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Medical Students for Choice

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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

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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

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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MS4C has provided me with a community of other med students passionate about the same things I am: safe options for women, eduction and connecting with other students. Our MS4C chapter was really active this past year and hosted a number of interesting panels, including one on Clergy's viewpoints about choice. It turned out really well.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my medical school, and in much of the US, MS4C serves a critical role in the education of medical students, providing essential information and experience in women's health that students wouldn't otherwise receive. The simple and well-organized structure of the organization, run primarily by passionate and dedicated medical students, makes it the most effective organization I've worked with. MS4C has shaped my medical school experience, and given me the necessary tools to advocate for women's health.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MS4C has shaped my career choices and empowered me to be a women's health advocate. It gave me a venue to learn more about abortion care, stigmatization and legislation. The organization also inspired, motivated and connected me with important mentors and like-minded individuals from across the country. It is well organized and run by passionate individuals with an emphasis on grass roots change.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSFC is an incredible, dynamic organization made up of medical students and professionals changing the way students are taught about abortion and reproductive healthcare. In the face of the "graying" of America's abortion providers and the threat of this choice, MSFC works to ensure women of the future have a doctor they can turn to who will provide them with the care they need in a difficult time in their lives.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Medical Student for Choice is the only organization that aims to educate medical students about reproductive rights and give future physicians the tools they need to help their patients. Too many medical schools lack sufficient training about abortion services, contraceptive methods, pregnancy counseling, and issues related to reproductive rights and access. MSFC fill this void by organizing clinical trainings, hosts panels of experts, encourage local school chapters to raise awareness among their students, and so much more. Because reproductive health is an often-avoided issue, fewer and fewer physicians are providing these necessary medical services. MSFC's work is important to ensure our daughters receive complete healthcare in the future.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Medical Students for Choice has given me direction in my personal mission to promote and protect the health and well being of every girl and woman I meet in a clinical setting. The national office and regional coordinators really work hard to keep MSFC members involved, so that we can in turn help educate our fellow peers at our medical schools.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Medical Students for Choice has played a major role in shaping not only my medical education but me as a person. Through workshops and educational experiences I have learned what I want to do with my life and what kind of physician I hope to become. MSFC has shaped my education by encouraging me to provide reproductive services for women and allowing me to impact my fellow medical students to become educated compationate physicians.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSFC is supportive of our medical education. It is important that future physicians learn about the choices available to their patients, including their choices in pregnancy termination or continuity. MSFC hosted a very informative and interesting conference that I attended through my school's chapter. It was well organized. We came back with information and ideas, excited to implement them in our medical education and in our programing as an organization. MSFC's support of our chapter helps us to bring this excitement and knowledge of choice to our fellow classmates.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ms4c has been the most supportive, awesome and inspiration group I've gotten involved with since starting medical school. This is such an important cause that is often not acknowledged in our curriculums, so they have a super important role

Review from Guidestar