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 day virtual event, and will primarily cover medical and surgical abortion in the first trimester, and will include a values clarification session, advocacy 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 15 medical students will be accepted per session. Applicants should 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

Saturday, May 21, 2022 – 9am to 3:30pm ET

Applications open Monday, April 11, 2022 and close Sunday, April 24, 2022.
All applicants will be notified of their status via email on Monday, May 2, 2022.

Includes: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, DC, Virginia, West Virginia

South and Gulf States

Saturday, June 25, 2022 – 10am to 4:30pm ET|9am – 3:30pm CT

Applications open Monday, May 16, 2022 and close Sunday, May 29, 2022.
All applicants will be notified of their status via email on Monday, June 6, 2022.

Includes: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Puerto Rico

Midwest and Central States

Saturday, July 30, 2022 – 10am to 4:30pm ET|9am – 3:30pm CT

Applications open Monday, June 20, 2021 and close Wednesday, July 6, 2022.
All applicants will be notified of their status via email on Monday, July 11, 2022.

Includes: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas

West Coast

Saturday, August 27, 2022 – 12pm to 6:30pm ET|10am – 4:30pm MT|9am – 3:30pm PT

Applications open Monday, July 18, 2022 and close Sunday, July 31, 2022.
All applicants will be notified of their status via email on Monday, August 8, 2022.

Includes: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming

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