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Improving Access to the Full Range of Contraceptive Methods, Including IUDs & Implants
Beyond the Pill’s FREE online training is a primer on IUDs and contraceptive implants suitable for all types of health care providers and support staff. This 90 minute course is self-paced and interactive.

Each section features real providers who guide learners through all steps of offering IUD and implant services to their patients.


Improving Access to the Full Range of Contraceptive Methods, Including IUDs and Implants

Training on Contraceptive Options, Including IUDs & Implants
Beyond the Pill has successfully trained thousands of health care providers, including community clinics, school health centers, hospitals, agencies with multiple clinics, and peer education groups. Our training program is a proven way to reduce unintended pregnancies, increase provider knowledge and skills for offering IUDs and implants, and improve patients' access to the full range of contraceptive methods. More than 1.7 million individuals each year benefit from our training (map).

Key features of online training
    • CME-accredited - providers can earn 1.5 credit hours toward CME and CE requirements.
    • Designed for all health staff, including clinicians, educators, counselors, social workers and administrative staff.
    • Self-paced with videos, case studies and interactive quizzes.

Curriculum for online training
  1. Introduction to different types of IUDs and the contraceptive implant.
  2. How to use the CDC’s Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use.
  3. Addressing common misinformation about highly effective methods.
  4. Review of counseling approaches designed to support patients in making voluntary and informed choices about contraception.
  5. Integrating IUDs and implants into routine care.
For more information, visit

Thanks to Cardea for their collaboration in the instructional design and development of these modules.


  Cynthia C. Harper, PhD (Chair)
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
UCSF School of Medicine

  Connie Folse, MPH, CHES
Health Education Analyst, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
UCSF School of Medicine

  Suzan Goodman, MD, MPH
Associate Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Zuckerberg San Francisco General
UCSF School of Medicine

This UCSF CME educational activity was planned and developed to: uphold academic standards to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor; adhere to requirements to protect health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA); and, include a mechanism to inform learners when unapproved or unlabeled uses of therapeutic products or agents are discussed or referenced.

This activity has been reviewed and approved by members of the UCSF CME Governing Board in accordance with UCSF CME accreditation policies. Office of CME staff, planners, reviewers, and all others in control of content of this particular activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

The following faculty presenters have disclosed a financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with a commercial company who has provided products or services relating to their presentation(s) or commercial support for this continuing medical education activity. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support:
Debbie Ellen Bamberger, RN, MS, WHNP-BC: Independent Contractor, Merck
Aisha R. Mays, MD: Consultant, UpStream; Consultant, Merck
Karen R. Meckstroth, MD, MPH: Honorarium Recipient, Danco, Inc.
Nishant Shah, MD, MPH: Independent Contractor, Merck

The content planners listed above and all other faculty presenters/actors in these videos have disclosed they have no financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any commercial companies who provide products or services relating to this continuing medical education activity

The University of California, San Francisco is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physicians: This enduring material activity has been approved for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.TM Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Physician Assistants: The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification.

California Pharmacists: The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. If you are a pharmacist in another state, you should check with your state board for approval of this credit.
This CME activity meets the requirements under California Assembly Bill 1195, continuing education and cultural and linguistic competency.


An Internet connection, up-to-date web browser, Adobe Acrobat Reader*, and Flash or video streaming capability are required to participate in this course. *Required only to view printable (PDF) materials.

The cost to participate in the online training is currently compliments of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. This activity is not commercially supported, and does not endorse a specific product over others.

Certification Dates
Begins: July 1, 2017
Expires: June 30, 2020

Cancellations and Refunds
Cancellations should be made in writing within 7 days of enrollment. Refunds will only be made in the event that technical difficulties prevent completion of the activity, or if no interaction with the material occurred because of inadvertent or mistaken enrollment, or expiration of the activity before the learner had the opportunity to complete it fully. Fees can be transferred to another activity in the case of mistaken enrollment.

Special Needs or Other Concerns
If you require any special accommodations for a disability which creates a hardship to participating in this activity, or you have questions or concerns about this course, please contact the Office of CME. (Additional contact information is below.)

Cultural and Linguistic Competency Resources

University of California, San Francisco Office of Continuing Medical Education
3333 California Street #450, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 476-4251 Email: Website:

Type:     Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
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