Extern Experience: Many Options for Providing Choice
By: Taylor Stanton Since I only discovered MSFC after my first year of medical school, I thought I had already missed my chance at taking part in the Reproductive Health Externship (RHE). It was at the annual conference on family planning that two important things changed: a fellow student suggested doing the RHE during my …
As an internationally known non-profit with a successful track record for change, Medical Students for Choice® (MSFC) stands up in the face of violent opposition. For 20 years, we have worked to destigmatize abortion provision among medical students and residents, and to persuade medical schools and residency programs to include abortion as a part of the reproductive health services curriculum.
Medical Students for Choice, along with our network of over 10,000 medical students and residents, is dedicated to ensuring that women receive the full range of reproductive healthcare choices. Today one of the greatest obstacles to safe and legal abortion around the world is the absence of trained providers. Medical schools are simply not addressing the topic; most physicians graduate with little more than circumstantial knowledge of abortion.
As medical students and residents, we work to make reproductive health care, including abortion, a part of standard medical education and residency training.
More specifically, these are our strategic goals
- Support medical student advocacy and programming
- Improve reproductive health curricula
- Increase abortion training opportunities
- Promote the importance of MSFC’s work broadly
Physicians have power, status, and prestige in nearly every culture and MSFC seeks to leverage that power in ways that promote our vision of reproductive health, justice, and rights around the world.