McMaster University

McMaster University

Men's and Women's Health Programs

What is our Well Women's Program?

Our Well Women’s Program is comprised of Healthy Female Standardized Patients (HFSP) and Well Women Teaching Associates (WWTA).

A well women's teaching associate is a female standardized patient who is trained to provide instruction and guidance to learners on how to perform breast and pelvic/speculum examinations. WWTAs are not responsible for providing background medical teaching. They provide the advantage of having instruction and 'patient' experience all at once.

A healthy female standardized patient is also a female standardized patient who acts as a physical exam model, providing the opportunity for learners to perform breast and/or rectal exams under the instruction and guidance of a tutor/facilitator.

Well Women TAs and Healthy Female SPs are not health professionals, but are both knowledgeable and extremely comfortable with their bodies. Both groups of Well Women provide a safe and valuable learning experience for practising or refining clinical skills.

What is our Healthy Male Program?

Similar to a HFSP, a healthy male standardized patient (HMSP) is a male standardized patient who acts as a physical exam model, allowing learners to perform rectal and/or genital exams under the instruction of a tutor/facilitator. These SPs are also not health professionals but are extremely comfortable with their bodies and providing the opportunity for a ‘patient’ experience while practicing clinical skills.

Potential Uses for Women and Men's Health Standardized Patients

Healthy Female and Healthy Male SPs work in small group sessions with 2-3 learners at a time. Each learner is guided through the physical exam(s), and are given hands on practise. WWTAs also support Well Woman Workshops, open to public healthcare providers who are looking to develop or refine skills. Men & Women health SPs and WWTAs are provided as a resource for Undergraduate Medical Clerkship, Physician Assistant Education, Midwifery, and Graduate Nursing Programs.

Quality Assurance Report

If you wish to complete a Well Women's Teaching Associate Quality Report Form regarding your experience with a WWTA, please download and complete the following form:

Download Well Women's Teaching Associate Quality Report Form

Return completed Well Women's Teaching Associate Quality Report Form by:

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Fax: 905-540-9383


For further information regarding the Well Women's Program, please contact:

Tyler Brent
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext 22355

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