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Assessment of Low-cost, Intrauterine Contraception Simulation Training for Preclinical Students

Purpose: To assess whether a low-cost didactic workshop on intrauterine devices (IUDs) improves preclinical medical students’ knowledge and comfort with counseling patients on IUDs.


Background: Medical school reproductive health curricula often lack teaching regarding IUDs. Preclinical medical students have insufficient knowledge and training to counsel patients about IUDs.


Methods: Preclinical medical students completed a survey before and after a voluntary IUD didactic workshop at the University of Washington. The session consisted of a 45-minute lecture and 45-minute hands-on simulation of IUD insertion. The primary outcome was comfort level with IUD counseling.


Results: Ninety-eight students completed both pre- and post-workshop surveys. Most students planned to enter primary care specialties. . More than half of students had seen at least one IUD inserted and almost all students (91%) had an IUD themselves or knew someone personally who had one. The proportion of students scoring 75% or higher on the IUD knowledge questions increased from 55% prior to the workshop to 91% after completing the workshop (p < 0.001). The proportion of students who felt comfortable counseling patients on IUDs increased from 31% to 90% (p < 0.001).


Discussions: A simple, low-cost workshop increases medical students’ knowledge and comfort with IUDs. This workshop could serve as a framework for medical schools to ensure students receive appropriate education and hands-on learning related to IUDs prior to entering their clinical rotations and for their future careers. 

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2018, Student, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, UME, Simulation, Lecture, Contraception or Family Planning, General Ob-Gyn,

General Information

Student,Resident,Faculty,Clerkship Director,
Patient Care,Medical Knowledge,Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Clinical Focus
Contraception or Family Planning,General Ob-Gyn,

Author Information

Carlie Field, MD

University of Washington

Lyndsey Benson, MD, MPH; Alyssa Stephenson-Famy, MD; and Sarah Prager, MD

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