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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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Rebecca L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar