Clinical Abortion Observation

How to Apply

Staff is here to help. If you have more specific questions or if you need assistance in getting started with the application, please call us at 215-625-0800 or email You can also visit our FAQ page for the answers to questions we get most often about our Abortion Training Programs.

Please note that all documents should be submitted to MSFC Headquarters at least one month before the expected start date of your observation.

Step 1: Please complete the RHE Application Form and submit it along with a personal statement and letter of good standing to MSFC Headquarters. Forms can be emailed to or faxed to 215-625-4848.

Step 2: MSFC will contact you after receiving your application documents. Staff can help you select a host facility in your area and provide you with the contact information for potential host sites. Our Host Facility Map is a great tool for identifying a site committed to hosting MSFC students.

Please note that some host facilities will require additional documents and/or a background check. MSFC staff will guide you through any additional requirements.

Step 3: Contact the host facility at which you would like to participate, inquiring if they would be able to host you during your dates of availability. Please have your secured host facility complete the Host Facility Confirmation Form.

Step 4: Submit both the completed host facility confirmation form and—if you will require funding—the Budget Form to MSFC Headquarters. Since clinical abortion observations are organized locally, only commuting costs are covered by the funds available for this experience.

Step 5: If all submitted documents suffice, you will receive an official acceptance letter, a link to our Pre-Externship Survey, and any follow-up materials. You must complete the survey and return any follow-up documents before the start of your observation.

Your travel assistance will be disbursed after the completion of your observation, following your completion of the Post-Externship Survey and submission of all relevant receipts to MSFC Headquarters.