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Group Prenatal Care in OB/GYN Residencies

Purpose: To assess exposure to group prenatal care (GPNC) in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) residencies, and resident and program director (PD) perceptions of GPNC.


Background: Group prenatal care is a model of prenatal care that has been growing in popularity for several decades, especially among midwives. However, the state of GPNC in OB/GYN residencies nationally is unknown.


Methods: An electronic survey was sent to all OB/GYN PDs; subsequent similar surveys were sent to OB/GYN residents through responding PDs as well as program coordinators. The authors also encouraged PDs to complete the online survey in person during the APGO/CREOG 2018 meeting. Descriptive statistics and logistic regression were used for data analysis.


Results: 96/254 (38%) of OB/GYN PDs responded with a geographically balanced response rate.  Most had a positive perception of GPNC (71%), 82% believe that residencies should include GPNC training, but only 44% had been exposed themselves previously. 467/4956 (9%) of all OB/GYN residents nationwide responded.  Again, most residents had a positive perception of GPNC (70%), while 87% said they would like to learn more during residency but only 33% reported exposure during residency.  No demographic factor was associated with a positive perception of GPNC.


Discussions: Most OB/GYN  PD and resident respondents have positive perceptions of GPNC ,are interested in learning more and including  training in GPNC in the residency curriculum, yet very few are exposed to GPNC.  GPNC is not commonly included in OB/GYN residency training despite a widespread interest in this model of prenatal care.

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Student, Resident, Faculty, Residency Director, Patient Care, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, Assessment, Team-Based Learning, General Ob-Gyn,

General Information

Student,Resident,Faculty,Residency Director,
Patient Care,Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Assessment,Team-Based Learning,
Clinical Focus
General Ob-Gyn,

Author Information

Celia O\'Brien, MD, University of Alabama Birmingham; Kerri Bevis, MD; Sara Mazzoni, MD, MPH

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