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What do we need to know about anatomy in gynaecology? An international validation study
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  • Dorothea Koppes,
  • Anniko Snoeren,
  • Roy Kruitwagen,
  • Fedde Scheele,
  • Annelieke Schepens-Franke,
  • Kim Notten
Dorothea Koppes
Maastricht UMC+

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Anniko Snoeren
Maastricht University
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Roy Kruitwagen
GROW, School for Oncology and Developmental Biology, Maastricht University Medical Centre
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Fedde Scheele
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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Annelieke Schepens-Franke
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Kim Notten
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Objective: international validation of the Dutch Delphi consensus study about which anatomical structures that should be taught to ensure safe and competent practice among general gynaecologists. Design: Validation study. Setting: Academic, non-academic teaching and non-academic, non-teaching hospitals worldwide. Population: Gynaecologists and trainees in gynaecology. Methods: The relevance of 123 items included in the Dutch Delphi study was scored on a Likert scale between 1 (not relevant) and 5 (highly relevant). Consensus was defined when  70% of the panellist scored the item as relevant or very relevant and the average rating was  4. Main Outcome Measures: Clinically relevant anatomical structures. Results: A total of 192 gynaecologists and trainees from seven countries (Belgium, Germany, Norway, Oceania, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States) completed the questionnaire. Of the 123 structures, 72 (58.5%) were internationally relevant. When the 72 relevant structures from the international Delphi study were compared with the 86 relevant structures from the Dutch Delphi study, 70 (81.4%) structures matched. Conclusions: This study identified 70 anatomical structures that should be taught for safe and competent practice of general gynaecologists based on national and international validation. The results of our study identify the learning needs (i.e., the content) for an international anatomy curriculum. The development of the curriculum (i.e., the form) can be determined by each country and used to standardize and guide postgraduate training in gynaecology. This is an important step in the era of international teaching and training.
21 Feb 2022Submitted to BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
24 Feb 2022Assigned to Editor
24 Feb 2022Submission Checks Completed
02 Mar 2022Reviewer(s) Assigned
15 Apr 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
Dec 2022Published in European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology volume 279 on pages 146-158. 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2022.10.019