Vaginal Hysterectomy Training in Residency: How Many Cases Is Enough?
Purpose: To evaluate the association of number of total vaginal hysterectomies
(TVHs) performed during residency on comfort level and practice habits after
Background: TVH is the preferred route of hysterectomy whenever
feasible. Evidence is limited about the number of cases needed in residency to
produce physicians comfortable with TVH.
Methods: We performed a cross-sectional study of 2007-2017
graduates of the MAHEC OBGYN Residency Program. Using an online survey,
self-reported feedback was collected on number of TVHs performed in residency,
ratings (5-point scales) of adequacy of training and comfort level with the
procedure, and the number of TVHs performed in current practice. Spearman
correlation (coefficient rho) was used to examine the correlation between the
number of TVHs performed in residency and outcomes.
Results: Of the 35 graduates meeting inclusion criteria, 31
(88.6%) completed the survey. The range of TVHs performed by graduation varied
from 10-59. TVHs performed in residency was significantly correlated with:
perceived overall quality of training in TVH (rho=0.565; p=0.001), level of
comfort performing TVH within 12 months of graduation (rho=0.384; p=0.43) ,
level of comfort currently (rho=0.414; p=0.028), and number of TVHs performed
over the last year (rho = 0.448; p=0.042). Graphic representation
of TVHs performed in residency against comfort ratings demonstrated
substantial, favorable increases in ratings from 10-19 to 20-29 and to 30-39
and leveling off from 30-39 and above.
Discussions: The number of TVHs performed in residency is associated with
alumni perception of training quality, comfort level and practice habits. Our
alumni suggest 30-39 TVHs may be the “sweet spot.”
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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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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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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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Simulation Training for Operative Vaginal Delivery Among Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents: A Systematic Review
Purpose: To evaluate the impact of simulation training of operative
vaginal delivery (OVD) on learner technique, operator comfort, and
Background: Obstetric simulation affords learners opportunities to
acquire and to refine clinical skills in a low-stress environment while
potentially improving patient outcomes. However, the effect of simulation
on OVD training is less clear.
Methods: A systematic research protocol was constructed a
priori for the conduct of the literature search, study selection, data
abstraction and data synthesis. Electronic databases were searched for
educational randomized trials and observational studies assessing OVD
simulation training for OBGYN residents. The educational domains of
knowledge, skills and attitudes were evaluated. The Medical Education
Research Study Quality Instrument (MERSQI) was used to assess study
quality. The review was prospectively registered with PROSPERO.
Results: The search strategy yielded 30,812 articles, with 7
articles eligible for analysis (2 cohort studies, 1 case-control study, 4
cross-sectional studies). No randomized trials were identified.
Studies demonstrated simulation to improve learners’ skill with forceps
placement and generated force during extraction. While forceps simulation
had no change in procedure failure rates, there were significant decreases in
rates of maternal lacerations, neonatal injury, and special-care nursery
admission. Only one study evaluated the effect of simulation on provider
comfort, demonstrating increased provider comfort with vacuum-assisted
delivery. The median MERSQI score was 9.5 (range 9.0-13.5), indicating
Discussions: The available evidence suggests improvement in technique,
comfort, and patient outcomes with OVD simulation, but additional studies are
required to further characterize such benefits for both forceps and vacuum.
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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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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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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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Preparing Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents for the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Assessment
Purpose: The purpose of this report is to describe the training curriculum
which has been successfully used to prepare Ob/Gyn residents for
the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) assessment at the
University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate campus.
Background: The FLS program was launched by the Society of
American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons in October, 2004. The program
highlights the simple aim of teaching and testing the fundamentals of
laparoscopic surgery in a consistent, validated format. In January, 2018, the
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology announced the plan to add the FLS
program to the requirements for board certification in Ob/Gyn. This new
requirement will create education challenges for program directors across the
Methods: We conducted a literature review on the implementation
of FLS in Ob/Gyn training. We then conducted an analysis of our FLS curriculum
at UMMS-Baystate, which has successfully prepared 39-residents for FLS
certification with a 100% pass rate on the skills assessment. We highlighted changes
that have occurred since FLS certification was made a graduation requirement
for our residents in 2012.
