One of the benefits of IGMA membership is to be kept up to date on the latest research in the field. A quantitative study conducted in Sweden by esteemed researchers Karin Siwe, MD and Jenny Gleisnera, MD regarding the differences in the way the male and female invasive exam procedures are taught. Thanks to Jaideep S. Talwalkar, MD, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics and Director of Clinical Skills at Yale School of Medicine for forwarding the information regarding the article.
In the article, Gleisnera and Siwe study how the digital rectal examination and the pelvic examination are taught. They find a marked dichotomy in the instruction. Professional patients, as GTAs are sometimes called, are utilized in the pelvic examination instruction and the exam is taught with care affording considerations to the sensitive nature of the exam and possible previous traumatic experience. However, researchers found that while the digital rectal examination is taught with care, “…it is taught with less sensitivity. The patients’ possible previous negative experiences are not discussed and are thus made invisible.”
Here is the link to this exceptional study.
Consider joining IGMA as a founding member to ensure continued scholarly research in the field of GTA/MUTA. The work we do ensures a kinder, gentler patient approach by offering an anxiety free learning environment where learners experience a patient empowerment model, both female and male examination models, focused on patient centered care. Students learn how to interact respectfully with patients in addition to practicing the exam techniques on an instructor who is also their patient and who can provide step by step instruction and gentle, positive feedback. Join IGMA and continue making a difference in the field of medicine. www.gtamuta.org