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Contraception. 2007 Nov;76(5):372-6.

Impact of formal family planning residency training on clinical competence in uterine evacuation techniques.

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Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA.



The goal of this study was to assess the impact of formal opt-out family planning training on clinical competence in uterine evacuation.


Residents who participated in newly established, routine opt-out family planning training completed surveys before and after their rotations. The surveys asked residents to report clinical experience and competence in family planning.


One hundred ninety-six pre- and postrotation questionnaires were collected for a total response rate of 63%. After completing the rotation, residents reported higher competence in medical abortion, manual uterine aspiration, electric uterine aspiration and dilation and evacuation (p<.001). Residents also reported increased clinical experience with methods of termination, postabortion contraception, including intrauterine contraception, ultrasound and perioperative pain management.


Participation in a formal opt-out family planning rotation results in increased clinical exposure to family planning and in reported competence in pregnancy termination.

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