Abortion Opt-in Experience in Third-Year Clerkship. Article

Martinez, Rebeca C, Bonnin, Rodolfo, Feld, Zoe et al. (2021). Abortion Opt-in Experience in Third-Year Clerkship. . 5 38. 10.22454/primer.2021.201254

cited authors

  • Martinez, Rebeca C; Bonnin, Rodolfo; Feld, Zoe; Minor, Suzanne


  • Introduction

    Despite the public health imperative that all medical practitioners serving reproductive-aged women know the components of abortion care and attain competency in nondirective pregnancy options counseling, exposure to abortion care in US medical school education remains significantly limited.


    Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine offers an opt-in clinical exposure to abortion care during the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship. During clerkship orientation, students watched a recorded presentation reviewing components of abortion care and emphasizing that participating students may increase or decrease involvement at any time without explanation. Students opting in completed a form specifying their desired level of involvement for each component as "yes," "no," or "not sure."


    Of 350 clerkship students over 23 6-week rotations, 98 (28%) chose to opt in, with opt-in form data available for 90 students. Ninety students chose to observe counseling for first- and second-trimester surgical abortion and medical abortion. Seven students used the option "no" for history taking and examine second trimester fetal parts. Twenty-four students marked "not sure" for participating in evacuation of first-trimester pregnancy.


    This educational intervention proved feasible and offers an opportunity for students to have experiential learning about abortion care in an inclusive, respectful manner. This experience may be incorporated into undergraduate and graduate medical education. Providing learners the opportunity for exposure to abortion care improves their overall medical education and will impact the care they provide as future clinicians.

publication date

  • January 1, 2021

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)


  • Electronic-eCollection

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