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Management of Postoperative Issues in Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology: A New Method for Teaching Residents
Purpose: This project sought to develop and assess a curriculum to
improve resident knowledge of and comfort in managing common post operative
Background: Junior obstetrics/gynecology residents enter training
with varied experience in post-operative management. They are often the first
contact for surgical patients with little formal education on post-operative
Methods: Eleven common post-operative issues were identified
based on literature review, resident experience and gynecology/gynecologic
oncology faculty input. Topic based curriculum included: example case,
pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, next steps, and useful resources. It
was presented at two educational sessions, involving lectures and small-group
simulations. Residents completed a pre and post-assessment questionnaire
assessing comfort level in managing (10-point Likert scale) and baseline
knowledge about (content-specific questions) the topics.
Results: Twenty-three residents participated.Seventeen
completed one or both pre-assessment surveys (nine junior residents). Ten
completed one or both post-assessment surveys (five junior residents). All
post-assessment respondents reported improved knowledge of issues covered.
Average self-rated comfort level increased for ten of eleven topics amongst
junior residents (average increase 1.6 points (range 0.5 – 3.2; p = 0.02)).
Largest increase in score was for hypoxia and low urine output. Average scores
maintained or improved for 80% of the content questions (not significant).
Residents had no preference for lecture versus small group format.
Discussions: As a result of directed teaching, resident knowledge of
post-operative issues showed measurable improvement. Resident comfort level in
management increased significantly for 90% of topics covered, most noticeably
amongst junior residents. A systematic, resident-led curriculum on
post-operative management can improve resident knowledge and patient care.
General Ob-Gyn, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Gynecologic Oncology, Team-Based Learning, Problem-Based Learning, Lecture, Simulation, GME, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Residency Director, Faculty, Resident, 2019, CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting,