Abortion: the forgotten rotation
Are medical schools neglecting to teach about abortion?
If there is one topic medical students do not lack teaching on, it’s abortion. With ethics seminars, discussion groups, and lectures on the legal position, the topic is drilled into us. Right? Or maybe not. Ethics and law are all very well, says Katharine Elliot, a final year medical student at Newcastle University, but there is a missing link in medical education: the clinical side of abortion. Katharine felt the need at her medical school was so great that she organised an evening of lectures to educate medical students about the clinical side of abortion. “It was called Abortion: The Clinical Guide and it was really to emphasise it as a clinical and not an ethical topic.”
Not all doctors will need to sign the form or perform abortion treatments, but, according to Elliot “we should know how to take a relevant history so that we can refer to the