Teaching digital rectal examination to medical students using a structured workshop-a point in the right direction?
John Isherwood, Zakariye Ashkir, Sofoklis Panteleimonitis, Nisha Kumar, David Hemingway, Andrew S Miller, Mike N Norwood, Justin M Yeung
Journal of Surgical Education | Published : 2013
BACKGROUND: Digital rectal examination (DRE) is an important skill in the investigation of rectal symptoms. This frequently performed examination is poorly taught and while students agree it is an important skill, their experience is often limited. Studies have suggested that structured teaching can improve confidence, knowledge, and ability of DRE. METHOD: Medical students from the University of Leicester attended a teaching program in DRE. It consisted of a lecture followed by objective structured clinical examination stations. These stations included the teaching of communication skills, utilized interactive scenarios, and DRE training with mannequins. Students were asked to complete an e..View full abstract