IU School of Medicine Adjusts OB-GYN Residency Program After Abortion Ban

IU School of Medicine Adjusts OB-GYN Residency Program After Abortion Ban

Due to the ban, the IU School of Medicine is sending residents to hospitals in Illinois.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University School of Medicine is already feeling the effects of the state’s abortion ban.

“We have already been in rapid planning mode to determine how this is going to affect our patient care as well as our education,” said Dr. Nicole Scott, OB-GYN residency program director at IU Health. “Abortion care training is still a requirement for OB-GYN residents and the new legislation limits this to some extent for our resident physicians.

Due to the ban, the IU School of Medicine is sending residents to hospitals in Illinois.

“We strongly believe that this is part of a comprehensive gynecological training and we always want to provide this training to our residents,” Scott said.

She thinks the new law will make residency applicants think twice about practicing in Indiana.

“We are about a week away from the start of our recruiting season, during which we will be reviewing over a thousand applications, interviewing 120 people for next year’s match of 10 OB-GYNs to practice. here in the state of Indiana,” Scott said. We are concerned that this will affect the quality of applicants we receive and certainly the education we can provide. »

The concern is not just about recruitment, but about hiring these physicians after residency.

“Initially, we typically retain about 50 percent of graduates from all majors,” Scott said. “Within the OB-GYN, we typically retain three to four who stay in the state of Indiana and I think that will affect their likelihood of staying in the state.”

That leaves doctors like Scott frustrated.

“There’s no other specialty that’s legislated to the same degree as obstetrics and gynecology that’s really on your mind,” she said.

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