ORJ Resident Abortion Training Fund - Giving Tuesday
Residents (physicians-in-training) spend their time learning all of the skills they need to provide care for their communities. Abortion is essential healthcare, however, in large parts of the US, there are restrictions in its availability. Not only does this affect the patients' access to proper healthcare, but it is affecting the training of the next generation of doctors!
Doctors are not only restricted in providing this care to their patients - they are restricted in providing hands on training to residents and medical students in these states. The only option that these trainees have to learn these skills is to travel to another part of the country that does not have these strict bans. At this time, the travel and lodging costs are at the expense of these residents, who are often on very tight budgets. On average, residents make around $60,000 per year and are saddled with an average student loan debt of $250,000. The cost of traveling to obtain abortion training is prohibitive to many who are interested in having these skills.
Our organization, Obstetricians for Reproductive Justice (ORJ) - in collaboration with The Committee of Interns and Residents (the largest union for medical residents in the US) - is helping to raise awareness and funds to ensure that residents can travel and train at institutions around the country and that future generations of doctors will still be able to provide abortion care.
The donations will be used to pay for travel and accommodations for residents from ban states to non-ban states where OBGYN programs are hosting and offering them abortion training. Costs per resident may differ depending on where they travel from and their individual needs to travel.
After raising funds, we plan to have an application process where we will review residents asking for funds and disburse the money directly to them through our fiscal sponsor.