Enhancing Family Planning Training at a Catholic OBGYN Residency Program

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Residents in Catholic hospitals face restrictions in family planning training based on the Ethical and Religious Directives. Our objective was to create a rotation that addresses ACGME competencies in family planning and abortion training for the OBGYN residency program at Saint Joseph Hospital.

METHODS:

In July 2016, a family planning grant was awarded to the OBGYN residency program at Saint Joseph Hospital to create a family planning rotation to improve on-site family planning curricula at Saint Joseph Hospital and provide planned, off-site abortion and contraception training at a family planning clinic affiliated with a nearby academic center. All residents participated in family planning didactic sessions, simulation sessions, and annual values clarification workshop. Residents who participated in the family planning rotation were assigned readings (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists publications and journal articles), an e-learning curriculum (LEARN module), and trained in providing contraception and uterine evacuation procedures. Residents who chose to opt-out of performing uterine evacuation procedures were considered partial participators.

EVALUATION:

We will compare pre- and postmean test scores for LEARN modules and median number of family planning procedures before and after the family planning rotation. Participating residents will complete rotation evaluations and comments will be evaluated using thematic codes. Preliminary data suggest residents gain more experience in uterine evacuations and LARC contraception procedures after the rotation.

DISSEMINATION:

Our family planning rotation can serve as a model for other faith-based residency programs to improve training.

REFLECTIVE CRITIQUE:

The family planning rotation provides an opportunity to improve training in our Catholic hospital-based program.

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