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Use of a Needs Assessment to Develop an MS4 Elective Curriculum Preparing Students for OB/GYN Residency

Objective: Develop a model MS4 elective designed to prepare medical students for OB/GYN residency by using a comprehensive needs assessment to guide curricular development, focus resource allocation and maximize student experience.

Study Design: A web- based needs assessment survey was created, piloted and administered to current MS4 students, PGY1 and PGY2 OB/GYN residents. The survey assessed technical, procedural, and patient management skills and included several open ended items to capture additional areas students perceive as curricular deficiencies.

Results: 34 surveys were sent out and 27 were returned for a response rate of 79.4 %. Writing orders, management of shoulder dystocia and eclampsia, and repairing episiotomy/lacerations were the most common deficiencies noted. A preliminary curriculum (developed from program director, faculty and resident input) has been modified as a result of this project. 2 hours of content was deleted, and new sessions addressing common deficiencies identified above were added. 100% of respondents were likely/very likely to enroll in such a course if offered at their institution.

Conclusions: Implementation of an MS4 elective curriculum preparing students for OB/GYN residency is needed and would greatly benefit students. Results of our comprehensive needs assessment survey have been used to create a low cost, low fidelity OB/GYN residency preparation curriculum which address the challenges of our specialty, the needs of our students, and hopefully can become a model for other medical schools across the country.

Topics: 2013, Student, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator, Patient Care, GME, UME,

General Information

Date Presented
2013 ASL Abstract

Curriculum Development/Evaluation, Milestones, Student Affairs

Intended Audience
Student, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator 

Copentencies Addressed
Patient Care

Educational Continuum

Student,Clerkship Director,Clerkship Coordinator,
Patient Care,
Clinical Focus

Author Information

Primary Author
Erin L. Nelson, MD

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