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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

doi: 10.1097/gme.0b013e3182507406
Original Articles

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.

From the Departments of 1Obstetrics and Gynecology and 2Internal Medicine, The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Reading, PA; 3Hartford Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine, Hartford, CT; and Departments of 4Obstetrics and Gynecology and 5Internal Medicine, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.

Received December 9, 2011; revised and accepted February 15, 2012.

Funding/support: This work and manuscript preparation was unfunded.

Financial disclosure/conflicts of interest: None reported.

These data have been presented in poster format at The North American Menopause Society’s 22nd Annual Meeting. These data and results, however, have not been published in manuscript form and have not been previously submitted to another journal.

Address correspondence to: Xuezhi Jiang, MD, The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Department of ObGnY–R1, PO Box 16052, Reading, PA 19612-6052. E-mail:

©2012The North American Menopause Society