2017 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 the past 20 years and many have returned as teaching faculty for this extraordinary conference.

Registration for the 2017 Conference on Family Planning is now closed. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.


December 2-3, 2017
Philadelphia, PA

Registration Information:

Registration opens on Friday, September 1, 2017.

Registration Price:

  • MSFC Members, Health Professional Students, and Resident Physicians: $150*
  • All other: $300 (For registration contact [email protected])

*For students and training physicians registration is subsidized by MFSC’s donors.

The Registration Deadline is Thursday, October 26, 2017.

For more information, please contact the MSFC staff at 215-625-0800 or [email protected].

The 2017 conference preliminary program is now available:

The 2017 conference session schedule is yet to be determined. Below are the sessions and workshops descriptions.


Physicians’ Role in Advancing Reproductive Justice, by Dr. Jamila Burgess Perritt 

As a physician, abortion provider, and woman of color, Dr. Jamila Burgess Perritt will discuss the history and significance of the reproductive justice movement; how the medical profession has participated in and compounded the oppression and trauma of women of color; and how as medical students, we can incorporate a reproductive justice framework to advocate for our future patients.

First Trimester Abortion

Learn the techniques for first trimester surgical abortion, including anesthesia, surgical approach, and complications. Review regimens and best practices for medication abortion.

An Overview of Second Trimester Abortion: the Science and the Medicine

Understand the basics of second trimester abortion, including the discussion of available techniques and approaches, and minimizing risks and complications.

The Role of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Pregnancy Termination

Explore issues surrounding pregnancy termination for genetic or congenital abnormalities including: counseling; methods for second trimester abortion; how to help couples cope with their loss; and the role of the MFM specialist in late second trimester pregnancy terminations.

Abortion Techniques: A Hands-on Training

Get an introduction to the equipment and techniques used for Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA). Participants will work in small groups with physicians to learn these skills.

1 in 3: This Common Secret… How to Dispel Myths about Abortion

Let’s talk about the thing no one wants to talk about – the very much feared and terribly misunderstood A-Word – ABORTION! Learn to dispel common myths and misconceptions about abortion and talk about abortion with a breadth and depth that does justice to the complexities of real women’s lives.

Provider Panels

Join abortion providers for an interactive session as they share their stories, including why they chose to provide abortion as part of their practice, what they find rewarding about their work, and the challenges they face.

Abortion Care as Moral Work

Explore the history and trends of moral arguments supporting abortion care. Investigate differences between abortion law and policy regarding “selective reduction” in assisted reproductive technologies which create a moral gap between two procedures that both terminate fetal life, leaving abortion providers to unfairly bear the brunt of political outrage.

Clarifying Our Values around Patients who have more than One Abortion

Abortion is an extremely safe medical intervention and risks do not increase with multiple abortions. Despite this, there is still discomfort with patients who have more than one abortion. Examine why we may be uncomfortable or opposed to a patient accessing multiple abortions and learn strategies to maintain professionalism during these conversations with patients who have multiple abortions.

Reproductive Health and Family Planning for Transgender Individuals

Learn about the reproductive health and family planning needs for transgender patients and the barriers this population faces when trying to access care. This session will address how to provide family planning care in a sensitive manner and highlight steps we can take as providers to ensure transgender individuals feel comfortable as our patients.

The Best Birth Control: Fact, Fiction & Finding the Method that Fits Your Patients’ Needs

Learn everything you need to know to provide the best birth control to your patients. Attendees will become familiar with all of the evidence-based tools available for medical screening, initiation and use of contraceptive methods, as well as how to dispel common myths that often create unnecessary barriers to women receiving the best birth control.

Exploring Critical Contributions to Access beyond Provision

This panel of former Medical Students for Choice leaders will describe their practice and discuss the many ways, outside of abortion provision, that doctors can contribute to better reproductive health for their patients.

Participating in Abortion Services or Advocacy When Your Primary Employer Has Religious or Moral Objections

Clinicians who want to participate in abortion services or advocacy often face hurdles and discrimination in employment, including having their jobs threatened when they want to advocate publicly about abortion or moonlight as abortion providers. Discuss the types of discrimination and barriers physicians face when employers try to prohibit them from participating in abortion services or advocacy as well as how the public view this discrimination.

Fighting Back in the Courts and the Capitols: Litigation & Legislative Trends in the U.S. in 2017

Receive an overview of current legal cases pending across the country, and state and federal legislative battles that affect patients’ access to reproductive health care. Strategies for getting involved as physician-advocates will also be discussed.

Power of the White Coat: Physicians as Advocates

The current political climate demands now more than ever that student, resident, and physician voices are heard in local and national healthcare policy decision-making, particularly in the realm of reproductive health. Discover resources and strategies for training and participating in advocacy in your own community and throughout your career.

Words of Choice

Learn effective strategies for communicating your pro-choice beliefs without falling into the trap of no-win arguments. Build skills through role-playing to practice speaking calmly and with authority when faced with anti-abortion rhetoric.


  • Ryan Residency Training Program in Ob/Gyn
  • Fellowship in Family Planning
  • RHEDI Residency Programs/Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine
  • ACOG Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Program



MSFC is no longer accepting session proposals for the 2017 Conference on Family Planning. Please e-mail [email protected] with any questions.



MSFC is now accepting session proposals to be presented at our 2018 Conference on Family Planning. To submit a session proposal, please complete the 2018 Session Proposal form and email it along with a description of your proposed session to [email protected]. All proposals must be received by April 30, 2018.

For questions or more information, please e-mail [email protected]

Don’t miss your chance to exhibit in 2017 at the premier conference for students in the health professions interested in family planning.

We are looking for residency and fellowship programs and fellow pro-choice organizations 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 global reproductive health community.

For more information, please view our 2017 exhibitor application or e-mail [email protected]

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 300 students and residents interested in all aspects of women’s reproductive health.

When is it? December 2-3, 2017

Where is it? Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

How much does it cost?   $150.00 if registered by October 26, 2017. Late/on-site registration is $175 per person. 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 abortion and family planning – 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 public transit (SEPTA) or 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. E-mail [email protected].

Conference Start/End Times: The conference will start on Saturday, December 2nd at 7:30 AM (breakfast at 7:30 AM). The conference will end on Sunday, December 3rd 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 26, 2017 and are subject to a $25 processing fee. Please note that if you cancel your registration after October 26, 2017 we will NOT be able to refund your registration fees. No shows will NOT receive a refund of registration fees.