Results: Key features of our curriculum include early access to
OR participation, creation of a satellite simulation lab near L&D, practice
FLS skills exams and a faculty point person.
Discussions: This analysis highlights a strong curriculum, which has been
successfully incorporated into our program for all residents. We also highlight
ongoing speculation regarding the utility of the FLS cognitive exam in the
evaluation of Ob/Gyn residents, with knowledge of early work which is being
done to address this issue.
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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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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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Medical Student Self-initiated Form Improves Compliance of Documenting Formal Mid-clerkship Feedback
Purpose: A medical student self-initiated feedback form is a simple,
yet innovative way to meet LCME requirement to document mid-rotation feedback
during the busy clerkship.
Background: Mid-rotation feedback during the clerkship is crucial
in helping trainees learn their strengths/weakness in order to improve clinical
performance and develop clinical competency. The LCME has
established a standard for clerkship directors (CD) to document formal
mid-rotation feedback for medical students during clinical clerkships but due
to competing demands, this standard has been challenging to meet. This
educational quality improvement project examined the effect of instituting a
self-initiated feedback form on documentation of formal mid-rotation feedback.
Methods: Beginning January 2018, we instituted a mandatory
self-initiated feedback form to be completed prior to meeting with the
CD. The 4-item feedback form includes prompts for students to
self-reflect on strengths/weaknesses and space for comments to discuss with the
CD. Completed forms are uploaded to an electronic assessment system.
Results: At our institution, compliance with documenting Ob/Gyn
mid-rotation feedback improved substantially to 98% in 2017-18 as compared to
77% in 2016-17 and 71% in 2015-16. Similar trends occurred in other
clerkships, particularly in pediatrics and general surgery, thereby
demonstrating generalizability of intervention.
A medical student self-initiated feedback form improved
compliance of documenting formal mid-rotation feedback while decreasing CD
workload. This intervention also made feedback meetings more engaging,
robust and meaningful. This innovation places ownership of
initiating feedback on the medical student, and less on the CD. This form
can be incorporated at other undergraduate medical institutions.
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Let’s All Have Big Fun on the Bayou: Exploring Gender Differences in Year-end Faculty Evaluations
Purpose: Evaluate how female and
male faculty score themselves on self-evaluations compared to each other and
decades, women have been proportionately represented among ob/gyn residency
graduates. However, male ob/gyn faculty are disproportionately represented
among leadership positions and rank of professor and male salaries remain
higher. Advancement and salaries are often based on evaluations.
analyzed de-identified departmental data from 2015-2018, comparing the mean
self-evaluation score (range 1-5) for female and male faculty and the
difference between self and Chair rating for patient care, education and
research. Continuous variables were analyzed using student t-tests.
Results: The mean
number of female and male faculty during the study period was 16 and 15
respectively. The rank of female and male faculty were 69% and 47% assistant,
31% and 20% associate and 0% and 33% professors, respectively. Self-ratings for
women and men were 4.1 vs. 4.5 (p=0.04) for patient care, 3.8 vs. 4.3 (p
<0.001) for education, and 3.6 vs 3.8 (p=NS) for research. Compared to the
Chair rating, the mean difference for female and male self-evaluation was
similar in patient care (0.72 vs. 0.53, p= NS) and research (0.22 vs. 0.25
p=NS) but differed in education (0.9 vs. 0.5 p<0.01)
Discussions: Faculty self-evaluation
differed between women and men; women consistently rated themselves lower, with
significant discrepancies in patient care and education. Chair ratings were
comparable, but were higher for females in education. The cause and impact of
this gender difference in faculty evaluation merits further study.
