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June 28, 2010

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is an incredible organization that connects medical students across North America. My first experience with them was at their annual meeting, a national conference ... more

June 21, 2011

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is a crucial organization that supplements gaps that exist in nearly every medical school's curriculum. I assumed when I started medical school 3 years ago that I would receive a complete and comprehensive education on reproductive health care, women's health, contraception and abortion. I quickly learned that I was wrong. MSFC provides opportunities and support for medical students who want to educate themselves and their peers about these issues that will affect nearly every female patient we encounter in our future careers.

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When I was in my first couple years of medical school, I worked with Medical Students for Choice to bring several lectures and workshops to my campus about various methods of long-acting contraception. They were wildly popular with my fellow students and taught content that our patients will be asking about but medical schools aren't teaching.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand its presence to include every medical school in North America! I know this can be problematic, especially in more socially conservative areas. However, I believe that regardless of one's personal beliefs, medical knowledge of what a patient's right to abortion actually entails should be a minimum requirement in order to call yourself a proficient physician.

June 28, 2010

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is an incredible organization that connects medical students across North America. My first experience with them was at their annual meeting, a national conference for medical and nursing students who are interested in reproductive health and justice. The meeting gave me the opportunity to see that while many students and members of the administration at my school were hostile or indifferent to the issues of reproductive health, MSFC was a large network of health professoinals and future-physicians who shared my views, my ideals, and my interests. I had been feeling rather alone in my interests at medical school, but then I met incredible doctors and students who made me see that my career dreams were possible. It was very empowering! Since then, I have attended many more meetings and utilized their Reproductive Health Externship program to find a clinic that would host me for a summer so I could fill in the reproductive gaps in my medical school education. It was an unbelievable experience, only possible through this unbelievable nonprofit!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through MSFC, I have been able to reach out to other students in my medical school and begin to talk to them about reproductive health issues. Until MSFC there had been no outlet for discussion about these topics in our curriculum!

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June 21, 2011

I have been involved in Medical Students for Choice for the last year and I think that it is a great organization that is filling a huge gap in medical education. Reproductive health is so mired in politics that medical students don't learn about abortion, contraception, and holistic healthcare for women in the classroom, and MSFC helps organize and fund opportunities for students to learn these things. I had the opportunity to attend the national conference last winter, and I learned so much and was so inspired that I hope to work in this field once I graduate.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

furthering my own education and networking with other physicians and students.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase enrollment, work on outreach.

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June 21, 2011

MSFC is a fantastic organization that connects medical students to important resources, inspiring faculty members, interesting research, and most significantly, to each other. Being a part of MSFC has been hugely important to me. It has allowed me to explore the topic of reproductive health and to connect with others who share similar interests. The connections I have formed with fellow MSFCers have been meaningful to me as a student, a future clinician, and a fellow advocate for reproductive rights.

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I have made important connections with other students and faculty members from alternative medical schools that facilitated my education.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase it's membership and have more formal events with Nursing Students for Choice.

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With their help and funding, I have been able to explore the career option of abortion care by spending a substantial amount of time shadowing an abortion provider.

This is beneficial because, for medical students considering career options, practical experience is crucial for
decision-making. Even if I choose not to go into the field of abortion care, I will be better able to act as a pro-choice provider when it comes to understanding patient experiences and interpreting patients' medical histories.

In addition, while gaining experience shadowing an abortion provider, I have definitely felt the benefits of the workshop that MSFC has provided to my medical school regarding IUD (intra-uterine device) insertion, MVA (manual vacuum aspiration) technique, and pap smears.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

funding and support for a Reproductive Health Externship, information and experience with various medical-school-affiliated workshops and demonstrations.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have none to suggest.

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June 21, 2011

I'm a board member, but also a "constituent." That is to say, I am a pro-choice medical student. Medical Students for Choice has allowed me to learn far more about contraception and reproductive health care than the curriculum at my med school includes. As a result, and with the opportunities that I will have as an upperclassman through MSFC, I know I will be prepared to provide the most comprehensive and accurate care to my patients.

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Annual meetings and local events have really enriched my learning experience.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Only make it larger. More students at more schools need to be fully educated about family planning and reproductive health care.

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When I began MedSchool, I was afraid that all of my classmates would be from privileged backgrounds, and that I wouldn't be able to build a community around those issues that most mattered to me. As a queer woman of color, Women's health and reproductive rights are keystone issues that I hope to improve upon as a practicing physician. The first MSFC meeting at UC Davis (2010) opened with a picture of Dr. Tiller on the projector which started a crucial conversation on abortion provider attacks. In this way and many others, they have made incredible strides in re framing an emotionally charged and divisive issue into one of healthcare, access to quality care and patient rights.

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This Org made a room full of MS 1 feel like this issue was one that we all could affect. It was empowering to be shown what role physicians can play in this age-old, national debate.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perhaps be more visible on the pro-choice stage; provide more education around abortion policies currently in place around the country

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June 21, 2011

Without MSFC I would now remarkably little about family planning. This is due not only to the expansive educational opportunities afforded to me directly through the organization, but also thanks to the curriculum reform enacted at my medical school by MSFC members. Thanks to MSFC the world will have 1 more progressive, proactive physician who provides comprehensive family planning care.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my interactions with any female patient of reproductive age. MSFC has taught me not only the importance of family planning, but also a clinical approach to pregnancy prevention and pregnancy options counseling.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

reestablish the annual leadership conference, which was recently cut due to budget constraints

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June 21, 2011

MSFC has been instrumental in helping me develop as a future physician. The opportunities to learn through the national office are hard to come by in medical school, and without it I would not know nearly as much about the state of reproductive healthcare. I can positively say that MSFC will benefit many of my patients down the line.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being able to converse intelligently with a panel of leading advocates for reproductive rights.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase public awareness of MSFC, what it does and what we stand for.

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June 21, 2011

I am a new physician entering the field of OB/GYN and MSFC played an integral role in my medical education. MSFC offered a safe and well-informed community in which to explore my interests in women's health and reproductive rights. They were endlessly supportive and knowledgeable when I arranged activities on my campus and funded and externship with a Family Planning service at another university which proved to be one of the greatest experiences I had during medical school. Thanks to MSFC I was well-prepared and confident in seeking out medical training program which would foster my dedication to women's reproductive rights and train me in ALL areas of women's health, including abortion.

Further more, having been involved with many non-profits and student organizations throughout my education I can honestly say that MSFC is the most well-run and effective groups I have ever worked with. They are highly responsive to members and have specific goals which they execute and fund amazingly. This group IS the catalyst for the revival of well-trained abortion providers in America.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my medical education.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

attempt to get the last medical schools without chapters up and running.

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June 21, 2011

Thanks to the Medical Students for Choice chapter at my campus, and the annual meeting that I attended this year, I have gained a better understanding of how I will obtain the training I need to become an abortion provider.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I learned a lot of applicable information about abortion care and residency programs, through participating in discussions with current and future physicians, going to workshops, and attending lectures. Thanks to their guidance, I will be one more abortion provider, increasing access to reproductive health services.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money and keep up the good work. Expand programming whenever possible.

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