Wellness on a Budget: Can It Be Done?
Purpose: To quantify resident well-being, assess the most common stressors
and sources of burnout among residents, and develop cost effective strategies
to improve wellness.
Background: In 2017, the ACGME mandated that residency and
fellowship programs had to demonstrate a commitment to the well-being of the
residents, faculty members, students and all members of the health care team.
Methods: Identifying a cost effective assessment tool
(Well-Being Index) which would link to important wellness resources, national
comparative data, and provide comprehensive reporting to our residency
programs. Analysis of this data and use of focus groups to develop a Resident
Results: The Well-Being Index, distributed at the beginning of
the training year, showed 30% of residents who responded had “at risk” scores.
The focus groups then determined the most common stressors at Henry Ford
Hospital, which fell into 4 common categories: work efficiency/support;
workflow/job demands; organizational values/meaning in work; and work-life
balance. These results allowed the Wellness Taskforce to develop strategies,
both personal and institutional, to combat areas of high stress. Cost effective
interventions totaled under $25,000 and included a Wellness Curriculum
and Wellness Rounds. Details will be shared in presentation.
Discussions: Baseline wellness scores and focus groups allowed us to
determine the extent of our residents’ burnout and identify their most common
stressors. This was an important starting point for planning cost effective
interventions and programming geared to improving resident wellness. Future
plans include assessing the Well-Being Index post-intervention to determine the
effect of the taskforce initiatives on resident burnout.
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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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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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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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Remote, Off-site Abortion Training: Experiences of Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents at an Academic Program
Purpose: To describe the experiences of obstetrics and gynecology
residents regarding a local compared to a remote, off-site family planning (FP)
Background: The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical
Education (ACGME) requires that obstetrics and gynecology residency programs
provide access to abortion training. Residents at our institution
had the option of such training at a local, free-standing abortion clinic until
2013. This training was then replaced by a rotation at a remote,
free-standing abortion clinic three hours away.
Methods: We surveyed graduated obstetrics and gynecology
residents who trained at our institution from 2009-2017. The survey contained
both closed-ended and open-ended questions about graduates’ experiences with FP
training. We asked about respondent’s assessment of the rotation’s
educational value and support of its integration into the residency curriculum.
We assessed predictors of FP rotation participation with Fisher’s exact
Results: Of the 32 eligible graduates surveyed, we received 21
complete responses (67%). Overall, 13 (62%) respondents participated in
the FP rotation. Ten respondents trained when the local rotation was
available and six of them would have been interested in a remote
rotation. Of the 11 respondents who trained when the remote rotation was
available, 8 participated and all 8 described the rotation as having high
educational value. Almost all respondents strongly supported integration
of an FP rotation into the curriculum (19/21). Relationship status,
having children, and current practice type were not associated with FP rotation
Discussions: Trainees in obstetrics and gynecology value access to
abortion training, even if the training is off-site and remote.
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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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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.
E et al. Patient orientations of physicians and patients: the effect of
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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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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Medical Student Perceptions Regarding Students Performing Pelvic Examinations on Anesthetized Female Patients
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine perceptions of
medical students regarding performing pelvic examinations on anesthetized
Background: Pelvic exams performed on anesthetized women continues
to be an important topic of discussion, however, it is not frequently evaluated
from the medical student\'s perspective.
Methods: An internet based survey was distributed to medical
students at multiple medical schools.Demographic data was 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: 220 medical students completed the questionnaire. 77%
of all medical students believed permission should be obtained from
patients prior to the performance of EUAs by medical students on anesthetized
patients. 30% of respondents believed prior consent was usually obtained.
46% believed patients, if asked, would agree to have the exams performed.
85% believed patients would be upset if they were made aware a pelvic
examination by a medical student had been performed without their prior
consent.60% of medical students believed they should be allowed to examine
anesthetized patients, with 87% thinking there is an educational benefit.
Discussions: Despite the perception that consent should be obtained before
medical students performpelvic examinations on anesthetized female patients,
this does not usually occur. 50% ofmedical students would not encourage
their female relatives to consent to medical studentsperforming pelvic
examinations. There was no statistical difference between male andfemale
medical students regarding perceptions of student pelvic examinations on
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Keeping Residents Well: How Important Are Perceptions of Program Support and Psycholocical Safety to Resident Wellness?
