Although admission to post-graduate abortion care training is competitive, a number of competency-based training opportunities exist.
Educators have a good track record in developing reproductive health curriculum and core competencies for women’s health practice. Their challenge is to situate the abortion care curriculum and competencies within the broader public health model of unintended pregnancy prevention and management–aligning the two areas. A focus on secondary prevention of unintended pregnancies is vital.
NPs, midwives, and PAs should compile a professional portfolio–to document their credentials, competency, scope of expertise, and examples of their work accomplishments. More inclusive than a resume or CV, the portfolio is a valuable tool for spotlighting preparation and experience, and serves as documentation should one’s scope of practice be challenged.