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OB/GYN Resident Education and Experience with Reproductive Justice
Purpose: To understand OB/GYN resident experience with reproductive
Background: Reproductive justice (RJ) is defined as: the right to
have a child, the right to not have a child, the right to parent the children
we have, and the right to control our our birthing and contraceptive options.
Despite its relevance to OB/GYN residency milestones, such as patient-centered
care, patient advocacy, and informed consent, there is currently no formalized
RJ education in residency training.
Methods: We distributed a web-based survey to U.S. OB/GYN
residents to better understand educational and clinical experiences with RJ.
Participants were asked to share clinical experiences with reproductive
injustices. Qualitative data were coded using content analysis and quantitative
data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.
Results: We received 358 responses from OB/GYN residents,
representing 67 U.S. residency programs. 48% of respondents had not
received RJ education during their training. OB/GYN residents reported a
variety of clinical experiences with reproductive justice issues; of the 156
cases shared, common themes included fertility treatment access, care of
marginalized populations, abortion care, and informed consent. Seventy-seven percent
of respondents were interested in receiving further RJ training and 96% of
residents felt that they would benefit from training.
OB/GYN resident experiences with reproductive injustices are
widespread and residents desires additional education. Our results reveal an
opportunity to incorporate these shared clinical experiences into an innovative
RJ curriculum design where residents learn from each other’s diverse clinical
experiences while also applying milestones.
CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Resident, Patient Care, Professionalism, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, UME, Problem-Based Learning, Public Health, Advocacy, Contraception or Family Planning,