2014 Conference on Family Planning

November 8 and 9, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

“It was great to be in a pro-choice environment and to meet other students who care about supporting patients and their reproductive choices.” CoFP 2013 attendee

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Medical Students for Choice’s 2014 Conference on Family Planning Educating Beyond the Classroom November, 2014 Atlanta, GA

“The message of this conference was incredibly positive and encouraging. I feel that my excitement and pride in being a future abortion provider has been renewed.” CoFP 2013 attendee

“I am leaving the CoFP feeling empowered, inspired and motivated, and I’m bringing home a lot of information with me.” CoFP 2013 attendee

“I loved the wonderful presenters for each sessions. They were all informative, professional and approachable.” CoFP 2013 attendee

MSFC’s 2014 Conference on Family Planning

MSFC’s Conference on Family Planning is renowned for providing medical students and students of other health professions the abortion and family planning education they will not receive during their formal schooling. From hands-on opportunities to learn techniques to thoughtful explorations of personal issues related to providing abortion, MSFC’s Conference on Family Planning provides a safe environment for learning and networking with fellow students and mentors.

More than 5,000 students have attended this conference over these past 20 years and many have returned as teaching faculty for this extraordinary conference. During our special 20th anniversary conference in 2013, we celebrated the accomplishments and contributions of many of these former MSFC members. Join us as we move forward and make history!

The event is closed.

Registration Opens August 22, 2014


Students/Residents- $125.00

Pro-Choice Colleagues- $125.00

*To register as a pro-choice colleague, please email meetings@msfc.org.

Late/On-site Registration- $150.00

*After October 24, 2014, only on-site registration will be accepted. If you plan on registering on-site, please call 215-625-0800 or email meetings@msfc.org.

Registration deadline is October 10, 2014



Student Group Registration Special


Register 5 Students at $125.00 and the 6th registration fee is $60.00

 *In order to receive this special, please email meetings@msfc.org.

*For general questions or help with the registration process, please contact the MSFC staff at 215-625-0800 or email meetings@msfc.org.


7:30 am- 5:00 pm Exhibits Open

7:30 am- 9:00 am Networking Breakfast

9:00 am- 10:15 am Keynote Address

Current and Future Challenges in Global Reproductive Health
Jon O’Brien- President, Catholics for Choice

Medical students are on the front lines of protecting the future of reproductive healthcare access and conscience rights for medical professionals and the patients they care for. Both as students and future healthcare professionals, med students are the future leaders in the fight to keep reproductive healthcare safe, legal and accessible to all. Catholics for Choice President Jon O’Brien will discuss some of the challenges to choice in the recent past and how critical it is for providers, advocates and policymakers to work together to fight against those who would limit healthcare access and use religion to discriminate against women and the providers that care for them.

10:30 am- 11:45 am       Concurrent Sessions

Abortion in the First Trimester
In the US, 88% of abortions occur in the first 12 weeks. In this session we’ll go over techniques for first trimester abortion, including anesthesia, surgical approach and complications. We’ll also review regiments and best practices for medication abortion.

Digital Tools – Hands-on Education/Manual Vacuum Aspiration – Hands-on Training*
This session will teach attendees how to use digital tools found on Innovating-Education.org and Bedsider.org, to conduct hands-on training on topics such as contraceptive knowledge and first-trimester uterine aspiration. This sessions will also provide a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) hands-on learning opportunity using papayas a uterine model

Non-judgmental Contraceptive Counseling at the Time of An Abortion
In this session the presenters will discuss the importance of contraceptive counseling as part of abortion care. Because the timing of this counseling overlaps with the actual abortion visit, it is imperative for providers to be able to do so using non-judgmental, patient-centered language that avoids stereotypes, blame or coercion. Participants will think through what contraceptive counseling at the time of an abortion appointment looks like and practice having these non-judgmental and informative conversations.

The State of the State: How State Laws Affect Patient Access and Resident Training
This panel of residents from four states with varying practice environments will highlight the abortion laws within their state. They will discuss the implications of laws like gestational age restrictions, ultrasound and TRAP laws, parental consent and Medicaid reimbursements. The residents will consider the implications of these laws upon medical training. They will also address questions on residency applications and interviewing for the pro-choice candidate.

Promoting High Quality Abortion Care in Global Health: Inspiring Stories from around the World
Join us for an interactive session on how Ipas, a global nonprofit supporting access to safe and respectful comprehensive abortion care, works to improve clinical quality in training and service delivery in low-resource settings. This session will present how Ipas seeks to improve women’s lives through disseminating the latest clinical evidence on abortion and contraception to providers we train. Participants will review case studies from the field in small groups to gain a deeper understanding of efforts to promote high quality abortion care globally.

