Sep 15, 1977

Initial pelvic examination instruction: the effectiveness of three contemporary approaches

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
G B HolzmanJ L Maatsch

Abstract

Initial pelvic examination skills were taught to 38 second-year medical students who were assigned to one of three study groups. The cognitive posttest scores of all groups were nearly identical, but the students who had received training from professional simulated patients rated significantly better in psychomotor and interpersonal skills than did those who received simulated outpatient instruction by a gynecologist. Thirty-five per cent of the psychomotor and interpersonal ratings attained by the latter and 5 per cent of those attained by the former were marginal or inadequate. It was concluded that a program involving professional simulated patients is an effective method of teaching pelvic examination skills to beginning students.

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Graduate Records Examination
Education, Medical, Undergraduate
Physical Examinations and Diagnoses
Manual Pelvic Examination (Procedure)
Pelvis
Gynecology
Outpatients
Pelvic Examination Under Anesthesia (Procedure)
Pedagogy

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