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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSFC is truly an inspiration leading physicians to be trained in the best patient care for women. They are promoting proper education in reproductive health care and promoting patient rights. I am so happy to be involved in this noble cause.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSFC is an integral part of spreading information regarding reproductive health to medical students. For a variety of reasons, the full gamut of reproductive options is not given enough room in the standard medical school curriculum. MSFC allows some of these shortcomings to be addressed, at least for interested students.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSFC is an incredibly supportive, involved, and innovative organization that I am proud to call myself a member of. This organization seeks to develop well-informed and proactive health care professionals that are working towards a better future. I hope that this organization may continue to have support for many years to come.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSFC is an incredibly motivated organization. Its members truly care about improving access to abortion and have a discrete goal, making it a very effective and driven organization.

Review from Guidestar

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our medical school's chapter of Medical Students for Choice has played an an essential role in creating and implementing curriculum reform. Because of MSFC, our medical school recently introduced clinical electives that provide exposure to contraception and termination as well as options counseling--the cornerstones of family planning.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSFC is all inclusive and an excellent tool for educating health professionals. Students are the future leaders of health care and MSFC allows comfortable discussion of and learning about issues relevant to our lives as future health professionals.

Review from Guidestar

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Medical Students for Choice educates current medical students about how to support a woman's right to reproductive freedom. That means students learn about supporting women in their decisions about whether or not to use birth control, to have a baby and how to best care for themselves and their fetus during pregnancy. The same group has helped make necklaces to help women track their most fertile days of their cycle for women who choose the rhythm method of birth control, as well as trained with abortion providers. This organization has no agenda except training future physicians to protect a woman's right to choose what is best for her.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great way to be involved with important Women's health issues. We worked to raise awareness of the role of future physicians in providing family planning services and exploring their views on abortion.

Review from Guidestar

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSFC is a great organization because its mission is so targeted. It reaches out to medical students, residents, and the programs that shape their training, aiming specifically to enrich our curriculums and our day-to-day experiences with discussions and training about women's health and reproductive health. Advocacy for access to reproductive health services is important, but MSFC goes a step further by actually building that access from the ground up.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with Medical Students for Choice in my first year of medical school. I chose to become involved initially simply because I am pro-choice and was interested in what the organization had to say. At that time I was planning a career in Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Infectious Diseases. I attended several MSFC meetings put together by student organizers with help from the MSFC national office. I was deeply moved by the stories of abortion providers and their patients. I learned of the incredibly obstacles both can face in providing and accessing women's health care. Even more startling to me was the shortage of trained providers that I learned about at these meetings. I chose to take on a leadership role in MSFC for the last two years of medical school. I was able to see firsthand how the organization promotes education of medical students on the topics of abortion and contraception which are often inadequately covered or not covered at all in medical school curricula. I also saw how the organization enabled large groups of students to find direction and a supportive community of like-minded students and mentors. In addition, I was able to experience how the organization functions from the level of the board of directors. I was impressed by MSFC's financial responsibility and commitment to ensuring the highest possible proportion of money raised goes to programming for medical students. I wholeheartedly support this organization and can personally attest that it was a catalyst for me personally and professionally--I now plan to become a family physician and devote my energy to women's health care. I plan to obtain training in abortion provision so I can provide the full range of reproductive health care to my patients. I also plan to continue to advocate for reproductive justice for all people.

Review from Guidestar