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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Education, Graduate & Professional Schools, Health, Women, Womens Rights

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.

Programs: The reproductive health externship funding program (rhe) provided financial support to 112 medical students and residents who sought opportunities not available in the medical schools and residency programs for first-hand abortion training. Continuing analysis of the program shows a statistically significant increase in the participants' knowledge of family planning and intention to provide abortion as a result of their externship experience.

226 medical students and residents attended our msfc's conference on family planning, the premier conference for medical students and residents interested in family planning. After the conference we found that the number of students who said they would probably or definitely provide abortion services increased by 18% when compared to responses to the same question asked before the survey.

the student organizing program supported over 1,200 educational events on 174 medical school campuses. The events included lectures, panel discussions, and film screenings on the topics of abortion and contraception. Additionally, 40% of our chapters are engaged in or are planning to engage in projects to reform their schools' official curriculum to include more information about reproductive health and abortion.

outreach and communication and all other program services and miscellaneous income.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Grace F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Gillian W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar