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In general, your go-to resources during residency will be the following: 


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  • Medical Students For Choice (MSFC)

    • MSFC has a Training to Competence Externship which allows residents to apply for funding to support their training. They will also give you information about clinics that you can reach out to for availability. You may apply for this externship even if you did the Reproductive Health Externship in medical school. Even if you have never had any hands on training, you can still apply for this externship. Most sites will take residents that have no prior training.

    • You can do this training as a PGY2 or PGY3

  • Midwest Access Project (MAP)

    • MAP has a very strategic goal: To identify healthcare professionals, including residents, who have a high motivation to provider comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including abortion care, to unserved or underserved patient populations. They provide observation or hands-on training at various sites throughout the region. The length of rotations is dependent on the professional goals of each trainee. 

    • The process is application based, and MAP offers a slot to about half of the people that apply. Prospective applicants are welcome to speak to MAP staff prior to applying. If your application was not accepted, MAP staff are available to share feedback about your application. 

    • If you have already gone through a MAP rotation, do not hesitate to apply for a second or third rotation. This is highly preferred. 

    • Please visit MAP’s Individual Clinical training website to learn more about the program and eligibility.

  • TEACH 

    • TEACH has a wealth of information on their website - including an Early Abortion training interactive workbook that any primary care provider can use to supplement their clinical practice. This can be used to supplement didactics given in your medical school or residency program.

    • CREATE is the abortion training and leadership program for R3s. The clinical aspects of CREATE are limited to residents at certain northern California residencies, however the curriculum is available on the website and can be used as templates by any residency program. 

    • ReLATE - this is a rural abortion clinical opportunity for residents who have already gone through the CREATE curriculum. This is only open to residents and preference is given to residents who are interested in providing rural healthcare or come from communities that have been historically underrepresented in reproductive healthcare. 

    • Abortion pill CME - This can be accessed through the website and may be helpful in preparing you before your elective. 

    • Contact them here if you have any questions about any of the above programs.

  • Reproductive Health Access Project

    • Join a cluster based on your geographical location! You will be connected with abortion care providers and advocates in your community. This will be a huge source of support for you. You can ask about training opportunities as well as the job market after residency. 

  • Clinical Abortion Training Centers 

    • This is a grant-funded opportunity to train residents and post-graduate providers in high volume clinics. The goal of this project is to provide hands-on training to people who don’t have access through their program, with the ultimate goal of training people who would like to provide abortions in underresourced areas. 

    • You will apply to train at one of 5 specific, high volume sites. Some financial assistance may be available, but is not guaranteed. Your malpractice will be covered through their malpractice insurance, so you do not need to get additional malpractice coverage. 

    • Go here to apply and for more information

  • RHEDI - Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine

    • You are likely the most familiar with this organization and their opt-out family planning curriculum that’s integrated into many family medicine residencies, of which the list is available on their website. Are you also aware that they can support you even if you are at a non-RHEDI residency program? Feel free to email with questions, concerns, and especially big picture questions about how to integrate abortion training into your residency program. 

    • Of note, RHEDI is directed for learners - their goal is to help medical students and residents with access to abortion and contraception training. 

  • Innovating Education in Reproductive Health

    • This is a digital hub initiative created by the UCSF Bixby Center for Reproductive Health. They have a variety of online modules and presentations ranging from Sex & Gender 101 to Simulations and Abortion Complications.  Be sure to utilize this during elective time in residency to prepare for your rotations at family planning sites, as well as supplement the curriculum your residency already provides.

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