Abortion: When Politics Meets Practice
By Alana Cartens For most of my life I have danced around the sidelines of the reproductive justice movement, always supporting, but more actively involved in work around racial justice and international human rights. Attending the Medical Students for Choice Conference on Family Planning last December shifted my focus to see how, in many ways, …
At Medical Students for Choice, we believe that medical students should have clinical exposure to abortion care.
MSFC has two programs to support medical students’ efforts to receive this exposure.
- MSFC’s Reproductive Health Externship Funding Program (RHE) provides medical students with financial support for receiving clinical exposure to abortion care outside of their institution’s standard curriculum. Externs should spend at least 2 weeks in a clinic or clinics of their choice. Accepted applicants qualify for a stipend to offset the costs associated with participating in the externship.
- MSFC’s Clinical Abortion Observation is an opportunity for medical students to spend anywhere from 3 days up to 2 weeks in a clinical setting receiving exposure to abortion care. Financial assistance is also available for this opportunity.
|Training Program||Length||Stipend guaranteed?||Letter of good standing?||Exposure to at least 50 abortion procedures||Budget Form||Pre & Post-Abortion Training Surveys|
|RHE Funding Program||At least 2 weeks||Yes||Required||Required||Required||Required|
|Clinical Abortion Observation||Up to 2 weeks||Some available||Required||Not required||Not required||Required|
In addition to these two clinic-based programs, MSFC’s Abortion Training Institute is an application-based, intensive two-day educational opportunity for medical students to learn about abortion from family planning experts in a small-group conference setting. Accepted applicants will receive full funding to attend.
All medical students who are currently enrolled and in good standing at a medical school are encouraged to apply for the Reproductive Health Externship Funding Program or the Clinical Abortion Observation.
To learn more about the application process and to apply for either Training Program, please visit our “How to Apply” page. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Director of Training Programs by phone at (215) 625-0800 or by email at [email protected].