Oregon Health & Science University

Gynecological Teaching Associate (GTA)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Temporary Part-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Office for Simulation
Salary Range
$60.00 per hour
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

As part of the curriculum learners must practice Ob/GYN examination skills. Gynecological Teaching Associates (GTAs) are individuals who are specially trained to utilize their own body as a teaching tool allowing learners to practice pelvic, rectal and breast / chest examination techniques in a supportive, non-threatening environment. They also address the communication skills needed to provide a comfortable exam, in a standardized manner.

Function/Duties of Position

  • Allow students to learn proper technique for performing the breast / chest exam, including inspection and palpation. GTA’s will guide the student through the learning process while each learner performs the breast / chest exam on the GTA’s body.
  • Allow students to learn proper technique for performing the pelvic exam, including external and internal inspection and palpation. Gynecological exam procedures to include palpation for lymph nodes, vaginal speculum exam, bi-manual exam, recto-vaginal exam. GTAs will guide the student through the learning process while each learner performs the pelvic exam on the GTA body.
  • Provide learners feedback on proper integrated technique for sensitive interactive communication and relaxation before, during, and after the physical examination.
  • Provide support and feedback to learners, to maximize the learning experience and build learner confidence.
  • Deliver feedback to learners in a constructive fashion.
  • Participate in small group demonstrations of the exam, as required.
  • Maintain standardized instructional curriculum and teaching format.
  • Assist in the training and development of other GTAs, as needed.
  • Note: Teaching may be performed with individual learners or small groups of learners (no more than 5). Instructional formats may include independent teaching or partnered teaching with a clinical preceptor or other GTA.

Required Qualifications

  • Appropriate medical suitability for participation in multiple well-breast and well-pelvic physical examinations during a single day
  • An appreciation for the importance of regular and comprehensive well-woman exams. A commitment to the advancement of women’s health and sensitive “patient-centered” healthcare
  • Comfortable with one’s own body and sexuality
  • A high degree of professionalism and credibility
  • Ability to employ one’s own body as a tool of instruction
  • Ability to establish rapport with learners and to reduce learner anxiety
  • Must be highly dependable and be able to honor scheduled commitments (repeated tardiness or cancellations may lead to not being offered future labs)
  • Flexible schedule
  • Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English
  • Ability to send and receive emails
  • Will notify the program of any change in their health that might result in inability to act as a GTA without risk
  • Ability to adapt to changes in work environment and scheduling
  • Demonstrate above average verbal communication skills
  • Models must be familiar with and comfortable with the specific examination procedures taught in the labs that they work

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience as a GTA in another health program is beneficial but not required.

Additional Details

  • Please note that this is a 0.0 FTE, temporary position.
  • Please submit a letter of interest and resume with your application.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.


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