Medical Students for Choice's

2022 Conference on Family Planning

December 10 - 11, 2022

MSFC invites you to join us for our 2022 Conference on Family Planning which will be held virtually and is scheduled from December 10 and 11, 2022. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with expert faculty and other pro-choice medical students who are passionate about abortion care, family planning and Reproductive Justice.

This year’s conference will focus on a theme of Physicians as Advocates: Liberating Abortion Through Training and Education and will feature pre-conference workshops including Values Clarification, Organizing 101 and Curriculum Reform, as well as interactive and didactive sessions on advocacy, reproductive justice, abortion care and family planning in a global context.

Why should you attend?

  • Hear from our keynote speaker – MSFC Founder Jody Steinauer, MD, MPH
  • 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 Contraception & IUD Placement
  • Interact and share ideas and success stories with medical students from MSFC chapters in the US and internationally
  • Network with current abortion providers, residency programs and pro-choice organizations at our speaker panels and virtual exhibit booths.

Tentative Conference Program (may be subject to change)

Tuesday December 6

5:00 – 7:00pm EST

Doctors not Doctrine: Conscientious Provision of Reproductive Healthcare – Values Clarification workshop with Catholics for Choice (Limited enrollment, pre-registration required)

Wednesday December 7

5:00 – 7:00pm EST

Organizing 101 Workshop (Limited enrollment, pre-registration required)

Thursday December 8

5:00 – 7:00pm EST

Curriculum Reform Workshop (Limited enrollment, pre-registration required)

Friday December 9

5:00 – 6:00pm EST
Virtual Happy Hour & Networking Event – Regional breakout rooms hosted by ESLs
10:00 – 11:00am EST

Keynote Address – Jody Steinauer, MD, MPH with introduction from MSFC Board President Dango Mwabene

11:00 – 11:15am EST


11:15am – 12:15pm EST | Concurrent Sessions
  • Abortion Techniques: A Hands-on Training (Limited enrollment, pre-registration required)
  • Provider Panel
  • When Does Pregnancy Threaten Maternal Health, and How Will Abortion Bans Threaten Life?
  • Service Providers as Guides to Better Contraceptive Use in a Post-Roe World
  • Self-Managed Abortion in the USA; What Doctors Need to Know
12:15 – 12:45pm EST


12:45 – 1:45pm EST | Concurrent Sessions
  • Educational Program on Bayer IUDs: An Overview for New Learners (Limited enrollment, pre-registration required)
  • Provider Panel
  • Building Solidarity Movements for Provision of Safe Abortion in Low Resource or Rural Settings
  • Advocating for Reproductive Justice in a Post-Roe World: How Medical Students and Future Doctors Can Contribute to Racial Justice and Maternal Health Beyond Abortion
  • Telehealth Medication Abortion for Trainees: Providing Patient-Centered Abortion Care from your Couch
1:45 – 2:00pm EST


2:00 – 3:00pm EST | Concurrent Sessions
  • Abortion Training in Residency Panel
  • Abortion Bans and the Criminalization of Pregnant People
  • Addressing Abortion Related Stigma Through Medical Education and Advocacy
  • Empowering Disabled Patients and Advocating for Disability Justice in Reproductive Health
  • Physician Advocacy: Finding Your Niche
10:00 – 11:30am EST

Closing Plenary Session – International Reproductive Justice Panel

11:30 – 11:45am EST


11:45am – 12:45pm EST | Concurrent Sessions
  • Educational Program on Bayer IUDs: An Overview for New Learners (Limited enrollment, pre-registration required)
  • Provider Panel
  • Gestational Age Based Abortion Bans and Fetal Abnormalities: Expediting Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Abortion Care Training Post Dobbs: Perspectives from Across the United States
  • The Role of Postpartum Family Planning in Reducing Maternal Morbidities Due to Unsafe Abortion
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
  • When Abortion is a Crime: The Threat to Vulnerable Women and Girls in Latin America
  • Living Where You Work: Community Focused Abortion Care in Kansas
  • Stories Belong to the Storyteller: The Ethics of Writing About Abortion
2:15 – 2:30pm EST


2:30 – 3:00pm EST

Closing Address – MSFC Past, Present & Future – MSFC President Elect Hanna Amanuel

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 and will not be recorded. Hands-on training sessions are open to medical students residing in the US and Canada only due to COVID-19 shipping constraints.

Disclaimer – Several US states have enacted laws that ban abortion care, but these bans are not absolute. They contain exceptions, such as for medical emergencies. MSFC recognizes that, to be able to provide abortion care in lawful circumstances, medical professionals must receive abortion training. The purpose of the Conference on Family Planning is to provide instruction to prepare medical students to provide abortion care in circumstances when it is legally permitted, and it is not intended to encourage, facilitate, or otherwise incite unlawful action.

Registration for the Conference will open on November 1st and close on November 30, 2022

Registration for hands-on training sessions ends on November 21, 2022 to allow for adequate time for shipping training supplies.

Registration Price
  • US Medical Students and Residents: $50
  • International Medical Students and Residents: $25
  • MSFC Alumni and Other Guests:
    • Regular: $100
    • Sponsor: $150 ($100 + $50 to sponsor a student registration).

Recorded sessions will remain available to registrants on the conference website for 3 months from the conference date. Pre-conference workshops and hands-on training sessions will not be recorded. 

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