More Than 3,000 People Have Signed Up for the First Online Abortion Class
Starting next week, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) will commence the first online course on abortion care that’s ever been offered by a U.S. school. The doctor who’s leading the class, which will be offered through the online platform Coursera, estimates that more than 3,000 people have already signed up for it.
Dr. Jody Steinauer, an associate professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF and the founder of Medical Students for Choice, decided to create the online class to dedicate more time to a topic that often gets overlooked in medical school.
“Both the clinical and public health contexts of abortion are often excluded from curricula in medicine, nursing, and other health professions,” explains the description of the online class on Coursera’s website. “In this six-week course, over twenty faculty from various institutions and multiple disciplines will place abortion within the context of public health and fill in the gaps left by its exclusion from mainstream curricula in health professions.”