Submission ID 78132

Code P38
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Category Medical Education
Type Poster
Will the presenter be a: Other
Presenter Other Nurse Practitioner
Title Addressing the Pandemic Backlog: Nurse Practitioner-Led Pap Teaching Clinics for Family Medicine Residents
Background/Purpose Women's College Family Practice Health Centre is an Academic Family Health Team that teaches family medicine residents and other healthcare learners. The pandemic caused a 40% increase in patients with overdue Pap tests. Pap tests can be conducted by family physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), and nurses working under a medical directive. Pandemic training interruptions and new guidelines recommending reduced frequency of cervical cancer screening (CCS) give family medicine and nurse practitioner trainees limited opportunity to consolidate this skill. To address CCS backlogs and support learners' acquisition of essential women's health skills, we created nurse practitioner (NP)-led teaching clinics as an interprofessional (IP) opportunity for learners from nursing and medicine to learn Pap testing, using a trauma-informed approach.
Methods The team iteratively designed clinical teaching based on IP learner feedback, conducted a needs assessment with family medicine residents, and integrated teaching on topics such as trauma-informed approaches to Pap tests, troubleshooting difficult Pap tests, IUD insertions, and endometrial biopsies.
Results Over 6 months (46 clinic sessions, 500 patients), the teaching clinics reduced numbers of patients overdue for Pap test by 10%. The team also performed IUD insertions, endometrial biopsies and immunizations. A total of 26 medical and 4 nursing students were trained.
Discussion NPs are an under-utilized teaching resource in many primary care settings. NP-led Pap test teaching clinics can fill pandemic-related preventative care gaps and support diverse healthcare learners to gain key skills in women's health. Evaluation of this novel IP clinic is currently underway.
Keyword 1 Interprofessional teaching
Keyword 2 Cancer screening
Keyword 3
Abstract content most relevant to: (check all that apply) Residency Education
Abstract Track - First Choice Inter-professional Education
Authors Lauren Scott
Jessica Bawden
Courtney May
Erin Coghlan
Cynthia Whitehead
Joyce Nyhof-Young
Lauren Scott
Nicole Bourgeois

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