Summary: New educational DVD improves female
pelvic exam instruction
February 18, 2011
Robert Reid transforms gynaecology clinic tutorials for medical
students into a successful educational DVD aimed at increasing
student knowledge and confidence.
Two years ago, Robert Reid realized he gave the same tutorial to
every medical student at each gynaecology clinic he conducted. Was
there a way, he wondered, to transform this tutorial into an
educational film for medical students?
Along with medical student Bryden Magee, Dr. Reid, a Queen's
University professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Chair of
the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at
Kingston General Hospital, began working with volunteers to film
demonstrations of pelvic and bimanual exam techniques.
"Bimanual exams are the type of pelvic exam that medical students watch but often have no idea what's
really going on," explains Dr. Reid, whose own tutorial was included in the final 17-minute DVD.
The team also hired professional artist Kathy Piercy to produce anatomical renderings that demonstrate
the internal examination techniques used by doctors during a pelvic exam.
To test the ability of the DVD to convey information and instill confidence among inexperienced medical