Fighting To Make New York a Safe Place for Abortion

By Rachel Weinstock, MS2 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine Under a siege of anti-choice rhetoric at the national level, New York has felt like a ‘safe place.’ Abortion was legalized here in 1970 before Roe V. Wade, a provider assured me during my medical school interview. Hearing this, and knowing of New York’s historically …

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Board of Directors


About the Board

General Board Role & Responsibilities: The MSFC Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the organization’s financial health and establishing the organization’s long-term strategic plan. Participation on MSFC’s board offers individuals a great opportunity for professional development and leadership experience.  While we recognize that many of our board members and applicants have served as Student Leaders at their local chapters, the role of a board member is distinct and different from that of a Student Leader.

The board meets in person at three weekend meetings each year at different locations across the United States; transportation and hotel costs are covered. One of the three meetings is held in conjunction with the annual Conference on Family Planning. Board members are expected to attend every meeting and maintain committee duties between meetings through e-mail and conference calls. Board members are also required to contribute to MSFC’s fundraising efforts through donor solicitation and a meaningful personal donation.

General Board Eligibility: The MSFC Board of Directors welcomes applications from medical students and any other community members, including international applicants, who are passionate about creating tomorrow’s abortion providers and pro-choice physicians.

Interested medical students: Applications are currently being accepted for interested US and Canadian medical students for both at-large membership and the position of president-elect*. Please complete this online application by January 14, 2019.

*Applicants for President-elect position will be asked to complete the following questions:

  1. Please tell us why you would like to lead the MSFC Board of Directors.
  2. Please reflect on your own style of leadership, and consider what strengths you bring to the position. What do you see as potential barriers to success? Additionally, please explain your own perspective on social justice leadership, and elaborate on what ‘successful leadership’ means to you.
  3. Effective teams are composed of individuals with varying perspectives, strengths, and styles of leadership. What aspects of others’ leadership styles bother you the most? Please elaborate on how you approach a colleague about discrepancies and disagreements that arise, and how do you work to resolve these conflicts.
  4. The president-elect and president work very closely with the organization’s executive director. Please elaborate on what you believe the role of board leadership would be in this working relationship. In doing so, reflect on what expectations the staff may have of board leadership.
  5. A major responsibility of the board as a whole is organizational governance. We understand that the concept of governance may be foreign to many medical students. Please reflect on what you understand ‘governance’ to mean for non-profits, and what factors contribute to effective board governance.

These questions are available at the end of the general board application. We recommend preparing your answers to these questions before accessing the online survey.

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

Interested professionals and community members: Application to the Board is by invitation only. Please contact [email protected] for more information about how to join the Board.

For more information about MSFC’s Board of Directors please review these Frequently Asked Questions or email [email protected]

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Abigail C. Davies, President
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Erin Nacev, President-Elect
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Caroline Vu, DO, Past-President
University of Colorado Hospital

Deborah Bartz, MD, MPH, Secretary
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Jennifer Levine-Fried, CPA, Treasurer
National Network of Abortion Funds

Mikaela A. Kelly
Charles R. Drew University/David Geffen School of Medicine

Julia Dexter
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Farah Diaz-Tello, Esq.
Self-Induced Abortion Legal Team

Katie Hansen
Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin

Alexa Henderson
Ohio State University College of Medicine

Sabrina Holmquist, MD, MPH
University of Chicago, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kira Neel
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Parvaneh Nouri
Boonshoft School of Medicine of Wright State University

Paul Oliveira Silva
Ford Foundation

Armide Storey
Boston University School of Medicine