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Feeling Medicine: How the Pelvic Exam Shapes Medical Training

Kelly Underman


Gynecological teaching associates (GTAs) are trained laypeople who teach medical students the communication and technical skills of the pelvic examination while simultaneously serving as live models on whose bodies these same students practice. These programs are widespread in the United States and present a fascinating case for understanding contemporary emotional socialization in medical education. Feeling Medicine traces the origins of these programs in the Women’s Health Movement and in the nascent field of medical education research in the 1970s. It explores how these programs work at thr ... More

Keywords: Medical education, Emotional socialization, Pelvic exam, Women’s Healthcare Movement, Affect, Medical students, Reproductive health, Gynecological teaching associate, Simulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479897780
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479897780.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelly Underman, author
Drexel University