Purpose: We aimed to test
whether measures of resident well-being correlated with perceptions of program
support and psychological safety.
well-being is a crucial component of developing competent and skilled OB/GYN
physicians. While there are several measures of well-being collected at the
national-level, there is little insight in the role of individual programs to
foster trainee well-being. Perceived organizational and psychological safety
are two constructs that can help identify cultural aspects of the clinical
learning environment that may relate to trainee well-being.
residents in a training program were recruited to complete an IRB-approved
survey through paper and electronic methods between May-June 2018. Measures
included the Survey of Perceived Organizational Support (POS), Psychological
Safety Scale (PS), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), Wayne State Wellness Scale
(RWS) and Physician Well-Being Index (PWBI); all demonstrate validity and
reliability evidence to assess factors of well-being and cultural aspects of
the training program.
Results: 20 OBGYN
residents completed our survey. Results indicated a strong relationship between
perceived organizational support and wellness (r= .62, P<.01 for
RWS, r=.50, P<.05 for PWB)., suggesting greater perceptions of support
relate to better wellness. Similarly, psychological safety also had a strong
relationship with wellness (r=.56, p<.05 for RWS; r= -.72, p<.01
Our findings suggest that there is a strong relationship between trainee
wellness and the cultural measures of support and safety, especially between
psypschological safety and negative indicators of well-being (e.g,. feeling
burnt out from work, feelings of irritation). Further research should include
interventions to improve percpetions of suport and safety.
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Improving Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis Vaccination Rates in an Academic Center Through Resident-driven Education
Purpose: To improve rates of
prenatal Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination for clinic patients
in an academic training center.
United States is experiencing a resurgence of pertussis, which can cause
serious complications for infants, especially within the first six months of
life. To maximize maternal antibody response to Tdap and antibody transfer to
the newborn, vaccination between 27-36 weeks of gestation is recommended.
pre-post survey study design was used to evaluate OBGYN residents at the
University of Tennessee during the 2017-2018 academic year. The primary outcome
was Tdap vaccination rate. Secondary outcomes were resident-reported Tdap
counseling and resident understanding of the appropriate gestational age for
administration. The following educational methods were utilized: resident-lead
lecture, provider handouts, English and Spanish patient education posters
throughout the clinic. Direct comparison of pre and post-surveys was used to
Tdap vaccinations were given in the four months prior to pre-survey
administration (0.33 vaccines/resident). Following the Tdap educational
program, forty-three vaccinations were given in four months (2.86
vaccines/resident). Pre-surveys indicated eleven residents (73%) provided Tdap
counseling, while post-surveys revealed fifteen residents (100%) provided
counseling. On pre-surveys, the majority of residents (33%) incorrectly
answered that Tdap was indicated between 27 weeks gestation until delivery. In
post-surveys, thirteen residents (87%) correctly answered that Tdap was
indicated between 27-36 weeks gestation.
Discussions: Tdap vaccination rate
increased by 767% after implementation of the educational tools. Additionally,
resident-driven counseling about Tdap increased by 36% and resident
understanding of appropriate gestational age for vaccine administration
improved by 225%.
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Implementing a Longitudinal Social Determinants of Health Curriculum at an Academic Residency Program
Purpose: To examine feasibility
and reception of a city-specific social determinants of health (SDH) curriculum
at an academic medical program
understanding of health acknowledges that an individual’s social milieu impacts
health as much as genetics. Healthcare providers must consider SDH to provide
just, equitable care to a diverse patient population. However, despite a
growing emphasis on teaching SDH in medical school, these factors are not
formally addressed in traditional residency curriculum.
literature review and consultations with local educators identified best
practices for teaching SDH to medical professionals. Topics were incorporated
into resident teaching activities, including grand rounds, resident retreat,
discussions with content experts and community stakeholders, clinic teaching,
morbidity and mortality conferences, and a city tour conducted by Rochester, NY
natives. Pre- and post-surveys (n=32) were conducted to assess resident knowledge
of city resources/demographics and attitudes towards SDH in patient care.
Results: In the
pre-survey, 73.3% of trainees reported familiarity with SDH. After the
curriculum, 88% of residents reported a better understanding of the effects of
SDH, and 78% felt that the lessons learned from the curriculum affected
interactions with their patients. 97% of residents felt more knowledgeable
about Rochester demographics. Overall, residents recognized the importance of
formal SDH training and felt that social hardships are important to acknowledge
in their clinical interactions. However, some expressed concerns that it took
time away from the traditional didactic curriculum.
