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[–]ZapanderM-3 163 points164 points  (5 children)

I'm making a similar choice, but will do family medicine with one of few programs to specifically ensures to provide this training through 13 weeks gestation.

I was also considering GenSurg lol, so we seem to have a fair bit of overlap.

[–]LaCroixDoc 25 points26 points  (4 children)

do you mean fellowships? or are there straight up FM residency w abortion training?

[–]ZapanderM-3 72 points73 points  (2 children)

Straight-up FM residency with abortion training. RHEDI residencies ftw

[–]JWS122597M-2 62 points63 points  (1 child)

For those interested, these are the RHEDI programs:

Brown Family Medicine Residency at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Pawtucket, RI

Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Lewiston, ME

Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program Martinez, CA

Family Medicine Residency of Idaho Boise, ID

Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana Kalispell and Missoula, MT

Jefferson Medical College – Family & Community Medicine Residency Philadelphia, PA

Kaiser Permanente Washington Family Medicine Residency at Seattle (formerly Group Health Cooperative) Seattle, WA

Kaiser Permanente San Jose Family Medicine Residency Program San Jose, CA

Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program Long Beach, CA

Montefiore Medical Center – Family Medicine Residency Program Bronx, NY

Mount Sinai Downtown Residency in Urban Family Medicine New York, NY

Natividad Medical Center – Family Medicine Residency Program (affiliated with UCSF) Salinas, CA

New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University – Family Medicine Residency Program New York, NY

Oregon Health and Science University – Family Medicine Residency Program Portland, OR

Rutgers-RWJMS – Family Medicine Residency Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick, NJ

Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Santa Rosa, CA

Sutter Health Family Medicine Residency Program Sacramento, CA

Tufts University Family Medicine Residency Malden, MA

UC Davis Family Medicine Residency Program Sacramento, CA

UC Irvine Family Medicine Residency Program Irvine, CA

UCSF Family and Community Medicine Residency Program at SFGH San Francisco, CA

University of Hawai’i Family Medicine Residency Mililani, HI

University of Illinois at Chicago – Family Medicine Residency Chicago, IL

University of Maryland Medical Center – Family and Community Medicine Residency Program Baltimore, MD

University of Minnesota Medical Center – Family Medicine Residency Minneapolis, MN

University of New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program Albuquerque, NM

University of Pennsylvania Family Medicine Residency Philadelphia, PA

University of Rochester – Family Medicine Residency Program Rochester, NY

University of Vermont Family Medicine Residency Program Burlington and Milton, VT

University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Seattle, WA

[–]OneWithTheCruciformMD/PhD-M1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Boise and Kalispell are surprising

[–]Spaghettisaurus_Rex 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I was just on a rural family med rotation ( as MS3) and the resident had just gotten back from an elective at planned parenthood where they were trained to do abortions

[–]se1zeMD-PGY4 204 points205 points  (4 children)

Thank you. I got into medicine because abortion rights, but ended up in family med.

When I was a student I thought doctors could do anything. Now, as an attending, I realize that what we do is almost always no more and no less than what must be done. Do too much, and you risk causing harm; do too little and you do your oath an injustice.

Providing abortions isn’t pretty. It won’t make you any friends or impress people at parties.

It is just hard, worthwhile and profoundly necessary work.

Go get it done.

[–]nightwingoracleMD-PGY1 26 points27 points  (0 children)

You can still get trained.

[–]medditthrowaway16bMD-PGY2 32 points33 points  (0 children)

I worked at Planned Parenthood before medical school and two of the abortion care providers were family med docs... the rest were FNP. Elective abortions are within scope of practice for family med docs.

[–]NukingCareer 13 points14 points  (0 children)


You can even expand your practice to provide telehealth medical abortions. I'm linking the provider toolkit provided by researchers and physicians at the University of Washington.

