RHEDI (Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine) 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 are seeking scholars for the second cohort of the Resident Scholars Program for Workforce Diversity (RSPWD), aimed toward engaging and supporting under-represented minorities in medicine. We will select 6 to 8 applicants for the RSPWD, which will run for about 12 months, overlapping parts of the PGY 2 and PGY 3 years.

The RSPWD will consist of:

  • 5 meetings of the cohort (possibly a mix of in-person and virtual), which will include 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, space to share progress and ideas on engaging medical students, journal club meetings, film screenings
  • Quarterly 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 meetings with outside SRH-engaged, Family Medicine-trained mentors who identify as BIPOC
  • Full scholarships (registration, travel, food) to 1 medical conference and 1 Reproductive Justice conferenceConferences may include:
     
    The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s Annual Spring Conference, the Society of Family Planning’s Annual Meeting, the National Abortion Federation’s Annual Meeting, the American Academy of Family Physicians’ National Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, SisterSong’s Let’s Talk About Sex! conference, JusticeNOW, and Take Root: Red State Reproductive Justice.
     
    To maximize networking and relationship-building, we strongly encourage attending the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s Annual Spring Conference. The conference in 2023 will be held 4/29-5/3 in Tampa, FL.
  • Reimbursement of up to $2000 to offset costs associated with obtaining elective abortion training outside of your home residency program
  • Resident-led outreach to medical students at their institutions
  • 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
  • Conduct outreach to medical students (1-2 events) to educate and interest them in providing abortion care in a family medicine setting

Eligibility

PGY2 residents (2022–2023) 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 and who are under-represented in medicine (URM).

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 2023 STFM conference, 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

Application deadlines
The application deadline is January 15th, 2023, 11:59 pm ET. Finalists will be contacted for an interview, and selections will be made by February 15th, 2023. Following the final selections, you will be notified within a week.

Please use this link to submit your application. Please upload your personal statement, letters of support, and CV through the online submission portal. Please contact info@rhedi.org with any questions.

Click here for info about our previous RSPWD Cohort. You may also sign up for our Newsletter or follow us on Twitter to hear about updates for the 2022–2023 cycle.