Discussions: A comprehensive,
longitudinal, city-specific curriculum on the SDH enriches residents’
understanding of their patient population and available social resources to
address these factors.
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Impact of Electronic Health Records on Resident Physicians’ Off-Duty Time: A Multi-specialty Resident Survey at a Large ACGME Accredited Institution
Purpose: The purpose of this
study is to evaluate off-duty electronic health records (EHR) use among
residents at a large multispecialty institution.
have shown that EHRs have greatly impacted the amount of time allocated to
documentation of patient care. Little research has been done to investigate the
extent to which residents access EHRs remotely while off-duty to complete daily
voluntary survey was administered to LSUHSC residents to subjectively quantify
EHR use in their various settings while on and off duty. Spearman’s correlation
analysis was performed to assess associations between ordinal variables while
the Kruskal-Wallis test was used to compare residents’ perceptions about EHR
access among the top 4 largest specialties and all “other” specialties
Results: A total
of 200 residents (30%) completed the survey. Most residents on their inpatient
rotation (60%) reported working 61-80 hours per week and nearly half of the
residents accessed EHR outside of work less than 5 hours per week (49%). Among
the top 4 specialties and all “other” specialties combined there were
significant differences (p=0.027) in the extent of agreement regarding whether
“having to access EHRs in your off-duty time negatively impacts your quality of
life,” with Ob/Gyn residents having the highest agreement.
Discussions: Some residents perceive that having off-duty
access to EHR negatively impacts their quality of life and this perception
varies significantly across specialties. Further understanding of the impact of
EHR access as a factor that affects educational and wellness implications is
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Gender in OB-GYN Residency: An Analysis of Factors Impacting Program Diversity
Purpose: To investigate if
geographic region, gender mix of previous classes and program leadership impact
the gender composition of residency programs.
comprised only 7.1% of all Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) providers in
1970, and held 58.7% of OB-GYN positions in 2017.
Methods: 56 of
the top OB-GYN residencies as ranked by Doximity.com and US News & World
Report were identified and grouped by geographic region. Demographic
information for residents (n = 1732) and program/departmental leadership (n =
112) were compiled. Individuals’ gender was identified using online photos and
biographical descriptors. The male-to-female ratio (MFR) of the 2018 intern
class, of existing residency classes, program directors and departmental chairs
were calculated and compared. Two-way ANOVA and Tukey’s multiple comparison
tests were used (significance = p<0.05).
majority of trainees in OB-GYN programs are women (62.5-94%.) The MFR varied
significantly based on geographic region; southern programs had the highest MFR
(Figure 1). Programs with male chairs compared to those with female chairs
recruited more male interns (14.2% vs. 8.9%, p < 0.001). Programs with >
20% male residents (PGY 2,3,4) had a higher MFR in the incoming intern class
compared to programs with < 20% (15.4% vs. 11.4%, p = 0.020).
Discussions: Men are a minority in
OB-GYN training. Gender composition of residency programs is influenced by the
gender of leadership, geographic region, and of prior classes. Programs
must balance empowerment of women with a culture of inclusion and support of
qualified male candidates to ensure strength gained through diversity.
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Enhancing Breastfeeding in Rural Tennessee Through Education
Purpose: To promote
breastfeeding education and increase rate of exclusive postpartum
breast-feeding to 10% in Rural Tennessee.
provides many physical and emotional benefits to both the mother and baby. It
is physiologically normal for mothers and children. Providing education about
breastfeeding during pregnancy can help keep patients informed and increase
breastfeeding rates postpartum.
selected patients who never breastfed for this study. After signing the consent
form at their initial obstetric visit, patients received education about
lactation in the form of discussion, brochures, CD-ROMs, and flash drives
during pregnancy, delivery, and during the postpartum period. Patients
completed a survey during their initial obstetric about their prior knowledge
of breastfeeding advantages, as well as their intention to breast feed. During
the postpartum period, patients filled a survey about their satisfaction of the
information they received, and their breastfeeding intention and success.
analyzed 141 antepartum and postpartum patients. Antepartum survey showed 84.5%
wanted to breast feed and 82.5% knew the benefits of breast feeding. Postpartum
survey showed 83.2% and 91% indicated that they received adequate information
about lactation during pregnancy and delivery, respectively. The survey showed
that 64.9% intended to breastfeed within the first 12 months; 35.1% (p value
< 0.001) breastfed up to 6 weeks.
