Male genital examination in the medical curricula: an exploration of medical students’ experience

Jayasuria, Andrew, Wearn, Andy, Vnuk, Anna, and Bhoopatkar, Harsh (2019) Male genital examination in the medical curricula: an exploration of medical students’ experience. New Zealand Medical Student Journal, 1 (29). pp. 11-14.

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INTRODUCTION: One of the challenges regarding the teaching and learning of the male genital examination as part of the undergraduate medical curriculum relates to the extent of practice opportunities with patients in the clinical setting.

OBJECTIVES: To quantify how many male genital examinations have been performed on real patients by medical students at the point of graduation, and to explore the context of performing the examination with patients.

METHODS: A self-completed, online, anonymous questionnaire was developed and deployed as part of a two-centre study. Data were collected from final-year medical students in the period just after graduation from the medical programmes at the Universities of Auckland and Flinders in late 2013.

RESULTS: The combined response rate was 42.9% (134/312). The median for the number of male genital examinations performed was 2-3. A total of 16% of medical students had never performed a male genital examination. Self-reported opportunities for performing the male genital examination were strongly related to the setting (e.g. urology and paediatrics/neonates). The largest self-reported barrier was related to patients being uncomfortable being examined by female students.

CONCLUSIONS: For some students, their only experience of performing male genital examinations is on a model in simulation. Opportunities to perform the male genital examinations that students feel comfortable with are rare. The delivery of medical curricula needs to address this issue.

Item ID: 75570
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1179-3597
Copyright Information: New Zealand Medical Student Journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2022 00:43
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320227 Venereology @ 30%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education @ 30%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420399 Health services and systems not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education @ 30%
20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200504 Men's health @ 30%
20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200199 Clinical health not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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