Outcomes of teaching medical students core skills for women's health: The pelvic examination educational program

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[Truncated abstract] Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of introducing an educational program that teaches medical students how to approach taking relevant and sensitive gynecologic histories and to perform pelvic examinations with the use of role-play with well women from the general community.Study design: Medical students and the women recorded their perceptions of the program over a 2-year period. The outcomes of the program were evaluated by a comparison of medical student perceptions of confidence, competence, and anxiety; the mean number of pelvic examinations that were performed during their course both before and after the introduction of the program and results of students' continuous and summative assessment are given.Results: In the year before the introduction of the program, students performed a mean of 2.6 pelvic examinations (95% CI, 2.1, 3.0) compared with 4.1 pelvic examination (95% CI, 3.8, 4.4) in the first year of implementation and 4.0 (95% Cl, 3.7, 4.3) in the second year of implementation (P < .05)...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1382-1387
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume190
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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