OBJECTIVE: To determine if an obstetric birthing simulator can improve medical student understanding of and comfort with basic obstetric procedures. STUDY DESIGN: Medical students were surveyed at the end of their obstetrics rotation regarding their knowledge and comfort with basic obstetric procedures. A group of students was trained on basic procedures utilizing an obstetric simulator. Survey results were compiled and analyzed with the Mann-Whitney U test. RESULTS: In all, 60 untrained students and 18 simulator trained students completed surveys. Trained students were significantly more comfortable with fundal height measurements (P = 0.003), Leopold maneuvers (P < 0.001), fetal scalp electrode placement (P < 0.001), intrauterine pressure catheter placement (P < 0.001), and artificial rupture of membranes (P = 0.001) and reported better understanding of the indications for placement of a fetal scalp electrode (P = 0.01) and intrauterine pressure catheter (P = 0.03). CONCLUSIONS: Additional training with an obstetric simulator improved medical student self-reported comfort with and understanding of basic procedures compared with standard resident and staff-directed instruction.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Simulation in healthcare : journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Modeling and Simulation