To the Point: optimizing the learning environment in labor and delivery

Jonathan Schaffir, Helen Kang Morgan, Rashmi Bhargava, Laura Baecher-Lind, Katherine T. Chen, Angela Fleming, Christopher Morosky, Celeste S. Royce, Shireen Madani Sims, Tammy Sonn, Alyssa Stephenson-Famy, Jill M. Sutton

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The labor and delivery floor is a unique learning environment that poses challenges to teaching medical students, with a potentially detrimental effect on their evaluations of the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship. This article, from the “To the Point” series prepared by the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Undergraduate Medical Education Committee, offers specific suggestions for improving undergraduate medical education in obstetrics with attention to student preparation, faculty development, nonphysician staff involvement, and patient education. Optimizing the learning environment in labor and delivery would improve student experiences and perceptions of our specialty.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101090
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics & gynecology MFM
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2023


  • labor and delivery
  • learning environment
  • medical student experience
  • obstetrics clerkship
  • undergraduate medical education


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