RHEDI, Reproductive Health EDucation In Family Medicine, is housed within the Department of Family and Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, and was established in 2004.

Family physicians provide comprehensive health care across the lifecycle. Reproductive health care - including contraception, pregnancy options counseling, and abortion care for unintended pregnancies - is an integral and routine aspect of family medicine. Family medicine departments provide education in these areas but the extent of training, particularly in abortion care, varies among medical schools and residency programs.

Our objectives are to:
  • Integrate high-quality, comprehensive abortion and contraception training into U.S. family medicine residency programs
  • Evaluate the outcomes of this enhanced training
  • Influence educational policy so that expanded abortion and contraception training are required in family medicine
  • Support family physicians in their efforts to include abortion care in their scope of practice.

To accomplish these objectives, RHEDI will:
  • Provide funding to U.S. family medicine residency programs to establish a required rotation in abortion and family planning
  • Share best practices and materials to enhance abortion training in family medicine
  • Foster collaboration on research, advocacy, evaluation and information sharing on abortion training in family medicine.

Why a Required (Opt-out) Experience in Abortion?
Since reproductive health care is an integral and routine aspect of family medicine, residents need an educational experience that will prepare them to offer the full range of reproductive health services once they are out in practice. A required rotation means that all residents, not only those with a clear interest in this area, will have adequate exposure and experience. This rotation should include both didactic and clinical experience with contraception, pregnancy options counseling, and abortion care, including the provision of medication and aspiration abortion, and follow-up care. The rotation should also include attention to the psychosocial meaning of abortion for women and their families, and for the resident-learners. A required experience will provide residents with an adequate number of cases and allow faculty evaluations of resident competencies in these areas.

For more information about RHEDI, please contact us at info@rhedi.org.