Did you know that fewer than 6% of family medicine residency programs provide training in comprehensive reproductive health care? This means most people can’t see their primary care provider for basic health services like contraception and early pregnancy loss care. RHAP’s Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship helps fill this gap in clinical education. The fellowship is a year-long intensive clinical training program that develops family medicine leaders who provide, teach, and advocate for comprehensive reproductive health care.
Launched in 2007, the fellowship program has trained 33 family physicians so far. Fellows are chosen because of their commitment to providing abortion care in an area that is currently experiencing a shortage of such providers, developing new abortion training programs, and speaking openly about being an abortion provider.
Jiana Menendez, MD, a 2020 RHAP Fellow, says, “I am so grateful for my fellowship experience with RHAP. As a family physician, I think it is critically important that I offer full-spectrum reproductive health care to my diverse panel of patients. My patients know that I can offer anything from routine contraception management to prenatal care to abortion care and everything in between. RHAP made it possible for me to provide that care. The RHAP curriculum goes beyond the individual exam room and teaches doctors how to advocate for their patients in the broader health system.”
This spring, it’s our goal to raise $30,000 for this important program. Thanks to the support of people like you, over the years we’ve been able to expand our capacity from training one fellow per year to six. Each fellow trained goes on to teach these skills to other clinicians, greatly expanding access to comprehensive reproductive health care across the country. Any amount, be it $10, $50, $100, or more, helps us reach our goal. Will you donate today?