County Jail as a Novel Site for Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident Education

Date of Review: August, 2023

This resource is a peer-reviewed manuscript describing an outpatient rotation at the San Francisco County Jail for first-year obstetrics and gynecology residents at UCSF. The manuscript describes the structure and funding of the once-a-week clinic, where residents saw female patients under the supervision of a UCSF attending physician. The manuscript also describes the results of resident evaluations, which generally showed that residents felt the rotation’s objectives were met, and that they gained relevant clinical and communication skills, as well as increased understanding/context of this patient population. Limitations include the lack of any data/evaluation from the patients who received care from the residents, and the fact that this manuscript was published over a decade ago. This resource may be helpful when planning for any clinical education activities with institutionalized populations or other vulnerable groups. In particular, it can be helpful for understanding the protocols for establishing and running such a clinic, and to provide evidence on residents’ educational and clinical experiences in this type of environment. —Dave Liss, PhD, NCEAS