A dedicated undergraduate gynaecology teaching clinic: The Keele experience (2016)

Type of publication:
Journal article

Katali, Hamza Mahamadu, *Parry-Smith, William Rhys, Eliot, Rees L, O’Mahony, Fidelma

Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Feb 2016, vol. 36 , no. 2, p. 227-229

Much discussion in the literature centres on how best to teach medical students the intricacies of gynaecological assessment and the subsequent formulation of a management plan. At Keele University skills are initially developed in a simulated setting and then transferred to the workplace where students continue to develop their skills. A dedicated undergraduate gynaecology teaching clinic has been developed and comprises of 2-3 students and a tutor. All 38 students rotating through the department between January and June 2013 were invited to complete an anonymous questionnaire to evaluate this clinic an d 36 (95%) of them responded. Respondents felt significantly more comfortab le taking a gynaecology history, ensuring privacy during examination and fo rmulating a management plan post-clinic (all p < 0.001), with female stu dents feeling significantly more comfortable than their male counterparts ( p = 0.04). The use of this clinic shows great promise to help students learn an unfamiliar and challenging skill.