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Join the Club: Integration of the CREOG Journal Club Curriculum Improves OBGYN Residents Statistical Literacy
Purpose: To evaluate the impact
on resident comprehension of biostatistics and research methodology after
restructuring a residency journal club based on the CREOG journal club
reveal dismal resident performance on statistical literacy evaluations.
However, little is known regarding OBGYN residents’ ability to interpret
research methodology and results and how these abilities are impacted by the
integration of evidence-based medicine principles into journal club curricula.
pre-/post-intervention study of 22 OBGYN residents at a single institution was
conducted to evaluate the impact of integrating the new curriculum
(intervention). Participants were administered a survey comprised of 3
sections: a questionnaire in which residents ranked their perceived ability to
analyze research literature, a previously validated fifteen question
epidemiological/biostatistical knowledge tool, and five questions assessing the
curriculum changes. Analysis was performed using Chi-square test, Wilcoxon rank
sum test, and paired t-test.
overall mean percentage correct on statistical knowledge and interpretation of
results pre-intervention was 36.6% versus 67.3% (p<0.0001)
post-intervention. Higher pre-intervention scores were associated with prior
biostatistics training (45.2% vs 32.9%; p=.001); however, post-intervention,
scores were equivalent (66.9% vs 69.4%; p=0.753). Residents (90.9%) preferred
the restructured journal club, and 19/22 (86.3%) residents report their desire
to continue participating in this journal club format post-training.
Discussions: Significant improvement
in residents’ biostatistics knowledge, with resultant increased confidence in
their ability to interpret clinical research results, was a demonstrated
outcome of the implementation of the CREOG journal club format. Residency
programs can provide more effective biostatistics training by incorporating
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Jazzy Tracking Curriculum Provides Music to the Ears of Innovative Educators in OB/GYN
Purpose: Share outcomes from an
innovative curricular approach to improving the training and skill of OB/GYN physicians
in an environment of decreased training hours
programs across the US are searching for ways to improve surgical experiences
in OB/GYN residencies with decreased training hours. In response, we developed
the first OB/GYN program to offer an innovative, flexible curriculum referred
to as “tracking.”
modified-Delphi method was initially used to develop the program and gain
faculty consensus for innovative curriculum change. Evaluation of the outcomes
of our 15 graduates between 2016-2018 includes job/fellowship placement,
subjective data and achievement of minimum requirements based on procedure
is consistently noted as a reason that candidates interview at our program. Our
residents have consistently exceeded minimal surgical requirements. Examples
are 2018 graduates had an average of 395 of 200 required SDEL (331-461,) 272 of
145 required CDEL (211-333,) and 61 of 20 required LHYST (41-100.) 2019
class had only AHYST and ISPF yet left to achieve at the beginning of year 4.
Of our 15 graduates, 9 (60%) have entered fellowship. All 6 of our PGY-4 class
are interviewing for fellowship.
Discussions: Flexible curricula,
such as tracking, offer an innovative approach to a changing climate of medicine.
The ability to offer flexible, focused training will produce graduates who
excel in all areas of OB/GYN while sharpening skills specific to their areas of
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Improved Procedure Performance with Practice of Ultrasound Guidance Targeting Tasks
Purpose: To determine if
repetitive practice of ultrasound guidance targeting tasks improves procedural
skill in a simulated setting
Background: Due to a
decrease in ultrasound guided invasive procedures other training methods are
required to insure all MFM fellows graduate with sufficient skill to independently
perform these procedures.
