Ann K. Ferris, MD; Marilyn M. Schapira, MD, MPH; Mark J. Young, MD
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To the Editors: There is renewed interest in critically evaluating the physical examination skills that are taught to medical students and residents (1). The bimanual pelvic examination is a method of detecting ovarian cancer (2) and other diseases. However, the sensitivity and specificity of the bimanual pelvic examination in the detection of an adnexal mass have not been well established. We report on a study that used synthetic models of the female pelvis to evaluate the ability of internal medicine residents to detect an adnexal mass by bimanual pelvic examination.
The participants were 30 internal medicine residents at a university
Ferris AK, Schapira MM, Young MJ. Accuracy of Pelvic Examination. Ann Intern Med. ;114:522. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-6-522_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(6):522.
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