Are we missing an opportunity to teach future physicians about female pelvic floor disorders?

Elizabeth R. Mueller*, Kimberly Kenton, Rebecca G. Rogers, Dee E. Fenner

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INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Many physicians in primary care and medical/surgical specialties will care for female patients with pelvic floor disorders (PFD). METHODS: A survey was mailed to 266 United States and Canadian clerkship directors that queried how medical students were being educated in PFD. RESULTS: Forty-four percent of clerkship directors responded. The mean clerkship size was 105 medical students. Over 97% of third year medical students received lectures on hypertension in pregnancy, normal labor, and abnormal uterine bleeding and at least 90% received lectures on obstetric hemorrhage, placenta previa, and menstruation. Forty percent to 85% of medical students received lectures in PFD depending on the topic. Eighty percent of medical students had no exposure to PFD during their first 2 years of medical school. During their third year, 95% of the students were exposed to PFD topics but only 60% had an opportunity to spend at least a day in an urogynecology practice. Clerkship directors indicate that PFD are relevant to medical student training, however, they have limited time in the clerkship to cover all of the required topics. CONCLUSIONS: We are missing an important opportunity to educate future clinicians about PFD, which dramatically impact women's quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1413-1415
Number of pages3
JournalInternational urogynecology journal and pelvic floor dysfunction
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Urology


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