Addressing OB/GYN family planning educational objectives at a faith-based institution using the TEACH program

Maryam Guiahi*, Clarissa Cortland, Mark J. Graham, Stephanie Heraty, Melinda Lukens, Megan Trester, Sondra Summers, Kimberly Kenton

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Background: Traditionally family planning education is limited for obstetrics and gynecology residents training at faith-based institutions. We describe the first formalized educational program to teach contraception, sterilization, and abortion at a Catholic institution. Study Design: We used a six-step curricular development process to design this formal educational intervention. We created a multiple-choice test that participants completed before and after the workshop. We compared average test scores using one-way analyses of variance and assessed psychometric properties of the test. Results: All 16 obstetrics and gynecology residents at this institution participated in the one-day educational program entitled Teaching Everything About Contraceptive Health (TEACH). Residents improved their pre-test scores, on average, from 57% prior to the workshop to 89% immediately after completion of TEACH (p<.001). Improvement persisted 10 months after completion of the program (p<.001). Psychometric assessment supported the use of the instrument with adequate question difficulty and high discrimination. Conclusions: A one day curriculum designed to introduce family planning learning objectives at a Catholic obstetrics and gynecology residency program is feasible and results in improved resident knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-372
Number of pages6
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011


  • Abortion education
  • Catholic
  • Faith-based
  • Family planning
  • Residency education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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