Objective: To understand the extent to which pediatricians are providing advice on care of the uncircumcised penis and the advice they are providing. We hypothesized that pediatric residents lack preparedness to offer parents advice on caring for the uncircumcised penis and as such are unlikely to offer such advice. Methods: An IRB approved, anonymous survey was administered to 244 pediatric residents in 5 urban training programs (Appendix). Descriptive statistics were used for clinical and demographic data and Fisher's exact and Kruskal-Wallis tests were used for comparative analysis. Results: Eighty-three residents completed the survey for a response rate of 34%. Less than half (45%) of the residents surveyed were likely, or extremely likely to voluntarily offer advice to parents on care of the uncircumcised penis. On a scale of 0-100, the median confidence level in offering advice was 48 (interquartile range [IQR] 30-52). Forty-nine percent of residents reported never being taught care of the uncircumcised penis. Of those who received education, 72% reported learning informally from a senior resident or attending and only 9% learned from a formal lecture. Pediatric residents varied greatly on advice given to parents in regards to the frequency of retraction and 40% offered no advice. Conclusion: This study demonstrates that pediatric residents currently lack confidence in providing parents advice on preputial care and are unlikely to offer such advice. When offered, the advice given is highly variable. This study emphasizes the need for improved education of pediatric residents.
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