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June 21, 2011

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June 21, 2011

Medical students for Choice is the only pro-choice organization out there that is specifically geared toward increasing the number of abortion providers in Canada and the United States. A critical shortage of abortion providers is one of the major barriers women face when choosing to end a pregnancy. MSFC does a phenomenal job of educating and inspiring medical students to become future abortion providers.

When I began medical school, I had never considered becoming an abortion provider. MSFC made me aware of the great need for these health care professionals, educated me on how and where to get training and became a way for me to meet like-minded and supportive peers and mentors in the women's health field. I am proud of my involvement with MSFC as a former chapter coordinator, a former member of the Student Advisory Council and as a former member of the Board of Directors. MSFC has made me a more caring and compassionate physician and has inspired me to provide abortions when I complete my residency training.

The work MSFC does for women is essential - without abortion providers there is no choice.

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This organization directly influenced me to become an abortion provider.

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

Get them more funding so they can continue their important work! I continue to be an MSFC donor and I encourage anyone with the means to support this important organization to do so.

June 21, 2011

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June 21, 2011

As a medical student, it is easy to feel lost in the midst of the predominantly conservative, often male-driven culture of medicine. Through MSFC, I have found a community of physicians and students who share a passion not only for reproductive justice, but all the issues that are closely tied to reproductive rights: women's health, healthcare access, health inequities, feminism, and social justice. I cannot say enough about the contributions that MSFC has and will make to the betterment of reproductive health education and access. On a personal level, it is the organization that has been most powerfully responsible for my personal, social and career-oriented development in medical school.

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

being made to feel like I am a part of a community of people who care deeply about the rights and wellbeing of all women.

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

give it more funding.

June 21, 2011

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June 21, 2011

I am a medical student who has long been interested in women's rights, but did not have the structure or skills to act on those interests until joining MS4C. Through lectures at my school, I learned specifics about different birth control methods, so that I now feel comfortable discussing the pros, cons and contraindications of various methods with patients. The organization helped me get to know other like-minded students so that we could write letters to our congressmen together, and share ideas for future events. I was inspired through my experience in MS4C to come to S. America, where I am currently working with migrant and poor families in workshops to promote self-esteem, to teach job-related skills, and to learn about effective (and accessible) methods of birth control.

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

My own education (learning from MS4C discussions) and through the work I have been doing in women's health.

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

make women's health less of a taboo topic. Yes, abortion rights are certainly part of the picture. In addition, there are so many larger issues related to reproductive rights and women's health that are often neglected. If we could make these more mainstream discussions, I think many people (regardless of political or religious beliefs) would benefit.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 21, 2011

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June 21, 2011

As a medical student, it's so easy to get lost in the bustle of academia, and the stress of an unmanageable workload. MSFC is the light at the end of my tunnel, empowering students to care about the state of women's health and showing us how to become the next generation of activists.

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

every aspect of my medical school career.

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

give it more funding!

June 2, 2011

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June 2, 2011

I am a second year osteopathic medical student in Arizona and I discovered MSFC when I started medical school. I began attending our chapter's events and then attended the national conventions. In MSFC I found an amazing and supportive community of my peers and fabulous role models. My experiences through local chapter programming and national conventions has helped me tailor my education and stay committed to women's reproductive health and justice. I have been so impressed with the organizations and their grass roots leaders that I applied to be a regional coordinator and i look forward to spending the next year working with my region's chapters to expand MSFC activities and awareness on medical school campuses.

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

organzing local and national events around educating medical students about reproductive health, social justice, and abortion training

Ways to make it better...

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

Can't think of any! everyone is so supportive and the national events are amazing!

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 2, 2011

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June 2, 2011

I first became involve in MSFC when I was 1st year medical student. I've always been pro-choice but this organization really opened my eyes and helped me understand the core issues in reproductive health and women's rights to safe and healthy abortion care. The organization is truly selfless and works endlessly to educate the future physicians of America so they can advocate for their patients and provide necessary healthcare services in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

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

Medical students for choice provides the opportunity for medical students to have a formal, hands-on training experience with their externship program. This program gives great insight into the patients perspective of abortion and really abolishes the misconceptions many people still have. I had the honor of working in a very well known clinic that provides 2nd and 3rd trimester abortions. Many of the women I worked with were so grateful to have a kind ear to simply listen to their fears and concerns.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them more funding. It would be amazing to see what changes they might make if they had even more financial support.

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt proud and honored to be part of such and excellent organization that has impacted and will continue to impact women's healthcare for the better.

June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

Medical Students for Choice is an amazing organization, the national office provides so much support to our local chapter. I have learned so much from MSFC and plan to be an active member throughout medical school, and would encourage others to become involved.

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

My own education as a medical student.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

Medical Students for Choice is an amazing organization that helps advocate for education about full spectrum womens reproductive services, including contraception and abortion services for ALL physicians regardless of whether they are OB/GYNS, family doctors, surgeons, specialists or abortion providers. They realize the widespread utilization of they servivces by women and recognize the need of all physicians to be able to discuss they options with their patients. They provide help to establish medical school curriculum adressing these issues and help individuals seeking more training to get access.

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

developing curriculum at my school, we created modules on sexual health interviewing, pregnancy and options counseling, healthy pregnacy habits. We organized papaya workshops to teach first and second year students the MVA procedure.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them more money - there are over 140 medical schools in this country, each training between 100-300 students a year. Everyone of them should be able to talk to their patients about womens reproductive health!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting other medical students who are dedicated to this cause!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing - truly dedicated to the cause - many times at the cost of their own personal safety and security.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world of healthcare for women.

Ways to make it better...

I could share this with every one of my classmates. It's easy to teach the people who want to be taught, but every doctor should be able to talk to their patients about these issues, just as they can with any other procedures or medications.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the politics get in the way of the medicine. It is a challenge with so much opposition.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization trusts and respects women. Its main goal is to provide women with fair and accurate information and allow them to make their own decisions.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 29, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 29, 2010

Medical Students for Choice is an amazing organization, without them, students would not have the multitude of opportunities MSFC provides. I just finished my MSFC externship, and it was an amazing experience. Through this experience, I learned about medical problems and procedures that I would not have otherwise learned until my residency. Thanks Medical Students for Choice!

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization over the summer, during my Reproductive Health Externship and throughout the school year at the various workshops MSFC organizes.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgeable, supportive, professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Protect womens' Choice and assure that every woman can continue to exercise her right to protect her body, her best interests, and the interests of her family.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 29, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 29, 2010

Medical Students for Choice is an amazing organization aimed at advocating to make all options available for women who find themselves pregnant. Most pregnancy testing centers do not offer women the option of having an abortion, leaving women with unwanted pregnancies terrified for their future and without any choice. MS4C is aimed at teaching future physicians the importance of options and choices when advocating for their patients. They are also removing the social stigma of abortion by providing sound research about how common the procedure is in the U.S. and safe it can be when it is legal and done by professionals.

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization, when I see that many of the current Ob/Gyn's and Family Medicine physicians who provide abortions were part of the Medical Students For Choice organization when they were in medical school.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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