Family physician Jules Marsh, MD, did a year in emergency medicine before switching to family medicine. During both residencies, she set up month-long electives to learn how to perform abortions. Otherwise, she said, she would not have even heard it discussed.
If what she means is, "Alas! Nobody was teaching us the joys of being an abortionist, and letting us practice dismantling babies!" then I'd say "Thank God!"
But really, abortion DOES need to be discussed in medical school. Family doctors need to know (as do OB/GYNS) that ambivalence and rejection are common and normal in early pregnancy. They need to be reminded of their responsibility to try the less drastic and reversible treatments before resorting to something as drastic and permanent as abortion.
They need to be educated about the real needs of women with health problems, and women facing prenatal diagnoses.
They need to be, in short, un-brainwashed.
And doctors in emergency medicine need to be taught how to spot and treat abortion complications. And they need to know to suspect ectopic pregnancy in women who have recently undergone abortions. Lives could be saved if doctors learned that it's not safe to assume that if she just had an abortion recently, she can't possibly be pregnant.
Family physician Debra Stulberg, MD, said she had an equally difficult time seeking out training she wanted. She ultimately set up an elective at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Chicago during her family medicine residency. But it wasn't easy.
It was so hard to be trained in killing babies. *Cue violins*
"I came in knowing I wanted to be trained in the full scope of women's health..."
Which would include opening your mind to a bit of reality instead of just working on the unproven assumption that if a woman has the idea of an abortion in her head, it means that an abortion will really be palliative. See my first point, above.
The number of facilities offering abortions declined 11% between 1996 and 2000.
I wish I had a stock video of celebration and fireworks. Lamenting a decline in abortion facilities is like lamenting a shortage of machetes among warlords in Darfur. "Gosh, it's just so HARD to get the arms and legs yanked off babies anymore!" Yeah. As if that's going to break my heart.
"There are a lot of residents interested in learning the full scope of women's health, but they're not getting the opportunity."
Yes, as I said before. The medical schools are failing to teach about the normal psychology of pregnancy. Which is inexcusable.
And there's more good news:
The American Medical Association leaves members to decide individually where they stand on abortion. AMA policy "encourages education on termination of pregnancy issues," but further states, "any direct or indirect participation in an abortion should not be required."
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education doesn't require abortion training for family medicine residents, but residents can take it as an elective.
Though, of course, it'd be nice if they'd get it out of their heads that it's even POSSIBLE to "help" a troubled woman by dismembering her baby. And if she really wants the baby dismembered, she needs psychiatric help.
The ACGME requires that all obstetrics and gynecology residents learn how to handle abortion complications.
Which is as it should be. They're likely to be the ones cleaning up the circuit-riders messes. As are emergency physicians and family doctors, who also should be required to learn to treat abortion complications -- or at least to quickly recognize them and call in expert help.
"I don't think there's a problem of our future generation of ob-gyns being unable to treat women adequately," he said.
The fact that many of them operate under the assumption that the normal ambivalence of early pregnancy should be "treated" by killing the baby indicates that there is CURRENTLY a crop of ob-gyns who don't know how to treat women adequately.
NAF researchers said an official on the ACGME's Residency Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1997 estimated that 35% of residents completing their fourth year of ob-gyn training had not performed a single abortion.
The sad thing is that this means that 65% of ob/gyn residents HAVE killed at least one unborn baby. This is like being told that 65% of priests have molested children. It's not a comforting thought.
If a hospital were to deny residents access to abortion training, it would be open to disciplinary actions, including loss of accreditation, according to ACGME program requirements.
If they mean "deny residents access to training in killing unborn babies", then this is akin to disciplining a seminary for failing to promote pedophilia. If they mean, "deny residents access to training in how to identify and help abortion-vulnerable women, and to spot and treat abortion complications", then I'd agree that loss of accreditation might be appropriate.
But hey, aspiring abortionists, Steve Brigham will train you and offer you a lucrative job! Despair not! Baby-shredding remains a viable career option!