Methods: 1st year
medical students either practiced the targeting tasks during 4 weekly one hour
sessions (training group) or had no training (controls). Afterward all
performed a simulated amniocentesis (AC) and chorionic villus sampling
(CVS). Procedures were timed and the presence of the following recorded:
1) proper angle of entry, 2) excessive (>0.5 cm) needle movement during
aspiration, and 3) critical errors (touching the fetus during AC, touching the
opposite uterine wall or amniotic cavity during CVS).
were 22 in the training group and 15 controls. AC completion time was
140±28 seconds (sec) vs. 211±62 sec in the training and control groups,
respectively (p(0.0%) vs. 1/15 (6.7%), 3/22 (13.6%) vs. 7/15 (46.7%), and 6/22
27.3%) and 8/15 (53.3%) had improper angles, excessive needle movement (p(9.1%)
vs. 10/15 (66.7%), 1/22 (4.5%) vs. 8/15 (53.3%), and 3/22 (13.6%) vs. 9/15
(60.0%)had improper angles, excessive needle movement, and critical errors,
respectively (all p<0.05).
Discussions: Repetitive practice of
the targeting tasks improved student performance in simulated AC and CVS.
There appeared to be greater benefit for CVS performance. Regular
practice of the targeting tasks will likely benefit MFM fellow training.
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Impact of Student and Evaluator Gender on Clinical Performance Evaluations in an OB/GYN Clerkship
Purpose: Determine if student
and evaluator gender are associated with a difference in student clinical
performance evaluations (CPEs) of third year OB/GYN clerkship students at the
University of Kansas School of Medicine (KU SOM).
Background: CPEs are
innately subjective measures of evaluation but account for a large percentage
of clerkship grades. This study evaluates the objective measures (NBME subject
examination and in-house subject test) and CPEs of third year OB/GYN clerkship
students. Objective and subjective data will be compared to assess for
differences based on gender of the student. Further analysis of evaluator
gender on CPEs provided for both male and female students will be evaluated. By
collecting objective and subjective student data, and taking evaluator gender
into account, this study intends to fill in the gaps of previous gender bias
research which has not assessed all factors in combination.
analysis of 1,407 CPEs by 50 evaluators for 249 third year medical students
completing the OB/GYN clerkship at KUSOM from May 2016 through May 2018.
Student/evaluator gender, length of observation, overall clinical performance
and objective examination scores were recorded. T-tests were used to
compare continuous variables and statistical significance was determined by a
and subjective measures of student performance demonstrated no difference
between male (n=126) and female (n=122) students. Female (n=43) and male
(n=7) evaluators scored female students slightly higher, but differences were
not statistically significant.
Discussions: This retrospective
study did not find any difference in clinical performance evaluations of male
or female students in their OB/GYN clerkship.
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Impact of Resident Led Didactics on OBGYN Clerkship Shelf Scores and Student Satisfaction
Purpose: Compare NBME shelf
scores prior to and after implementation of the Wednesday lecture
series.Compare satisfaction scores of students prior to and post implementation
of Wednesday lecture series. Scores would be obtained from the Aesculapian
Society who evaluates students’ overall perceptions of clerkships
· The ACGME and LCME has designated teaching as an
accreditation standard with numerous competencies. Residents serve as clinical
teachers for medical students with studies indicating that residents spend up
to 20% of their time teaching medical students.
· In a national survey 60% of students reported that
they received their teaching from residents and fellows during their obstetrics
and gynecology clerkships.
· In 2015-2016, the department of Obstetrics &
Gynecology at Louisiana State University School of Medicine-New Orleans
implemented a new lecture series for 3rd year medical students.
· Wednesday Lectures: High yield OB/GYN topics
delivered by chief resident.
· Lectures designed to complement Team-Based Learning
· Shelf exam scores from 2011-2017 were reviewed and
compared across the training sites.
· Control Group: Baton Rouge and Lafayette based
students who do not receive the same lectures.
· Aesculapian Society Evaluations.Scores before and
after implementation were examined
· Positive correlation in resident teaching and
· Positive correlation in NBME scores and satisfaction
· Student experience and satisfaction may vary by
location based on clinical exposure and opportunity
· No standardized resident-lectures amongst all
· Future Implications: Standardized implementation
of resident led didactics. Our goal is to Implement ACGME recommended
‘Resident-as-teachers program as already established in other institutions and
improve shelf scores over the next 5 years.
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