Women's perceptions of and experiences with medical student involvement in outpatient obstetric and gynecologic care in the United Arab Emirates

Diaa E.E. Rizk, Aisha Al-Shebah, Margaret A. El-Zubeir, Letha B. Thomas, Mohammed Y. Hassan, Mutairu Ezimokhai

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the experiences, satisfaction, and comfort of women with medical student participation in outpatient care during obstetric and gynecology clerkships. STUDY DESIGN: A consecutive sample of 303 women who attended the clinic were interviewed before consultation; a structured questionnaire was used. RESULTS: Two hundred sixty-four women (87.1%) accepted student involvement; 158 women (59.8%) and 173 women (66.5%), respectively, preferred female students or preceptors. Comfort levels were significantly lower with male students or preceptors in all skills that were tested (P < .0001), particularly pelvic examination and the discussion of sexual problems. Acceptance was associated significantly with older age (P < .0001), higher parity (P < .0001), higher education (P = .002), husband's occupation (P = .006), obstetric consultation (P < .0001), previous teaching encounters (P = .0006), recognition of the students' roles (P = .004), and satisfaction with clinical service (P = 0.01). Reasons for nonacceptance (n = 39 women, 12.9%) were concern about privacy during examination (53.8%) or counseling (25.6%) and the extent of the students' involvement (20.5%). CONCLUSION: Most women agreed to participate in the teaching of obstetric and gynecologic skills to medical students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1091-1100
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume187
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2002

Keywords

  • Medical students
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Teaching clinical skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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