Lisa Quackenbush’s roots are in the feminist healthcare/self-exam movement. In the late 1970s Carol Downer invented cervical self-exam. Lisa is one of her acolytes. As a lay health worker at the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta, Georgia, she empowered women by teaching them self-exam and leading consciousness raising groups focusing on women’s health. Their mission was to lead women to being equal partners with their medical professionals. In 1986 Lisa received a call from Josie Hasle, the coordinator of the Gynecological Teaching Associates program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Through the feminist network in New Jersey Josie had heard about Lisa’s continuing self-exam workshops. To Lisa, the philosophy of the women’s health movement and the Gynecological Teaching Associate program meshed beautifully: the GTA uses her body as a teaching tool guiding the medical student. The power shifts from “being examined” to “participation in the exam”. In the GTA model the medical student is expected to educate and include the patient in her own healthcare. Over the years, as a member of the GTA team, Lisa has worked as a trainer of medical students, licensed physicians, nurses, and other GTAs and MUTAs. She has also contributed to the GTA curriculum, training manual, and award winning training video.
Discover the pinnacle of healthcare education at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), where innovation, continuing education, and empathy converge. OHSU is an Academic Health Center and simulation is thread throughout the research, clinical and academic missions. OHSU Simulation is a hub of cutting-edge technology, providing hands-on and immersive learning experiences for healthcare professionals. Some of the simulation modalities at OHSU include clinical skills training, team training, and procedural training – all designed to enhance healthcare professional training, based on the learning objectives of a program or department. SPs (simulated, standardized patients) offer realistic patient interactions, allowing learners to refine their diagnostic and communication skills (based on learning objectives) in a safe and supportive environment. Sensitive Exam Teaching Associates (SETAs) focus on cultivating empathy, inclusivity, and patient-centered care during sensitive examinations within a DEI and trauma-informed framework. Together, these programs create a comprehensive approach to healthcare professional training, ensuring that learners and participants emerge as skilled, compassionate, and patient-focused professionals.
Teaching the patient-centered clinical skills required in serving the good health of men and women of all ages is the mission of Clinical Skills USA, Inc.
Clinical Skills USA, Inc. provides educational support to medical, nursing, and physician assistant schools and medical residency programs throughout the U.S.
Their services include the referral of Gynecological and Male Urogenital Teaching Associates for intimate clinical exam instruction, and Standardized Patients for simulated clinical skills instruction and assessment. Mr. Scott George, Vice President of IGMA is Clinical Skills USA Executive Director.
SACHA is a holistic, integrative center for energy medicine modalities. As a first time sponsor for IGMA, the Self Awareness Center is donating one free long distance healing session. At SACHA, the mind/body/spirit connection and each person’s personal journey to health, healing and wellness on all levels of being is honored. Their focus is heart-centered healing. Their commitment is to a more beautiful, more healthy, and more fulfilled physical, emotional, mental and spiritual life, one heart-centered experience at a time. Visit their website.Website
Clinical Practice Resources for Training and Education, LLC is the pioneering leader in the field of GTA/MUTA education. From international instruction to curriculum development in a multiplicity of critical areas in this method, our highly experienced and dedicated staff work diligently in ever expanding uses of GTAs and MUTAs. It is an honor to again sponsor this year’s third IGMA conference. Ms. Isle Polonko is the Executive Director of Clinical Practice Resources and the President of IGMA. She believes that there is no better way to learn sensitive exam procedures than from a GTA, MUTA or FTA and as IGMA President, she knows that working together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish!Website
Crisis Services of North Alabama:
In 1999 Hope Place and HELPline, two organizations committed to serving people in crisis, came together to do more and do it better as Crisis Services of North Alabama. Our mission then is the same today, “Responding to individuals and families in crisis.” Crisis Services of North Alabama continues to support IGMA through offering nursing CE hours for conference attendance. IGMA is deeply grateful to Liana Hill and her amazing SANES and staff for the exceptional care they give to survivors of sexual assault and for the outstanding and innovative educational programs they provide.Website
SolvIT has been providing remote IT support and related IT services for small and medium size companies and organizations since 2007.
Whether you are looking to augment your current IT staff, provide remote tech support to your employees, or are looking for website services and support, SolvIT can help you.Website
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