Ohio abortion clinic helps university train doctors but can't cite its hospital as backup care

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Toledo's only remaining abortion clinic can't get a backup-care agreement from the University of Toledo Medical Center that could help it avoid a potential shutdown, but it has partnered with the public school in a different way, to train doctors in the graduate medical program.

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The clinic helps the university fulfill required curriculum, but the hospital can't help the clinic get what it might need most — the patient-transfer agreement mandated, and restricted, by Ohio law.

The recent training agreement between the university's medical college and Capital Care Network-Toledo allows for participants to complete one-month rotations at the clinic to learn and participate in relevant counseling, assessments, surgical procedures and follow-up care.

The clinic's doctor says he thinks hands-on experience helps get doctors interested in providing such services.