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A Comparison of Vaccine Education Among Ob/Gyn Residency Programs in the US Between 2014 and 2020

Purpose: Evaluate trends in OB/Gyn vaccine-related education between 2014 and 2020 among U.S. residency programs.


Background: Vaccination is an integral part of preventative clinical care provided by the OB/Gyn. With many barriers to widespread vaccine implementation, it is more important than ever for OB/Gyn’s to become comfortable educating patients and administering recommended vaccines encountered in daily practice.


Methods: Anonymous surveys were emailed to U.S. Ob/Gyn residency program directors using REDCap in 2014 and 2020. Program demographics, format of vaccine-related education, vaccine administration in resident practices, and safety reporting utilization were assessed.


Results: Informal vaccine training was the most commonly reported educational format with over 85% utilization in 2014 and 2020. Fewer programs held vaccine-related grand rounds education in 2020 (12.5%) compared to 2014 (30.2%)(p=0.038). Tdap, seasonal influenza, HPV, and rubella/MMR were the most common vaccines administered in resident practices, with over 88% of programs administering these vaccines at both time points. There was 24.3% (p=0.018) increase in the percentage of programs providing no adverse vaccination event reporting education, with less than 30% of programs offering this education in 2020.


Discussions: Few programs provide formal vaccine education, including adverse event reporting. Residency programs with low vaccine-related education should consider opportunities to improve training in this area.

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2021, Resident, Faculty, Osteopathic Faculty, Residency Director, Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, Lecture, Quality & Safety, Public Health, Infectious Disease, General Ob-Gyn,

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Resident,Faculty,Osteopathic Faculty,Residency Director,
Patient Care,Medical Knowledge,Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Lecture,Quality & Safety,Public Health,
Clinical Focus
Infectious Disease,General Ob-Gyn,

Author Information

Benjamin Spires, MD, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine; Jill Maples, PhD; Robert Heidel, PhD; Kimberly Fortner, MD

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