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Six-Year Experience in Teaching Pelvic Floor Ultrasonography Using Pelvic Floor Phantoms

Jalalizadeh, Mehrsa, MD; Alshiek, Jonia, MD; Santoro, Giulio A., MD; Wieczorek, Andrzej Pawel, MD; Shobeiri, S. Abbas, MD, MBA

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002729
Medical Education: Original Research: PDF Only

OBJECTIVE: To review our 6-year experience (2009–2015) in teaching three-dimensional pelvic floor ultrasonography workshops that utilized pelvic floor phantoms in the setting of an Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills methodology.

METHODS: Four-hour Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills workshops were given at several society meetings and involved a didactic session, a hands-on session using the pelvic floor phantoms, and a computer station session reviewing pelvic floor pathologies. We analyzed improvement in participants' diagnostic skills using a test with 60 illustrated questions of normal and pathologic findings in live human models.

RESULTS: Two hundred forty-three attendees completed the 60-question test before and after attending the workshop. Paired t test showed a significant improvement in attendees' average scores after the workshop in all categories: anatomy, normal, or pathologic endovaginal imaging and normal or pathologic endoanal imaging (P<.001 for all). McNemar test showed a statistically significant increased number of correct answers in 50 of 60 (83%) questions.

CONCLUSION: Our Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills workshops incorporating pelvic floor phantoms enhanced trainees' pelvic floor ultrasound diagnostic skills.

Structured workshops incorporating pelvic floor phantoms enhance trainees' pelvic floor ultrasound diagnostic skills.

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, INOVA Women’s Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia; Pelvic Floor Unit, 3rd Division of Surgery, Regional Hospital, Treviso, Italy; and the Department of Pediatric Radiology, Children’s University Hospital, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland.

Corresponding author: S. Abbas Shobeiri, MD, MBA, Gynecologic Subspecialties, INOVA Women's Hospital, Virginia Commonwealth University, 3300 Gallows Road, Second Floor South Tower, Falls Church, VA 22042-3307; email: Abbas.Shobeiri@inova.org.

Financial Disclosure The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

Each author has indicated that he or she has met the journal's requirements for authorship.

Received January 12, 2018. Received in revised form February 26, 2018. Accepted March 15, 2018.

Received January 12, 2018

Received in revised form February 26, 2018

Accepted March 15, 2018

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