Physicians: Become Advocates for Reproductive Health!

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It has been an incredibly enriching and inspiring experience participate in the Leadership Training Academy, to work with a diverse group of doctors who share the common passion of reproductive health access for our patients. I’ve gained skills and confidence in being an advocate, but the camaraderie and community-building is what has been the most rewarding for me. — Dr. Lin-Fan Wang, Class of 2013

The Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training Academy prepares physicians to become lifelong leaders in reproductive health care advocacy by helping them develop and internalize the skills and attributes they need to be powerful, effective advocates for comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care. Our leadership training program, which began in 2003, has graduated 10 classes of doctors equipped to advance reproductive and sexual health care in their home institutions and beyond. Applications are now available for the class of 2016.

Read more about the Academy and our fellows’ work as physician-advocates in the media, in Washington, and in the states.

Apply today. Space is limited. Deadline for applications is Friday, June 5, 2015

Our Doctors to Congress: Pass Legislation That Makes Pregnant Workers’ Rights Clear

Dr. Nancy StanwoodWhile today’s Supreme Court decision in Young v. UPS is indeed a victory for pregnant workers, and Physicians celebrates the outcome, we also call for further action by Congress to ensure all workers are protected. Our board chair Dr. Nancy Stanwood said:

“It is time for Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, so no woman has to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy. As doctors, we give our patients the information they need to stay healthy and we count on employers to act as partners in helping their employees follow our medical advice.”

Read her entire statement here

Announcing the Newest Edition of Our Adolescent Health Curriculum

ARSHEPThe fifth edition of the Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Program (ARSHEP) curriculum is now available! ARSHEP is our nationwide educational initiative aimed at teaching physicians more about adolescent reproductive and sexual health. In 2014 alone, members of the 45-person ARSHEP faculty delivered nearly 100 interactive lectures and workshops to over 10,000 health care professionals across the country.

The latest curriculum consists of 20 modules—including three all-new topics—that offer comprehensive, evidence-based information about adolescent reproductive and sexual health care. Topics include long-acting reversible contraception; STI testing and treatment; caring for pregnant and parenting adolescents; pregnancy options counseling; caring for LGBTQ adolescents; emergency contraception; and physicians as advocates for adolescent reproductive health.

The ARSHEP curriculum is available free of charge: Order the entire curriculum on a flash drive, which includes PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and standardized patient videos. Simply email meded@prh.org today. Or, you can download individual modules from our website.

If you are a health care professional who works with adolescents or educates other clinicians, we hope you’ll find the fifth edition of the ARSHEP curriculum a tremendous resource. 

Celebrate National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers with Physicians

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Today is National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers, observed every year on the anniversary of the day in 1993 when Dr. David Gunn was murdered by an anti-choice extremist. Every year, we honor the courageous medical practitioners who provide this much-needed service and fight the stigma surrounding this safe, legal medical care.

How can you celebrate? Read our Leadership Training Academy Fellows’ stories about why they provide. Download and share our doctors’ messages on social media and say why you #AppreciateProviders. Make a donation to Physicians today in honor of your local abortion provider.

Also: Check out Dr. Kate Whitehouse’s Medium essay, Why I Provide Abortion Care, and Dr. Sarah Wallett’s Feministing essay, #Proud2Provide: Reflections on National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers