Clinical Education and Training

LARC Clinical Training Opportunities

We've developed this comprehensive list of "hands-on" clinical training opportunities for LARC methods, including information about trainings for the copper IUD, LNG IUS, and contraceptive implant.

Method-Specific Training Opportunities

Kyleena® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 19.5mg: | Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals 

Liletta® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52mg | Medicines360

Mirena® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52mg | Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals

Nexplanon® (etonogestrel implant) 68mg | Merck & Co., Inc.

ParaGard® (intrauterine copper contraceptive) | CooperSurgical, Inc.

Skyla® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 13.5mg | Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals

 Table information from device prescribing information and ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 186.   *for all LNG IUDs

General Training Opportunities

Beyond the Pill
The Beyond the Pill program from the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) partners with health care providers, researchers, and educators to improve women’s access to effective contraception and reproductive health care. This training program is designed to increase provider knowledge and skills for IUDs and implants and improve women’s access to these methods of birth control.

Contraceptive Technology
Contraceptive Technology hosts conferences that cover advances in women’s health and contraception and topics including new and future methods of contraception, sexuality, recurrent vaginitis, adolescent health, and STD treatment. The conferences include interactive sessions and hands-on workshops.

Essential Access Health
Essential Access Health’s Learning Exchange is a resource for information about best practices in the provision of quality, patient-centered sexual and reproductive health care in diverse settings. Training formats include hands-on clinical practica in IUD and implant placement, Family Planning Health Worker Certification trainings, live webinars, online courses, in-person trainings, and an annual conference. The Learning Exchange also offers custom trainings and is a certified provider of continuing education credits.

National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning
The National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning (NCTCFP) provides training for family planning Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, Physicians and Physician Assistants. NCTCFP offers a national family planning training symposium, reproductive health conference, and clinical webinars.

Reproductive Health Access Project
The Reproductive Health Access Project delivers hands-on IUD and contraceptive implant training for primary care clinicians through their Hands-On Reproductive Health Training (HART) Center. This program offers training material, curricula, and hands-on opportunities for providers interested in integrating IUD and contraceptive implants into their clinical practice.

Upstream USA
Upstream USA provides on-site, comprehensive consulting and technical training to health centers so that they can provide the full range of contraceptive methods, same day, including IUDs and implants. This training includes CME/CE-accredited content for clinicians, such as LARC placement skills, and offers counseling tips for health educators, counselors, and medical assistants and in-depth revenue cycle management assistance and/or coding review for billing and financial staff.

This resource was last updated on January 22, 2019, please visit the LARC Program website for the most updated version. Please email Mica Bumpus, LARC Program Director, at MBumpus@ACOG.org with suggestions or comments.

This information is designed as an educational resource to aid clinicians in providing obstetric and gynecologic care and use of this information is voluntary. This information should not be considered as inclusive of all proper treatments or methods of care or as a statement of the standard of care. It is not intended to substitute for the independent professional judgment of the treating clinician. Variations in practice may be warranted when, in the reasonable judgment of the treating clinician, such course of action is indicated by the condition of the patient, limitations of available resources, or advances in knowledge or technology.

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ACOG LARC Program: LARC Slide Set 
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Other Resources

Fellowship in Family Planning: Grand Rounds Speakers

The Fellowship in Family Planning offers Grand Rounds speakers who are nationally renowned family planning experts and are at the forefront of research and clinical care in contraception and abortion.

Presentations focused on recent research developments and evidence-based approaches to LARC methods and other family planning topics are available. All speaker expenses, including travel costs and honoraria, are covered by the Fellowship in Family Planning.

For more information, click here or e-mail Heather Steele at grandrounds@familyplanningfellowship.org.

Contact:

Mica Bumpus
LARC Program Director
mbumpus@acog.org

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