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Background; In obstetrics and gynecology discipline, the fourth-year medical students have to practice vaginal examination in the patient under supervision to increase their experiences. Vaginal examination is quite troubles both physically and mentally for the patient.
Objective: To assess patient’s satisfaction and acceptance with the fourth-year medical students involvement in gynecology outpatient clinic
Study design: Descriptive study
Method: Three hundreds female patients, who had been taken history, conducted physical examination and per vaginal examination by the fourth-year medical students under supervision were asked to response the questionnaires during November 1, 2003 and June 30, 2004.
Results: Eighty nine per cent (264 in 296, 95% CI 84.95-92.38) gynecologic outpatients satisfied and accepted in the role of medical students to take history of illness, conduct physical examination including per vaginal examination under supervision. There were small number of patients (4.7% , 95% CI 2.71-7.99) unsatisfied with medical student involvement.
Conclusion: Most of gynecologic outpatients satisfied and accepted in medical students’ role and recognize it was the essential part in teaching and leaning in medicine .There were small number of patients still did not accept this practice . Therefore, the public or customers should be clearly informed about the faculty’s policy and role of the hospital in both academic training center and service center position.
In addition, shaping up medical student’s performance is also crucial factor to gain patient’s acceptance.
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