Wellness Wednesday: Utilization of Strategic Duty-free Hours by OB/GYN Residents
Purpose: To detail the specifics of how OB/GYN residents utilize a
monthly duty-free afternoon for wellness activities.
Background: Much attention is paid to burnout and high rates of
depression among physicians. Some speculate these difficulties may start in
medical school but that they become cemented and sometimes problematic in
residency. Studies have made implications that interventions, specifically
promotion of self-care and work-family balance, and work hour restrictions,
early in residency can decrease burnout and depression levels.
Methods: Starting in 2016, all residents of an OB/GYN program
were allowed to have the first Wednesday afternoon of each month free from
clinical duties. Faculty members covered all clinical services from noon to
5pm. Residents were then permitted to use the time for whatever they felt
promoted their well-being. Two years of data were collected through surveys to
determine the specific activities completed by the residents.
Results: The commonly reported activities included health care
visits, financial planning activities, leisure time with family/friends,
community or church group events, every day errands, home chores, and fitness.
Additionally, the residents also used the time away from clinical
responsibilities to study and fulfill administrative requirements.
Discussions: By better understanding what residents choose to do to
promote their own well-being, programs can then tailor structured wellness
activities to those choices. Alternatively, programs can look at an
open-ended wellness day as a possible intervention for fostering excellent
overall health and welfare of their residents. More research is needed to
validate this approach to wellness promotion.
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Using Student Interest Groups to Train Medical Students to Lead
Purpose: Medical student interest groups (SIG) serve as students’
introduction to medical specialties. The student leaders of these groups are
driven and demonstrate leadership ability early in their careers. Connecting
these student leaders with young physicians can improve specialty
matriculation, leadership among new residents, and foster mentorship in the
Background: The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
(ACOG) has leadership positions for residents, however, less for medical
students, who are encouraged to participate in meetings rather than
engage. SIG leaders have not been a focus of recruitment for ACOG,
however, these students are primed to become leaders in ACOG upon completion of
Methods: Prior to the 2017 ACOG’s Annual Clinical and
Scientific Meeting, we contacted medical students registered for the meeting to
identify any SIG leaders. A meeting was arranged for student leaders to meet
with several national representatives. The group of 17 students was introduced
to the structure and benefits of the organization and given training for
optimizing SIG function and efficacy. Through our survey, all students
appreciated the information about ACOG, ideas on how to improve their SIG, and
resources available through ACOG, rating it as just the right of information or
stated they would like to hear more.
Results: Sixty four percent were planning on establishing a
generic SIG email to improve communication with ACOG while 23% already had one.
When asked if they felt prepared to take the information back to their SIGs,
all students answered positively. Only three of the 17 students had read a
leadership book and all students said they would love to participate in a more
formal leadership training.
Discussions: Medical student leadership represents a natural group to
become future ACOG leaders. Given the barrier of contacting the SIG leaders, we
recommended establishing a generic email address for groups (eg OBGYNSIG@***).
All students wanted leadership training and to be involved in ACOG. In
conclusion, medical SIG leaders are an enthusiastic and untapped resource who
will become our colleagues. Connecting with student leaders at organizational
meetings secures future leadership and continued engagement after medical
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Use of Video Interviews for Selection of Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents
Purpose: To improve the residency selection process using asynchronous
Background: Residency applications have increased, while data
available for decision making in ERAS has been static. One-way (asynchronous)
video interviews (OWVI) involve the candidate recording answers to pre-selected
Methods: Applicants to an OB/GYN residency program with USMLE
Step 1 ≥ 220, no USMLE failures and at least 3 months of US clinical experience
were scored using five criteria (USMLE 1 score, clinical clerkship grades,
letters of recommendation, research achievements and extracurricular/leadership
activities) scored 1-5, with 5 as the top score. Applicants with scores from 19
to 22 were invited to complete an OWVI. The OWVI consisted of 1 open
ended question and 2 behavioral questions, scored from 1-5. Applicants were
invited for an in person interview based on their video interview scores.
