Medical Students for Choice's

2021 Conference on Family Planning

December 4 - 5 , 2021

MSFC invites you to join us for our 2021 Conference on Family Planning which will be held virtually and is scheduled from December 4 – 5 , 2021. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with expert faculty, receive high-quality education not typically offered in medical school curricula, and participate in hands-on training opportunities with other pro-choice medical students and residents who are passionate about abortion and family planning.

This year’s conference will focus on a theme of Fostering Resiliency Through Community and will feature live and pre-recorded session content focusing on issues including wellness and self-care, sexual and reproductive health, advocacy, reproductive justice, abortion care and family planning.

Meet MSFC’s new Executive Director Pamela Merritt, who will be introducing our Keynote Speaker, acclaimed scholar of race, gender and law Dorothy E. Roberts. Register for pre-conference workshops on Advocacy and Peer Training and Curriculum Reform. Interact and share ideas with medical students from MSFC chapters in the US, Canada, and internationally at our community board and networking tables. Network with abortion providers, residency programs and pro-choice organizations at our speaker panels and virtual exhibit booths. Participate in interactive hands-on training simulations on Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and Contraception and IUD Placement. Join us for our closing plenary session, an interdisciplinary panel discussion offering unique perspectives on self-managed abortion in the US and internationally.

Dorothy E. Roberts will be the Keynote Speaker at the 2021 Conference on Family Planning

Conference Program

Wednesday December 1

5:00 – 7:00pm EST
Medical Students as Advocates for Reproductive Health: An Interactive Workshop (Limited enrollment, pre-registration required)

Thursday December 2

5:00 – 7:00pm EST
Curriculum Reform Workshop and Q&A Session (Limited enrollment, pre-registration required)

Friday December 3

5:00 – 7:00pm EST
Break the Silence: Reproductive and Sexual Health Stories Documentary Screening and Virtual Happy Hour Discussion
10:00 – 11:00am EST
Keynote – From Reproductive Violence to Reproductive Justice – Dorothy E. Roberts
11:00 – 11:15am EST
11:15am – 12:15pm EST | Concurrent Sessions
  • Abortion Techniques: A Hands-on Training (Limited enrollment, pre-registration required)
  • Exhibitor Panel
  • Building Autonomy and Agency with Abortion Self-care in Humanitarian Settings
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health of Trans and Nonbinary Folx
  • Self-care as an Abortion Provider
12:15 – 12:45pm EST
12:45 – 1:45pm EST | Concurrent Sessions
  • Contraception and IUD Placement (Limited enrollment, pre-registration required)
  • Abortion Training in Residency Panel
  • Ethical and Legislative Considerations of Permanent Contraception
  • Shame in the Provision of Reproductive Healthcare and Abortion
  • How We Heal: Combatting Systemic Racism in Medicine to Achieve Reproductive Justice
1:45 – 2:00pm EST
2:00 – 3:00pm EST | Concurrent Sessions
  • Provider Panel
  • Prenatal Diagnosis of Fetal Abnormalities and Abortion
  • Abortion Access During the Covid Pandemic
  • Promoting the Reproductive Autonomy of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Moving from Compassion Fatigue to Compassion Satisfaction
10:00 – 11:30am EST
Closing Plenary Session – Supporting Self-Managed Abortion: Legal, Clinical, and Community Perspectives
11:30 – 11:45am EST
11:45am – 12:45pm EST | Concurrent Sessions
  • Contraception and IUD Placement (Limited enrollment, pre-registration required)
  • Provider Panel
  • Caesarean Scar Ectopics
  • Telemedicine Abortion, Our UK Experience
  • Abortion Access Beyond Roe: Self-managed Abortion After Dobbs
12:45 – 1:15pm EST
1:15 – 2:15pm EST | Concurrent Sessions
  • Abortion Techniques: A Hands-on Training (Limited enrollment, pre-registration required)
  • Provider Panel
  • The Myth of Unintended Pregnancy
  • First Trimester Bleeding
  • Applying a Reproductive Justice Framework to Practice
2:15 – 2:30pm EST
2:30 – 3:00pm EST
Closing Address

Read all the session descriptions here.

Pre-conference workshops and hands-on training sessions will be limited enrollment, first come-first served and subject to availability at the time of registration (after submitting your registration, you will receive further instructions for enrolling in the limited enrollment sessions at the email address provided during registration). Hands-on training sessions are open to medical students residing in the US and Canada only due to COVID-19 shipping constraints.

Registration for the Conference is now closed.

Registration for hands-on training sessions ends on November 21, 2021 to allow for adequate time for shipping training supplies.

Registration Price
  • US Medical Students and Residents: $50
  • International Medical Students and Residents: $25 (Use code INT-COFP2021 during checkout to get the discounted rate)
  • MSFC Alumni and Other Guests (register here):
    • Regular: $75
    • Sponsor: $100 ($75 + $25 to sponsor a student registration).

Session content will remain available to registrants on the conference website for 6months from the conference date.

For more information, please contact the MSFC staff at [email protected].