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The Physical Exam Teaching Associates (PETA) act as:
- individuals trained to teach the techniques of basic physical examination (abdominal, neurology, cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, head & neck (aka HEENT) and head-to-toe/multi-system).
- patient models, providing students the chance to practice exam techniques
The educational benefits for the student include:
- humanizing the patient
- providing immediate feedback, reassurance and opportunity for experiential learning
- providing individualized attention and feedback on interpersonal skills, as well as technique
- giving feedback from the perspective of the patient
- learning in a safe and relaxed environment
- training through an open, on demand environment to meet project schedules
- learning through cost effective training technique
Individuals are carefully recruited and trained. Men and women will be selected with emphasis on the following criteria:
- comfortableness with his/her body
- comfortableness in discussing and demonstrating his/her own anatomy with others
- ability to communicate articulately, convey information clearly, and remain professional.
- sensitivity to instructing medical students on how to perform a physical examination and interact with a patient
- interest in education and contributing to the development of healthcare professionals
- sophistication in interpersonal skills
If you are interested in this work or have questions, please contact:
Rose Zaeske, Program Manager at: