Time Magazine Article on MSFC
Check out this article from Time Magazine on Medical Students for Choice efforts to improve Medical School education on reproductive health options.
We are currently planning events for the 2001-2002 academic year.
History of MSFC
Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) was founded in 1993 by medical students concerned about the shortage of abortion providers, the lack of medical training in reproductive health care options, and escalating violence against abortion providers.
Today, MSFC represents over 7,000 medical students and residents in the U.S. and Canada. And now, there is a local group of medical students who can count themselves among those who have already spoken up on behalf of a woman's right to choose. We are excited about the opportunity to be a part of this student-led, grassroots organization.
Summary of Recent Events
Our first meeting was held on March 12, 2001. We were extremely pleased at the number of students that attended and the amount of interest they expressed in joining and supporting our organization. 80 students attended, with nearly half signing up to be members. The video, "When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories," was very well-received and was the stimulus for engaging conversations.
With the success of our first meeting, we are very excited about the future of MSFC at UASOM.
In April, Director of Planned Parenthood of Birmingham spoke about the services Planned Parenthood offers and opportunities for medical students to help them in their mission. Over 50 students attended and more than a dozen signed up to be Volunteer Escorts for Planned Parenthood.
Over the weekend of April 21-22, two UASOM students attended the MSFC national conference in Chicago, IL. They had the opportunity to attend many informative lectures and workshops. Through interactions with other student leaders from around the country, they gained valuable knowledge on how to continue the successes of MSFC at UASOM.
In May, Director of Prenatal Diagnostic Services at UAB, spoke about her specialty. She discussed the various diagnostic procedures employed and common conditions that are identified. Dr. Wenstrom stressed the importance of providing patients and their families with all the information possible so they can make an informed decision about their options when faced with a prenatal pathology.
In June, a Family Planning Fellow from Johns Hopkins spoke about
medical abortions. This included the usage of Methotrexate and Mifepristone.