By Sharon Youkey
Advanced Practice in Invasive Exam Instruction and Practicum lead by presenters, Isle Polonko, BA and Scott George, MLIR.
I had no idea what was about to happen to me when I walked into the Invasive Exam session. I knew I wanted to learn more about GTAs and MUTAs and was even mildly interested in understanding how to develop a program within the Clinical Skills Department at the USC School of Medicine in Greenville, Greenville, SC.
I was immediately impressed with the professionalism, the knowledge and the energy of the presenters, Scott George and Isle Polonko. That experience was quickly superseded by the beautiful teaching session presented by the GTA and the MUTA.
The confidence, knowledge, respect, sensitivity, and detailed teaching offered by these two talented individuals were unparalleled by any other clinical teaching session with which I have ever been involved. I have more knowledge now than I could have ever learned from a lecture, a video presentation or even an examination proctored by a physician.
Besides providing instruction on how to perform an expert clinical exam, the compassionate and very humanistic approach provided by the GTA and MUTA left an indelible mark on my professional soul. If such an experience could be provided to a medical student stumbling through his/her first intimate exam the wonder of the human body could actually be appreciated.