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.
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
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.