Improving Resident Knowledge in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology: An Evaluation of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Short Curriculum

Patricia S. Huguelet, Gayathri ChelvaKumar, Lindsay Conner, Tania Dumont, Nathalie Fleming, Maggie Abraham, Nicole W. Karjane, Jeanelle Sheeder, Hina J. Talib, K. Karen Teelin, Carol Wheeler, Paritosh Kaul

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Study Objective: Resident education in pediatric and adolescent gynecology (PAG) is challenging. It encompasses patients from neonates to young adults with different disorders involving multiple subspecialties. Residents have inadequate exposure to PAG topics and report lack of knowledge in this area. The objective of this study was to determine if the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) Short Curriculum improves self-reported knowledge in PAG among obstetrics and gynecology (ObGyn), family medicine, and pediatric residents. Design, Setting, Participants, Interventions, and Main Outcome Measures: Participants were 47 US ObGyn, family medicine, and pediatric residency training programs across a 4-month study window, from September to December 2016. The NASPAG Short Curriculum was distributed to them with a request to complete a retrospective pre- and post-test survey. Primary outcome measure was improvement in self-perceived knowledge after exposure to the curriculum. Results: Forty-eight programs responded to the study comprising a total of 1130 residents. One program was excluded because of logistical barriers to the distribution of study incentive. In total, 1080 residents were invited and 103 chose to participate (10% response rate); 68 residents completed all survey questions to be included in the final analysis. After completing the curriculum, self-reported knowledge improved in all 10 learning objectives, across all 3 specialties (47% [32/68] to 82% [56/68]; P <.01). Pre-test knowledge correlated with previous clinical exposure to PAG patients, but did not correlate with year of residency training, type of residency, or previous PAG lectures. Conclusion: Significant deficiencies exist regarding self-reported knowledge of core PAG topics among ObGyn, family medicine, and pediatric residents. Use of the NASPAG Short Curriculum improves self-reported knowledge in PAG trainees across all 3 specialties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018



  • PAG curriculum
  • Pediatric and adolescent gynecology education
  • Resident education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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