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Contraception. 2013 Aug;88(2):275-80. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2013.02.006. Epub 2013 Feb 24.

The benefits of family planning training: a 10-year review of the Ryan Residency Training Program.

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The Bixby Center for Reproductive Health Research and Policy, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective was to determine the effect of routine, opt-out abortion and family planning training on clinical exposure to uterine evacuation, contraception and other gynecologic skills.

METHODS:

Data from the first 10 years of the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program in Abortion and Family Planning were analyzed. Pre- and postrotation surveys assessed residents' experience with abortion, contraception and other gynecologic skills. Thirty-nine residency program director surveys were analyzed to assess benefits of the training from the educators' perspective.

RESULTS:

A total of 491 residents completed both pre- and postrotation surveys. During the rotation, residents, including those who partially participated, gained significant exposure to all methods of first- and second-trimester termination and contraception care. Ninety-seven percent of Residency Program Directors reported that training improved resident competence in abortion and contraception care.

CONCLUSION:

Routine, opt-out training in abortion and family planning gives OB-GYN residents an opportunity to increase proficiency in patient counseling, contraception care, ultrasound and all aspects of uterine evacuation, regardless of level of participation.

KEYWORDS:

Abortion; Clinical competence; Family planning; Resident education; Training

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