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The Promise of SB320: How California Could Revolutionize College Students’ Access to Reproductive Services

By Isabel Beshar, MSFC Student Leader Stanford University School of Medicine It took over 25 minutes, but it was worth it. On January 9th, during a hearing of the Education Committee for California’s State Senate, over 60 college and medical students – including myself and other members from Medical Students for Choice chapters across the …

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Collaborating with MSFC and Alumni to Expand LARC Access

Jessica Grossman, MD, CEO of Medicines360 I’ve been an advocate for women’s health and choice for more than 20 years. In my role as CEO of Medicines360, a global non-profit women’s health pharmaceutical company, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with clinicians on a range of family planning topics. I visited the Medical Students for …

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Curriculum Reform at Univ. of Missouri – Kansas City

AnnaMaria Maples, MS6 at UMKC Missouri has never been known for being progressive, but I did not know quite the extent of it until I began preparing for residency. I am a sixth year medical student at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine (UMKC) in the BA/MD program, and our curriculum …

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A First Step in Physician Advocacy

Mireya Paz Taboada, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine I don’t think being pro-choice was ever a conscious decision that I made – it is just what makes sense to me as a woman and as someone who wants to provide quality medical care to her fellow human beings. But when I knew I would …

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Advocacy Training and Medical Education: The CoFP

By Armide Storey, M2, Boston University School of Medicine As a medical student, it is easy to get bogged down in the every day. And it is easy, sometimes, to forget why I chose to become a doctor. For this I am most thankful for MSFC and the Conference on Family Planning. To be surrounded by peers who …

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Our Experience with the Reproductive Health Externship in Accra, Ghana

By Frank Kiwango, Sweetness Laizer & Yasson Mwakibinga Sexual and reproductive health is a disputed topic in Africa due to cultural diversity and religion. Before embarking on this externship the three of us, Frank Kiwango, Sweetness Laizer, and Yasson Mwakibinga, fifth year medical students at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University, had different ideologies and mentalities on what …

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Abortion: When Politics Meets Practice

By Alana Cartens For most of my life I have danced around the sidelines of the reproductive justice movement, always supporting, but more actively involved in work around racial justice and international human rights. Attending the Medical Students for Choice Conference on Family Planning last December shifted my focus to see how, in many ways, …

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“Our Bodies Our Doctors” Features MSFC Alumni

By Andrea Chiavarini, MD As an Ob/Gyn and abortion provider in Portland, Wichita, and Oklahoma City, I share my personal story and how my experience as an MSFC member led me to my current practice in a new documentary looking at the lives of abortion providers, featuring a number of MSFC alumni physicians and long-time …

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PNWU’s Annual Abortion Dinner

Isabella Taylor, OMS II Class of 2019 President of the Reproductive Health Club ’16-’17 Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, an Osteopathic medical school, lies in the heart of central Washington State, a region that historically votes red. A large portion of the students, faculty, and staff are politically conservative, which tends to influence our …

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