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, …

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How to Apply


Thank you for your interest in the Training to Competence externship program! To help you get started we’ve outlined the application process below.

Step 1: Initiate the process with MSFC Headquarters by contacting us at [email protected] or calling 215-625-0800. Staff can help you select a host facility and/or will provide you with the contact information for potential host sites. Our Host Facility Map is also a great tool for identifying a site committed to hosting MSFC externs. You may partner with any clinic that can guarantee exposure to at least 50 abortion procedures during your experience.

Step 2:  Contact the desired host facility to inform them of your intent to set up an externship. You will work directly with the facility to finalize the dates of your externship

Step 3: Submit a completed Abortion Training Program Application (including all supporting documents) to MSFC Headquarters at least one month prior to the start date of the externship.

Application Materials for Residents:

Step 4: If accepted, you will receive an official acceptance letter, a link to our Pre-Abortion Training Survey, and any follow-up materials. You must complete the survey and return the financial documents before the start of your externship.

Upon acceptance into the program, your stipend will be disbursed as follows:

  • 50% at the mid-point of your externship.
  • 50% after completion of your externship, following your completion of the Post-Abortion Training Survey and submission of all relevant receipts to MSFC Headquarters.

Please click here to see our FAQ’s.

We are here to help—if you have more specific questions or if you need assistance in getting started, please call the Director of Training Programs at 215-625-0800 or email [email protected].