“But Georgetown is a Catholic school.”

by Allix Hillebrand, MS3 at Georgetown University School of Medicine If I had a dollar for each time someone said this to me, I would have enough money to pay for someone’s abortion. It is frequently followed by: “If you care so much about these issues, why didn’t you go to a different medical school?” …

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MSFC’s Abortion Training Institute FAQs


What is an Abortion Training Institute (ATI)?
Abortion Training Institutes (ATIs) provide medical students with a fully funded educational opportunity to learn about abortion from family planning experts. The ATI will prepare you for future training in abortion care in a small group environment. Priority will be given to those who plan to provide abortion care in their future practice.

When and where are the Abortion Training Institutes?
The ATI will be held in Philadelphia, PA from September 8-10th, 2017.

What is the schedule for the Abortion Training Institute?
The program begins Friday, September 8th at 6pm and concludes on Sunday September 10th.  at noon. Only students who are available from 6:00 PM Friday until 12:00 PM Sunday afternoon will be considered. In order to attend the program, you will most likely need to request Friday off for traveling to Philadelphia.

Who can apply to attend?
All current medical students are invited to apply.

Non-medical students may apply, but only medical students will receive funding to attend the ATI. In order to attend as a non-medical student, the attendee will be responsible for the conference registration fee, travel funds, and accommodations during the ATI.

How will participants be selected?
MSFC staff will select participants based on the strength of their applications and CVs.

What is included in MSFC’s funding?
MSFC will cover your conference registration fee, hotel room, the most cost-effective travel to and from the ATI, and meals during the program.

How will I schedule my travel?
You will work with an MSFC staff member to make sure your itinerary allows you to attend the full program, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Students will be responsible for purchasing their own flight. Flights must be purchased based on cost efficiency, not by timing or availability. Flights must be approved by MSFC before they are purchased. This is applicable for train tickets as well. You will need to submit your receipt(s) for reimbursement from MSFC after your travel has been purchased.

Do I need to book a hotel room?
No. MSFC will reserve hotel rooms for everyone attending the ATI after travel arrangements have been confirmed. You will be paired with a roommate for the duration of the program

How and by when do I apply?
The application period for the September ATI closes July 12th 2017. Please submit the application form to [email protected].

When will I hear if I’m selected to participate?
For the current application round, MSFC will notify you of your status by July 19, 2017.

Will there be other ATIs in 2017?
This is the last ATI for 2017. We will have more in 2018 and invite you to attend our Conference on Family Planning. Please check www.msfc.org for updates.

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