Individual Clinical Training

Our Goal – To meet MAP’s mission to expand access to high quality reproductive health training and services, the clinical training program’s strategic direction is to train a diverse array of anti-racist health care professionals who are highly motivated to provide comprehensive reproductive health care in their future practice to under-served patient populations, but who lack access to the clinical training to do so.

How it Works – MAP receives applications from individual students, residents, physicians, and advanced practice clinicians in need of training. We learn about the individual, their professional goals, training needs, and desired training location. Once accepted, MAP pairs trainees with a reproductive health provider within MAP’s network of training sites throughout the region. Training rotation length can range from one-day observations to month-long, hands-on rotations, depending on the professional goals of each learner. MAP coordinates the scheduling, licensing, and most of the administrative requirements of each rotation. Trainees must provide proof of active medical malpractice coverage for hands-on training, and most carry medical malpractice coverage from their institution of origin.

Training Topics – Clinical training topics may include: sexual health history taking, informed consent, contraception, patient-centered contraception counseling, contraception device insertion and removal, comprehensive patient-centered pregnancy options counseling, ultrasound, abortion care, management of pregnancy loss, first trimester bleeding, and ectopic pregnancy. Rotations in telehealth and mobile unit care are available.

An Important Caveat – Please note that MAP can only offer training that falls within the trainee’s healthcare profession’s scope of practice in the state where they train. Prior to applying, MAP encourages applicants to refer to the professional scope of practice act in the state where you intend to train and/or practice to learn which procedures you have the authority to practice. Please refer to the application guide for more information.

The Process

MAP accepts clinical training applications in several cycles throughout the calendar year. Applications are completed through a secure online platform. This cycle, applicants will be notified approximately 4 weeks after the deadline whether they have received a training slot. Applicants are encouraged to apply 4 – 6 months in advance of when they want to train. Feel free to contact MAP before you apply to discuss schedule or training site concerns. MAP will make every effort to accommodate accepted applicants who have applied outside of that time frame, depending on slot availability.

to apply for training

MAP’s application for clinical training must be completed through a secure online platform and will require approximately 45 minutes to complete. Because of  the uncertainty created by the Supreme Court’s decision overruling Roe v Wade, this cycle’s application is requesting additional information from applicants. The link will be available on the dates noted below. MAP encourages applicants to download and review the application guide prior to beginning the application.

A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT THIS SUMMER’S CYCLE: Midwest Access Project’s application cycle for individual clinical training rotations opened on July 4, and we have received more applications to date than MAP has ever received in a completed cycle. We are truly amazed and humbled by the number of students, residents, and providers who want to train in abortion care. At the same time, the capacity of our current training partners has shifted as they navigate new legislation, and in some cases, have either lost access to abortion care or are adjusting to an exponential increase in patient volume. Based on these conditions, MAP has advanced the deadline for completed ICT applications to Monday, August 1st at 5 pm CT.  Applications will still be reviewed and responded to by Friday, September 16th. MAP is working very hard to expand its clinical training network so that in future cycles, MAP will be well positioned to meet the heightened demand for procedural abortion training. Please email info@midwestaccessproject.org with any questions.

Application Available Application Deadline Timing of Clinical Training
October 4, 2021 November 12, 2021 Due to scheduling backups caused by the pandemic, most trainees in this cycle will train April through June 2022.
February 7, 2022 March 18, 2022 Most will train July through September 2022.
July 4, 2022 NEW DATE!            August 1, 2022 Most will train December 2022 through February 2023.
October 3, 2022 November 11, 2022 Most will train March through May 2023.