AMSA Reproductive Health Project

AMSA believes reproductive health services are essential to comprehensive health care and we support full access to the entire range of reproductive services. We believe all women have the right to legal, safe, voluntary abortions and that both UME (medical school) and GME (residency – especially family medicine and obstetrics/gynecology) programs should offer abortion education and training.

The AMSA Reproductive Health Project will work with AMSA members, chapters, alumni, and allies to advance these beliefs and ensure a diverse physician workforce that includes highly skilled, culturally competent physicians prepared to provide abortion services to all the women who need them, in whatever setting they work in.

During 2019-2020 AMSA will support a number of clinical skills, advocacy training, issue education, and local action opportunities. Scholarships for research poster presentations are available, as well as grants for AMSA Chapters to support local activities and educational opportunities. Learn more below or email


Reproductive Health & Politics:
100 Years of Women Shaping History 

A special virtual event sponsored by the American Medical Student Association
and the American Medical Women’s Association

Dynamic Speakers – Skill-building Breakout Sessions – Virtual Congressional Visits

Join us online August 13 &14 from 12:00 – 4:00pmET
Full scholarships are available to AMSA & AMWA members – Apply & Register Today!

Deadline to Register –  August 10, 2020

Join AMSA and AMWA in a celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage! The movement for reproductive rights has come so far in the last century – though we still have work to do. Hear from our incredible speakers, including the founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the founding chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health, and one of our US House Representatives. Learn how to be an advocate in your own spaces – and contribute to moving reproductive health forward in just and equitable ways.

Speakers include:

  • Wendy Chavkin, MD, MPH, Physicians for Reproductive Health, Founding Board Member
  • Byllye Avery, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Founder
    and Linda Goler Blount, MPH, Black Women’s Health Imperative, President & CEO
  • Nicole Sandhu, MD, PhD, American Medical Women’s Association, President
  • U.S. House Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Senior Chief Deputy Whip and C
    hair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee
  • And more…

Apply & Register Today!

Educational Opportunities

AMSA Reproductive Health Leadership Programs address the “hidden curriculum” in medical school and prepare students to think critically about abortion-related and education and training opportunities. There is some required online reading prior to some of the sessions that should take no more than 30-60 minutes each. Participants will take a short pass/fail qualifying exam at course completion, upon passage students will receive a certificate of recognition and an AMSA honor cord appropriate to wear at graduation.

AMSA is delighted to announce two new Reproductive Health Leadership Programs:


Career Pathways in Family Planning – AMSA Leadership Program

6-one hour online sessions, held on Tuesdays from 8:00-9:00pmET
July 21 through September 1 , 2020 (excluding August 11)


This program will delve into the many ways family planning can be researched and practiced, explore the impact of access to abortion care or the lack thereof, prepare students for residency with a focus on family planning, teach manual vacuum aspiration skills, provide messaging resources, and focus on the importance of wellness during medical education and physician practice. *This program is only open to AMSA domestic medical student members and U.S. based international student members with a U.S. mailing address.

Program Schedule:

Session 1 – Tuesday, July 21

    The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, A Thousand Women, and the Consequences
    of Having – or Being Denied – an Abortion

  • Diana Greene Foster, PhD, Director of Research, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), University of California San Francisco

Session 2 – Tuesday, July 28

    Effective Messaging in Family Planning

  • Mary Alice Carter, Senior Strategist, Conway Strategic

Session 3 – Tuesday, August 4

Preparing for a Family Planning Focused ObGyn or Family Medicine Residency

  • Jody Steinauer, National Director, Ryan Residency Training Program
  • Nicole Chaisson (UMN) RHEDI Program Director at University of Minnesota
  • Marji Gold, Director, Family Planning Fellowship, Director, Center for Reproductive
    Health Education in Family Medicine (RHEDI), Department of Family & Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center

Session 4 – Tuesday, August 18

    Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA)/ ”Papaya Workshop” – Hands on Virtual Skills Session (supplies will be shipped to students)

  • Aliye Runyan, MD, AMSA Reproductive Health Strategist
  • Kelly Thibert, DO, MPH, Past AMSA President

Session 5 – Tuesday, August 25

Career Opportunities for Abortion Provision In Family Medicine

  • Casandra Cashman, M.D., FAAFP, Director of Program Development RHEDI/Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center
  • Additional speakers TBA

Session 6 – Tuesday, September 1

“Do No Harm”- Busting the Myth of ” Physician Burnout”

  • Aliye Runyan, MD, AMSA Reproductive Health Strategist
  • Kelly Thibert, DO, MPH, Past AMSA President

AMSA Reproductive Justice Leadership Program

8-one hour online sessions, held on Thursdays from 8:00-9:00pmET
July 23 through September 17 , 2020 (excluding August 13)
Open to AMSA medical, premed, and international student members


Program Schedule:

