PG20: Global Family Planning: The Key To Achieving Millennium Development Goals

Date:October 13, 2013

Time:8:15 am - 5:00 pm

Location:Room 257 - Boston Convention and Exhibition Center


Alison Edelman, M.D., M.P.H. (Chair), Oregon Health and Science University

Paul Blumenthal, M.D., Stanford University

Matthew F. Reeves, M.D., M.P.H., WomanCare Global


Developed in Cooperation with the Contraception Special Interest Group

ACGME Competency
Medical knowledge

Unintended pregnancies continue to be at epidemic levels in the United States and worldwide. Unsafe abortion continues to be one of the top killers of women worldwide. The use of long-acting, reversible and permanent contraceptive methods prevent both pregnancies and abortions. One important barrier to contraceptive use is lack of knowledge and hands-on experience among healthcare providers on “best practices” for contraceptive care. In addition, providers lack the skills for safe abortion care including postabortion and miscarriage management. 

The Contraception Special Interest Group determined that a postgraduate course with a hands-on component would benefit reproductive endocrinologists, general obstetrician-gynecologists, general internists, family medicine providers, and nurse practitioners. The topics to be covered in this live course include: achieving millennium development goals (MDG) in the current world situation; family planning and the environment; postpartum/postabortion contraception; transcervical and minilaparotomy sterilization; natural family planning; medical management of spontaneous abortions, postabortion care, and safe abortion care; manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) from biopsies, retained placentas, to abortions; resources for the clinician; medical eligibility criteria from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control; and novel, developing contraception methods. The hands-on component will allow participants to improve clinical skills in postpartum/postabortion intrauterine device (ppIUD) insertion, Essure/Adiana, MVA, transcervical and minilaparotomy permanent contraception, and dilatation and evacuation.

After participating in this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Analyze the current world situation, MDG goals and environmental issues related to population and family planning and recommend resources that aid the clinician in the provision of contraceptive care.
  2. Explain family-planning methods with the greatest impact for reducing maternal morbidity and mortality (use of ppIUD, permanent contraception, and novel methods being developed).
  3. Apply the acquired skills to perform ppIUD insertion and transcervical and minilaparotomy permanent contraception.
  4. Describe safe and standardized regimens for the medical management of incomplete abortion, miscarriage or undesired pregnancy.
  5. Describe and demonstrate the use of manual vacuum aspirator for gynecologic, obstetric and family planning indications



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