Resident Scholars Program for Workforce Diversity (RSPWD)

RHEDI works to expand patient-centered abortion and contraception training in family medicine residency education using a Reproductive Justice and human rights framework that centers marginalized communities.

As part of our effort to diversify the family medicine workforce in SRH and abortion care, we launched the Resident Scholars Program for Workforce Diversity (RSPWD) in 2021, aimed toward engaging and supporting under-represented minorities in medicine. Each year we select 6 to 8 applicants for the RSPWD, which runs for 12 months, overlapping parts of the PGY2 and PGY3 years.

The RSPWD consists of:

  • 5 meetings of the cohort (1 in-person and 4 virtual), which includes a combination of:
    • Webinars/workshops led by RHEDI staff, mentors, and guest speakers on topics such as Reproductive Justice, the role of white supremacy in medicine, integrating abortion and other SRH care into post-residency practice, and how to thrive as a BIPOC abortion provider
    • Leadership training
    • Reporting back on conferences, spaces to share progress and ideas on engaging medical students, journal club meetings, film screenings
  • Quarterly 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 meetings with SRH-engaged, family medicine mentors who identify as BIPOC
  • Full scholarships (registration, travel, food) to 1 medical conference and 1 Reproductive Justice conference
  • Reimbursement of up to $2000 to offset costs associated with obtaining elective abortion training outside of your home residency program
  • Support for scholar-led outreach to medical students at their institutions including but not limited to leading papaya workshops, film screenings, and journal clubs
  • If desired, project support (including but not limited to: advice on project design and review of protocol/data instruments and abstracts for conferences)

Expectations for Scholars

  • Participation in all meetings
  • For sponsored conferences, in-person meet-up with other cohort members and mentors/RHEDI staff, and post-conference report-back with entire cohort
  • Conducting outreach to medical students (1‒2 events) to educate and interest them in providing abortion care in a family medicine setting (encouraged but not required)

2024‒2025 RHEDI Resident Scholars Program for Workforce Diversity Application Information


PGY2 residents (2023‒2024) in U.S. family medicine residency programs are invited to apply. Residents do not need to be at a RHEDI program to be eligible. Priority will be given to residents with a demonstrated interest in SRH/abortion care within family medicine who identify as under-represented minorities.

To apply, please provide the following:

  • Personal statement (no more than 500 words) that addresses the following:
    • How you heard about this scholarship opportunity
    • Why you are applying and what you hope to gain from participating
    • Career objectives, including how your goals may be affected by the Dobbs decision
    • Brief description of any abortion and contraception training received so far
    • Any aspects of personal background, accomplishments, or achievements that demonstrate interest in or commitment to SRH/abortion care within family medicine
  • A letter of support, preferably from a residency or department faculty member. Alternatively, you may submit a letter from a current or previous teacher, mentor, or supervisor who can speak to your interest in and commitment to SRH/abortion care in family medicine
  • A statement of support from your program director that, if you are accepted to the program, they will accommodate your attending at least 3 of 4 cohort meetings, which are usually about 2 hours in length. Meetings may occur during normal work hours and may be held during times when you have clinical responsibilities. The letter should also address your attendance at the 2024 STFM conference (5/4‒5/8 in Los Angeles, CA), and how the program or department may be able to facilitate time off for you to attend the meeting (with financial support from RHEDI).
  • Curriculum vitae

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