The Labor Games

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To develop and evaluate a simulation laboratory designed to stimulate learning and increase medical students' preparedness for an obstetrics and gynecology clinical clerkship.

METHODS:

Ninety-seven medical students participated in the games during their obstetrics and gynecology clerkship in 1 year. Using the resident-as-teacher model, students rotated through seven stations, each with a simulated obstetric task. Points were awarded at each station, and the student with the highest score won. Self-perceived proficiency level and general preparedness for the clerkship were evaluated through paired pregame and postgame assessments.

RESULTS:

Postassessment results showed statistically significant (P<.001) increases in self-perceived competence performing all tested skills including reading fetal heart tracings, knot-tying, measuring cervical dilation, amniotomy, estimating fetal weight, and estimating blood loss. Approximately 97% enjoyed The Labor Games, 97.9% reported increased knowledge, and 96.9% learned valuable skills. Students also reported feeling more prepared for the obstetrics and gynecology rotation (2.6 compared with 3.3, P<.001).

DISCUSSION:

The Labor Games improved medical students' self-confidence and self-perceived skill level on obstetric tasks. Students also felt more prepared for the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship. This study creates a low-cost and reproducible simulation laboratory that is identified as effective by medical students in teaching skills, knowledge, and preparedness for an obstetrics and gynecology clerkship.

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