Results: For the 2018 residency application season, 495
applications were received, 272 applications were scored and invited to
complete a video interview, 234 applicants completed OWVI and 97 OWVI were used
for the decision to invite for an in-person interview. Mean OWVI score was 10.4
(range 4-15). For the 2018 season, OWVI scores were weakly correlated with rank
list placement (Pearson coefficient = 0.29), in-person interview scores (0.18)
and application scores (0.33). The mean in-person interview
score increased after implementation of OWVI screening from 59.0 in 2017
to 62.2 in 2018 (P<0.01).
Discussions: Use of OWVI led to higher in-person interview scores,
suggesting that video interviewing is a useful supplemental tool for selecting
competitive residency candidates.
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Use of POEs( Point of EPA Evaluations) Across All Third Year Clerkships for Year Long EPA ( Entrustable Professional Activity) Monitoring
Purpose: To describe the development of a school wide and longitudinal
assessment of the core Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA)s using an easily
Background: Our insitution is part of the EPA pilot study
sponsored by the AAMC to explore the feasibility of teaching and assessing the
core EPAs. This year direct observation and assessment of the EPAs was
implemented across clerkships . Each clerkship was allowed to determine which
EPAs were applicable to their field.
Methods: The OBGYN department determined and assessed that
EPA1( History and Physical) , ] EPA2 ( Differential Dx) , EPA3 ( Dx
and Screening Tests) and EPA6 ( Oral Presentation) were core skills to
the clerkship with the following scale (1=student observed, 2=assessor had to
talk the student through it, 3=assessor had direct them from time to time, and
4=assessor needed to be available just in case.)
OB Other Clerkships p
EPA 1 3.0( 0.5) 3.5 (0.5) <0.0001
EPA 2 3.0 (0.9) 3.4 (0.6) <0.05
EPA3 3.0 (0.9) 3.4 (0.7) n.s
EPA6 3.1( 0.5) 3.4 (0.5) < 0.005
For the first 3 months there
were 2783 EPA assessments. The average score was 3.45. In comparison to other
clerkships, students on OBGYN received lower scores in EPA 1,2,6.( p<.0001,
P< .05 and P< .005) possibly
indicating more stringent grading by faculty or lower performance of
Discussions: In comparison to all other clerkships combines, student on
OBGYN received lower scores in all four EPAs possibly indicating more
stringent grading by faculty or lower performance of medical students. Lower
EPA scores may indicate more stringent grading by faculty or lower
performance of medical students. This could also be related to lower numbers of
overall EPAs reuired by the OB/GYN clerkship. Further research is needed
to determine the significance of these findings.
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Trends in Off-Service Rotations in Ob/Gyn Residencies Before and After Duty Hour Restrictions
Purpose: To establish trends in off-service rotations in OB/GYN residencies
before and after duty hour restrictions.
Background: As co-morbidities in our patient population increases,
the skills required of OB/GYNs are changing, we sought to determine the
characteristics of off service rotations.
Methods: We searched websites of ACGME accredited OB/GYN
residency programs. We collected data on off service rotations: services,
number of rotations, and PGY year of rotations. Surveys were emailed to
programs regarding off service rotations in 2018 and before duty hour changes
Results: 92% (n=259) of programs had information available on
off-service rotations, of these, 24% (n=62) had no off-service rotations, 26%
(n=67) had 1, 25% (n=66) had 2, 13% (n=34) had 3, 12% (n=30) had 4 or more. The
majority (84%) of rotations were in PGY1. The most common rotations were ER
(47%, n=122), SICU (24%, n=62), IM (25%, n=66), MICU (9%, n=23). We received 53
responses to the survey (19% response rate). Of those who responded, the most
common rotations for 2018 and before 2003 were ER & SICU. The number of
programs with SICU rotations remained stable from 2003 to 2018 (43% vs 47%)
compared to 1.4 fold decrease in programs with ER rotations. The number of
programs with IM rotations decreased 2.5 fold from before 2003 to 2018.
