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Connecting OB/GYN Residents with the Local Adolescent Community: An Underutilized Symbiotic Relationship

Purpose: To provide reproductive health education to adolescents in a local underserved community, and encourage OB/GYN residents to better understand the local community to improve clinical practice. 

Background: Many residents have limited knowledge about the surrounding local community and the socioeconomic context of their patients. Providing structured means for residents to interact with members of the community outside of the clinical environment could be beneficial.

Methods: A survey was sent to all residents in one OB/GYN residency assessing knowledge of the local community and comfort with discussing reproductive health topics. Residents paired with a local community organization and voluntarily led educational sessions for adolescent youth about common reproductive health topics. Residents who participated completed a post-program survey.

Results: Twenty-two residents participated in the pre-program survey. Ten residents participated in the program, seven completed the post-program survey. In the pre-program survey, half of respondents felt either somewhat unconnected to or not at all connected to the local community.

In the post-program survey, 85% of respondents felt more connected to the community after the program. Qualitative responses indicated participating in the program motivated residents to reconsider how to explain medical topics and counsel patients. Overall, residents who participated in the program appreciated the opportunity to connect with local adolescents and were interested in participating in future sessions.

Discussions: The relationship between residents and local adolescents through guided classes on reproductive health allowed residents to feel more connected to the local community and change their clinical practice to better consider the social contexts of their patients.

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Resident, Residency Director, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, GME, Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology, Sexuality,

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Resident,Residency Director,
Systems-Based Practice & Improvement,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,
Clinical Focus
Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology,Sexuality,

Author Information

Samantha Margulies, MD, Yale New Haven Hospital; Ryan Shields, MD; Julia Cron, MD

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