Gynecological and Forensic Teaching Associate (GTA & FTA)
Erik Simon has worked in the field of live patient simulation as a standardized patient, Gynecological and Forensic Teaching Associate (GTA & FTA) since 2018. His lived experience in the field of transgender healthcare has led him to focus his work on bringing awareness of marginalized persons into the medical training experience, with an emphasis in care for sexual assault survivors. Currently, Erik handles the trans health education programming at Clinical Practice Resources and has presented workshops, lectures, and symposiums at a number of prestigious Universities in the Northeast. He is also the Chair of the Trans Health Committee at the International GTA MUTA (Male Urogenital Teaching Associate) Association.
Erik graduated with a BA & MA in Media Studies with a minor in theater from The New School, completing his thesis on improving substance & sex education for teen health programs. This background has influenced his ability to effectively communicate the importance of empathy, compassion and respect for patients, while lowering the anxiety of learners in approaching otherwise challenging and invasive exams.