Discussions: Duty hour restrictions have affected off-service rotations. A
quarter of all programs have no off-service rotations, with a decrease in ER
and IM exposure during residency. This does not reflect the breadth of
knowledge required of OB/GYNs today.
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Transgender Healthy Care: On-line Survey of Physician Knowledge and Comfort
Purpose: To evaluate OB/Gyn provider knowledge and comfort with
transgender health care
Background: Transgender and gender non-conforming patients (TGNC)
are an underserved population that often encounters inadequate or ‘unsafe’
clinical care. Education regarding TGNC patient care has traditionally been
minimal, contributing to gaps in Ob/Gyn care for many of these individuals,
including transgender men.
Methods: An IRB approved, anonymous online non-validated survey
was emailed to 130 APGO program coordinators to distribute to their Ob/Gyn
faculty and post-graduate learners. Questions addressed included years of
practice, experience with TGNC patients, provider comfort, and TGNC education.
Results: One hundred and sixty four surveys were completed and
an additional ~50 were opened but no information was provided. Of the 164
completed surveys, 76.3% of participants reported less than 5 hours of TGNC
specific healthcare education, despite the fact that 75.7% of responders had
cared for at least one TGNC patient. Overall most respondents felt
comfortable/very comfortable (79.8%) caring for this population. No correlation
was found between years in practice and overall provider comfort caring for
TGNC patients. Major obstacles reported by participants included concern
for patient comfort, appropriate language, and lack of sufficient clinical
education for both providers and support staff
Discussions: These data suggest that enhanced TGNC clinical education for
the entire health care team is warranted.
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Training Residents to Place Immediate Postpartum LARC: An Update Among U.S. Residency Programs
Purpose: To survey U.S. Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob/Gyn) Residency
Programs on immediate postpartum (IP) long-acting reversible contraception
(LARC) training and challenges.
Background: In 2016, the American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists (ACOG) released a committee opinion supporting IP LARC. Growing
evidence describes provider/hospital barriers which hinder IP LARC provision.
We hypothesize similar difficulties have prevented programs from implementing
Methods: We distributed an electronic survey addressing IP LARC
training to 273 U.S. Accredited Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
Ob/Gyn Residency Program Directors from the 2017-2018 Academic Year. Data
analysis was performed with chi-square and Fisher’s exact test.
Results: Of 86 programs that participated, residents were
trained in the immediate postpartum period to place implants in 54 programs
(63%) and to place intrauterine devices (IUDs) in 52 programs (60%).
2015, only 20% of the programs were training their residents to place IP IUDs.
Thirty-one percent of eligible programs initiated training in 2017. The
majority of programs focused training interns (98%). Patient/provider
convenience motivated 46% of programs to offer IP LARC and compliance motivated
The two barriers
most frequently encountered, regardless of program training status, were
problems with billing and compensation for services (61%) and the pharmacy
that reported primarily seeing patients with insurance, either private or
Medicaid, were more likely to have IP IUD training compared to programs seeing
mostly indigent/uninsured populations (p<0.05).
Discussions: IP LARC training has increased since the ACOG Committee
Opinion was published, however many programs are still facing challenges with
implementation, affecting resident training.
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Too Many Learners? Do Students Belong in Resident Continuity Clinics?
Purpose: Determine the prevalence of medical students in OBGYN
resident continuity clinics and describe effects on the learning environment
when students and residents work together in this setting.
