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doi: 10.1097/gme.0b013e3182507406
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Menopausal medicine clinic: an innovative approach to enhancing the effectiveness of medical education

Jiang, Xuezhi MD1; Sab, Shiv BS1; Diamen, Sharon MD3; Schnatz, Peter F. DO, FACOG, FACP, NCMP1,2,4,5

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a menopause clinic to enhance trainees’ medical knowledge.

Methods: Between July 2004 and May 2007, 73 resident physicians completed a rotation that included a weekly menopause clinic and completion of a pretest and posttest examination. Each test contained questions on topics covering menopause, perimenopause, and general women’s health. At the end of each testing session, a total score and a menopause score were given.

Results: The mean (SD) pretest menopause score and total score were 63.2% (13.3%) and 63.7% (11.3%), respectively. The mean posttest increase in the menopause score was 14%, with a median score increase of 10.2% (P < 0.0001). The posttest results ranged from a maximum decrease of 7.8% to a maximum increase of 47.1%. The mean increase in the total score was 13%, with a median increase of 10.7% (P < 0.0001). For the posttest total score, the range went from −7.2% to 39.3%. There was no correlation between the score changes and the number of clinic sessions attended, the resident specialties (obstetrics/gynecology vs non–obstetrics/gynecology), the level of training (postgraduate year 1 or 2), or the examination order (test A vs test B taken first).

Conclusion: Menopause clinics can add to resident physician knowledge about menopause-related matters. Menopause clinics may help educate future physicians in their ability to care for postmenopausal women.

©2012The North American Menopause Society


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