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REY, Grazzia; VISCONTI, Ana; BALAGER, Erika  and  MARTINEZ, Jorge. Use of medical simulators in obstetrics and gynaecology: Experience in undergraduate education. Educ. méd. [online]. 2006, vol.9, n.4b, pp.229-233. ISSN 1575-1813.

Introduction: The courses in gynaecology and obstetrics are given during the seventh year of the medicine career and represent the students’ first contact with the discipline. Most graduates from our medical school eventually become GPs, so they must be trained in a number of basic skills in obstetrics and gynaecology. Aims: To introduce the use of medical simulators in undergraduate courses of obstetrics and gynaecology. Methodology: During the gynaecology course in the 2003 academic year, students were randomly divided into two groups. The experimental group did their training with medical simulators. Their learning was followed up using a checklist for pelvic examination. Results: The results show that the students that did their training with simulators had more opportunities to perform the manoeuvres, especially those involving greater difficulty like vaginal examination and "speculum" introduction. Conclusions: The use of medical simulators constitutes a good tool for the acquisition of skills in the obgyn area. Simulators provide a useful alternative in undergraduate education.

Keywords : Gynaecology /Education; Obstetrics Education; Clinical Competence; Patient simulation; Teaching Methods; Undergraduate Education.

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