Background: Patient continuity is an ACGME requirement often
fulfilled through a resident run continuity clinic. It’s unknown how frequently
students rotate in these clinics, or how multiple levels of learners influence
Methods: We surveyed OBGYN program managers using a national
listserv. Resident and student surveys were based on a Likert scale and sent to
all OBGYN residents and students that rotated at our institution from
Results: Program managers responded from 45 programs and 75.6%
scheduled students in resident continuity clinics. Our response rates were
79/116(68.1%) for students and 21/24(87.5%) for residents. A one-sample
Wilcoxon signed rank test was used to test the hypothesis that the typical
response on the five-level Likert scale was \"Agree\" or \"Strongly
Agree.\" Of medical students, 88.6% stated that they agreed or strongly
agreed they enjoyed working with residents (p<0.001) and 60.8% stated
they agreed or strongly agreed residents were effective teachers (p<0.001).
Among residents, 52.4% agreed or strongly agreed that they enjoyed working with
students (p<0.001). However, 61.9% said they agreed or strongly agreed they
were too busy to be effective teachers (p<0.001).
Discussions: Many institutions have students rotate in resident continuity
clinics. Residents and students have positive views regarding their
interactions. Although students were satisfied, residents expressed concerns
about their ability to be effective teachers given clinical demands. Our
results highlight the importance of developing resident teaching skills.
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Time to Face the Music: Attitudes of Current and Future OB/GYN Residents Regarding the Structure of Residency Training
Purpose: Measure future and current resident perspectives regarding
OB/GYN residency training structure and possible future models.
Background: Modifications to the current OB/GYN training paradigm
are being considered however the perspective of learner stakeholders on
substantial changes has not been measured.
Methods: Medical students invited for OB/GYN residency
interviews and residents (PGY1-4) at the University of Colorado, University of
Washington, University of California San Francisco, Loyola University, St.
Joseph’s Hospital, and Texas A&M in 2017-2018 received a voluntary,
electronic survey regarding possible models for restructuring residency
training. Student and resident responses were compared using a chi-square
for categorical and two-sample t-test for continuous items.
Results: Applicants (63%, 280/444) and residents (66%, 101/154)
had similar response rates. Applicants (24%) and residents (29%) reported
having concerns about the current structure of residency training. The
ideal residency duration was reported as 4 years by 72% of applicants and 85%
of residents. Lack of gynecologic surgical volume was the most frequently
reported concern among applicants (75%) and residents (72%). Fourth-year
tracking (focusing on training aligned with post-graduation career path) was
preferred by 90% of applicants and 77% of residents (p=0.002), and 92% among
respondents planning fellowship. Most applicants (68%) and residents
(75%) preferred not starting fellowship training after the 3rd year of
Discussions: The majority of learners surveyed support a 4-year training
structure, but likewise support individualizing training in the PGY-4 year. It
is imperative that OB/GYN leadership consider this and other feedback from
learners when considering modifications to the current OB/GYN training
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The Effect of a 6-week vs 4-week Clerkship on NBME Shelf Scores in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Purpose: To determine the effect of a 6-week vs 4-week clerkship on
NBME shelf scores in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Background: A medical school wide curriculum change took place at
Penn State College of Medicine during the 2017-2018 academic year to increase
longitudinal and integrated learning. The OB/GYN clerkship was
shortened to 4 weeks and placed into a fifteen-week block with other
rotations. OB/GYN students continued to rotate through three
clinical sites. Shelf exams, previously given at clerkship
conclusion, were then administered in the final week of the block.
Methods: A retrospective review of NBME shelf scores for our
Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship was performed for academic years 2015-2017
and compared to those from academic year 2017-2018. Student scores
were collected and de-identified. Mean scores were then obtained for
each six-week rotation in 2015-2017 as well as the 4-week rotation school
Results: A comparison of 4-week versus 6-week shelf scores at
each site showed a significant decrease of 2.16 in the shelf scores at Hershey
during the 4-week rotation (P=0.03). Harrisburg Hospital scores
decreased by 0.31 (P=0.83) while York scores increased by 2.23 (P=0.21) during
4-week rotations. However, a decrease in overall mean shelf score in
4-week scores compared to 6-week scores across all sites by 0.08 was not
Discussions: Analysis of the shelf scores across all of the 4-week
rotations following curriculum change revealed no significant difference in
mean scores when compared to the 6-week rotations. However, there
was a site-specific significant decrease in mean scores at our main
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Students Stuck in a Swamp? Scripting Promotes Medical Student Involvement in Obstetric & Gynecologic Care
Purpose: Characterize the effect of staff scripting on medical student
acceptance in outpatient ob-gyn clinic visits.
