Bedside Teaching in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Camille A. Clare and John Yeh
Affiliation: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114, USA.
Bedside teaching is a commonly used educational tool in obstetrics and gynecology. In this clinical
commentary, we analyzed and reviewed strategies for bedside teaching and guidelines for its use, and discussed its
advantages and disadvantages. Electronic databases were searched for the period covering the years 2000 to 2012 for
studies in the English language with the main outcome measure of the effectiveness of bedside teaching as an educational
modality. There are no specific publications in the literature that address this issue in obstetrics and gynecology. Based on
the literature in other settings, we infer that bedside teaching in obstetrics and gynecology is an effective teaching tool and
should be studied further to determine its optimal usage as a teaching modality. The setting of labor and delivery is the
most poignant example of bedside teaching in obstetrics and gynecology.
Keywords: Bedside teaching, labor and delivery, medical education, obstetrics and gynecology.
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