Skills Lab

The practice of obstetrics and gynecology is a combination of cognitive reasoning and manual skills. It is both a medical and surgical specialty.

Teaching students the technical skills of women’s healthcare can be done in a number of ways. When I was a student, the junior resident took me into an exam room with a patient and showed me how to do an examination. I won’t claim this is the best way…arguably it could be the worst.

The effectiveness of this “See One, Do One, Teach One” approach hinges on the enthusiasm of the resident, and the resident’s ability to understand good technique versus perpetuation of bad habits. With this type of training, it took me a long time and a lot of practice to become good at this essential skill.

I believe that a better way to teach OBGYN manual skills is to have more formalized training before the students start to practice on real patients.

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Notes from a Medical Educator