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, PhD
  • Receive high-quality evidence-based clinical education not typically offered in medical school curricula
  • Register for pre-conference workshops on Values Clarification with Catholics for Choice, Organizing 101 with Pregnancy Justice, and Curriculum Reform with the Reproductive Health Project of AMSA
  • Enhance your technical skills through interactive hands-on training simulations for Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and IUD Placement
  • Interact and share ideas and success stories with medical students from MSFC chapters in the US and internationally at our community board and networking roundtables
  • Connect with current abortion providers, residency programs and pro-choice organizations at our speaker panels and virtual exhibit booths
  • Join us for our closing plenary session, a thoughtful panel discussion offering unique perspectives on global reproductive justice work with international MSFC alumni moderated by our Executive Director Pamela Merritt
  • Top 3 most active attendees on our leaderboard at the end of the conference will win special prizes

Keynote Speaker

Jody Steinauer, MD, PhD

Jody Steinauer, MD, PhD is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the National Director of the Ryan Residency Training Program. She recently received her PhD in Health Professions Education and focuses her educational research on family planning training and teaching empathy, professionalism, and patient-centered care. She provides obstetric and gynecologic care and teaches learners at San Francisco’s county hospital, and she teaches empathetic, patient-centered care worldwide

Tentative Conference Program (may be subject to change)

Tuesday December 6

5:00 – 7:00pm EST

Doctors Not Doctrine: Exploring Values Regarding Faithful Provision of Abortion Care – Values Clarification workshop with Catholics for Choice (Limited enrollment, pre-registration required)

Wednesday December 7

5:00 – 7:00pm EST

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

Thursday December 8

5:00 – 7:00pm EST

Curriculum Reform Workshop with the Reproductive Health Project of the American Medical Student Association (Limited enrollment, pre-registration required)

Friday December 9

5:00 – 7:00pm EST
Virtual Happy Hour and Networking Roundtable Event
10:00 – 11:00am EST

Keynote and Opening Plenary Session – Medical Education Post-Roe: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care and Mitigating Moral Distress – MSFC Founder Jody Steinauer, MD, PhD 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 Choices 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 – The Global Movement for Reproductive Justice

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 Morbidity Due to Unsafe Abortion in Uganda
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: Challenges and Opportunities in Restrictive Settings
  • 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 President Elect Hanna Amanuel

Read the full program and all the session descriptions here.


  • Reproductive Health Education In Family Medicine (RHEDI)
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
  • Society of Family Planning (SFP)
  • Midwest Access Project (MAP)
  • Ryan Residency Training Program
  • Desert Star Institute for Family Planning
  • The Reproductive Health Project of the American Medical Student Association

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 – 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.

Registration for the Conference is now closed.

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