solvit LLC, Clinical Skills USA and Rori Baldari. The conference would not be able to move forward without your help, support and your belief in the work that we do.
For those of you who are not familiar, GTAs, MUTAs and FTAs are more than Standardized Patients, they are instructors. These men and women instruct medical students from the patient’s perspective in a patient empowerment methodology focused on patient centered care. Medical students and other health care learners receive standardized, step by step instruction in an anxiety free atmosphere creating an optimum learning environment so that all aspects of the exam can be best absorbed and retained long after clinical rotation. This methodology is the gold standard of training invasive exam procedures but the training includes much more than clinical exam technique instruction. Learners are taught how to to interact with their patients so there is strong focus on patient education and communication. And, GTA/MUTA education has moved beyond well patient training to include involvement in sexual assault forensic evidence instruction through participation in SANE/SAFE, (Sexual Assault Nurse/Forensic Examiner) training. These men and women provide high quality instruction on the forensic evidence collection kit and are in a unique position to provide critical information on trauma informed care from the survivor’s perspective. Additionally, inclusion of marginalized populations, such as transgender and gender non-binary persons, in both trauma and well patient care has been a growing component of this work.
Come support our organization and our esteemed speakers who are donating their time and expertise to this event. Consider becoming an IGMA member. Our membership dues are nominal and anyone that joins the organization before the conference receives founding member status and FREE entry to the conference, including all presentations and conference events. Visit www.gtamuta.org for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is one event you will not want to miss. See you there!