The Papanicolaou (Pap) smear is a test used to detect pre-cancerous and cancerous changes in the uterine cervix. As a medical assistant in a doctor's office, you may be asked to assist the doctor with Pap smears which are often combined with breast examinations as part of regular health screening. This module teaches you how to prepare for and assist with a routine breast examination and Pap smear. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers two scenarios that test your ability to assist with this type of routine examination. You will be required to set up the equipment and hand the doctor the appropriate instruments for either a slide-based or a ThinPrep container Pap smear test. Practice the steps of the procedures online as often as you want, until you feel confident. This module is based on the entry-level competencies for which the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) test the Medical Assistant.
The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:
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