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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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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The Substantial Rise of Clinician Educators Among Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty, 1977-2017
Purpose: To determine trends in faculty career development, stratified
by gender and under-represented minority (URM) status, for
obstetrician-gynecologists (ob-gyn) at all U.S. medical schools.
Background: The growing number of faculty and opportunities for
career pathways have expanded considerably at U.S. medical schools. This growth
differs between clinical specialties. Any dominance of non-tenure faculty has
important implications on academic promotion policies and teaching
Methods: In this observational study, we used the Association
of American Medical Colleges Faculty Roster to describe trends in career
pathways (clinician educator, tenure-track, tenure) of full-time faculty at all
U.S. MD-granting medical schools between 1977 and 2017. Proportions of
female and URM faculty on each pathway were compared with that of male and
Results: Between 1977 and 2017, the number of full-time faculty
increased from 1,628 to 6,347, mostly as clinician educators (from 345 to
4,607; 13.4-fold increase) than as being either tenured (from 457 to 587) or on
tenure-track (366 to 514). The proportion of clinician educators increased from
21.2% to 69.4%. The availability of tenure positions remained constant (92.7%
of all schools); however, the proportions of tenured and tenure-track faculty
declined steadily from 28.1% and 22.5%, respectively to 8.2-9.1% for each
group. The proportions of male and female faculty who were tenured or on
tenure track declined from 52.9% and 37.1% respectively to 23.3% and 13.6%. The
proportion who were tenured or on tenure-track declined similarly for URM (from
55.3% to 13.4%) and non-URM (from 50.2% to 18.0%) faculty.
Discussions: The substantial rise in ob-gyn faculty is largely among those
who pursued careers as clinician educators. This finding confirms the essential
need and protected time for educator development programs at all schools to
more effectively teach medical students and resident physicians.
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Targeted Interventions to Improve Resident Well-being
Purpose: To quantify and compare physician well-being and incidence of
burnout across residency programs at our institution, emphasizing
program-specific and resident-driven interventions
Background: As the national conversation regarding physician
well-being evolves, the importance of addressing physician burnout has come to
the forefront. Our institution identified moderate levels of burnout across all
residency programs, and thus initiated institution-wide efforts. Literature
suggests utilizing organization-wide and targeted interventions together has
the most significant impact on improving well-being and reducing burnout.
Methods: A Modified Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) survey is
distributed annually to all residents at our institution. Results from
2015-2018 were analyzed to track changes in burnout scores. All residents
participated in institution-wide interventions. Some departments initiated
additional resident-determined program-specific interventions.
Results: Mean MBI scores qualified for moderate burnout for all
programs across all years. Most programs utilizing institution-wide
interventions demonstrated no change in burnout scores; while some,
specifically OB/GYN, saw a statistically significant increase in burnout scores
(p<0.001). Departments with program-specific interventions demonstrated
decreased scores during the same time period.
Discussions: Residency programs utilizing targeted interventions
demonstrated marked improvement in burnout scores. Amongst those
without targeted interventions, OB/GYN demonstrated the largest increase in
burnout, suggesting differing etiologies of burnout for individual programs,
with OB/GYN being uniquely susceptible. We plan to combat this by utilizing a
guided focus group of OB/GYN residents to identify drivers of burnout and
specific interventions addressing these factors, using the Mayo Well-Being
Index to track anticipated improvement. Continued work in evidence-based
strategies addressing the challenge of burnout will ultimately produce more
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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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Residents Express Emotional, Social and Physical Stress in the Clinical Learning Environment
Purpose: To evaluate OBGYN residents’ perceptions of personal wellness
in relation to their clinical learning environment
Background: Resident wellbeing is a significant issue affecting
our future physicians’ abilities to fulfill their training potential.
Methods: The Council on Resident Education in OBGYN (CREOG)
administered a voluntary, anonymous, six-item wellness survey. One
question asked about personal experience with mental health problems
(burnout, depression, binge drinking, eating disorders or suicide attempt) and
then provided a free text response for “other” issues. The free text
responses were reviewed and analyzed. The ACOG IRB determined this survey
exempt from review.
Results: Of 5,061 residents, 4,099 completed the question on
personal issues experienced in residency (81% RR), and 200 free text responses
were submitted. 1593 residents (32%) endorsed clinical depression.
34 (0.8%) wrote in anxiety, although this was not a formal category. The
free text responses clustered into three categories: physical health (n=56),
social concerns (n=34), and mood symptoms (n=115). Symptoms of clinical
depression comprised 5,992 responses, combining structured questions and free
text responses. 18 (0.4%) had attempted suicide, and 18 additional
residents wrote in suicide ideation or attempt, translating into almost 1% of
our residents having contemplated or tried self-harm, likely related to work
Discussions: Significant mood disorders and self-harm are under-recognized
among OBGYN residents, even as they acknowledge these symptoms. Programs
must consider formal evaluations for depression, anxiety, and suicide risk,
conduct thorough culture evaluations to ensure these symptoms are not being
normalized, and tailor their interventions to provide accessible, confidential
support services within the clinical learning environment.
