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Current Situation: Lower Genital Tract Pathology and Colposcopy Training in Spanish Gynecology and Obstetrics Residents

Rodríguez-Mias, Núria-Laia MD1; Cortés, Javier MD, PhD, FIAC; Xercavins, Jordi MD, PhD2; Lailla, Josep M. MD, PhD1

Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease: January 2013 - Volume 17 - Issue 1 - p 12–16
doi: 10.1097/LGT.0b013e318259a426
Original Articles

Objective This study aimed to evaluate the impact of an educational intervention in lower genital tract pathology (LGTP) on the knowledge and skills acquired by the Spanish specialist residents. This didactic change was carried out under the auspices of the Asociación Española de Patología Cervical y Colposcopia and the Sociedad Española Ginecología y Obstetricia and its Resident Section.

Study Design This is an observational, descriptive, and cross-sectional study. The survey was composed of 15 questions voluntarily answered by Spanish gynecology and obstetrics trainees.

Results Compared with a previous survey, a substantial increase in the proportion of Spanish teaching hospitals with an LGTP unit (9/42 vs 47/59) has been detected while doubling the percentage of residents who acknowledge medium to high knowledge on this pathology. The same cannot be said about the handling capacity of vulvodynia registering a great improvement.

Conclusions Spanish scientific societies, concerned in the quality of LGTP training gained by their residents, have focused on the necessity of LGTP units. Our study confirms the usefulness of this performance in the new continued LGTP education.

The Spanish gynecology and obstetrics trainees have related proven improvement of lower genital tract pathology training in the last 5 years.

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Universitat de Barcelona; and 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital Vall d’Hebrón, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Reprint requests to: Núria-Laia Rodríguez-Mias, MD, Departmento de Obstetricia y Ginecología, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Universitat de Barcelona, Passeig St. Joan de Déu, 208950 Esplugues, Barcelona, España. E-mail:

Dr Cortés is in private practice at Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Dr Rodríguez-Mias is the President of the Resident Section of the Spanish Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Dr Xercavins is the President of the Oncology Section of the Spanish Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Dr Lailla is the President of the Spanish Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics.

The authors have no conflicts of interest

No funding was received for this study.

©2013The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology