Graduating Students’ Evaluations of Their Training and Clinical Performance in Areas of Women’s Health in a Chinese Medical School

  • Margaret Z. Wang
  • Jingyi Fan
  • Ivy JiangEmail author
  • Renslow Sherer
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China’s medical curriculum is undergoing standardization and reform through the 5 + 3 model (5 years of undergraduate medical studies, 3 years of residency).1, 2 Few studies have examined the clinical training Chinese medical students receive in women’s health. Our study assessed graduating medical students’ satisfaction with clinical training and performance in areas of women’s health, and compared responses by gender in a major medical school in a provincial capital in China.


This cross-sectional study surveyed 250 fifth-year graduating Chinese medical students from Wuhan University in China, from May to June 2015, following their graduation exam. The survey questions were developed following literature review and input from experts in medical education and the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the University of Chicago and Wuhan University on sexual and reproductive health, and cervical and breast cancer screening. Participants could refuse and received no...


Compliance with Ethical Standards

The Institutional Review Boards at Wuhan University and the University of Chicago approved this study.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they do not have a conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret Z. Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jingyi Fan
    • 3
  • Ivy Jiang
    • 4
    Email author
  • Renslow Sherer
    • 4
  1. 1.Pritzker School of MedicineThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Texas at SouthwesternDallasUSA
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsZhongnan Hospital of Wuhan UniversityWuhanChina
  4. 4.Section of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Department of MedicineUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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