Several other curriculum resources have been developed to facilitate abortion training for a variety of audiences. Below are brief descriptions and contact information for some of those curriculum resources.
NAF has developed a complete series of medical abortion curriculum resources, including educational slide modules, a self-study guide, an online
CME program, and other professional educational materials. More
This 1999 curriculum includes 11 modules on all aspects abortion care in outline form that is appropriate for didactic and/or clinical training. More
This workbook was developed as part of an ongoing effort to assist primary care providers in delivering more comprehensive health care. The workbook is designed to be used in tandem with the NAF textbook, Management of Unintended and Abnormal Pregnancy: Comprehensive Abortion Care, and to integrate reading, guided exercises and activities, and hands-on practice with early abortion procedures. At the conclusion of the program, the trainee will be able to:
- list key elements of informed consent, counseling, and major psychosocial issues of importance for women who seek abortions;
- provide first trimester vacuum aspiration abortions using local anesthesia without supervision;
- carry out the steps involved in early medical abortion service provision; and
- describe the management of emergency situations and complications related to first trimester abortion care.
Download a free copy of the Early Abortion Training Workbook
This guide outlines fundamental content on reproductive choice and abortion for nursing programs at the Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degree levels. It also lists resources such as videos and literature, and includes case studies that may be used to implement the recommended curricula. It also reviews and lists resources that may be useful in implementing the recommended curricula content. The Guide is part of a CD-ROM that includes a full lecture on Caring for the Woman with an Unintended Pregnancy, or it can be ordered alone. Get more information and request a copy
CORE is a collection of peer-reviewed, evidence-based teaching materials. It is an open access tool that anyone can use at any time free of charge to build scientific presentations on the full spectrum of reproductive health topics. In additional to individual slides and full presentations, CORE offers activities, case studies, videos, images, and handouts to enhance reproductive health instruction. CORE is a collaborative effort of many organizations working to improve the quality and quantity of reproductive health information included in health professions education and is managed by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP). Visit CORE at www.arhp.org/CORE.
This curriculum includes five training modules that are designed to train physician assistants and non-ob-gyn residents and physicians in first trimester abortion. Each course module is divided into interactive didactic material, short case studies for discussion in question-and-answer format, and direct clinical experience. Minimum numbers of observations and procedures for proficiency are noted. Goals and objectives and preparatory readings are provided for each case, including creative pedagogical techniques to promote trainee participation and group learning. The curriculum also covers pregnancy diagnosis, sizing via physical exam and ultrasound, and local pain management. Routine post-procedure care, management of common complications, and counseling follow-up care are discussed and illustrated with case studies. Sample evaluation instruments are included. For more information contact Planned Parenthood of New York City at (212) 274-7255.
This training program includes ten units of study that detail measurable objectives for gaining skills to provide abortions up to 15 weeks. Early evacuation, vacuum aspiration, manual evacuation techniques, and cervical preparation are all thoroughly described. Pregnancy detection via ultrasound, sizing, and providing and interpreting urine pregnancy test results is reviewed in detail, as are contraindications for an outpatient procedure. Trainee and program evaluation tools, including clinical logs and check lists, are provided. Each unit includes a required reading list, along with behavioral objectives and learning activities. Adaptation of the training plan allows for physicians, residents or physician assistants to train under the program. More information