Virtual Abortion Training Institutes

MSFC’s Virtual Abortion Training Institutes ATIs provide medical students with a unique educational opportunity to learn about abortion from family planning experts in a small group virtual environment using independent learning, interactive lectures and sessions, and self-paced hands-on training simulations.

The virtual ATI program has been condensed from a weekend-long in-person event to a 1/2 day virtual event, and will primarily cover medical and surgical abortion in the first trimester, and will include a values clarification session and a provider panel.

Faculty will be recruited regionally to allow medical students to engage with current abortion providers who have familiarity and experience with the unique challenges of providing abortion care in their geographic area. Accepted students will receive via mail an MSFC training kit with supplies to practice MVA (manual vacuum aspiration) techniques.

Admission is application-based and highly competitive as space is limited. Only ~8-10 medical students will be accepted per session. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the virtual ATI session scheduled for the geographic region where their medical school is located. Due to COVID-19 shipping related constraints, only medical students currently residing in the United States are eligible to apply at this time.

Priority will be given to first and second year medical students with very little or no access to abortion training on campus or offsite. Medical students who have previously attended MSFC’s Abortion Training Institute (ATI), Reproductive Health Externship (RHE) or Conference on Family Planning are discouraged from applying at this time due to your advanced level of knowledge regarding abortion care.

East Coast Regional Session

Saturday, August 29, 2020 – 8:15am to 1pm EST

Applications open Monday, July 20, 2020 and close Sunday, August 2, 2020. All applicants will be notified of their status via email on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Midwest and South Regional Session

Saturday, September 19, 2020 – 8:15 am to 1pm CST

Applications open Monday, August 10, 2020 and close Sunday, August 23, 2020. All applicants will be notified of their status via email on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

West Coast Regional Session

Saturday, October 24 , 2020 – 8:15 am to 1pm PST

Applications open Monday, September 14, 2020 and close Sunday, September 27, 2020. All applicants will be notified of their status via email on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

To learn more and apply, email [email protected].