Additional training with an obstetric simulator improves medical student comfort with basic procedures.

Shad H. Deering, Jonathan G. Hodor, Michele Wylen, Sarah Poggi, Peter E. Nielsen, Andrew J. Satin

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-34
Number of pages3
JournalSimulation in healthcare : journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Modeling and Simulation

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