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