Richard Claflin is one of the country’s leading experts in the field of anxiety-free patient sensitivity training for medical practitioners. Having spent over a decade pioneering urogenital instruction for students at many of the nation’s best medical schools, he authored the only available curriculum on how to successfully train Male Urogenital Teaching Associates (MUTAs) – a training process that also standardizes the instruction for learners. For the past several years, he has been the Director of Clinical Practice Resources, where he oversees more than 30 instructors who work at dozens of teaching institutions throughout the northeast, including some of the best medical schools in the world. He has also provided training and consultation throughout the country to schools looking to establish their own GTA/MUTA programs.
He is a founding board member of IGMA, the International GTA/MUTA Association. He is also an active member of the GTA/MUTA Special Interest Group of the Association for Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE). In addition to his work with medical learners, he is also the first person to design and implement a curriculum that uses male trainers in the certification and training of Sexual Assault Forensic Nurses for evidence collection after an assault. Richard is regularly asked to give presentations regarding his GTA/MUTA work at conferences around the country, including ASPE and IAFN. Because of his focus on communication skills during highly stigmatized examinations, as a related topic he also regularly gives presentations to faculty and entire student classes about appropriate ways for medical practitioners to interact with LGBTQ and Trans patients.
A graduate of Harvard, with a concentration in English and American Literature and Languages, much of his undergraduate studies focused on theater and comparative religion…giving him a keen understanding of how to develop empathy and how faith and religion play a key role in our ability to communicate with people across a variety of cultural perspectives, prejudices and attitudes. This background relates directly to his work as a medical trainer, where much of the job focuses on teaching learners to overcome stigma and develop empathy with patients to create an anxiety-free clinical examination experience.