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Reproductive Health Access Project
Dear Family Medicine Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education,
We are writing to express our deepest appreciation for ensuring that the newly released family medicine residency training guidelines, which go into effect July 2014, include training in women's reproductive health, specifically contraception care and options counseling for unintended pregnancy.
The United States has the highest rate of unintended pregnancy of any developed country (nearly 50%), and family physicians are in the best position of any specialty to address the need for contraception. The federal decision to include contraception in preventive services covered without a copay under the Affordable Care Act underscores that this is a core service that primary care clinicians must provide. We need to make sure all family physicians get good contraception training in women's reproductive health care and the ACGME guidelines are a critical precursor. The new guidelines' inclusion of training in women's reproductive health care endorses the importance for programs to continue to teach these necessary skills.
Thank you again for revising the draft guidelines to include as a core requirement that residents receive training in family planning, contraception care and options counseling for unintended pregnancy. Women's reproductive health is primary care and comprehensive reproductive health care is good preventive medicine.