Advocacy Training and Medical Education: The CoFP
By Armide Storey, M2, Boston University School of Medicine As a medical student, it is easy to get bogged down in the every day. And it is easy, sometimes, to forget why I chose to become a doctor. For this I am most thankful for MSFC and the Conference on Family Planning. To be surrounded by peers who …
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. We work 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.
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.