Family Planning Training for Residents
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has an official guidance on Training in Family Planning that describes the Department’s policies related to training in contraception, including female sterilization procedures, and abortion. The guidance follows the UC Davis Policies and Procedures: Employee Requests Related to Cultural, Religious or Ethical Beliefs and abides by California Health & Safety Code 12342 and Church Amendments, 42 U.S.C. § 300a-7.
The Department feels it is important for resident candidates to be fully aware of this policy which outlines the Department’s provision of training in family planning to all residents and also protects those trainees with objections to such training from being forced to do so as well as from any discrimination.
- In accordance with the Educational Components of the ACGME’s RRC Program requirements, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, Davis residency program has a structured didactic and clinical education experience in all methods of family planning including training in contraception, abortion and female sterilization throughout the four years.
- Training and clinical experience in the provision of medical abortion, suction aspiration abortion, and dilation and evacuation procedures shall be part of the residency education program.
2.0 Department Policy
- The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, Davis will provide instruction in contraception, sterilization and abortion counseling and medical services, including management of complications, to all resident physicians.
- The Department considers education to patients about contraception and the provision of contraceptives in an outpatient setting a critical component of patient care.
- Clinical experience and participation in all methods of contraception counseling and services is required in the residency program.
- Pre-procedural routine care that is not specifically related to the procedure itself but would not be performed at any other time for routine care;
- Any resident who has a religious, cultural, ethical or moral objection to abortion or sterilization procedures shall submit a Department Right of Conscience Objection form to the residency program director. The University of California respects and protects all persons who do not wish to participate in abortion and sterilization procedures and prohibits all forms of discrimination, disqualification, or coercion for exercising an individual’s right of conscience.
- Abortion and Sterilization
- All residents will have training in abortion and sterilization procedures with appropriate faculty supervision unless the resident has a religious, cultural, ethical or moral objection.
- If a resident has a religious, cultural, ethical or moral objection, he/she shall not be required to participate in the training in or provision of abortion or sterilization services, but will still be required to participate in the following:
- § Post-procedure care;
- § Emergency care of a patient who had an abortion or sterilization procedure related to a problem or complication.
- This information shall be available for review by all current faculty, fellows, residents and resident candidates.
- The Department Right of Conscience Objection form must be easily available for use.
ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS
ACGME Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
RRC Residency Review Committee
SOP Standard Operating Procedures
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