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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.


Background: The 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 goal.

Methods: Survey 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.

Results: Each 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.

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Student, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator, Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, GME, UME, Team-Based Learning, Public Health, Advocacy,

General Information

Student,Resident,Faculty,Clerkship Director,Clerkship Coordinator,
Patient Care,Medical Knowledge,Professionalism,Systems-Based Practice & Improvement,
Team-Based Learning,Public Health,Advocacy,
Clinical Focus

Author Information

Taylor Bush, MD, UT Nashville; Mahreen Hashmi, MD

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