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Impact of a Forceps-Assisted Vaginal Delivery Professional Development Session for Junior Faculty

Objectives: To determine the impact of a Forceps-Assisted Vaginal Delivery (FAVD) professional development session on junior faculty comfort with the procedure.

Study Design: A faculty development session on FAVD including an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) was conducted for fellows in training at the University of Louisville. Subjects completed a pre-test, post-test and 5-month follow-up post-test to assess their FAVD training in residency, comfort with procedural steps, and reflections on the experience. Volume of FAVD precepted by these fellows on Labor and Delivery was compared with that of fellows in the prior year who had not participated in the session.

Results: 6 fellows participated. All reported improved comfort with some of the procedural steps on the immediate post-test. In the following 5-months, fellows supervised 0 FAVD, in comparison with 3 during the same interval in 2011. On the 5-month remote post-test, 2 fellows reported that the session increased their awareness of the limitations of their skills, 2 reported that self-perception of skills had not changed after the session, and 2 reported that they perceived an improvement in skills after the session.

Conclusions: New fellows may not feel competent to perform and teach all steps of FAVD. One training session did not result in an increase in the number of FAVD cases supervised by the fellows.

Topics: 2013, Faculty, Residency Director, Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, GME, CME, Virtual Patient, Simulation, Maternal-Fetal Medicine,

General Information

Date Presented
2013 ASL Abstract

Faculty Development, Feedback & Evaluation, Simulation, Teaching Skills

Intended Audience
Faculty, Residency Director

Copentencies Addressed
Patient Care, Medical Knowledge

Educational Continuum

Educational Focus
Virtual Patient, Simulation

Clinical Focus
Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Faculty,Residency Director,
Patient Care,Medical Knowledge,
Virtual Patient,Simulation,
Clinical Focus
Maternal-Fetal Medicine,

Author Information

Primary Author
Sarah Petruska, MD


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