Rivas’ resident research published in Contraception

Before graduating from the UW Ob-Gyn residency in 2020, Kali Rivas, MD focused her resident research project on whether resident physicians in Wisconsin are trained in immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). Her study is now published in ContraceptionAmy Godecker, PhD, Heidi Brown, MD, MAS, and Nicholas Schmuhl, PhD, co-authored the article.

In the study “Are Wisconsin resident physicians trained in immediate postpartum long acting reversible contraception?”, Rivas and co-authors surveyed resident physicians in family medicine and ob-gyn training programs about their attitudes and competency regarding family planning services. The study found some important differences in self-reported proficiency between ob-gyn residents and family medicine residents:

“Only 44% of participating family medicine programs provide immediate postpartum LARC training. Two-thirds of obstetrics and gynecology residents report proficiency in immediate postpartum LARC, compared to fewer than half of family medicine residents. Given that many Wisconsin counties do not have a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist, improving immediate postpartum LARC training among family medicine residents is paramount.”

Read the whole publication here!