Medical student knowledge of global health problems: Obstetric fistulas in developing countries

Caroline E. Foust-Wright, S. Abbas Shobeiri, Christine Curry, Lieschen H. Quiroz, Mikio A. Nihira

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate medical students in the United States at several medical schools regarding their knowledge of the global health burden of obstetric fistulas. STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 8 schools across the United States over a period of 6 months. The survey was composed of 18 questions on epidemiology, pathology, and treatment of fistulas. It was a web-based module accessed through an emailed link. It was sent to 5,103 medical students' email addresses at the 8 institutions once a week for 4 weeks. SPSS paired student t tests was used for statistical analysis. RESULTS: Of the 1,089 students from 8 medical schools that initially began the survey, 965 completed this voluntary and anonymous survey, with a 21% response rate and 19% completion rate. Overall the students averaged 11/18 (60.7%) correct on this survey. The knowledge of obstetric fistula improved, but not significantly, with increasing level of medical school education, with first-year medical students achieving 10/18 (55%) correct and senior medical students achieving 12/18 (67%) correct (p=0.1). CONCLUSION: U.S. medical students' knowledge of obstetric fistulas in developing countries does not increase significantly over 4 years of medical school education. While this condition presents largely in the developing world, given rapid globalization as well as increased international health experiences for U.S.-trained health professionals, further effort should be placed in improving medical student knowledge of this devastating condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-430
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine
Volume57
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Medical Students
Developing Countries
Obstetrics
Fistula
Medical Schools
Students
Medical Education
Internationality
Health
Global Health
Epidemiology
Cross-Sectional Studies
Pathology
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Fistula
  • Medical education
  • Obstetric fistula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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Foust-Wright, C. E., Abbas Shobeiri, S., Curry, C., Quiroz, L. H., & Nihira, M. A. (2012). Medical student knowledge of global health problems: Obstetric fistulas in developing countries. Journal of Reproductive Medicine, 57(5), 427-430.

Medical student knowledge of global health problems : Obstetric fistulas in developing countries. / Foust-Wright, Caroline E.; Abbas Shobeiri, S.; Curry, Christine; Quiroz, Lieschen H.; Nihira, Mikio A.

In: Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Vol. 57, No. 5, 10.2012, p. 427-430.

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Foust-Wright, CE, Abbas Shobeiri, S, Curry, C, Quiroz, LH & Nihira, MA 2012, 'Medical student knowledge of global health problems: Obstetric fistulas in developing countries', Journal of Reproductive Medicine, vol. 57, no. 5, pp. 427-430.
Foust-Wright CE, Abbas Shobeiri S, Curry C, Quiroz LH, Nihira MA. Medical student knowledge of global health problems: Obstetric fistulas in developing countries. Journal of Reproductive Medicine. 2012 Oct;57(5):427-430.
Foust-Wright, Caroline E. ; Abbas Shobeiri, S. ; Curry, Christine ; Quiroz, Lieschen H. ; Nihira, Mikio A. / Medical student knowledge of global health problems : Obstetric fistulas in developing countries. In: Journal of Reproductive Medicine. 2012 ; Vol. 57, No. 5. pp. 427-430.
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