A new computer application for teaching sexual history taking to medical students: Innovation and evaluation in the UfaceMETM program

Michael W. Ross, James Ayers, William Schmidt, Thomas W. Bugbee, Joan Knight, Brian K. Muthyala, Nicholas P. Newstrom

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Background: We developed an app (UfaceME) which simultaneously allows patient and clinician to be viewed on a split screen, then replayed and rated on a series of semantic differential scales and the ratings of the clinician of their own response to the interview, and the patient’s response, displayed on a graph. Method: We evaluated the app with trials with 14 medical student volunteers who alternated the roles of patient and clinician, using 2 randomly allocated sexual case histories. Semantic differentials for 10 adjectives were examined pre-and post-exercise. There were significant differences in 8 of the 10 adjectives. A focus group with the 14 subjects was also carried out and transcribed. The exercise was repeated with all 175 first-year medical students taking a sexual history. Results: Qualitative data indicated themes of being surprised and educated by non-verbal and verbal responses; seeing how the patient rated their responses; rating and watching discomfort; differences in clinician/patient perceptions and response; and the advantage of feedback. Quantitative data comparing self vs “patient” showed low correlations between perceptions of being “at ease”, moderate for appearing “distracted”, and high for appearing “engaged”. Conclusion: UfaceME was easily understood and used, and the opportunity to replay and rate performance on key semantic scales, and watch and assess verbal and non-verbal performance, including patient rating, provided valuable insight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-341
Number of pages9
JournalAdvances in Medical Education and Practice
StatePublished - 2019

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  • Interview skills app
  • Medical students
  • Sexual history
  • Training feedback


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