NURSE-MIDWIFE INVOLVEMENT IN MEDICAL STUDENT EDUCATION: The Pelvic Examination

Authors

  • Linda Ann Wheeler C.N.M., M.N., Ed.D.,

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    • Linda Ann Wheeler is an Associate Professor and Director of the Nurse–Midwifery Service in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, Memphis, TN.

  • Margaret M. Burke C.N.M., M.S.N.,

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    • Margaret M. Burke is an Assistant Professor and nurse–midwife in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, Memphis, TN.

  • Frank W. Ling M.D.

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    • Frank W. Ling is an Assistant Professor and Director of the OB/Gyn Clerkship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, Memphis, TN.


ABSTRACT

Nineteen women trained in the technique of pelvic examination taught both the technical and interpersonal aspects of the procedure to sophomore medical students in a physical diagnosis course. Working in teams of two, the women functioned as the primary instructors. A medical professional served as resource person only. The training and teaching programs are described. Because of the success of both, a similar learning experience for third-year medical students entering the obstetric/gynecology clerkship and for obstetric/gynecology residents has been initiated.

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