Simulated Patients: The Who, What, & Why of
Physical Exam Teaching Associates

Presented by: Jason Konzelmann, BS, M.Ed., NR-P,  Mary Ann Reiner
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This webinar will showcase the unique role of Simulated Patient (ie Standardized Patient) Physical Exam Teaching Associates (PETAs) and the role they play to evaluate learners performing clinical exams.
  • Recording: February 8th, 2024
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Presentation Abstract:

Physical Exam Teaching Associates (PETAs) are an integral component in medical education. PETAs act as “faculty extenders” to teach students physical exam maneuvers according to accepted physical exam guidelines and often act as primary evaluators for the physical exam component in summative clinical exams. This session will describe the inception of a PETA Program, highlighting the characteristics Simulated Patients should possess prior to promotion to be a PETA. Initial training bootcamps, which are critical for new PETAs in building their confidence to be the teacher in the room and ensuring uniformity of instruction across all PETAs in the program, will be described including a typical agenda for teaching a body system. This will also include a description of the tools and techniques used in the training. The presenters will also provide an example of the student encounter timing and agenda. Quality assurance processes, and solicitation of student feedback will also be discussed. Finally, the use of PETAs as part of student self-directed learning will conclude the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the utility of a Physical Exam Teaching Associate (PETA).
  2. Identify valuable training needs to developing and implementing a PETA Program in a Clinical Simulation department.
  3. Describe the methods to evaluate PETA effectiveness for improved healthcare simulation outcomes.

Meet the Presenter:

Jason Konzelmann, BS, M.Ed., NR-P

Director, Clinical Skills and Simulation at University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Jason has been working in medical simulation for over 12 years. His prior simulation work was with the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences at the New York University School of Medicine and then became the Director of Healthcare Simulation at DeSales University where he helped design and implement simulation education experiences for all levels of healthcare provider. His educational passion involves interprofessional education and simulation related research. Jason has nearly 30 years of experience in Emergency Medical Services and teaches PALS, ACLS, EMT, Paramedic and PHRN courses. Jason has written the National Registry Paramedic Exam review book for Kaplan Test Prep. Until recently, Jason continued to work clinically as a paramedic in Eastern Pennsylvania. He has a BS in Chemistry and a secondary education certificate in Chemistry from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. He completed his M.Ed. at DeSales University. He is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator and a Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
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Mary Ann Reiner

Standardized Patient Program Manager at University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Mary Ann Reiner has 14 years of experience in Standardized Patient education. As a founding staff member of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, Mary Ann oversees a roster of 90 Standardized Patients and 4 SP Educators. An active member of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE), Mary Ann regularly presents at the annual conference and has earned her certificate in Foundations of SP Methodology. Mary Ann earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and has continued to expand her training and communication skills through memberships in Toastmasters International and Dale Carnegie Leadership Training.
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Jennifer Neal

Standardized Patient Educator at University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Jennifer Neal started at the College of Medicine in the summer of 2014 as a Standardized Patient. In 2018 she moved into the position of a part-time Standardized Patient Educator. Her previous duties included assisting in the hiring, orientation, and training of the new Standardized Patients. Her current duties also now include training and overseeing the P2 events run in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center. She has also presented at ASPE (Association of SP Educators) several times. Jennifer is originally from upstate New York but moved to Florida in 1992. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from a small business school in Polk County, Webber College. After graduating from college, she worked for many years in the hospitality field at a large resort on Disney property. When the opportunity presented itself, she chose to be a stay-at-home mom for many years to her now teenage daughter. After learning about standardized patients from a then current SP, Jennifer was intrigued. She applied immediately and has been with the College of Medicine ever since.
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Melissa Jo Tully, BSN, MHPE, RN-BC, is a highly accomplished healthcare professional with a passion for education and patient safety. With a Master’s degree in Health Professional Education from the College of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, Melissa has honed her expertise in developing innovative programs to enhance healthcare performance and quality. As an experienced nurse, Melissa followed her passion for lifelong learning by exploring nursing specialties through her early nursing career as a float nurse, including working in critical care, emergency room, labor and delivery, and hospice. Melissa launched her career in consulting, by starting Medical Simulation Consulting. Her firm’s primary focus lies in designing, developing, and evaluating simulation programs that integrate augmented and virtual reality technology, as well as audiovisual technologies.
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