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 …
MSFC’s structure empowers student voices and ensures that medical students are the key decision-makers at every level of the organization. The organization’s success depends on the active, driven leadership of medical students on campus and in the community.
Our structure is designed to ensure that all of our stakeholders are informed and engaged with each other. The Board of Directors is always comprised of a majority of medical student activists to ensure that students are the decision-makers of the organization. The Board creates a broad strategic vision for the organization.
The grassroots, our students on the campuses, are our on-the-ground activists. Led by our Student Leaders, they provide the education and momentum for change at the local level. They move the organization forward and help achieve MSFC’s strategic vision.
The staff works with Student Leaders to help them move forward by implementing programming, managing resources, and providing expertise. Experienced grassroots activists, work as staff extenders to further the reach of MSFC HQ to better support our student chapters. The staff routinely collect data from MSFC chapters to gauge MSFC’s health and learn about new challenges. This data is then presented to the Board of Directors who uses this information to ensure the strategic vision is being carried out and is still appropriate for the changing grassroots environment.