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Table 3 Themes from free text field of questionnaire

From: Genital examination training: assessing the effectiveness of an integrated female and male teaching programme

Pre teaching programme themes Post teaching programme themes
Lack of exposure to male examination
 ▪ no opportunities to examine males during O&G module
 ▪ Male genital examination - > non-existent
 ▪ O&G was adequate for female genital exam preparations, however we have had no exposure to male examinations
 ▪ Have not had any structured teaching in male genital examination
 ▪ Haven’t really done any teaching/learning on males
 ▪ More or less non-existent teaching or experience on genital examination to date
Opportunistic exposure only
 ▪ Some minimal incidental exposure in clinical practice
 ▪ Only have female experience due to [undertaking a] summer studentship
 ▪ Previous experience with female genital examination was observing during pap smear on two General Practice occasions
 ▪ Observed one or two in 4th year
Limited or no exposure
 ▪ A topic that has not been addressed previously
 ▪ One lecture in Paeds, but I never got to see or do
 ▪ No previous learning
 ▪ Practice on model in 3rd year Have not done any, so most of this in non-existent
 ▪ We just had a dummy vagina in MED3 to learn speculum and bimanual exam. A total of 3 h max
Positive Experience with suggestions for minor change
 ▪ I enjoyed it!
 ▪ Very valuable.
 ▪ It is a good addition and should be continued
 ▪ Fantastic module
 ▪ Scary, but helpful
 ▪ Specific advice around technique adjustment was really useful!
 ▪ Invaluable learning opportunity. Very helpful tutors and empathetic actors.
 ▪ This was easily the best part of the Module. Very valuable. The pre-exam video for males is poor and should be replaced.
 ▪ Would be good to have a range of ages and subjects and more exposure
More instruction/demonstration required prior to having to do examination
 ▪ It was good although I would’ve liked to be able to see the genital exam performed and explained before having to do it ourselves.
 ▪ A bit more formal instruction before exam would have helped.
Quality of experience dependent on tutor
 ▪ Dr X was absolutely fantastic as a tutor
 ▪ Dr Y was rude to both me and the teaching associate. I felt this was inappropriate and unconstructive.