• 2024 Conference on Family Planning
  • Bridging Divides, Sparking Connections: The Power of Community
  • Denver, Colorado | December 7 – 8 , 2024
  • Registration opens on August 26, 2024
  • Register Now

MSFC welcomes our members, alumni, and colleagues to join us as we meet in person to engage with the pro-choice community and spark new connections to bridge divides in reproductive health, equity, and justice through medical student education, training, and advocacy.

Why should I Attend?

  • Hear from our keynote speaker – Sarah Warbelow, Vice President of Legal, Human Rights Campaign
  • Network with expert faculty and receive high-quality, evidence-based clinical education not typically offered in medical school curricula
  • Enhance your technical skills through interactive hands-on training simulations for Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and Intra-uterine Device (IUD) Placement
  • Share ideas and success stories as you engage with medical students from MSFC chapters in the US and globally
  • Connect with current abortion providers, residency programs, and pro-choice organizations at our speaker panels and exhibit booths
  • Join us for student poster presentations showcasing MSFC member and alumni research in contraception, abortion care and family planning.

Keynote Speaker

Sarah Warbelow, Vice President of Legal, Human Rights Campaign

Sarah Warbelow is the Vice President of Legal for the Human Rights Campaign leading HRC’s team of lawyers and fellows focused on federal, state, and municipal policy, domestic and international impact litigation, and amicus curiae advocacy. Warbelow is also an affiliated professor at George Washington University and George Mason Law School, teaching courses on civil rights law and public policy.

Keynote Address: Dobbs’ Spreading Tentacles: The Impact on the LGBTQ+ Community

The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health predictably led to ramifications far beyond abortion care. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people make up a population particularly vulnerable to court interpretations of the Dobbs precedent. This keynote will provide an overview of the red flags raised in the decision with respect to LGBTQ people and explore the recent legal and cultural landscape applying Dobbs to gender-affirming care and family planning.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

  • Medicines360
  • Boulder Abortion Clinic
  • Ryan Residency Training Program
  • Evofem Biosciences

Registration Price

  • US Medical Students and Residents: $200 USD 
  • International Medical Students and Residents: $150 USD 
  • MSFC Alumni and Other Guests: $250 USD

Registration opens on August 26, 2024

*No late or on-site registration will be available

Conference Program

All times listed in Mountain Time Zone (MST)

7:30 – 8:30 am

Breakfast and Networking

8:30 – 9:45 am

MSFC Welcome and Keynote Address – Dobbs’ Spreading Tentacles: The Impact on the LGBTQ+ Community

Sarah Warbelow, Vice President of Legal, Human Rights Campaign

9:45 – 10:00 am

Break

10:00 – 11:00 am | Concurrent Sessions
  • Advocacy and Litigation 101
  • Patient-Centered Contraception Counseling
  • Ethics of Conscientious Objection Among Individuals and Institutions
  • Reproductive Healthcare That Transcends Linguistic, Cultural, and International Challenges
  • The Power of the Medical Community in Combating Pregnancy Criminalization
11:00 – 11:15 am

Break

11:15 am – 12:15 pm | Concurrent sessions
  • Innovating for Abortion Access Post-Dobbs via State Shield Laws
  • Media Training for Medical Students
  • Providers Fight Back! The Criminalization of Abortion and a Provider’s Role in Interrupting the Hospital-to-Prison Pipeline
  • Medical Education of Abortion and Reproductive Health Topics: Implications of Local Political Climate and Anti-Abortion Laws
  • Crossing Borders: Navigating Abortion Access from the US to Mexico
12:15 – 1:30 pm

Lunch and Networking

12:45 – 1:30 pm

MSFC Chapter Success Stories

  • Medical Student Leadership in Expanding Access to Emergency Contraception on Campus: Vending Machines, Peer Distribution, and More!
  • Shield Law Advocacy: How to Be a Legislative Advocate in Healthcare
1:30 – 1:45 pm

Break

1:45 – 2:45 pm | Concurrent sessions
  • Abortion Care After 24 Weeks: Practice, Implementation, and Advocacy
  • Reproductive Health Equity: Barriers to Medication Abortion
  • Advocacy Without the Ring Light: Advocacy for Introverts to Influencers
  • Implementation of a Student-Led Abortion Lecture in Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Education for Choice
2:45 – 3:45 pm

Afternoon Coffee Break and Networking

Student Poster Presentations – Exhibit Booths

3:45 – 4:00 pm

Break

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Provider Panels

7:30 – 8:30 am

Breakfast and Networking

8:30 – 9:45 am

Plenary Address: Understanding Fetal Personhood after Dobbs

Jessica Mason Pieklo, JD – SVP and Executive Editor, Rewire News Group; Imani Gandy, JD – Editor at Large, Rewire News Group

9:45 – 10:00 am

Break

10:00 – 11:00 am | Concurrent sessions
  • Abortion Techniques: A Hands-on Training
  • Educational Program on Bayer IUDs (Intrauterine Devices): An Overview for New Learners
  • Abortion Training in Residency
  • Online Medication Abortion: What Research Shows Us About Criminalization Risk
  • Self-managed Abortion in Latin America and the US: Lessons from the Field
11:00 – 11:15 am

Break

11:15 am – 12:15 pm | Concurrent sessions
  • Abortion Techniques: A Hands-on Training
  • Educational Program on Bayer IUDs (Intrauterine Devices): An Overview for New Learners
  • Strategies for Employment in Abortion Care and Advocacy Post Dobbs
  • Level Up Your Advocacy: Testimony Training
  • Create Your Own Local Abortion Support Training
12:15 – 1:30 pm

Lunch and Networking

12:45 – 1:15 pm

Closing Address

For more information, please contact the MSFC staff at meetings@msfc.org.

MSFC Legal Disclaimer – It is MSFC’s intention to comply with all applicable laws and to promote training for abortion care that complies with all applicable laws. Please note, however, that the information provided during this training about lawful abortion care is for general informational purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute medical or legal advice. For legal advice concerning your personal circumstances or the legal status of abortion in your state, please consult an attorney. In addition, please note that links may be provided for third-party content, which we do not warrant, endorse, or assume liability for.