Objectives: The purpose of this study was to explore resident opinions about vaginal hysterectomy training and to evaluate future practice patterns and impediments to continuing vaginal hysterectomies after graduation.
Methods: An anonymous survey was e-mailed to fourth-year gynecology residents before graduation. The survey assessed opinions on vaginal hysterectomy training and future practice plans.
Results: One hundred eighty-three residents responded from 41 states. Most residents (75%) think vaginal hysterectomy training has been adequate to prepare them for future practice. Residents were more likely to respond that their training was adequate if they had performed more than 20 vaginal hysterectomies and if they had learned morcellation techniques. Only 42% of residents report vaginal route as their preferred route for hysterectomy.
Conclusions: Most residents feel that training in vaginal hysterectomy has been adequate to prepare them for their future practice, although they are more likely to feel prepared if they have performed more than 20 vaginal hysterectomies.