In 1993, PPNYC launched the Clinical Training and Research Initiative to close the gap between the need for abortion services and the number of clinicians trained to provide abortions. CTRI continues to pursue that mission through its partnerships with family medicine and obstetrics/gynecology resident training programs in New York City.
CTRI's mission has expanded to include training and education programs in pregnancy options counseling, ultrasound, colposcopy, and other reproductive health services. CTRI trains a wide range of health care professionals such as nurses, certified nurse-midwives, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, as well as physicians. Currently, we focus on training clinicians who work at other Planned Parenthood affiliates or who are in residency programs with which we have a contractual relationship.
CTRI's training activities have both local and global impact. In addition to training health professionals unaffiliated with Planned Parenthood, CTRI is dedicated to the development of PPNYC's own health care providers through ongoing clinical training and continuing medical education. CTRI also participates in international alliances, providing clinical training and assistance to increase access to abortion services in other countries -- most recently in the Caribbean region.
CTRI is a strategic leader not only in clinical training, but in research as well. In collaboration with local academic institutions and other women's health organizations, CTRI has fostered the development of new and expanded reproductive health care options for women.
To find out more about CTRI's trainings and research, call (212) 274-7232.