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OB-449 Contraception and Family Planning Elective

Director:  David Kattan, MD, MPH

Location:   Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA


The goals of the Contraception and Family Planning elective are:

  • to understand the contraceptive options available to women and their partners, especially women with complicated medical problems
  • to gain experience counseling patients about their contraceptive options
  • to learn the reasons why women face unplanned pregnancy
  • to understand the reasons why women may choose to terminate their pregnancies
  • to learn the available methods of pregnancy termination


After elective completion, the student will be able to:

  • counsel a patient about the available and appropriate contraceptive options
  • place an intrauterine device
  • counsel a patient about pregnancy termination options
  • describe the common complications of surgical pregnancy termination"

Course Number



4 weeks

Hours per Week


Night Call/Weekends



1 student per Block

Alternate Dates

Yes, at discretion of
The Director



On-Campus Housing

Available on a first-come, first-served basis

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Medicine and Ob-Gyn Clerkships. July - December: Only open to students who are pursuing residency in Ob/Gyn. January - June: Open to any interested student.

If you would like to apply for this elective, please refer to Application Process.