Background: Direct patient care is a major tributary in the river
of medical education. When patients refuse medical student involvement in their
care, students are stranded in stagnant quagmire. Review of the literature
shows that medical student refusal is a national issue not limited solely to
obstetrics and gynecology (ob-gyn) clerkships (Chang, et al, 2010; Mavis,
et al, 2006; Hartz & Beale, 2000). Written and video messages about medical
student training have been effective in furthering medical student acceptance
in clinical encounters (Buck & Littleton, 2016). Open the floodgates!
Methods: A literature review using search terms “medical
student AND refusal” was conducted to guide script composition. Medical
assistant and nursing staff implemented the script in an outpatient ob-gyn
resident clinic. The script was revised halfway through the clerkship year
based on patient and staff feedback. All ob-gyn medical students were surveyed
regarding their involvement in patient visits prior to and after script
Results: After script implementation, the percent of medical
students refused from at least one patient interaction decreased from 92% to
86%. 66% percent of our students perceived scripting as a supportive measure
for medical students, and 61% percent witnessed staff, residents, and faculty
Discussions: Data from our institution suggest that scripting improves
medical student involvement in ob-gyn patient care. Involving staff, students,
and patients on scripting revision helped foster a learning environment rich as
the Mississippi delta in which medical students can thrive.
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Simulated Paging Curriculum to Assess and Improve Communication Skills
Purpose: To examine the impact of a simulated paging curriculum for
senior medical students on physician-nurse communication skills.
Background: New residents are expected to triage and address a
high volume of clinical pages yet medical students receive little training in
this important skill. Previous studies have evaluated the impact of simulated
paging curricula on clinical decision making and student confidence but have
not examined the effect on communication skills.
Methods: Two trained Registered Nurses (RNs) administered
specialty-specific pages to 76 fourth-year medical students enrolled in 4-week
residency preparation electives. For each case, RNs evaluated students’
performances on seven communication domains using previously validated 5-point
semantic-differentiation scales (1=worst, 5=best) in precision, instruction,
assertiveness, direction, organization, engagement, and ability to solicit
information. Immediate feedback was provided to the students.
Results: A total of 351 pages were administered: 144 in week 1,
73 (week 2), 97 (week 3), and 37 (week 4). Students from all specialties
improved communication scores throughout the four weeks. Mean
communication scores increased from 4.02 to 4.26 from week 1 to week 2
(<0.0001). Improvement was most pronounced for the students going into
internal medicine (3.82 to 4.25) and pediatrics (3.95 to 4.38) and less
pronounced for the procedural specialties of surgery (4.26 to 4.22) and ob/gyn
(4.07 to 4.18). Communication skills continued to improve in weeks 3 and 4 but
with inadequate number of pages to power this comparison.
Discussions: Our data demonstrates that a simulated paging curriculum is a
promising platform for teaching and improving physician-nurse communication
skills for senior medical students.
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Service-learning Wellness Initiative in the Harvard Medical School Clerkship Curriculum
Purpose: The first aim was to assess if incorporation of a
service-based initiative into the curriculum results in professional
fulfillment, principally: improved medical student feelings of compassion,
contribution, wellness, understanding of community need, and team-building of
the student class. The second aim is to report the development of this
Background: Service-learning increases student awareness of
community resources, promotes service to the community, team-building through
cooperation rather than competition, broadens cultural awareness, and fosters
wellness through hands-on contribution.
