On Sunday July 18th, the cover story of the New York Times magazine was about the future of abortion providers. The story highlighted UCSF's role as "the hub" of new training programs for integrating abortion care into regular OB/GYN practices. The article quotes Jody Steinauer from our Department and names Phil Darney, Director of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, and Uta Landy, Director of the Fellowship in Family Planning and the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program.
We appreciate and support all our faculty, staff and trainees whose work advances family planning and wish to share with you UCSF’s formal statement on the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training program and the Fellowship in Family Planning:
UCSF is committed to promoting excellence in research, professional training, and clinical care in all aspects of women's health. Family planning, including abortion, is no exception because it is an integral part of the health care that enables women to live healthy and productive lives. Women of reproductive age, trying to prevent or manage an unintended pregnancy, deserve access to care that has been demonstrated, through rigorous research, to be safe and effective and is provided by clinicians who are expertly trained. We are proud of the leadership provided by UCSF clinicians, educators and researchers in expanding the evidenced-based family planning options available to women in the US and around the world.
The Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Program and the Fellowship in Family Planning were created to provide patients access to safe, comprehensive reproductive care through evidence-based training and education for clinicians. The Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Program was developed to help departments of obstetrics and gynecology provide training in family planning for their residents and to meet requirements of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which sets residency training standards. While abortion training is part of the ACGME standard curriculum, residents and students have the option not to participate in all or part of the training in accordance with their religious or ethical beliefs.
The Fellowship in Family Planning offers obstetricians/gynecologists and family physicians expertise in family planning, including abortion. The program is focused on developing leaders in family planning research, training, policy and patient care. Both programs are privately funded.
Linda Giudice and Nancy Milliken