Clinical Practice Resources to Present at AMEE 2021 Virtual Conference

This week, the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) will host their 22nd Annual Conference, on a virtual platform, from Friday, August 27th to Monday, August 30th 2021.

Featured as part of this program are Clinical Practice Resources (CPR)’s Erik Simon (Trans Health Coordinator) and Isle Polonko (Executive Director), presenting SP Training for Transgender Healthcare Stations: What SPs and Program Directors Need to Know. A summary of their abstract follows:

Recent interest in the United States in addressing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) healthcare issues, particularly obstacles faced by transgender individuals, has resulted in newly developed programming to address these concerns. Anxiety of healthcare practitioners when interacting with members of a marginalized community, frequently stems from inadequate training & infrequent direct experience with patients from that community. This presentation covers fundamentals every healthcare professional needs to know about serving LGBT patients: inclusivity, rapport, effectively communicating without creating anxiety or offense, language to avoid, and other practical knowledge.

The workshop shares realities faced by the transgender patient & will educate about fluidity of gender identity while providing an overview of various surgeries & other gender affirming care available to transgender individuals. Additionally, the workshop will explore ways to successfully train a variety of standardized patients (cis & transgender) to effectively portray LGBT individuals in simulation encounters as a critical part of medical training, including ways to implement training in more advanced medical education settings such as forensic examiner certification requirements.

The Conference will be held in British Standard Time (BST). Mr. Simon and Ms. Polonko will be presenting from 20:00 – 21:30 BST (in Eastern Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM; other Time Zones available HERE).

The AMEE Conference is considered a “leading annual event for all involved in medical and healthcare professions education.” CPR is proud to be featured as one of the 52 workshops that are represented in this robust program.

This will be Mr. Simon’s first time presenting at AMEE. Ms. Polonko was previously featured at AMEE’s 2014 Conference in Milan, Italy. Her abstract, titled From A to Z, Essential Tools for Building a Successful Gynecologic Teaching Associate Program, was presented with Lisa Pompeo.

Mr. Simon was recently a presenter at Hofstra University on LGBTQ+ Patient Health & Trans Sexual Assault Victim Awareness. He will present again this September at the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) 2021 Conference, and will speak at the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare 2021 Conference in November. Ms. Polonko was recently a presenter at the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE)’s 2021 Virtual Conference. She will present again this September at the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) 2021 Conference, and will speak at IGMA’s 2021 Virtual Conference, in her position as President, this December. Look for additional information, regarding these presentations and other upcoming events, here on CPR’s website.

More information about the AMEE 2021 Virtual Conference, including registration, can be found HERE.

About the Presenters

Erik Simon (he/him) is the Trans Health Coordinator at Clinical Practice Resources, and serves as the Chair of the newly-formed Trans Health Committee at the International GTA/MUTA Association (IGMA). He has worked in the field of live patient simulation as a GTA since 2018. His experience in the field of trans health care has led him to focus his work on bringing awareness of marginalized persons into the GTA training experience. Erik has presented workshops, lectures and symposiums at a number of prestigious Universities in the Northeast.

Erik graduated with a BA & MA in Media Studies from The New School, completing his thesis on improving substance & sex education for teen health programs. He served as co-owner/founder of BellaVita Wellness in NYC from 2012-2015, and runs his own touch therapy practice with a focus in supporting LGBTQ+ clients with reiki, cuddle therapy, and meditation.


Isle Polonko (she/her), a leading figure in the field of GTA Methodology, is the Director of Clinical Practice Resources, as well as the President of the International GTA/MUTA Association (IGMA). More information about Ms. Polonko can be found HERE.

About AMEE

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) is a worldwide organisation with members in 90 countries on five continents. Members include teachers, educators, researchers, administrators, curriculum developers, deans, assessors, students and trainees in medicine and the healthcare professions.

AMEE promotes international excellence in education in the healthcare professions across the continuum of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education. AMEE, working with other organisations, supports teachers and institutions in their current educational activities and in the development of new approaches to curriculum planning, teaching and learning methods, assessment techniques and educational management, in response to advances in medicine, changes in healthcare delivery and patient demands and new educational thinking and techniques.

To learn more about AMEE, click HERE.


About Clinical Practice Resources

Clinical Practice Resources for training and education (CPR-te) provides clinical skills training via Gynecologic Teaching Associates and Male Urological Teaching Associates. GTAs and MUTAs utilize patient empowerment techniques in curriculum that is focused on patient-centered care.

Serving Ivy League universities to small family practice centers, CPR-te’s clinical skills training courses and other programs customized to meet the needs of learners in each setting.

To learn more about CPR, click HERE.