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Black Maternal Health Week 2021

From April 11 through April 17, Medical Students for Choice is proud to amplify and participate in the fourth annual Black Maternal Health Week.   The Black Maternal Health Week campaign is led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, and it includes opportunities to raise awareness, take action, and build community. You can learn more about Black Maternal Health Week here, and by following the #BMHW21 hashtag on various social media …

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The MCW Chapter on How They Made the Most of Going Virtual

First published in the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Kern Institute Transformational Times. Edited by Eileen Peterson. The need to go all-virtual this year due to COVID presented a challenge for The Medical College of Wisconsin’s chapter of Medical Students for Choice (MCW MSFC), a club based on building knowledge and connections to provide comprehensive reproductive …

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Curriculum Reform Advice From Two MSFC Leaders

We asked two student leaders some of our most common questions about curriculum reform. This was their advice. Becca is an MD/PhD student at Ohio State University in the United States. Julius is a medical student at Kabale University in Uganda. Responses have been edited for clarity. I want to do curriculum reform. Where should …

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MSFC Looks Beyond Roe to Expand Abortion Access

In February, MSFC launched the Beyond Roe Project. Roe v. Wade is constantly under threat and already fails to ensure abortion access for many people across the US. We can‘t expect it to remain in place forever, and it‘s long been time to fight for more than maintaining the status quo. Through our #BeyondRoe program, MSFC provides members with …

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From the Executive Director

I am thrilled to lead MSFC as the new Executive Director. I look forward to meeting with MSFC student leaders as they train and organize to ensure everyone has the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and to live in communities free of violence and oppression. Creating tomorrow’s abortion …

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Only Being Pro-Choice Isn’t Enough

During my Ob/Gyn rotation last February, I met a pregnant patient in clinic. She was healthy and everything looked good for her anticipated delivery in a couple months. However, there was one fear this patient couldn’t overcome. She was terrified she was going to die during this delivery. Every day she woke up anxious that …

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Reflecting on My Externship Experience

The bulletproof glass doors were installed in 1988. They swung open before me as I entered the Boulder Abortion Clinic and began a hugely formative chapter in my medical training. During this time that I spent as a first-year medical student observing abortion care that ranged from the first to the third trimester, I was …

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Illusion of Choice

As a medical student rotating through one of the largest public safety-net hospitals in the nation, I often witness the intersection of social injustice and health in communities, particularly communities of color. Racism, capitalism, housing instability, wealth inequality, lack of comprehensive health insurance, lack of child care, mistrust in the medical system secondary to systemic …

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