"You can't do that 'round here": a case study of the introduction of medical abortion care at a University Medical Center

Contraception. 2005 Feb;71(2):84-8. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2004.07.017.


Mifepristone medical abortion was introduced in 2002 into the University of New Mexico Medical Center clinic system through a joint effort of the departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. A stepwise approach to the integration of medical abortion, manual vacuum uterine aspiration, and first trimester obstetric ultrasound was successful in overcoming a series of educational, political, economic and logistical challenges. The integration of medial abortion care into resident training in FM and Ob/Gyn may expand access to reproductive services in primary care settings.

MeSH terms

  • Abortifacient Agents, Steroidal / administration & dosage
  • Abortion, Induced / education*
  • Abortion, Induced / methods
  • Abortion, Induced / trends
  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Family Practice / education
  • Female
  • Gestational Age
  • Gynecology / education
  • Health Occupations / education
  • Humans
  • Mifepristone / administration & dosage*
  • New Mexico
  • Obstetrics / education
  • Patient Care
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Trimester, First
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal / methods


  • Abortifacient Agents, Steroidal
  • Mifepristone