Papaya Workshop: A Novel Simulation Model to Teach Intrauterine Gynecologic Procedures

Presenters:

Katheryn Koenemann, Innovating Education in Reproductive Health, University of California San Francisco
Sangita Devaskar, Innovating Education in Reproductive Health, University of California San Francisco

The papaya workshop uses a fun, inexpensive model to teach intrauterine procedures to health students or clinicians. The papaya is an excellent uterine model that can be used to teach anatomy, bimanual examination, IUD placement, uterine aspiration for managing early pregnancy loss or early abortion, as well as relevant clinical points associated with these skills. The workshop can be easily adapted to various skill levels and settings and alternate fruits can be used.  In low-resource settings, this inexpensive teaching tool is ideal, especially for teaching the skill of manual vacuum aspiration, an essential procedure where electricity is unavailable.   In this session participants will: (1) Practice manual vacuum aspiration using a papaya as a uterine model; (2) Practice inserting an intrauterine device; (3)     Learn to teach a papaya workshop using videos and digital resources available via Papayaworkshop.org, a mobile-first responsive site perfect for use in low-resource settings.