A Genitourinary Teaching Associate (GTA or GUTA) is an individual who is trained to teach techniques and protocol for performing the gender-specific physical examination to healthcare trainees, using him or herself as a demonstration and practice model.
The GTA also provides feedback to the students in a supportive environment for skill development and practice. Emphasis is on teaching from the patient perspective. This program involves invasive examination.
Roles of Male and Female GTAs
- A female GTA teaches a basic routine breast, pelvic and rectal examination
- A male GTA teaches a routine male genital-rectal examination
- Both male and female GTAs include physician-patient communication and patient education in their instruction, equipping students with compassionate and caring interpersonal skills for effective patient communication in the genitourinary exam.