2015 Conference on Family Planning

October 17 - 18, 2015 | Philadelphia, PA

“I really loved the energy at the conference—I was endlessly inspired by the speakers, the workshop experts, and by other students.”
- CoFP 2014 attendee

“Each year I learn something new about myself, abortion provision, access, and all aspects of reproductive justice.”
- CoFP 2014 attendee

“This conference always fans the flame of my passion for reproductive health and abortion provision.”
- CoFP 2014 attendee

“Though I’ve met many abortion providers, the physicians who came to speak with us were inspiring beyond anyone else I’d met."
- CoFP 2014 attendee

MSFC’s 2015 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. Join us in 2015 as we move forward and make history!

The event is closed.


Registration opens on Friday, August 7, 2015.

Students, Residents and Pro-Choice Colleagues$150
Late Registration$175

The Registration Deadline is Friday, September 25, 2015.
After October 2, 2015, only on-site registrations will be accepted. If you are planning to register on-site, please email meetings@msfc.org.


Bring a group of students and take advantage of our Student Group Registration Special!

Register 5 students at $150, and the 6th registration is only $75. All 6 registrations need to be sent in together. For more information, please email meetings@msfc.org.



For more information, please contact the MSFC staff at 215-625-0800 or email meetings@msfc.org.

Please click here for MSFC’s Conference on Family Planning Preliminary Program

Saturday, October 17, 2015

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM                KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Why the Fight for Reproductive Choice Matters
Ann Furedi, a major voice for reproductive rights in the UK and throughout Europe, has led pro-choice organizations for more than 20 years. This year she joins with Medical Students for Choice to kick-off the Conference on Family Planning with a very special call to action.

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM              CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Exploring How Images of Abortion Provision Impact Our Care
An abortion provider and a professor of film present this workshop to allow participants to discuss how the portrayal of abortion and abortion provision in film impacts our own perceptions of our work and the care that we provide to our patients.

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 the state legislative battles that affect women’s access to reproductive healthcare. These cases include restrictions on medication abortion, bans on abortions after 20 weeks, parental involvement laws and laws requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges. These and other targeted regulations of abortion providers will be discussed.

First Trimester Abortion
This session will review the techniques of first trimester abortion including medication use and surgical methods. Attendees will learn about the epidemiology of abortion, medication abortion regimens as well as surgical abortion techniques, and the eligibility requirements for and contraindications to the various methods. Finally, there will be a discussion about clinical and practical issues related to first trimester abortion.

Anti-Abortion Terrorism: Targeted Harassment of Abortion Providers
David Cohen, a professor of law at Drexel University, and Krysten Connon, a private practice attorney, will present their research on harassment of providers from their new book “Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism.”

Hands-on Training*
This session will give students an introduction to the equipment and techniques of both IUD insertion and Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA). Attendees will work in small groups with physicians to learn these skills.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM              LUNCHEON & AWARDS

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM                CONCURRENT SESSIONS

The State of the State: How State Laws Affect Patient Access and Resident Training
Residents from four very different practice environments will discuss current abortion laws in their states and address topics such as gestational age restrictions, ultrasound and TRAP laws, parental notice/consent laws and Medicaid reimbursement. They will also discuss how these laws impact access to care for patients and the implications of these laws upon resident training.

Patient Counseling*
With a focus on counseling for unintended pregnancies, this session offers the practical skills you need to counsel your patients. Attendees will learn how to communicate effectively with patients and navigate the complex issues surrounding reproductive health counseling.

Second Trimester Abortion
This session will review the evidence surrounding the policy, provision and techniques of second trimester abortion.

When Bad Cases Happen to Good Providers: Learning from Adverse Events
Although extremely safe, adverse outcomes may occur with abortions. This presentation will focus on cases from the United States and overseas to discuss how providers, health systems and communities can contribute to a culture of learning and safety in order to provide the best possible care to their patients.

Hands-on Training*
This session will give students an introduction to the equipment and techniques of both IUD insertion and Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA). Attendees will work in small groups with physicians to learn these skills.


Join abortion providers as they share their stories in an informal dialogue. Hear 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.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM              NETWORKING RECEPTION

Sunday, October 18, 2015

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM             PLENARY

Examining Fetal Pain
Stuart Derbyshire, PhD will discuss the science, various arguments and viewpoints toward fetal pain. He will emphasize the importance of examining these issues in light of the anti-choice focus on fetal pain.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM         CONCURRENT SESSIONS

A Matter of Choice with Contraception: Improving Compliance
This session will review the various forms of contraception that are available including common myths about contraceptives. Attendees will become familiar with how to work with patients to select the best contraceptive options, focusing on improving compliance.

Transgender Issues in Reproductive Healthcare
A panel of experts will discuss the reproductive health issues often faced by transgender patients. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the special health issues faced by this population and discuss practice approaches for providing better care to their transgender patients.

Refusal Clauses: Bogus Arguments and Bad Medicine, and Their Impact on Reproductive Healthcare
This panel on real religious liberty will examine the spurious arguments that use religion to restrict access to needed healthcare.

Walk in My Shoes: Women’s Stories Guide Our Path and Policy
The presenter will introduce real women’s stories in this dynamic team building workshop. She will focus on ways to navigate healthcare challenges, increase knowledge to access reproductive healthcare, and develop strategies to counter barriers and challenges that women face.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM         CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Physicians as Partners in Advocacy: Promoting Dignity across the Pregnancy Spectrum
This panel of experts will explore real stories of people that have faced punitive responses to their pregnancy outcomes even though abortion remains legal. This session will explore how providers committed to reproductive choice can create a practice respectful of rights and dignity across the pregnancy spectrum.

Introduction and Overview of Products of Conception in the First Trimester
This session will include an overview of products of conception at various stages in the first trimester. This is an image-based session recommended for students wishing to get early exposure in this integral part of abortion provision.

Women Seeking Multiple Abortions: Provider Perspectives
This session will use a case-based format to give participants the opportunity to think through why we may be uncomfortable with or even opposed to a patient having multiple abortions. The session will also explore strategies to maintain professionalism during these conversations with patients.

What’s Faith Got to Do With It? The Spiritual Well-Being of Providers and Patients
Join several faith leaders in exploring the often overlooked importance of the spiritual well-being of both providers and patients. The panel will focus on the effects of religiosity on the lives of medical providers and demonstrate strategies for how to better address the spiritual needs of providers and patients.


Thank you for submitting your workshop proposals. At this time we are no longer accepting proposals for the 2015 conference.

2014 was one of our most successful years for exhibitors. Don’t miss your chance to exhibit in 2015 at the premier conference for students in the health professions interested in family planning.

We are looking for residency and fellowship programs and pro-choice colleagues to exhibit and interact with medical students during the weekend conference. This is an amazing opportunity to network with student, residents, physicians and colleagues from the US, Canada and global reproductive health communities. Don’t miss this opportunity to reach out to MSFC’s global membership!

For details and to apply, please see our 2015 Exhibit Application. Applications are due by September 4, 2015.

For more information, please email: 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? October 17th & 18th, 2015

Where is it? Philadelphia, PA

How much does it cost?   $150.00 if registered by September 25, 2016.     Late/on-site registration is $175 per person. After October 2, 2015, only on-site registrations will be accepted. If you are planning to register on-site, please email meetings@msfc.org.

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 Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The hotel is easily accessible from the airport by SEPTA and Super Shuttle.

Accommodations: MSFC has reserved a room block with a rate of $160 per night plus applicable taxes.  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, October 17th at 9:00 AM (breakfast at 7:30 AM). The conference will end on Sunday, October 18th 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 September 25, 2015 and are subject to a $25 processing fee. Please note that if you cancel your registration after September 25, 2015 we will NOT be able to refund your registration fees. No shows will NOT receive a refund of registration fees.