BACKGROUND Abortion is a controversial yet common procedure within the United States and North Carolina. Although much effort has been directed at understanding the views of physicians and the general public, the views of medical students on abortion are understudied. This study examines the views of medical students at different stages in training on abortion at a public institution, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
METHODS We surveyed incoming, second year, fourth year, and leave-of-absence medical students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill about their views on abortion. We utilized an IRB-approved, anonymous online Qualtrics-based, cross-sectional survey during the spring of 2014.