12:0 pm- 1:30 pm            Luncheon & Plenary Address
                                              Presentation of the Faculty Mentor Award

1:45 pm- 3:00 pm            Concurrent Sessions

Digital Tools – Hands-on Education/Manual Vacuum Aspiration – Hands-on Training*
This session will teach attendees how to use digital tools found on Innovating-Education.org and Bedsider.org, to conduct hands-on training on topics such as contraceptive knowledge and first-trimester uterine aspiration. This sessions will also provide a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) hands-on learning opportunity using papayas a uterine model.

Introduction and Overview of Products of Conception in the 1st Trimester
The goal of this session is to introduce students to the importance and fundamentals of post-procedure tissue examination. This will include an overview of products of conception at various stages in the first trimester. This is an image-based session, and it is recommended for those students wishing to get early exposure to tissue examination with plans for future participation in this integral part of abortion provision.

Law, Access and Stigma: A Review of Global Practices and Policies
This session will explore political, social and legal factors that impact abortion safety. We will review several different regions of the world and how the ever changing abortion climate impacts abortion safety.

Introduction to Evidence-Based Contraception
We will discuss methods to prevent unplanned pregnancy, with an emphasis on modern, highly effective, long-acting methods. We will cover common myths, patient counseling, and method selection.

The Science and Politics of Fetal Pain
In this session the presenter will examine the debate around whether a fetus can feel pain. With specific regard to the biological structures that are necessary for pain, the presenter will analyze the notion that pain also requires psychological development. While many US states have introduced legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks to prevent fetal pain, this session explores the idea that regardless of the arguments and possible fetal experience, fetal pain is a poor basis for either clinical or legal decisions.

3:30 pm- 4:45 pm            MSFC’s most popular sessions: Provider Panels

Join abortion providers as they share their stories in an informal dialogue. Here why they choose to provide abortion as part of their practice/specialty; where they practice; what is meaningful/rewarding to them about their work; what is challenging about their work; and if they have been harassed or targeted by anti-choice groups/individuals and how they deal with it.


8:00 am- 9:00 am             Networking Breakfast

9:00 am- 10:15 am          Concurrent Sessions

An Overview of Second Trimester Abortion
This session will review the basics of second trimester abortion. This includes pre-procedure screening/counseling, discussion of available techniques and approaches, and minimizing risks and complications.

From the Clinic to the Capitol: Advocacy Skills for Medical Students
In this session, attendees will receive an introduction to a new resource, a toolkit entitled From the Clinic to the Capital: Advocacy Skills for Independent Abortion Providers, created by the Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Institute for Reproductive Health. Speakers from CRR and NIRH will present an introduction to some of the basic advocacy tools and skills found in the toolkit, along with tips on some of the methods of advocacy, including coalition work, legislator visits, and working with the media.

Termination of Pregnancy for Genetic Abnormalities
This session will address issues for couples who choose to terminate their pregnancy due to genetic or congenital abnormalities. The presenters will address counseling issues for these couples as well as the risks, benefits, advantages and disadvantages to the various methods of second trimester abortion. They will address how to help couples create pregnancy memories and how to help them cope with their loss. This discussion will also include psychosocial aspects of second trimester pregnancy termination with emphasis on the emotional impact on providers and staff.

Putting Abortion into Women’s Hands- Self-induction in the USA
As state restrictions close abortion facilities around the country, the reality that women can obtain abortifacients on their own is getting more attention. Do we frame this phenomenon as harm reduction, as needed de-medicalization of medication abortion services, and/or as a human right? This session will explore the risks and benefits of supporting women to take abortion into their own hands.

Rights and Responsibilities Across the Reproductive Spectrum
In this session students will learn about ethical and legal concepts such as informed consent; discuss the differences between provider and patient rights and responsibilities; identify how fetal personhood impacts the rights of pregnant people and families and explore the role of child protective services and their impact on clinical care. Lastly, the panel will make connections to international human rights and discuss recent developments in European reproductive case law.

10:30 am- 11:45 am    Concurrent Sessions

Adolescent Sexual Health, Contraception and Abortion
In this session students will learn how to create a teen friendly clinical setting and develop an understanding for the challenges teens face around decision making and access to abortion. Participants will identify ways to communicate to adolescents in a reproductive health setting while gaining context into the challenges that may dictate their contraceptive choices.

