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June 28, 2010

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is an incredible organization that connects medical students across North America. My first experience with them was at their annual meeting, a national conference ... more

June 21, 2011

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is a crucial organization that supplements gaps that exist in nearly every medical school's curriculum. I assumed when I started medical school 3 years ago that I would receive a complete and comprehensive education on reproductive health care, women's health, contraception and abortion. I quickly learned that I was wrong. MSFC provides opportunities and support for medical students who want to educate themselves and their peers about these issues that will affect nearly every female patient we encounter in our future careers.

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When I was in my first couple years of medical school, I worked with Medical Students for Choice to bring several lectures and workshops to my campus about various methods of long-acting contraception. They were wildly popular with my fellow students and taught content that our patients will be asking about but medical schools aren't teaching.

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

Expand its presence to include every medical school in North America! I know this can be problematic, especially in more socially conservative areas. However, I believe that regardless of one's personal beliefs, medical knowledge of what a patient's right to abortion actually entails should be a minimum requirement in order to call yourself a proficient physician.

June 28, 2010

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is an incredible organization that connects medical students across North America. My first experience with them was at their annual meeting, a national conference for medical and nursing students who are interested in reproductive health and justice. The meeting gave me the opportunity to see that while many students and members of the administration at my school were hostile or indifferent to the issues of reproductive health, MSFC was a large network of health professoinals and future-physicians who shared my views, my ideals, and my interests. I had been feeling rather alone in my interests at medical school, but then I met incredible doctors and students who made me see that my career dreams were possible. It was very empowering! Since then, I have attended many more meetings and utilized their Reproductive Health Externship program to find a clinic that would host me for a summer so I could fill in the reproductive gaps in my medical school education. It was an unbelievable experience, only possible through this unbelievable nonprofit!

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Through MSFC, I have been able to reach out to other students in my medical school and begin to talk to them about reproductive health issues. Until MSFC there had been no outlet for discussion about these topics in our curriculum!

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2010

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June 21, 2011

MSFC is a fantastic organization that connects medical students to important resources, inspiring faculty members, interesting research, and most significantly, to each other. Being a part of MSFC has been hugely important to me. It has allowed me to explore the topic of reproductive health and to connect with others who share similar interests. The connections I have formed with fellow MSFCers have been meaningful to me as a student, a future clinician, and a fellow advocate for reproductive rights.

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I have made important connections with other students and faculty members from alternative medical schools that facilitated my education.

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

Increase it's membership and have more formal events with Nursing Students for Choice.

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June 21, 2011

I'm a board member, but also a "constituent." That is to say, I am a pro-choice medical student. Medical Students for Choice has allowed me to learn far more about contraception and reproductive health care than the curriculum at my med school includes. As a result, and with the opportunities that I will have as an upperclassman through MSFC, I know I will be prepared to provide the most comprehensive and accurate care to my patients.

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Annual meetings and local events have really enriched my learning experience.

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

Only make it larger. More students at more schools need to be fully educated about family planning and reproductive health care.

July 2, 2010

Medical Students for Choice is the best organization I have ever worked with. The staff works tirelessly everyday to ensure the mission of the organization is fulfilled. There is no other organization like MSFC-working to protect reproductive choices of all women through creating more providers and changing school curriculum. I am honored to work with this group of amazing people.

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

watching friends and colleagues change career paths to protect a woman's right to choose.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 28, 2010

MSFC is a dynamic, unique organization operated on the grassroots level by dedicated medical students who understand that without providers, we have no choice. When I attended my first MSFC meeting, I knew that this group of people were the students I had been longing for since starting medical school. You cannot find a more compassionate, intelligent, interesting group of people.

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I am in medicine for social justice and MSFC has continually provided me the inspiration and tools I need to continue on my career path. My favorite MSFC t-shirt I like to wear captures exactly why I care about social justice, "If not you, then who".

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 13, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 13, 2010

MSFC is one of the most efficiently and effectively run nonprofits I have ever come across. Its mission is unique, and critical to the future of women's health. Its influence is far-reaching and money donated to MSFC is well utilized.

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

its support in educating my classmates about abortion and contraception, about which they were hungry to learn more.

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

Smart, dedicated, professional and friendly.

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

Radically change the face of medical education and, further on down the line, women's access to comprehensive health care.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 12, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 12, 2010

Medical Students for Choice is, to me, a model non-profit organization. It serves 10,000 medical students in the U.S. and Canada and medical students (the population it serves) run the Board of Directors and guide the strategic goals for the organization. The Executive Director, Lois Backus, is brilliant and talented yet always doggedly focused on the mission, core values and grassroots approach of the organization. The Board is committed, diverse and multilateral in its approach. The organization has made a huge difference in the lives and education of thousands of medical students and recent data suggests that it has increased the number of physicians providing essential reproductive health services to women.

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

I was a medical student in California and MSFC played an important role in my education, reminding me that there was a large group of physicians who were advocating for the rights and health of vulnerable women.

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

the profound dedication of the Board and staff and the awareness that we are making an important difference in medical education and ultimately the health of women.

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

immensely capable and dedicated.

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

expand globally and tackle unsafe abortion and maternal mortality worldwide.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Review from Guidestar
June 12, 2010

MSFC is one of the most well-organized, dynamic and socially responsible non-profits I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I have worked with many organizations within organized medicine, in addition to non-profits in the general sector. I think MSFC's leadership, structural organization and ability to define and accomplish its goals is unprecedented in the non-profit field. They are truly a star.

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Recruitment, donations, accomplishing mission statement, education.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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Review from Guidestar
June 12, 2010

I have been an active local officer for many student organizations such as The American Medical Student Association, Association of Advancement of Minorities in Medicine, and of course, Medical Students For Choice. I must say that the degree of communication between the national office and the local chapters of MSFC has been the most outstanding relationship I have ever experienced in any medical student organization. People are the national office have been extremely supportive and always there to help the local chapters' officers. I am proud to say our chapter has been an extremely active medical student organization at our university and this would never be possible without the help of our friends at the national office.

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

increasing number of new members every year and the effectiveness of our medical education in women's reproductive health and rights.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 11, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 11, 2010

Through MSFC, I have learned how to provide women with all of their reproductive health options. My medical school does not make this information readily available to students, and without MSFC, I would not have had access to it. With MSFC's help, our chapter was able to approach our school's administration and advocate for curriculum change that would accurately and more completely inform future physicians about contraception and family planning.

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

Being able to find support from other students and a capable professional staff so that I can speak up for reproductive choice at my medical school!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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