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Feeling MedicineHow the Pelvic Exam Shapes Medical Training$
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Kelly Underman

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479897780

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479897780.001.0001

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“This Power with My Body”

“This Power with My Body”

Intimate Authority in GTA Sessions

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Feeling Medicine

Kelly Underman

NYU Press

In this chapter, the focus is on the intimate labor that GTAs do, which relies upon care and attentiveness to their bodies, their coworkers’ bodies, and the bodies and emotions of their students. They stand in for actual patients in this way, providing their bodies for medical students to practice on, even as they work as para-professionals in medical education by providing feedback and assessment. The contradictions inherent in their work is captured by an older term for their role: “patient instructor.” Their work relies on both the intimacy and vulnerability that comes with being a patient and the authority that being an instructor in a medical school entails.

Keywords:   Gynecological teaching associate, Intimate labor, Bodies, Gender, Sexuality, Work, Women’s Health Movement, Affect

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