V2-06: Construction of a vaginal vault model to educate residents in the pelvic organ prolapse quantification system
The pelvic organ prolapse quantification (POP-Q) system was created to standardize the evaluation of POP. This evaluation is a component of the learning objectives for both gynecology and urology residents. Despite these objectives, many residents report being unfamiliar with POP-Q. We propose an inexpensive and effective teaching model for resident education in the POP-Q system.
A vaginal vault model was created to achieve a realistic depiction of the vagina and its 3-D spatial relationships. Water balloons were positioned in different formations to simulate varying degrees of POP. Thirty-five OB/GYN residents received a pre-test and a lecture on POP-Q. Residents were randomized to Group A (lecture alone) or Group B (lecture plus teaching on the model.) Written and clinical exams were administered immediately and a second written test was given 6 months later.
There was no significant difference in mean written post-test scores between the two groups (p=0.38). However, group B performed significantly better on the clinical assessment (p
It is feasible to create an inexpensive yet effective vaginal vault model to assist in teaching the POP-Q exam to residents. This hands-on model enhanced resident performance of the POP-Q exam and was the preferred teaching method by residents.