Bedside Teaching in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Patient-centred bedside clinical teaching is highly valued by students during obstetrics and gynaecology rotations, provided that there are clear learning objectives and appropriate pre-rotation learning. A qualitative research student across both our two maternity hospitals by Dr Danielle Cotter on medical student learning experiences of the labour ward was published recently in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology.
During their six week Obstetrics & Gynaecology rotations, our students spend a week working as part of the clinical team in the labour ward at either the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital and the National Maternity Hospital. Both hospitals are among the busiest maternity hospitals in Europe, each with over 8,500 deliveries per annum.
This study examined the educational experience and the value of the labour ward placement with students noting that the latter improves the student's knowledge of obstetrics theory and improved communication skills. The students identified midwives as excellent teachers and facilitators of learning and they reported a clear sense of teamwork and belonging. However, students reported frustration with unclear learning objectives and identified extra pre-learning with pre-specified learning aims before the labour ward week as being important.
The study’s first author, Dr Danielle Cotter (UCD Medicine 2016) is currently completing her medical internship. A graduate entry medicine student, Danielle has a BA in Psychology (UCD 2010) and an MSc in Management Organisation Studies (UCD 2010).
Medical Students Learning Experiences of the Labour Ward: A Qualitative Research Study
Cotter D, Turner MJ, McAuliffe FM, Higgins MF, Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2016 Nov;206:204-207.
doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2016.09.022. Epub 2016 Sep 21. [Article]