Fighting Abortion Restrictions in a Hostile State: My Experience Testifying at the Texas Legislature
by Katie Hansen MS1 at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin The 2017 legislative session in Texas has been a disheartening one for women and the pro-choice movement. State lawmakers have already proposed 17 bills that would make it more difficult for women to access abortion. On February 15th, I testified at …
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].