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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

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As a nursing student and a woman, I am very impressed by this group and their mission. A woman's right to choose is very important to me. I can't believe I didn't hear about them earlier!

Donor

Rating: 2

I really like the idea of what MSFC does, but they aren't meeting their overall goal--to increase the number of abortion providers in the U.S. The number of providers hasn't changed for the better in years. I gave MSFC the benefit of the doubt for years, waiting for those numbers to improve, but they just haven't. Maybe giving med students access to a support group and education isn't all the useful. I don't know what the answer is, but changes need to be made to programming that actually create more providers in the end.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Med Students for Choice has provided the meeting ground for like-minded students and physicians to connect on reproductive health issues. Reproductive health education is lacking in the current medical school curriculums. MS4C is my education. The fabulous speakers and hands-on workshops help strengthen my skills and knowledge of a critical field of health care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a medical student in a conservative area, at a school that is unsupportive of a woman's right to choose - however legal it may remain in the state - Medical Students for Choice has been a godsend. I have been fortunate enough to participate in the leadership of my school's branch for the past three years, and the skills and knowledge I have developed as a result of this organization are invaluable. I have also been fortunate enough to participate in MSFC's Reproductive Health Externship program, which enabled me to gain hands-on training in provision, training to which I would not otherwise have had access.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSFC is a wonderful organization that fills a much needed service for medical schools, providing education and information about the provision of abortion services, which would otherwise be left out of our curriculum. I have very much enjoyed working with MSFC and have so agreed to lead Brown's chapter, because I was so impressed with teh organizaiton and it's mission

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSFC is one of the best organisations in existance for medical students, and their reach goes beyond borders. I asked for, and received much help even while studying overseas. Thank you so much for being a supportive resource when so many others, including my own medical school, shy away.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Med Students for Choice is a fantastic organization! As a medical student in the south, they have helped me gain access to training and introduced me to inspiring people I otherwise wouldn't have had the opportunity to do. They have supported me and other members in our chapter in attending their National and Regional Conferences, and given us tremendous generosity, support, and encouragement in our chapter's programming. Through Med Students for Choice we have had the opportunity to access a community of providers that gives us the inspiration and confidence to continue to be advocates for choice and demand a quality reproductive health education.

Denise U.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

this organization is supportive of medical students, it informs them of anti-choice legislation, and helps fund student research projects in the pro-choice arena.

Nadya K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I think Medical Students for Choice is an important organization. It helps promote a positive environment for discussion of very sensitive topics related to women's health care, including abortion. Moreover, it helps medical students become educated in this matter so that in the future they are able to provide patient-centered care. MSFC is a response to an overwhelming number of anti-abortion propaganda organizations, and it helps the general public form their own educated opinions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am part of the executive board of Medical Students for Choice and have enjoyed every experience, thus far. I have had pleasant experiences with MSFC, as most of the organization's goals deal with education and outreach. We live in a technological area, where FOX news and other outlets make outrageous claims, which unfortunately are perceived as truth by many. Part of my experience has dealt with providing individuals with the right information and educating them about the true issues regarding a woman's reproductive rights.

MSFC supports the positive work done by many community non-for-profit agencies that unfortunately face enormous legislative challenges. I've done outreach on behalf of MSFC and these community organizations, and every single time people are very supportive of the work. Their positive attitude and encouragement let's me know that what the organization does is vital, and that we are moving in the right direction.

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in Medical Students for Choice for the last year and I think that it is a great organization that is filling a huge gap in medical education. Reproductive health is so mired in politics that medical students don't learn about abortion, contraception, and holistic healthcare for women in the classroom, and MSFC helps organize and fund opportunities for students to learn these things. I had the opportunity to attend the national conference last winter, and I learned so much and was so inspired that I hope to work in this field once I graduate.

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.

Benedict M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With their help and funding, I have been able to explore the career option of abortion care by spending a substantial amount of time shadowing an abortion provider.

This is beneficial because, for medical students considering career options, practical experience is crucial for decision-making. Even if I choose not to go into the field of abortion care, I will be better able to act as a pro-choice provider when it comes to understanding patient experiences and interpreting patients' medical histories.

In addition, while gaining experience shadowing an abortion provider, I have definitely felt the benefits of the workshop that MSFC has provided to my medical school regarding IUD (intra-uterine device) insertion, MVA (manual vacuum aspiration) technique, and pap smears.

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.

Kelly G.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

When I began MedSchool, I was afraid that all of my classmates would be from privileged backgrounds, and that I wouldn't be able to build a community around those issues that most mattered to me. As a queer woman of color, Women's health and reproductive rights are keystone issues that I hope to improve upon as a practicing physician. The first MSFC meeting at UC Davis (2010) opened with a picture of Dr. Tiller on the projector which started a crucial conversation on abortion provider attacks. In this way and many others, they have made incredible strides in re framing an emotionally charged and divisive issue into one of healthcare, access to quality care and patient rights.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without MSFC I would now remarkably little about family planning. This is due not only to the expansive educational opportunities afforded to me directly through the organization, but also thanks to the curriculum reform enacted at my medical school by MSFC members. Thanks to MSFC the world will have 1 more progressive, proactive physician who provides comprehensive family planning care.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSFC has been instrumental in helping me develop as a future physician. The opportunities to learn through the national office are hard to come by in medical school, and without it I would not know nearly as much about the state of reproductive healthcare. I can positively say that MSFC will benefit many of my patients down the line.

Jen P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a new physician entering the field of OB/GYN and MSFC played an integral role in my medical education. MSFC offered a safe and well-informed community in which to explore my interests in women's health and reproductive rights. They were endlessly supportive and knowledgeable when I arranged activities on my campus and funded and externship with a Family Planning service at another university which proved to be one of the greatest experiences I had during medical school. Thanks to MSFC I was well-prepared and confident in seeking out medical training program which would foster my dedication to women's reproductive rights and train me in ALL areas of women's health, including abortion.

Further more, having been involved with many non-profits and student organizations throughout my education I can honestly say that MSFC is the most well-run and effective groups I have ever worked with. They are highly responsive to members and have specific goals which they execute and fund amazingly. This group IS the catalyst for the revival of well-trained abortion providers in America.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thanks to the Medical Students for Choice chapter at my campus, and the annual meeting that I attended this year, I have gained a better understanding of how I will obtain the training I need to become an abortion provider.