Discussions: In rural Tennessee,
providing breastfeeding knowledge throughout pregnancy, during delivery, and
postpartum for obstetrics patients helped motivate them to breastfeed. This
healthy approach increased from the State of Tennessee goal of 10% to 35.1%
during the postpartum period.
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Bring Back the Tubal: An Intervention to Provide Postpartum Bilateral Tubal Ligation in the Underserved Population
Purpose: Improve educational
awareness and receptiveness to the PPBTL procedure.
Background: 50% of
women requesting a PPBTL undergo the procedure. Barriers exist to obtain the
PPBTL, including lack of available operating rooms and concern for patient
regret. Half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended, occurring
disproportionately higher in low-income and minority populations. Children
resulting from unintended pregnancies are at risk for poor health outcomes
including low birth weight and developmental delay. Additionally, the U.S.
financial burden of unintended pregnancy accounted for approximately 21 billion
dollars in 2010.
retrospective chart review was conducted from 2015-2016 to document the
baseline prevalence of PPBTLs performed at IFMC. Educational sessions with pre-
and post-session questionnaires were conducted for departments of OB/GYN, Anesthesia,
and Nursing. Data was collected from April 2017 - April 2018 regarding patients
desiring the procedure, those completing the procedure, and reasons for
unsuccessful procedure completion. A pre-post comparison was performed to
assess the impact of the educational sessions and the overall prevalence of
multidisciplinary staff members at IFMC participated in the educational
sessions. All departments showed significant improvement in knowledge of the
PPBTL (OB/GYN p=0.0117, Anesthesia p=0.0002, Nursing p=0.0001). A baseline
prevalence of three PPBTLs were performed from 2015-2016, which increased to
fifty-six from 2017-2018. Comparing pre-post intervention, the percentage of
PPBTLs requested and ultimately performed increased from 39% to 60%.
multidisciplinary educational sessions were effective in identifying barriers
and increasing educational awareness. Overall, this resulted in increased
access to and performance of sterilization in the underserved population.
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Attitudes Regarding the Effect of the New 24 Work Hour Extension During the ObGyn Clerkship
Purpose: To survey 3rd/4th
year medical students, ObGyn residents, and faculty on the perceived effects of
24-hour call expansion to the 3rd year ObGyn Clerkship.
ACGME expanded intern call to 24 continuous work hours to
improve resident education by allowing interns to more fully participate as
healthcare team members. Therefore, this presented an
opportunity for 24-hour call expansion to the ObGyn Clerkship for the same
Monkey anonymously surveyed all ObGyn faculty, residents, and 3rd/4th year
medical students at West Virginia University on five statements using
a six-point Likert scale:
1. Medical student education
will be enhanced by the 24-hour call expansion on the ObGyn Clerkship.
2. 24-hour call will
enhance patient continuity with less missed educational oportunities.
3. 24-hour call
improves medical student\'s ability to be a part of the medical team.
4. 24-hour call better
reflects the ObGyn lifestyle.
5. A more accurate
representation of the ObGyn lifestyle with 24-hour call will allow medical
students to better decide whether to pursue an ObGyn career.
group\'s highest percent response is given for the five statements.
1. Faculty-56% strongly agree,
Residents-45% slightly agree, 3rd year students- 41% moderately agree, 4th
year students-40% strongly disagree.
2. Faculty-56% strongly agree,
Residents-36% slightly agree, 3rd year students-28% moderately agree, 4th year
students-33% strongly disagree.
3. Faculty-56% strongly agree,
Residents-45% slightly agree, 3rd year students-31% moderately agree, 4th year
students-33% strongly disagree.
4. Faculty-56% strongly agree,
Residents-36% strongly agree and 36% moderately agree, 3rd year students-44%
moderately agree, 4th year students-31% slightly agree.
5. 56% of faculty strongly
agree, 36% of residents moderately agree, 34% of 3rd year students moderately
agree, 29% of 4th year students slightly agree.
Discussions: The majority agreed
that 24-hour call would enhance medical student education, allow for increased
patient continuity, and improve the student’s ability to be part of the medical
team. 4th year medical students did not follow this trend with the highest
percentage choosing strongly disgree. All groups agreed that 24-hour call
better reflects the ObGyn lifestyle and would provide a more accurate
representation for students when deciding whether to pursue it as a career.
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