Methods: The entire class of second year clerkship students
volunteered at a local non-profit organization. Students were divided into
small groups to work at various team tasks. Following, the entire group
reconvened for teaching reflection. They were asked a value-based qualifier of
the experience. They were also asked to provide feedback as an open response.
Quantitative data were analyzed using summary statistics, Wilcoxon rank sum and
Fischer’s exact test. Content analysis was used to determine themes from the
Results: 47 students participated, 48.9% of whom were male.
Average satisfaction with the intervention was high (mean 4.26 on a 5-point
Likert scale), with no difference in satisfaction noted by gender. Positive
themes included feelings of contribution, wellness, and team-building, with 9
respondents requesting to repeat the event at regular intervals.
Discussions: It is crucial to investigate different types of wellness
interventions throughout UME. Service-based interventions are not adequately
studied and may be an important addition to the wellness program as they are a
way for students to feel connected to the community they are
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Saving Lives: Students Enhancing Patient Health Literacy Regarding Hypertension in Pregnancy and Prenatal Aspirin
Purpose: To increase medical student’s knowledge, behavior and belief
systems regarding hypertension (HTN) in pregnancy and prenatal aspirin (PNA).
To increase patient\'s understanding regarding the complications of HTN in
pregnancy and the benefits of PNA.
Background: Prenatal aspirin (81 mg) has been recommended by ACOG
for high-risk women and women with >1 moderate risk factor. Its use reduces
the rate of preeclampsia, preterm birth, intrauterine growth restriction and
fetal death in at-risk patients. In a survey conducted at Boston Medical
Center, the incidence of hypertension in pregnancy is 30%, with only 15% of
patient having heard of PNA, demonstrating high prevalence and low patient
literacy regarding the topic.
Methods: Ob/Gyn clerkship students are instructed to educate
patients regarding: knowledge of HTN in pregnancy, warning signs of
preeclampsia, and efficacy of PNA in pregnancy. The student educational
intervention was evaluated regarding: satisfaction, knowledge, confidence, and
belief systems by surveys at the beginning and end of the clerkship. Patient
education was evaluated by pre and post intervention metrics.
Results: Student knowledge of PNA and HTN increased 35%,
confidence 45% and belief systems 14%. They gave the project a 72%
satisfaction rating. Patient’s knowledge about HTN increased 48%, warning
signs 80%, and understanding of efficacy of PNA 65%.
Discussions: Medical student health counseling increased patient knowledge
regarding HTN and PNA. By educating patients, students also increased their
knowledge and confidence in the subject. We plan to continue implementing this
QI project throughout the year to augment a departmental QI initiative and
evaluate its benefit to patients and students.
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Removing the Shelf Cutoff to Achieve Honors in the Clerkship Does Not Change Test Scores
Purpose: Purpose: To identify students’ performance on the NBME
subject examination changes when a minimum score requirement for Honors is
Background: Background: The NBME subject examination is used in
many obstetrics and gynecology clerkships as an objective measure of knowledge.
The exam score may be included in the calculation of a student’s final grade,
with a requirement to achieve a certain minimum score to be eligible for a
grade of Honors. At our institution, this cutoff was removed from the obstetrics
and gynecology clerkship in 2017.
Methods: Methods: Scores for the Obstetrics and Gynecology
subject examination at the University of Pennsylvania were compared between
2016 (the most recent year in which a cutoff was used) and 2017 (the first year
in which the cutoff was removed). Comparative statistical analyses were
performed, including mean, standard deviation, and Student’s T-test.
Results: Results: In 2016, 161 students took the NBME subject
examination, during which time a minimum score of 81 was required to be
eligible for a final grade of Honors. The mean score was 80.58 (range 61-93,
standard deviation 6.34). In 2017, the minimum cutoff requirement was removed,
and 163 students took the exam. The mean score was 80.42 (range 53-94, standard
deviation 6.38). The T-test result for comparison between the two means was
Discussions: Discussion: At this academic institution, the mean NBME
subject examination score did not change between the two years. Students
continue to study for the final exam when the minimum cutoff is removed.
