Interest and Attitudes Toward Global Health Training of Prospective Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents [4O]

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The benefits of global health training in clinical education have been well described in graduate medical education literature. Despite these benefits there is a lack of global health training offered by OBGYN residency programs nationally. The purpose of the study is to assess prospective OBGYN residents’ interests and attitudes toward such training and the results can potentially help develop an educational curriculum and clinical training opportunity.


A survey was developed to assess prospective residents’ views on global health training. Questions utilized a Likert scale response. Additional questions included demographics and prior global health experience. The anonymous, voluntary survey was distributed to our OBGYN residency applicants who interviewed in 2016-2017. Univariate and bivariate analysis was conducted. Fisher exact tests and two-sided p values were calculated to determine statistically significant differences.


The response rate was 50/62. 76% were likely to participate in an offered elective. 94% agreed that residencies should offer voluntary electives. 64% expressed interest in incorporating global health into future practices. Scheduling conflicts were perceived as the greatest barrier to participation. Learning about public health systems and gaining procedural experience were the main interests. Over 50% had prior global health experience.


Findings suggest that applicants to our OBGYN residency believe a global health elective should be offered in residency training and a majority would participate if given the opportunity. With the strong interest and positive attitudes toward a global health elective, steps can be taken to develop a curriculum and training opportunity.

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