Session 1 – Thursday  July 23 from 8:00-9:00pmET

    How to Ensure You are Providing Just & Effective Health Care 

Session 2 -Thursday – July 30 from 8:00-9:00pmET

    Principles of Reproductive Justice

  • Loretta Ross, Visiting Associate Professor, Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College 2019-2021, & Co-founder of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Session 3 – Thursday – August 6 from 8:00-9:00pmET

Reducing Stigma & Changing Unjust State Policies

  • Pamela Merritt, Co-Director, Reproaction

Session 4 – Thursday – August 20  from 8:00-9:00pmET

    Diversity & Equity in Abortion Access & Our Health Care Workforce

  • Dr. Kristyn Brandi, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health, New Jersey Medical School

Session 5 – Thursday – August 27 from 8:00-9:00pmET

    We Testify: Changing the Conversation through Compassion and Stories

Session 6 – Thursday – September 3 from 8:00-9:00pmET

    Maternal Mortality and Abortion Restrictions-How Both Undermine Quality Care and Harm Women of Color

  • Shaina Goodman, Director of Policy for Reproductive Health and Rights,
    National Partnership for Women & Families
  • Stephanie Green, Health Policy Associate, National Partnership for Women & Families

Session 7 – Thursday – September 10 from 8:00-9:00pmET

    From Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice: The Impact on Clinical Care Policy and Advocacy

  • Marji Gold, MD, Professor, Family and Social Medicine, Director, Family Planning Fellowship, Director, Center for Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine (RHEDI), Department of Family & Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center
  • Along with additional RHEDI speakers

Session 8 – Thursday – September 17 from 8:00-9:00pmET

A Day in the Life: Experience as an Abortion Provider in an Underserved State

  • Speaker TBA

AMSA strives to empower physicians-in-training to effect change through education and advocacy. AMSA Scholars Programs are designed to provide medical and premed students with information not covered in traditional medical school curriculum and to foster an online learning community of future physicians.

The AMSA Reproductive Health Scholars Program addresses the “hidden curriculum” in medical school and prepare students to think critically about abortion-related and education and training opportunities.

Registration for AMSA scholars programs are now open – Register here today!

Session topics include:

  • History of Abortion
  • Basic Clinical Overview of First Trimester Abortion
  • Second Trimester Abortions: A Clinical & Political Overview
  • Reproductive Justice & Health Advocacy
  • Options Counseling & Values Clarifications in Reproductive Care
  • Diversity & Equity in Abortion Access & Our Health Care Workforce
  • Protecting Reproductive Health: State & Federal Laws the Impact Access & Care
  • Taking Action & Accessing Abortion Training When it’s Not Offered at Your Med School
  • and more…

For more information please contact Becky Martin, AMSA Senior Manager of Education & Advocacy at

AMSA has robust and dynamic physician alumni dispersed across the U.S. Our externship matching program that connects AMSA alumni and medical students will be expanded to assist with making connections between abortion care providers willing to host student rotations and clerkships, and students interested in building their abortion-care skills, as well as find physician mentors in a particular specialty or location. This program is open to AMSA medical student and resident members only. If you’re not currently a member, join today for access to a community of physician mentors.

To learn more email or visit AMSA Mentorship Program

Due to COVID-19 related travel and campus event bans the awarding and scheduling of this AMSA Reproductive Health 4th-year Elective is on hold.
We invite you to complete an application below, we will notify you as soon as scheduling begins. Thank you for your understanding.

For more information please email

This three-to-four week reproductive health elective for fourth-year med students (targeting those who match into family medicine and ob/gyn) that will be held in April 2020 (after the Match) and is modeled after AMSA’s HEART-IM Elective. The training will be structured as a group exploration of abortion care and provision and focus on media and communications training, clinical skills and guided group discussions. This will be a focused retreat designed to build deep connections and foster a life-long intentional community. The topics will cover advancing access to abortion, abortion messaging and framing, how to do medication abortions, papaya workshops (aspiration abortion), trauma-informed care, building your health care practice as an abortion provider, and more. For more information email

AMSA Chapter Local Action Grants


These grants will support AMSA chapters to offer issue education, advocacy, and communication skill-building sessions, including effective engagement with the media and policymakers to foster relationships and build support for abortion services.

  • Lunch & Learn Meeting Session
    Twelve – $500 mini-grants available to AMSA Chapters
  • APPLY HERE – Rolling Applications (selection merit based) 



AMSA has a rich history with medical school scorecards. In 2007, AMSA launched the first PharmFree Scorecard to assess medical schools’ policies on conflicts of interest. This scorecard gained nationwide traction and brought awareness to the influence pharmaceutical and medical device industries have on medical trainees.

The AMSA Reproductive Health Scorecard will access and score U.S. medical schools on the presence or lack of training on reproductive health and abortion skills; including lectures, clinical skills, and elective rotations or externships offered for students wishing to pursue obstetrics and family medicine specialties. Our goal is to see this scorecard serve as a guide for medical schools to ensure trainees more experience in abortion and reproductive health. The Scorecard will emphasize that abortion is part of women’s health care and that medical schools should provide full-spectrum women’s health, obstetrical, and gynecological training.  For more information email

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