Family planning training in us family medicine residencies

Cara Herbitter, Megan Greenberg, Jason Fletcher, Crystal Query, Jessica Dalby, Marji Gold

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Background and objectives: Family planning is among the most common services family physicians provide. Evidence that family doctors are not offering the broadest range of these services prompted this study of family planning training in family medicine residency programs. Methods: This study was a cross-sectional survey of program directors and chief residents at US family medicine residencies accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The survey was adapted from the instrument used by Steinauer et al in 1995. Results: Didactic and clinical training in most contraception methods is common, but large gaps remain, especially with regard to implant, diaphragm, tubal ligation, and vasectomy. Didactic or clinical training in pregnancy options counseling is available in most programs; however, it should be universal to comply with ACGME requirements. Despite an even split in attitudes toward abortion within family medicine, training remains uncommon. Conclusions: Family medicine residency programs are not offering training in the broadest range of family planning methods, and abortion training is uncommon. To address these gaps, family medicine educators need to work to increase training in all methods of contraception, including newer and procedural methods, and consider strategies for offering abortion training to interested residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)574-581
Number of pages8
JournalFamily Medicine
Volume43
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 2011

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Sex Education
Internship and Residency
Medicine
Graduate Medical Education
Accreditation
Family Planning Services
Contraception
Vasectomy
Tubal Sterilization
Family Physicians
Diaphragm
Counseling
Cross-Sectional Studies
Pregnancy

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Herbitter, C., Greenberg, M., Fletcher, J., Query, C., Dalby, J., & Gold, M. (2011). Family planning training in us family medicine residencies. Family Medicine, 43(8), 574-581.

Family planning training in us family medicine residencies. / Herbitter, Cara; Greenberg, Megan; Fletcher, Jason; Query, Crystal; Dalby, Jessica; Gold, Marji.

In: Family Medicine, Vol. 43, No. 8, 09.2011, p. 574-581.

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Herbitter, C, Greenberg, M, Fletcher, J, Query, C, Dalby, J & Gold, M 2011, 'Family planning training in us family medicine residencies', Family Medicine, vol. 43, no. 8, pp. 574-581.
Herbitter C, Greenberg M, Fletcher J, Query C, Dalby J, Gold M. Family planning training in us family medicine residencies. Family Medicine. 2011 Sep;43(8):574-581.
Herbitter, Cara ; Greenberg, Megan ; Fletcher, Jason ; Query, Crystal ; Dalby, Jessica ; Gold, Marji. / Family planning training in us family medicine residencies. In: Family Medicine. 2011 ; Vol. 43, No. 8. pp. 574-581.
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