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Professionalism Training in the Global Setting: Program at Ayder Hospital and Mekele University in Ethiopia
Purpose: Using the current partnership between University of Illinois
in Chicago, Illinois (UIC) and Ayder Hospital/Mekele University in Mekele,
Ethiopia (Ayder), this study evaluated the effectiveness of professionalism
training for medical students and resident trainees at Ayder.
Background: Threats to professionalism in medicine have led to
more universal teaching of professionalism to trainees and practicing
physicians. Currently, professionalism is listed by the ACGME as one of the 6
general clinical competencies. Many programs that include group sessions
and standardized patients have been implemented in American institutions,
although little research has been directed towards professionalism training in
a global health setting. This study aimed to determine the effect of a
professionalism training at Ayder.
Methods: Participants in a professionalism and communication
training were offered participation in a pre- and post-test survey. The survey
focused on the perception and function of professionalism in the medical
workplace, and included quantitative and qualitative data. The pre- and
post-test surveys were conducted prior to and at completion of the training.
Results: A convenience sample of medical students and resident
trainees at Ayder participated in the pre- and post-test surveys. The training
had a positive effect on the perception of professionalism and identified
opportunities for behavioral improvement.
Discussions: We saw that the professional training was an effective tool
for implementing professionalism into medical education curricula in this
global health setting. However, further research regarding the long term impact
and ability to implement clinical competencies into global health settings will
help determine the plausibility of repeating such a study in other sites.
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Predictors of Trainees\' Willingness to Provide Family Planning Services: A Survey of Ob-Gyn Residents
Purpose: To determine factors that contribute to a resident’s
willingness to provide abortions post-residency.
Background: The shortage of abortion providers makes accessing
care difficult. Personal and environmentalfactors within the residency training
environment may be modified so that greater numbers ofgraduates opt to become
Methods: A multiple-choice survey was sent to all ACGME
accredited OB/GYN residency programs. Data on demographics,religious and
political views, residency training experience and intent to provide abortions
was collected anonymously (n=396).
Results: Sixty-eight percent of residents intended to provide
abortions (n = 269). The sample was 89% female, underage 35 (97%), heterosexual
(91%). In a multivariable logistical regression, the following demographic
factors predicted intent to provide abortion; being female (aOR 2.8; 95% CI
1.2-6.5), identifying as non-Christian (aOR 3.6; 1.9-6.6), and being raised in
the Northeast (vs South) (aOR 3.0; 1.3-6.7) .Modifiable predictors of intention
to provide included programs where 50% of the faculty provided abortions (aOR
3.3;95% CI 1.8-5.8). Additionally, residents who performed greater than 20
cases (uOR 3.3, 95% CI 1.6-6.7) were three times more likely to plan
toprovide.Selection of a residency emphasizing family planning significantly
correlated with intent toprovide (aOR 4.3; 95% CI 2.4-7.8). Those training at
Ryan Programs were twice as likely (uOR2.4; 95% CI 1.6-3.8) to intend to
Discussions: Modifiable factors such as early exposure of medical students
to family planning, faculty selection, robust case volumes and establishment of
a Ryanprogram may enhance the number of graduates offering abortions while in
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Perceptions Regarding Medical Students Performing Pelvic Examinations on Anesthetized Female Patients
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine perceptions
regarding medical students performingpelvic examinations on anesthetized female
Background: Pelvic exams performed under anesthesia continues to
be a controversial topic, but studies looking at medical staff are lacking.
Methods: An internet based survey was distributed to OB/GYNs,
OR nurses/techs,anesthesiologists/CRNAs, and medical students at multiple
hospitals and medical schools.Demographic data were collected. Non-demographic
answers to questions were recorded on a 5-point scale. Characteristics between
the respondent groups were statistically compared usingChi-squared test for
independence and the Fisher’s Exact Test.
