History

ALTHOUGH ABORTION IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMONLY PERFORMED gynecologic procedures, many obstetrics and gynecology residents are not offered routine training in all methods of contraception and uterine evacuation.

In 1996, recognizing this shortcoming in resident education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) mandated that ob-gyn residency education must include access to experience with induced abortion. Evaluation of this requirement has become part of the Residency Review Committee (RRC) site visits and has motivated increasing numbers of Residency programs to institutionalize training in uterine evacuation techniques.

The Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program (Ryan Program) was founded in 1999 with the goal of meeting the ACGME and CREOG learning objectives and improve training in abortion and contraception for ob-gyn residents in the United States and Canada. The Ryan Program is based at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco.