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An Introduction to the Management of Labour and Delivery – A Simulation-Based Obstetrics Workshop for Medical Students

Contributed on March 30, 2015, last updated June 30, 2022.



Amy Nakajima, MD, FRCSC, University of Ottawa
Glenn Posner, MD, MMEd, FRCSC, University of Ottawa

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This resource was created to deliver a 2.5 hour small group interactive workshop geared for medical students on their obstetrical rotation. It enables students to understand the care activities in the obstetrics unit and how students may most effectively learn and provide care to patients in this clinical setting.

Learning Objectives:

After participating in this workshop, medical students will be able to:
1. perform a focused obstetrical history.
2. perform a cervical exam and describe findings accurately.
3. describe options for pain management in labour
4. describe methods of augmentation
5. practise vaginal delivery of singleton using an obstetrical mannequin.
6. describe management of shoulder dystocia and begin to demonstrate these skills

Simulation Modality:

Manikin-based, Standardized/simulated patients or real patients, Task trainer


obstetrical mannquin


This workshop highlights CanMEDS Medical Expert, Collaborator and Communicator Roles.


These sessions have been run since 2008 at the University of Ottawa, in groups of 10 students with 2-3 faculty. Mandatory evaluations are completed by students.


Nakajima A, Posner G. An Introduction to the Management of Labour and Delivery – A Simulation-Based Obstetrics Workshop for Medical Students. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2015. Available from

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Target Learners






Undergraduate / post-secondary

Fields / Disciplines:

Obstetrics & maternal-child

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