Results: 337surverys were completed. 72% of respondents
believed permission should be obtained from patientsprior to the performance of
EUAs by medical students on anesthetized femalepatients. 30% of respondents
believed prior consent was usually obtained. 50% believed patients would agree
to have the exams performed. 80% thought patients would be upset if an EUA by a
medical student was performed on them without their prior consent. 32% of
nurses believed medical students should be allowed to examine anesthetized
patients. Medical students were less likely to believe it was appropriate
for a student to examine a patient, there was an educational benefit, and that
patients would consent.
Discussions: Despite the perception of all OB/GYN OR team members that
consent should be obtained beforemedical students perform pelvic examinations
on anesthetized female patients, this does notusually occur. Almost 50% of
medical students would not encourage their female relatives toconsent to
medical students performing such pelvic examinations.
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Parenthood and Medical Careers: The Challenges and Experiences of Physician Moms in the US
Purpose: This survey study sought to gain a better understanding of
the experiences and challenges physician moms face during training and as
Background: Balancing the demands of medical training and a career
along with those of parenthood is challenging. Currently 46% of residents and
fellows in training are women, with a rate as high as 83% in Obstetrics and
Methods: We surveyed 897 physician moms from January
2018-February 2018 about their experiences with child-bearing, breastfeeding
and maternity leave. Participants completed an open-ended question “What is
your biggest challenge as a physician mom?”, these answers were qualitatively
Results: The majority of participants (40%) had their first
child between 31 and 34 years old; 36% of participants had their first child as
a resident, while 28% did as junior faculty. For those who had a child during
residency, 38% breastfed for 1 year or more, 26% breastfed for 6 months or
less. For women who delayed child-bearing, 55% delayed to complete training,
21% delayed for financial reasons, 20% delayed for infertility, 12% of
participants delayed due to pressure from their training program. For women who
had a child during training 44% described having inadequate leave, but 53%
report support from program administration. The themes for biggest challenges
for physician moms were coded as: time/hours (37%), balance (26%);
over-expectation/guilt/shame (21%), work/working at home (21%), missing out (18%);
Discussions: Based on our results, there are clear ways residency programs
and departments can support physician moms with the challenges they face.
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P&S Partners in Pregnancy: A Longitudinal, Patient-Centered Program for Preclinical Students
Purpose: To develop a longitudinal clinical program pairing first-year
medical students with prenatal patients.
Background: Students who participate in early clinical,
longitudinal experiences report greater confidence in communication, comfort in
clinical settings, and self-esteem during transition to clerkship year.
However, few longitudinal experiences exist for preclinical students at
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Methods: A retrospective needs assessment evaluating interest,
motivating factors, and perceived barriers to participation was distributed to
second-year students. In response, we developed a program pairing ten
first-year students with pregnant patients. Students partake in lectures and
accompany patients to prenatal visits. Initial perceptions about the
patient-physician relationship were assessed in both groups using the
Patient-Practitioner Orientation Scale (PPOS), with 1 indicating
“doctor-/disease-centered,” and 6 indicating “patient-centered.”
Results: 49% of students completed the needs assessment. 90%
reported that they would be at least “somewhat interested” in a longitudinal
prenatal pairing program. Motivating factors included desiring longitudinal
experience (87%), early clinical exposure (82%), and patient advocacy/community
engagement (78%). Our program was designed accordingly. All first-year students
were invited to apply; ten were accepted. At recruitment, mean student PPOS
score was 4.64 compared to 3.95 for patients.
Discussions: Students in early medical education are enthusiastic about
longitudinal patient experiences and demonstrate patient-centered mindsets.
Programs such as ours may help maintain and cultivate patient-centeredness,
with the potential to improve patient satisfaction(1) and create positive
attitudes towards medical student involvement.
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doctor-patient congruence of satisfaction. Patient Educ Couns 2000;
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