Actual versus Simulated Breast and Rectal Examinations among Recent Medical Student Graduates

Authors

  • Nora H. Trabulsi Department of Surgery Faculty of Medicine King Abdulaziz University
  • Shayma M. Alotaibi King Abdulaziz University https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3911-0501
  • Hajar F. Alghamdi King Abdulaziz University
  • Mohammad M. Abbas King Abdulaziz University
  • Nouf Y. Akeel King Abdulaziz University
  • Ali A. Samkari King Abdulaziz University
  • Ali H. Farsi King Abdulaziz University
  • Nadim H. Malibary King Abdulaziz University
  • Abdulaziz M. Saleem King Abdulaziz University
  • Mai S. Kadi King Abdulaziz University
  • Mohammed O. Nassif King Abdulaziz University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4197/Med.27-2.2

Keywords:

Breast exam, Rectal exam, Student, Simulation, Barriers

Abstract

Clinical skills form the core of a physician’s practice. Breast and rectal examinations help the physician to detect abnormalities that may lead to the identification of unnoticed diseases. Learning these skills with real patients can be difficult because patients can be hesitant to allow students to perform these examinations. Simulation-based teaching is a viable option for overcoming these obstacles. A cross-sectional study was performed that included interns at King Abdulaziz University. Of the 252 students who completed the questionnaire, most performed a breast examination on manikins. Among all, 206 reported that practicing on manikins prepared them to deal with real patients. More female than male students performed breast examinations on real patients. Rectal examinations were slightly less prevalent, with 223 students having performed them on manikins. Among all, 183 reported that this prepared them to deal with real patients. The most frequent barrier to performing an examination on real patients was the patient’s refusal due to religious and cultural concerns. It is of paramount importance for doctors to help students perform these examinations under supervision on real patients. This could be achieved by encouraging doctors to supervise students’ examinations more frequently and by improving students’ communication skills.

Author Biographies

Shayma M. Alotaibi, King Abdulaziz University

Medical Intern

Hajar F. Alghamdi, King Abdulaziz University

Medical Intern

Mohammad M. Abbas, King Abdulaziz University

Department of Surgery

Nouf Y. Akeel, King Abdulaziz University

Department of Surgery

Ali A. Samkari, King Abdulaziz University

Department of Surgery

Ali H. Farsi, King Abdulaziz University

Department of Surgery

Nadim H. Malibary, King Abdulaziz University

Department of Surgery

Abdulaziz M. Saleem, King Abdulaziz University

Department of Surgery

Mai S. Kadi, King Abdulaziz University

Department of Community Medicine

Mohammed O. Nassif, King Abdulaziz University

Department of Surgery, Division of Oncology
Assistant Professor

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Published

2020-12-31

How to Cite

Trabulsi, N., Alotaibi, S., Alghamdi, H. ., Abbas, M., Akeel, N., Samkari, A., Farsi, A., Malibary, N., Saleem, A., Kadi, M., & Nassif, M. . (2020). Actual versus Simulated Breast and Rectal Examinations among Recent Medical Student Graduates. Journal of King Abdulaziz University - Medical Sciences, 27(2), 9–14. https://doi.org/10.4197/Med.27-2.2

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