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Comparison of Community Ob/Gyn Provider Perceptions and Patient Attitudes Toward Medical Student Involvement in Clinical Care
Evaluate the willingness of ob/gyn patients to participate in clinical medical education as well as the accuracy of provider perceptions regarding this issue.
Surveys were administered to 230 patients at 4 ob/gyn community practices exploring willingness to participate in medical education. Similar surveys were administered to providers evaluating their expectations of patient responses.
Of 225 patient respondents, 88.9% believed physicians have a responsibility to participate in medical education. Providers underestimated the number of patients for whom such participation would positively influence their personal provider choice (12.5% v. 27.5%, P<0.01) and overestimated negative (15.9% v. 6.7%, P<0.01) influence. Providers also underestimated acceptance rates of student pelvic examinations based on gender (15.7% v. 23.7% male students, P=0.04; 30.7% v. 44.3% female students, P<0.01).
Patients recognize physicians’ responsibility to educate future providers of women’s health care. Providers may underestimate patient acceptance and value of students as part of their health care team.
2012, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator, Patient Care, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, UME,