An interactive computer program for teaching residents pap smear classification, screening and management guidelines: A pilot study

Erika Banks, Scott Chudnoff, Margaret Comerford Freda, Nadine T. Katz

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OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility, utility and resident attitudes towards an interactive, Web-based computer learning program. STUDY DESIGN: Pretest/posttest evaluation of an interactive curriculum to teach current recommendations for cervical cancer screening and classification and management of abnormal Pap smears. Thirty-five Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) residents were encouraged to complete a Web-based computer program that consisted of a pretest, 9 educational sections (3 didactic and 6 case based), a posttest and an exit survey. Clinical cases involved virtual case management of patients' cytologic, histologic and colposcopic images. Mastery was set at 82% (or 23/28 correct answers). RESULTS: Thirty-one of the 35 residents (89%) completed the curriculum. No resident demonstrated mastery (82%) on the pretest; 15 of 31 residents demonstrat ed mastery on the posttest (p = 0.04). Mean improvement for all residents was 9 additional questions answered correctly. All the residents thought that the Web site was useful and covered all the learning objectives and would recommend it to other residents. CONCLUSION: A program to teach current cervical cancer screening, classification and abnormal Pap smear management guidelines was useful, feasible and well accepted by residents in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)995-1000
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2007



  • Cervix cancer
  • Computer-based learning
  • Graduate medical education
  • Papanicolaou smear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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