I have 300 smear tests a year
A gynaecology teaching associate at King’s College London
- By: Chris Holdridge
The first thing we do is put the students at ease. Then we talk about communication and the kind of language that we’d like them to use and avoid. Then we demonstrate a role play, where one of us takes the role of patient and the other takes the role of doctor, and we show the students how a woman should be treated in an ideal world. Then we go to the couch and the student performs the examinations on me—the cervical smear and the bimanual. Finally, we’re back at the desk explaining to the “patient” what happens next.
I started in 2000. There were some adverts in a family planning clinic, and I responded. It said, “Are you interested in women’s health? Are you comfortable with your own body? Would you like to be involved in an innovative women’s health project?” I guessed it was going to be gynaecology