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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 Excellence in Residency Training and Board Passage Among OB/GYN Residents
Purpose: Our purpose is to determine which metrics predict success in
residency and ABOG written board passage (BP).
Background: The success of an Ob/Gyn residency program relies upon
recruiting candidates who will excel academically (CREOG scores), clinically
(ACGME milestones), and ensure residents pass boards. Additionally,
early identification of residents at risk for failing allows for appropriate
Methods: Medical school ranking, OBGYN clerkship grade, letters
of recommendation (LOR), USMLE Step scores were collected from 2013-2018 for
the Wayne State OBGYN residency program (n=59) and related to their CREOG
scores, ACGME milestones and to board passage using mixed effects logistical
Results: Students honoring ObGyn and those with Step 1 scores
>200 were more likely to become successful residents (milestones >3
“Excellent or Outstanding”). While, milestones were not predictive of board
passage, higher milestones, specifically in problem based learning (PBL) were
associated with higher scores on all CREOGs which are associated with board
passage. Additionally, wording in the MSPE was positively associated with
honors, CREOG3 & CREOG 4 scores, and board passage. Residents in danger of
failing Boards had CREOG3 (or 3.8 95%CI 1.7-8.6) or CREOG4 (or 3.7 95%CI
1.7-8.2) scores were unrelated to board passage.
Discussions: This study suggests selecting applicants with high clerkship
grades, USMLE1, and high class rank and discounts the value of LOR. Milestones
appear to be of limited value for board passage and in identifying at-risk
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Perioperative Complications Curriculum for the OB/GYN Resident: A Pilot Study
Purpose: To develop and implement a perioperative complications
Background: ACGME program requirements and milestones include
recognizing and managing perioperative complications.
Methods: Residents, Fellows, and Faculty were sent a needs
assessment survey, addressing satisfaction with baseline perioperative
complications curriculum and preferences for development of new
curricula. Additionally, Residents completed a knowledge pretest.
Over four weeks, Residents received weekly emails through the Qualtrics
software program linking to topic-specific materials, including interactive,
online case-based modules. A post-implementation survey was distributed
to assess Resident satisfaction with programming and to retest knowledge.
Results: With 75% (21/28) of Residents and 47% (40/86)
Fellows/Faculty completing the needs assessment survey, 95% (20/21) of
Residents and 90% (36/40) Fellows/Faculty reported dissatisfaction with
pretest mean score was 72% (40-90%, SD = 15).
online case-based modules were developed for topics including ureteral injury,
bowel injury, vaginal cuff dehiscence, and bladder injury. Curriculum
materials were successfully distributed on a weekly basis to all Resident
learners, as confirmed through the web-based software program.
module completion rates were 50%, 36%, 29%, and 18% for weeks 1-4,
percent of Residents completed the post-implementation survey, with 100%
reporting satisfaction with the online case-based modular curriculum.
Knowledge post-test mean score was 84% (SD = 15).
Discussions: A needs assessment confirmed poor satisfaction with baseline
perioperative complications curriculum. Web-based materials were
developed and distributed weekly to all Residents who successfully accessed the
4 developed modules. While post-survey responses were few, 100% of
responders reported satisfaction with the developed curriculum.
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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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Outcomes of a Transgender Care Training Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident Education
Purpose: We sought to evaluate outcomes of an Obstetrics and
Gynecology (OB/GYN) resident education program on transgender health.
Background: OB/GYNs are often frontline providers for the
transgender community, as patients may first present to an OB/GYN with symptoms
of gender dysphoria or postoperative care needs and complications. Both the
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Council on
Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) have developed key
areas of competency pertaining to the care of transgender patients by OB/GYNS.
To date, standardized educational curriculums on these competency areas
are not available.
Methods: Residents at our institution completed a 2.5-hour
training on transgender health comprised of a standardized patient interaction,
debriefing session, and didactic session led by an expert on transgender
gynecological care. A 42 item pre- and post-training survey evaluated
participant demographics, a validated transphobia questionnaire, medical
knowledge of transgender care and preparedness to provide transgender care.
Results: Eighteen residents and medical students completed the
training. The average pre- and post-training knowledge assessments scores
significantly improved from 74.8% to 88.9%, (p<0.001). Specifically,
knowledge of transgender health disparities, professional guidelines, and
management of abnormal uterine bleeding all significantly improved. Baseline
transphobia scores were low and did not significantly change. Residents felt
more prepared to collect a transgender focused medical history, provide
referrals, and access additional educational resources.
Discussions: Our training improved residents’ knowledge and preparedness
to provide a variety of aspects of transgender care. This training was
feasible, reproducible and positively received by the resident participants.
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Oral Milestone Assessment versus Electronic Evaluation (E-Value) Milestone Assessment-Is One Better Than Another?
