Abortion training in three family medicine programs: resident and patient outcomes

Fam Med. 2007 Mar;39(3):184-9.


Background: Three family medicine residency programs in California integrated abortion training into routine gynecology rotations in academic years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005.

Methods: Forty-six (88%) of 52 eligible residents participated in the abortion training sessions. Of these 46 residents, 39 (85%) chose to perform abortion procedures, and seven residents elected to provide other aspects of patient care only.

Results: Resident evaluations of the training program were overwhelmingly positive. Moreover, two thirds of the 43 post-training survey respondents reported that the training program increased their interest in providing abortion services, and no resident reported decreased interest. The resident complication rate was 1.0%. In post-procedure surveys completed by 155 patients at two training sites, patients reported a high level of satisfaction with the care they received from the training team.

Conclusions: These program evaluation results suggest that abortion training can safely be integrated into family medicine residency programs, with a positive reception by both residents and patients.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced / education*
  • Abortion, Induced / methods
  • Ambulatory Care
  • California
  • Curriculum*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Physicians, Family / education*
  • Treatment Outcome