Medical Students For Choice

Rating: 4.85 stars   67 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Education, Health, Women

Location: PO Box 40188 Philadelphia PA 19106 USA

Mission: Creating tomorrow's abortion providers and pro-choice physicians.
Results: Our reform efforts have resulted in curriculum changes at nearly 100 medical schools. 31% of physician alumni provide abortions. 63% of providing alumni perform 2nd trimester abortions.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a medical student in a conservative area, at a school that is unsupportive of a woman's right to choose - however legal it may remain in the state - Medical Students for Choice has been a godsend. I have been fortunate enough to participate in the leadership of my school's branch for the past three years, and the skills and knowledge I have developed as a result of this organization are invaluable. I have also been fortunate enough to participate in MSFC's Reproductive Health Externship program, which enabled me to gain hands-on training in provision, training to which I would not otherwise have had access.

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

My clinical skills, my overall knowledge and understanding of the reproductive rights environment.

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

More funding so the national MSFC office can continue to grow and support its branches throughout the US and Canada!

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Rating: 5 stars  

MSFC is a wonderful organization that fills a much needed service for medical schools, providing education and information about the provision of abortion services, which would otherwise be left out of our curriculum. I have very much enjoyed working with MSFC and have so agreed to lead Brown's chapter, because I was so impressed with teh organizaiton and it's mission

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

educating medical students

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

not make any changes. It does a great job!

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Rating: 5 stars  

MSFC is one of the best organisations in existance for medical students, and their reach goes beyond borders. I asked for, and received much help even while studying overseas. Thank you so much for being a supportive resource when so many others, including my own medical school, shy away.

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

Ireland

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

make the organization global!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am part of the executive board of Medical Students for Choice and have enjoyed every experience, thus far. I have had pleasant experiences with MSFC, as most of the organization's goals deal with education and outreach. We live in a technological area, where FOX news and other outlets make outrageous claims, which unfortunately are perceived as truth by many. Part of my experience has dealt with providing individuals with the right information and educating them about the true issues regarding a woman's reproductive rights.

MSFC supports the positive work done by many community non-for-profit agencies that unfortunately face enormous legislative challenges. I've done outreach on behalf of MSFC and these community organizations, and every single time people are very supportive of the work. Their positive attitude and encouragement let's me know that what the organization does is vital, and that we are moving in the right direction.

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

the support and positive comments of the community during fairs and outreach activities.

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

be more public.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

increase enrollment, work on outreach.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

I have none to suggest.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

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.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a medical student who recently became involved with MSFC. I have been very impressed by the professional and helpful nature of the organization, and how efficiently it operates. Through MSFC I have had the opportunity to learn more about the issues that affect family planning in the US in a safe and supportive environment. I am also confident that I will also be able to improve my leadership through this organization.

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

my medical school campus community, in offering opportunities for medical students to learn more about the various types of family panning procedures.

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

encourage them to give more financial support to campus groups to provide more education and opportunities to its student body.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Site visits from MSFC HQ staff.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I learned about a whole new network of devoted volunteers through a number of organizations aside from MSFC that work together in furthering women's health issues and family planning issues.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

That I was a part of a cause that was greater than myself. I felt like I am doing something that will affect others, including those of future generations.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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