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Increasing Resident Education in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Purpose: The NASPAG short curriculum project was initiated to improve education of gynecology residents in the field of pediatric and adolescent gynecology.

Background: Pediatric and adolescent gynecology is a limited field amongst obstetric and gynecology residency programs. Many programs have no clinical rotations and very limited didactic education in adolescent gynecology. NASPAG has created a ten lecture curriculum to better train residents in this field.

Methods: The NASPAG short curriculum was implemented and residents completed self-assessment surveys and examinations before, immediately after, and three months after the curriculum. Additionally, the mean scores for pediatric and adolescent questions on the CREOG exams were analyzed for the year prior to and immediately after implementation of the curriculum. Paired t-test analysis was used to determine if there was a statistically significant difference for each arm of the study.

Results: There was a statistically significant improvement in all ten areas studied in regards to the resident self-assessment surveys. Objectively, there was a statistically significant difference in six of the ten areas studied immediately after the course and four of the areas three months later. The implementation of the NASPAG curriculum led to an increase in the mean CREOG score on pediatric and adolescent questions from 57% to 62%.

Discussions: The implementation of the NASPAG short curriculum subjectively enhanced resident comfort level when caring for pediatric and adolescent gynecologic patients. The curriculum also led to improved medical knowledge amongst the residents. This curriculum may be a vital tool in preparing for the standardized CREOG exams. 

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2020, Student, Resident, Faculty, Residency Director, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, Lecture, Problem-Based Learning, Standardized Patient, Team-Based Learning, Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology,

General Information

Student,Resident,Faculty,Residency Director,
Medical Knowledge,Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Lecture,Problem-Based Learning,Standardized Patient,Team-Based Learning,
Clinical Focus
Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology,

Author Information

Joseph Bacchi III, MD; Sinai Hospital of Baltimore; Julie Jacobstein, MD; Chris D\'adamo, PhD

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