|Authors||Pugh CM, Obadina ET, Aidoo KA|
|Journal||Teach Learn Med Volume: 21 Issue: 2 Pages: 116-20|
|Publish Date||2009 Apr-Jun|
There is a paucity of research assessing the potential benefits of mannequin trainers when preparing students to interact with teaching associates.The goal of this study was to better understand the effects of mannequin-based simulators on student comfort toward learning specific aspects of the clinical female pelvic exam.First-year medical students (N = 344) were surveyed before and after a mannequin-based simulation curriculum to assess their comfort levels toward learning the female pelvic exam.Causing harm was the top cause of student anxiety toward learning the pelvic exam. Although the mannequin-based simulation curriculum was effective in significantly increasing (p < .001) student comfort levels toward learning the pelvic exam, the majority of students progressed from being “very uncomfortable” with the exam to being “somewhat comfortable.”We suggest that mannequin-based simulators be used prior to students’ learning experience with pelvic exam teaching associates.