Purpose: To compare milestones assigned to PGY 1 and 2 Residents via
an Oral Milestone Exam versus the traditional retrospective monthly electronic
evaluation system to assess how they aligned.
Background: Programs are tasked with implementing assessment tools
to evaluate the 28 milestones. Most programs use some form of an electronic
evaluation at rotation completion. The Clinical Competency Committee
reviews all information for final score assignment each six month period.
Methods: In 2015, we instituted an Oral Milestone examination
to assign the six-month milestones and compared those scores to our
retrospective monthly on-line evaluations. We evaluated PGY 1 and 2 residents
in a simulated forum on milestones, which included Medical Knowledge, Patient
Care, and Interpersonal /Communication Skills Competencies. All residents were
given simulated patients, cases, and/or skills while each examiner was given
the specific ACGME milestone assessment sheet to score. The residents were
provided with immediate feedback.
Results: From 2015-2018, 78.4% of PGY 1 and 43% of PGY 2 residents
scored higher on the real-time oral milestone exam. Additionally, in 82% of PGY
1 residents and 52% of PGY 2 residents score on the oral exam was at
0.5-1milestone level higher than the retrospective electronic monthly
Discussions: Clinical Competency Committees are tasked with Milestone
assignment to all residents every six months. Evaluation tools that most
reflect the actual milestone completion is a mission of all programs. We set
out to assess whether our electronic monthly retrospective evaluation system
was mirroring the assessment performed on our residents with the real-time oral
milestone exams at the end of the six month interval, just prior to submission
to the ACGME.
Our data suggests discrepancy in our online retrospective milestone evaluation
versus the real-time assessment of an oral exam. Not only did residents score
higher in most circumstances in an oral format, but they were higher by a
half-whole milestone level in the majority of the cases. It would suggest that
our ability as educators to recollect the performance of a resident at an
interval later than the performance may be flawed.
Programs may want to consider instituting an oral milestone examination for
enhanced milestone assessment.
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One Size Doesn’t Fit All for Wellness: Residents’ Perception of Wellness Programming
Purpose: To investigate which wellness interventions have the most meaning
for a modern cohort of OB/GYN residents.
Background: The 2017 CREOG Resident Survey found significant
associations between the learning environment and wellness. The primary
analysis indicated that PGY-1’s prioritized wellness, and that a sense of
wellness decreased with each PGY level. In order to explore whether
developmental stage influenced how wellness initiatives were perceived, we
performed a secondary analysis of the survey to determine how residents at
different PGY levels perceived wellness interventions.
Methods: A six-item survey on wellness was administered before
the 2017 CREOG exam. IRB exemption was obtained. Participation was
voluntary and anonymous, linked only to PGY level. A mixed-methods
analysis of the data was performed. Descriptive statistics were analyzed with
Microsoft Excel 2010. Mann-Whitney U tests were used to explore
differences between PGY-levels. Thematic analysis of text responses was
Results: Among the 5855 residents, 4,753 answered questions
regarding wellness programming (81% RR). Significant differences existed
between year of training and perceived effectiveness for several initiatives.
PGY1 residents valued peer mentorship (p=0.003) and strategic napping
(p<0.001) more than senior residents, while PGY3 residents emphasized
faculty mentoring (p=.005). Regardless of training level, residents
prioritized the same three activities: wellness days to address personal needs,
team-building retreats, and facilitated exercise programs.
Discussions: OBGYN residents perceive some wellness activities as valuable
throughout training, while the importance of others may vary based on resident
year. Most programs do not yet provide the wellness programs (retreats,
facilitated exercise, personal time) that OBGYN residents identify as most
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OB/GYN Resident Education and Experience with Reproductive Justice
Purpose: To understand OB/GYN resident experience with reproductive
Background: Reproductive justice (RJ) is defined as: the right to
have a child, the right to not have a child, the right to parent the children
we have, and the right to control our our birthing and contraceptive options.
Despite its relevance to OB/GYN residency milestones, such as patient-centered
care, patient advocacy, and informed consent, there is currently no formalized
RJ education in residency training.
Methods: We distributed a web-based survey to U.S. OB/GYN
residents to better understand educational and clinical experiences with RJ.
Participants were asked to share clinical experiences with reproductive
injustices. Qualitative data were coded using content analysis and quantitative
data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.
Results: We received 358 responses from OB/GYN residents,
representing 67 U.S. residency programs. 48% of respondents had not
received RJ education during their training. OB/GYN residents reported a
variety of clinical experiences with reproductive justice issues; of the 156
cases shared, common themes included fertility treatment access, care of
marginalized populations, abortion care, and informed consent. Seventy-seven percent
of respondents were interested in receiving further RJ training and 96% of
residents felt that they would benefit from training.
OB/GYN resident experiences with reproductive injustices are
widespread and residents desires additional education. Our results reveal an
opportunity to incorporate these shared clinical experiences into an innovative
RJ curriculum design where residents learn from each other’s diverse clinical
experiences while also applying milestones.
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