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VA Selects MammaCare for 5 Year Clinical Breast Exam Training Program

The Women Veterans Health Program selected MammaCare to provide on-site clinical breast exam training for the Women's Health Mini-Residency program for the next 5 years.

MammaCare provided the hands-on clinical breast exam training including the CBE Simulator-Trainer for the VA mini-residency program. The PCPs retained and used the performance skills acquired at the mini-residences reporting significantly greater comfort/confidence levels in performing clinical breast exams. The breast exam training technology was developed and validated with the support of the National Science Foundation and was adopted for clinical training in the Women Veterans Health Program as well as in CDC’s sponsored National Breast and Cervical Early Detection and Prevention Programs (NBCCEDP). The skill-based technology is also training advanced clinical students in U.S. colleges of nursing and medicine to advance clinical breast exam skills.

The Journal of Women’s Health published a landmark report on the 10 year mini-residency training program provided to thousands of VA Primary Care Providers (PCPs).

"Mini-Residencies Improve Care for Women Veterans: A Decade of Re-Educating Veterans HealthAdministration Primary Care Providers
Linda Baier Manwell, MS, Melissa McNeil, MD, MPH, Megan R. Gerber, MD, MPH, Samina Iqbal, MD, Sarina Schrager, MD, MS, Catherine Staropoli, MD, Roger Brown, PhD, Laure Veet, MD, Sally Haskell, MD, MS, Patricia Hayes, PhD, and Molly Carnes, MD, MS
Background: Many primary care providers (PCPs) in the Veterans Health Administration need updated clinical training in women’s health. The objective was to design, implement, and evaluate a training program to increase participants’ comfort with and provision of care to women Veterans, and foster practice changes in women’s health care at their local institutions. 
Methods: The Women’s Health Mini-Residency was developed as a multi-day training program, based on principles of adult learning, wherein knowledge gleaned through didactic presentations was solidified during small-group case study discussions and further enhanced by hands-on training and creation of a facility-specific action plan to improve women Veterans’ care. Pre, post, and 6-month surveys assessed attendees’ comfort with and provision of care to women. The 6-month survey also queried changes in practice, promulgation of program content, and action plan progress
Results: From 2008 to 2019, 2912 PCPs attended 26 programs. A total of 2423 (83.2%) completed pretraining and 2324 (79.3%) completed post-training surveys. The 6-month survey was sent to the 645 attendees from the first 14 programs; 297 (46.1%) responded. Comparison of pre-post responses indicated significant gains in comfort managing all 19 content areas. Six-month data showed some degradation, but comfort remained significantly improved from baseline. At 6 months, participants also reported increases in providing care to women, including performing more breast and pelvic examinations, dissemination of program content to colleagues, and progress on action plans."