Nationwide content analysis of undergraduate obstetrics and gynaecology clinical curricula in Turkish medical schools(*)


JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY, vol.39, no.2, pp.170-175, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01443615.2018.1469605
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.170-175
  • Keywords: Core curriculum, curriculum development, education in obstetrics and gynaecology, undergraduate obstetrics and gynaecology teaching, CORE CURRICULUM, HEALTH
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


The aim was to perform a document content analysis of the subject titles in the undergraduate obstetrics and gynaecology (OG) curricula in Turkish medical schools regarding the National Core Curriculum revised in 2014 (NCC-2014). Two mini-focus group discussions with four voluntary OG faculty members in each session and one of the authors as the moderator were employed within a 1-week time frame to identify the primary (n = 36) and secondary (n = 15) NCC-2014 OG titles that were then compared for the alignment with the curricula of the various medical schools published on their website. The internet search and data analyses were each completed within 3 months. Overall, about 80% and 23% of primary and secondary OG topics were present in 54 medical schools, respectively. Teaching sessions on high-risk pregnancy and ovarian cancer were present in all of the curricula. Chromosomal disorders (11 schools), candidiasis/vaginal discharge (13 schools) and female sexual dysfunction (15 schools) were the least represented primary topics. None of the curricula had a title on neural tube defects or oncological emergencies. Obesity (one school), iron deficiency anaemia (four schools), genitourinary trauma (four schools) and domestic violence (four schools) were among the underrepresented secondary subject titles. This nationwide analysis revealed deficiencies in undergraduate OG core curricular content of the medical schools.