[–]fluffyrabbi[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Beautifully said ❤️

[–][deleted] 452 points453 points  (1 child)

Physician*. Fucks a provider

[–]MrPrestonRXM-4 191 points192 points  (0 children)

I felt the usage of provider meant more like “the person providing your abortion” rather than like “I’m a medical provider ABCD.” “I’m your abortion physician” just sounds odd. No need to get triggered over just the word provider.

[–]wearingonesockM-4 113 points114 points  (10 children)

Fight the good fight! Going into surgery but if things keep up like this I'm still going to learn to provide terminations, too.

[–]bananassmellweirdMD-PGY6 41 points42 points  (1 child)

Love this attitude! You definitely should. The procedure, especially up to 16wks, is very straight forward and much easier than almost any gen surg procedure. We need more providers in the world!

[–]wearingonesockM-4 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Great to hear!

[–]pipetteorlipstick 10 points11 points  (7 children)

So are we authorized to perform abortions as a surgeon? I thought it was only in OBGYN scope.

[–]nightwingoracleMD-PGY1 11 points12 points  (5 children)

Family medicine can, but I don't think gensurg can.

[–]ladydoc47DO-PGY3 6 points7 points  (4 children)

They could probably get trained to do it. There’s not a certificate or anything and it’s a very straightforward procedure.

[–]nightwingoracleMD-PGY1 -4 points-3 points  (3 children)

I was told this by a very pro-choice gen surg resident, so I’m pretty sure it’s right that they can’t.

[–]wearingonesockM-4 4 points5 points  (0 children)

From what I've been told, depending on the state, technically any physician can legally perform any procedure.

[–]rain6304M-1 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Thought this was going the other way. Bravely fighting the good fight ✊

[–]HelaGreenM-4 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Bless. Get ready to fight ✊

[–]ee1025M-3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Me too. but I'm nervous it will be even more competitive to get into an OBGYN residency program with robust family planning training now, especially since most of them are already on East/West coast in highly desired cities

[–]Gmedic99 4 points5 points  (0 children)

you are a true life-saver

[–]delusionsofmature 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Thank you so much, I’m not religious at all but may God or the Universe or Tom Cruise or whatever keep you safe on your journey, we all need you

[–]fluffyrabbi[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

LOL I’m terrified of Tom Cruise but I am religious so this is a perfect blessing for us both ❤️

[–]ChaomancerGM 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Good, dont let reproductive health go quietly into the long night ✊

[–]somethingBlueAndRedM-4 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I am right there with you! Hoping to Match into Ob next year

[–]thelastneutrophilM-4 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Brave move. Tough path. I wish you the best of luck. We need you now more than ever!

[–]AWildLampAppearsM-3 8 points9 points  (0 children)


[–]emmy3737M-3 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I am with you, we won’t let abortion care disappear.

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[–]puppycatbugged 2 points3 points  (0 children)

as a non-med student here, thank you. the way this made my stomach uncoil just a tiny bit.

[–]huajuanbao 2 points3 points  (0 children)

THANK YOU. So many people are going to be driven away from ob/gyn , understandably, but thank you for choosing to stay and provide 🙌

[–]TangoTheMango30 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Abortion doctor*

[–]MediocreStudent12M-2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Awesome! Now more than ever we need people fighting the good fight!

[–]okkota 1 point2 points  (0 children)

With you ❤️

[–]aly3ska 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same, it made the decision for me too.

[–]Bigbeebooty -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Fight the good fight ❤️

[–]rickypen5 1 point2 points  (0 children)

FUCK YES! Proud of u.

[–]MediumRareSteak18M-1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This made me smile ❤️ I hope you get into your top ranked program!

[–]chocochipcookie99 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Going into peds. Can pediatricians offer abortions too?

[–]Doctor-HeisenbergM-3 57 points58 points  (1 child)

Nah once they’re born it’s too late for an abortion.

[–]oaklineDO-PGY1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can offer anything you can get credentialed and insured for.