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Impact of an Early Abortion Training Curriculum (CREATE) on Family Medicine Resident Confidence, Motivation, and Plans to Provide Abortion Care

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Comprehensive family planning, including contraception and options counseling for unintended pregnancy, is one of the ACGME core topics for family medicine residents. The purpose of this ongoing research is to assess family medicine resident confidence in abortion provision, motivation to provide abortion care, and plans to provide abortion care in their future practice both before and after completing the CREATE curriculum for early abortion training at UNM. This involves completion of a workbook designed by TEACH (Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare, an early abortion training program developed by Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UCSF), attending workshops about advocacy for reproductive justice, career planning, and abortion complication management, as well as attending extra clinical abortion training days. To assess resident confidence and motivation in providing abortion care, participants complete an anonymous survey at the beginning of the curriculum, at its conclusion, as well as yearly during their three years of residency training. Preliminary results show nearly 40% of family medicine residents are interested in completing this training and completed the initial survey (18/46 residents), there are high attendance rates at each session (between 44-94%), 72% are motivated or strongly motivated to provide aspiration abortions after residency (13/18) while none of them currently feel competent to do so (0/18).

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