Medical Students for Choice

aka MSFC   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  https://msfc.org

Mission

Creating tomorrow's abortion providers and pro-choice physicians.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Pamela Merrit

Main address

PO Box 40935

Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA

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EIN

20-5263777

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Women's Rights (R24)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One of the greatest barriers to abortion access today is a lack of abortion providers. As current abortion providers age and retire, there is a continual shortage of trained and willing physicians able to fill that gap. Plus, anti-choice laws and regulations have caused at least 162 clinics nationwide to close since 2011. Abortion is underrepresented in medical school curricula and training. Despite being a very safe and common procedure, a survey showed that two-thirds of medical schools spend less than thirty minutes on abortion. Half of all pregnancies in the US are unintended, but only a fifth of medical schools are training students on basic options counseling. MSFC engages medical students in conversations about reproductive healthcare that are not happening in the classroom, inspires students who are unsure or on-the-fence about provision, and provides critical training opportunities in a climate where accessing training without support is extremely difficult.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Student Organizing

MSFC’s Student Organizing Program focuses on building communities of activists in medical schools around the world that work to make abortion and contraception a standard part of every medical student’s education. MSFC currently supports student groups on 184 medical school campuses around the world. 

The Organizing Program has five primary objectives:
1. Maintaining a continuous presence where we have chapters by nurturing healthy transitions of leadership,
2. Supporting any interested medical student or resident physician who comes to us wanting to be an agent of change,
3. Increasing the number of MSFC chapters every year,
4. Providing financial support for educational events that cover abortion and contraception topics not in the curricula, and
5. Developing and sharing curricula and other educational content that can be easily adopted by MSFC chapters.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The RHE Program provides medical students with an intensive educational opportunity in an abortion clinic.  Over 1,000 students have completed an externship since the program's inception in 1995.  As part of the externship program, students are routinely exposed to the complete spectrum of women's reproductive health care, including abortion.

89% of the student externs report that they are more likely to provide abortion care in their future practice as a result of the Program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each year MSFC hosts our Conference on Family Planning as well as 3-4 small Abortion Training Institutes. Through these formal educational programs, we aim to make a direct intervention into the medical education of each attendee.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Engage MSFC with the larger reproductive health, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice movement through coalitions, conferences, and social media.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MSFC envisions a world where all physicians are trained to provide and promote access to safe, compassionate abortion care, and all people are empowered to make their own reproductive health care decisions, free of stigma, judgment, and barriers. MSFC's ultimate intended outcome is to ensure that there is a next generation of physicians providing safe abortion care. We work to achieve this through the integration of abortion education as a standard element of medical school education and training in women's health, even in countries where abortion is highly restricted or illegal.

MSFC uses a community organizing model that allows us to be effective in environments that are resistant to outside intervention. MSFC nurtures and develops student leadership at the local level and allows medical school groups to choose strategies appropriate for each local community. MSFC achieves its goals through programs focused on a) educating medical students and residents within their campus or hospital environments, and b) educating medical students and residents by providing opportunities for education and training outside their campus or hospital environment. All MSFC programs are designed to ensure that any interested medical student has multiple opportunities to become educated on abortion and family planning from experts in the field.

MSFC's success is due to our innovative student-led structure and our broad grassroots network of over 10,000 medical students and residents. MSFC's student-led model allows us to be effective in an environment that is resistant to outside intervention. MSFC develops student leadership at the local level, sustains a strong vision of change over time, and allows medical school groups to choose strategies appropriate for each local community. MSFC has been able to galvanize local student bodies and use the collective voice of organized medical students to advocate for change through each school's established decision-making system.

Access to facilities providing safe abortion has declined steadily in the US for the past 30 years and the number of physicians providing abortion care declined even more until the late 90's. On the global stage, inadequate post-abortion care continues to lead to maternal death as doctors are unskilled in treating women who present with complications due to incomplete self-abortions or unsafe abortions performed by untrained individuals. As MSFC's international presence grows, our campus education strategies have grown to address a more diverse array of medical environments.

At the medical school level, MSFC's ongoing focus on abortion has resulted in pressure within institutions to include abortion in their formal training programs as well as creating a growing community of strong, pro-choice medical students who continue to push for access to this training.

Although there has been a similar rise in the number of residency programs providing training in abortion in the US, job opportunities that include abortion care have dwindled for those MSFC'ers who have been trained. MSFC is working to support strategic grassroots efforts to influence new models of training during residency that will provide opportunities for trained physicians to provide abortion access to their patients.

Achievements
- Medical Students for Choice has built a network of student activists and leaders on 215 medical school campuses across 32 countries.
- MSFC has active resident physicians training in over 200 residency programs and working to integrate abortion care into their clinical training.
- MSFC's Reproductive Health Externship program has trained over 1,000 students in abortion clinics. Externship experiences are now available in the US, Canada, the UK, Sweden, Uganda and Ghana.
- MSFC directly educates approximately 800 medical students and residents in abortion and family planning each year through our Conference on Family Planning and mini-conference programs.
- 31% of MSFC physician alumni are currently providing abortion care in their practices and 40% of these providers are providing later abortions (defined as 20 weeks or later).

Financials

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Operations

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Medical Students for Choice

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mugdha Mokashi

Harvard Medical School

Caroline Vu

Abigail C. Davies

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Mikaela A. Kelly

Charles R. Drew University/David Geffen School of Medicine

Julia Dexter

University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Katie Hansen

Dell Medical School at University of Texas – Austin

Sabrina Holmquist

University of Chicago, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kira Neel

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Paul Oliveira Silva

Ford Foundation

Jennifer Levine-Freid

National Network of Abortion Funds

Erin Nacev

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Deborah Bartz

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Farah Diaz-Tello

Self-Induced Abortion Legal Team

Alexa Henderson

Ohio State University College of Medicine

Parvaneh Nouri

Boonshoft School of Medicine of Wright State University

Armide Storey

Boston University School of Medicine

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/27/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/27/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.