Standardized Physical Exam Teaching Associate (SPETA)
SPETAs are specifically trained to coach Year 1 medical students as they learn physical exam skills. Team members give “hands on” instruction, using their own bodies as teaching tools. In addition to teaching the skills, they also give feedback on technique, language and overall approach. They also address the communication skills needed to provide a comfortable exam in a standardized manner in a supportive, non-threatening environment.
The Standardized Physical Exam Teaching Associates (SPETAs) are specifically trained to coach Year 01 medical students as they learn physical exam skills. They give “hands on” instruction, using their own bodies as teaching tools. In addition to teaching the skills, they also give feedback on technique, language and overall approach. They also address the communication skills needed to provide a comfortable exam in a standardized manner in a supportive, non-threatening environment.
Individuals interested in applying to work as SPETAs must possess the following:
- Ability to discuss and feel comfortable demonstrating his/her anatomy with others.
- Ability to communicate and convey information accurately and clearly.
- Enthusiastic personality with strong interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated maturity and professionalism to keep learners on task.
- Interest in contributing to the education and development of healthcare professionals.
- This is an hourly, temporary position at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences and as such, is not eligible for any employee benefits.
- Successful applicants will be required to attend group training sessions.
- SPETA sessions fall on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the afternoons (between 12:30 & 4:30 pm). Anticipated number of teaching sessions: 10–15 per academic semester
- Work schedules would be planned as far in advance as possible.
- High School Diploma or equivalent is required.
- Ages 25 – 50, physically fit males or females, with no current or ongoing health problems.
- Excellent ability to communicate in and comprehend the English language (due to use of medical terminology).
- Flexibility regarding scheduling.
- Reliable, punctual and dependable.
- Must possess strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Strong reading and writing skills.
- Attention to detail is essential.
- Experience in health professions, communication, behavioral sciences or education helpful, but not required.
- If you are currently employed at the University of North Dakota for 20 or more hours a week, you are not eligible to participate in this program.
- $20 per hour for all training and teaching sessions.
If you are interested in becoming a SPETA, please fill out the application below. Once the application has been received and reviewed, selected candidates will be contacted to set up an interview. Interviews take place periodically during the year, depending on the needs of the medical curriculum.
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