Menopausal Medicine Clinic: An Innovative Approach to Enhancing the Effectiveness of Medical Education.

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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a menopause clinic to enhance trainees' medical knowledge.

METHODS: Between July 2004 and May 2007, 73 resident physicians completed a rotation that included a weekly menopause clinic and completion of a pretest and posttest examination. Each test contained questions on topics covering menopause, perimenopause, and general women's health. At the end of each testing session, a total score and a menopause score were given.

RESULTS: The mean (SD) pretest menopause score and total score were 63.2% (13.3%) and 63.7% (11.3%), respectively. The mean posttest increase in the menopause score was 14%, with a median score increase of 10.2% (P < 0.0001). The posttest results ranged from a maximum decrease of 7.8% to a maximum increase of 47.1%. The mean increase in the total score was 13%, with a median increase of 10.7% (P < 0.0001). For the posttest total score, the range went from -7.2% to 39.3%. There was no correlation between the score changes and the number of clinic sessions attended, the resident specialties (obstetrics/gynecology vs non-obstetrics/gynecology), the level of training (postgraduate year 1 or 2), or the examination order (test A vs test B taken first).

CONCLUSION: Menopause clinics can add to resident physician knowledge about menopause-related matters. Menopause clinics may help educate future physicians in their ability to care for postmenopausal women.

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Menopause (New York, N.Y.)





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