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Fundamentals of Gynecologic & Minimally Invasive Surgery for the Fourth Year Medical Student

Purpose: Development of a four-week elective rotation in minimally invasive gynecology designed for fourth year medical students to meet the gynecology knowledge and skill milestone objectives for students entering an obstetrics and gynecology residency program.

Background: The curriculum is modeled on the milestone-based approach implemented by the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Proficient psychomotor skills are developed, allowing a more prepared learner in the operating room.

Methods: The students follow a four-week structured curriculum. The time is divided equally between clinical observation, skills training, and independent study. Proficient knowledge of pelvic anatomy, surgical instrumentation, surgical energy, and dissection are obtained. The student completes a skills training program with two hours of dedicated practice time per day, gaining proficiency in laparoscopic tissue manipulation and laparoscopic suturing. Clinical activities include observation in the operating room and outpatient gynecology clinics. Weekly written and oral testing and mentor feedback of surgical skill progression is emphasized.

Results: The course has been well received at the two institutions it was implemented at over the last four years. Learners have felt prepared to assist and participate in laparoscopic surgeries upon entering their residency program.  

Discussions: Implementation of skills curriculum is paramount given the new American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology requirement of Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery certification. This course allows the learner to enter residency proficient in laparoscopic psychomotor skills and having a fundamental base of knowledge for gynecology and minimally invasive procedures. Future collection of subjective and objective evaluation data could validate the further development of similar courses. 

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Student, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator, Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Professionalism, GME, Assessment, Simulation, Problem-Based Learning, Minimally Invasive Surgery,

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Student,Resident,Faculty,Clerkship Director,Clerkship Coordinator,
Patient Care,Medical Knowledge,Professionalism,
Assessment,Simulation,Problem-Based Learning,
Clinical Focus
Minimally Invasive Surgery,

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Kathryn Sommese, MS, Eastern Virginia Medical School; Megan Howard, BS; Jennifer Balderston, MD; Joseph Hudgens, MD

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