A Simulation Program for Teaching Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents the Pediatric Gynecology Examination and Procedures

Meredith B. Loveless, Dayna Finkenzeller, Sherrine Ibrahim, Andrew J. Satin

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Study Objective: To assess the use of a pelvic simulation curriculum to teach obstetrics and gynecologic residents the pediatric gynecology examination and procedures. Design: Residents in obstetrics and gynecology participated in a simulation curriculum using a modified pelvic hemimodel to simulate a pediatric pelvis. Participants: 19 obstetrics and gynecology residents completed the study protocol. Interventions: Digitally recorded encounters with a standardized patient scenario using the simulator were utilized. After the initial encounter the trainees participated in a formal lecture and demonstration using the model. The trainees were then reassessed at least four weeks after the initial encounter; results were reviewed by a blinded evaluator. Scores were analyzed using the two-sided t-test and Wilcoxon signed-rank test. Main Outcome Measures: Scores from before to after the simulation training. Results: A total of 19 residents completed the study protocol and demonstrated significant improvement in scores from before to after the simulation training. Scores improved from a pre-training mean of 6.1 to post-training mean of 16.7 (P = 0.0001). Improvement was seen at all levels of residency training. Specific skill sets included in the Council for Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) Educational objectives (1) were improved including: pediatric gynecologic examination, collection of microbial cultures, vaginal lavage and vaginoscopy. Conclusions: This teaching program using a simulation model was found to be an effective tool to improve resident knowledge and performance of the skills needed to accomplish the pediatric gynecology examination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-136
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of pediatric and adolescent gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2011


  • Gynecology education
  • Patient simulation
  • Pediatric gynecology
  • Resident education
  • Vaginoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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