Fighting Back in the Courts and State Capitols: Litigation and Legislative Trends in the US
In this session, students will receive an overview of the current legal cases pending across the country and state legislative battles that affect women’s access to reproductive healthcare. Topics will include restrictions on medication abortion, bans on abortions after 20 weeks, laws requiring doctors that perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges, and other targeted regulations of abortion providers.

Religious Women Have Abortions
The majority of women who have abortions self-identify as religious. Many of them express conflict between their religious beliefs and their abortion decision. This presentation will give medical students, regardless of their own religious beliefs, confidence to respond in ways that are caring, helpful, and culturally appropriate. They will also receive field-tested video and printed resources to use with women in a medical setting.

Simulation Practice for Clinical Emergencies: Controlling Post-Abortion Bleeding
During this hands-on workshop, students will use simulation to practice diagnosing and treating women with the most common complications of abortion procedures, including vaginal bleeding and syncope.

The Role of Family Planning and Abortion in Improving Food Security and Slowing Climate Change
This session describes the long-term environmental and population trends that are undermining world food availability and driving climate change. If current trends continue, Africa, alone could double in size from 1.2 billion to 2.4 billion by 2050. Slowing population growth through voluntary family planning and safe abortion will address climate change and hunger by decreasing the need to intensify agriculture for a growing world population and decrease the competition for land, water, and food that increases the potential for conflict, social unrest, and failed states.

12:00 pm- 1:30 pm       Luncheon, Plenary Address, President’s Address

Presentation of the MSFC Alumni Awards
A Personal Message from a Courageous Provider


Thank you to all of those who submitted a workshop proposal, we are no longer accepting proposals for the 2014 Conference on Family Planning.

For more information on how to submit a proposal for next year’s conference, please contact meetings@msfc.org.

Don’t miss your chance to exhibit at the premier conference for students in the health professions interested in family planning.

This is an amazing opportunity to network with student, residents, physicians and colleagues from the US, Canada and global reproductive health communities.

We are expecting around 400 students from our US, Canada and international chapters.

Don’t miss this opportunity to reach out to MSFC’s global membership!

2014 Exhibit and Advertisement Application

Please submit your application by September 26, 2014.

Can’t attend the meeting, but want to be a part of MSFC history?

We are now selling ad space within MSFC’s 20th Anniversary and the 2014 Conference on Family Planning Programs.

Full Page Ad $2,000

1/2 Page Ad $1,000

1/4 Page Ad $500

* all advertisements are in full color

For more information, please e-mail meetings@msfc.org.

The Medical Students for Choice Conference on Family Planning is the premier conference for medical students interested in reproductive health and family planning!
We bring in expert faculty from around the world to cover a wide range of reproductive health topics. More often than not, these workshops and seminars cover subject matter excluded from the standard medical school curriculum. Lectures and interactive workshops incorporate:
*abortion and family planning
*hands-on training in reproductive health skills
*international family planning
*advocacy and activism

Who should attend? Any medical student, health professional student, or resident interested in women’s health. You will join over 400 students and residents interested in all aspects of women’s reproductive health.
When is it? November 8-9, 2014

Where is it? Atlanta, GA

How much does it cost?

$125.00 if registered before October 10, 2014

$150.00 if registered after October 10, 2014

The registration fee includes breakfast and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday, in addition to unbeatable educational content. MSFC heavily subsidizes the cost of this conference to bring you this experience for the lowest possible price.

Why should I attend? Expert faculty, high-quality education, hands-on training opportunities, the chance to be around hundreds of students and residents who are passionate about women’s health – the list goes on and on. If you are at all interested in reproductive health, you won’t want to miss the Conference on Family Planning.

Travel: Attendees should plan to fly into Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The hotel is easily accessible from the airport by MARTA (Approx. $2.50 each way)

Accommodations: MSFC has reserved a room block with a rate of $129 ($149.64 with taxes) per night. Rooms can sleep up to 4 adults. For security purposes, the location of the hotel will not be released until you have registered and been approved as an attendee. (If needed we can help pair you with a roommate to save on hotel costs.)

Conference Start/End Times:

The conference will start on Saturday, November 8th at 9:00 AM (breakfast at 7:30 AM).

The conference will end on Sunday, November 9th at 2:00 PM.

Dress Code: There is no dress code, but most students will dress in casual or business casual attire.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing on or before October 17, 2014 and are subject to a $25 processing fee. Please note that if you cancel your registration after October 17, 2014 we will NOT be able to refund your registration fees. No shows will NOT receive a refund of registration fees.