The ramifications of the Supreme Court’s decision in overturning Roe v. Wade permeate through many facets of reproductive health patient care, and education and training across the breadth of specialties.
Changing and variable state laws legislating care available to patients who are pregnant or may be pregnant has created uncertainty in what reproductive health care education can still be offered to trainees without creating potential legal and regulatory exposure for all involved.
Medical educators still need to ensure that learners are trained in high quality and evidence-based reproductive health standards of care that meet educational requirements and includes patient counseling on reproductive therapeutic options, general family planning, miscarriage management, abortion care, and the impact of other treatments that may have abortifacient properties.
The information, resources, and links aggregated below are intended to support educational activities related to reproductive health care education and patient care. Many of these resources address education directly, while others are offered as supplemental resources to provide context and data in considering accreditation requirements, legislative developments, and regulatory changes. In addition to the AAMC, contributions come from the published literature, accreditation bodies, specialty societies, non-profit advocacy entities, government data sources, and AAMC constituents.
- AAMC Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Resources for obstetrician–gynecologists and partners to connect, engage, and advocate to defend and expand access to abortion at all levels—in their practices, their communities, and their government.
- ACGME Obstetrics and Gynecology Milestones: “The Milestones are designed only for use in evaluation of residents in the context of their participation in ACGME-accredited residency programs. The Milestones provide a framework for the assessment of the development of the resident in key dimensions of the elements of physician competence in a specialty or subspecialty.”
- ACGME Obstetrics and Gynecology Program Requirements, FAQs, and Applications
- The Ryan Program: A national initiative to integrate and enhance family planning training for obstetrics and gynecology residents.
- Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine (RHEDI): Integrates high quality, patient-centered abortion and contraception training and services into U.S. family medicine residencies using the Reproductive Justice framework.
- ACGME 2023 Featured Plenary: Roe v. Wade and the Future of GME, March 2023
- Reproductive Care and Abortion Access: Listening to Key Stakeholders & Thinking Ahead Slides, November 2022
Articles of Interest
- A Physician Crisis in Rural U.S. May Be About to Get Worse by Atul Grover, MD, PhD, Executive Director, AAMC Research and Action Institute, June 2023
- Reworking Emergency Medicine Resident Education Post-Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization by Monica Rakesh Saxena, MD, JD, Esther Choo, MD, MPH, Sara Andrabi, MD, June 2023.
- OB-GYN Residents are Required to Receive Clinical Abortion Training. They Can't Do That in Texas by Grace Benninghoff, May 2023
- Training Location Preferences of U.S. Medical School Graduates Post Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization Decision by Kendal Orgera, MPH, MPP, Hasan Mahmood, and Atul Grover, MD, PhD, April 2023
- New Gaps and Urgent Needs in Graduate Medical Education and Training in Abortion by Anitra Beasley, Aishat Olatunde, Erica Cahill, Kate Shaw, March 2023
- Protected States Can Expand Access to Abortion Training by Sarah McNeilly, January 2023
- Implications of the Dobbs Decision for Medical Education: Inadequate Training and Moral Distress by Biftu Mengesha, MD, Nikki Zite, MD, MPH, Jody Steinauer, MD, PhD, November 2022
- Navigating Loss of Abortion Services - A Large Academic Medical Center Prepares for the Overturn of Roe v. Wade by Lisa Harris, MD, PhD, June 2022
- How the repeal of Roe v. Wade will affect training in abortion and reproductive health by Stacy Weiner, Senior Staff Writer, AAMC, June 2022
AAMC Data, Webinars & Toolkits
Reproductive Health in a Post-Dobbs World Matters to All of Us - Five Part Webinar Series
A recent webinar series that provides medical institutions, faculty, and trainees with strategies to ensure patients are equipped to make reproductive health decisions. Access registration and recordings here.
- The Guttmacher Institute: The Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) worldwide.
- National Academies Virtual Event & Recording: Reproductive Health, Equity, and Society - A Workshop to Explore Data Needs in the Wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization Decision.
- Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH): Based at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), ANSIRH is a leading research program that informs the most pressing debates on abortion and reproductive health.
- Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare (TEACH): TEACH trains clinicians in reproductive health, enables them to provide abortion care, and cultivates the next generation of reproductive health champions to ensure everyone has access to comprehensive healthcare.
- Society for Family Planning: Advancing evidence-based research, clinical guidance, and education on abortion and contraception.
- UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health
- UCSF Innovating Education in Reproductive Health
- University of California Global Health Institute’s Center for Gender and Health Justice
Learn Serve Lead 2023: The AAMC Annual Meeting
Click here to view the full agenda for Learn Serve Lead: AAMC’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington November 3-7, 2023.
Reproductive Health-Related Sessions:
- Educating & Learning in a Post-Roe v. Wade Environment: Challenges, Perspectives & Knowledge Sharing – Saturday, November 4th 3:00 pm-4:15 pm PT
- Advocacy & Activism in a Post-Roe v. Wade World: Tools for Action and Access to Reproductive Health – Sunday, November 5th 10:30 am-11:45 am PT
- Supporting Fertility Planning During Graduate Medical Education Training – Monday, November 6th 10:30 am-11:45 am PT
- Roe v. Wade is Gone. What’s Next? Can History be Our Guide? – Monday, November 6th 3:00 pm-4:15 pm PT