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 rhf@amsa.org

Research Grants & Scholarships

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 arunyan@amsa.org.

Ten $250 microgrants are available for active AMSA chapters to put on chapter projects related to research on abortion care and skills training. For more information email rhf@amsa.org.

  • Apply Here – Rolling Applications (selection merit based first come, first serve)

Ten scholarships are available to medical students from states facing critical abortion provider and care shortages to present abortion-related research posters during the Poster Session at the upcoming 70th Annual AMSA Convention in Washington, DC – April 16-19, 2020. Scholarships will cover conference registration, travel and lodging expenses.  For more information email rhf@amsa.org

  • Apply Here Deadline  January 19, 2020 (selection merit based)

 

Two Special Awards for abortion care-focused research posters will be presented during the Poster Session at the AMSA 2020 Convention on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Find general poster session details here.

AMSA Chapter Local Action Grants

These grants will support AMSA chapters to offer training sessions that include issue education, advocacy training, communication skill-building sessions, including effective engagement with the media and policymakers to foster relationships and build support for abortion services, and building connections with allied student health groups on campus.

  • Lunch & Learn Meeting Session
    Twelve – $500 mini-grants available to AMSA Chapters

    • APPLY TODAY! Rolling Applications (selection merit based first come, first serve) 
  • Half-day Sessions with Clinical Skills Workshops, Issue Education, and Messaging OR Advocacy Training (includes breakfast or lunch)
    Five $1500 grants available to AMSA Chapters, plus onsite staff support provided by AMSA Reproductive Health Fellow and 1 AMSA staff member

    • APPLY TODAY! Rolling Applications (selection merit based first come, first serve) 
  • Full-day Sessions with Clinical Skills Workshops, Issue Education, Messaging AND Advocacy Training (includes breakfast and lunch)
    Five – $2500 grants available to AMSA Chapters, plus onsite staff support provided by
    AMSA Reproductive Health Fellow and 1 AMSA staff member

    • APPLY TODAY! Rolling Applications (selection merit based first come, first serve)

These grants will support AMSA chapters to bring together medical students, pre-meds and faculty advisors with students and leaders from the journalism, law, and political science programs on campus to increase understanding of: safe, legal, and accessible abortion care as a vital component of women’s health care, the results a lack of accessible abortion care has on women, families, and communities; how overturning Roe v. Wade will impact women and their families, states, and our nation; and to build connections, foster relationships, and explore opportunities to work together to protect and expand vital abortion care services.

  • Half-day Sessions with Issue Education and Messaging Workshops (includes breakfast or lunch)
    Four – $1500 grants available to AMSA Chapters, plus onsite staff support provided by
    AMSA Reproductive Health Fellow and 1 AMSA staff member

    • APPLY TODAY! Rolling Applications (selection merit based first come, first serve)

These grants will support AMSA chapters to foster communication and connections among AMSA Chapters around the state and like-minded allies in key states to facilitate statewide engagement and activity to support, protect and expand abortion access, and bring together key stakeholders. Limited to states with multiple AMSA Chapters. Priority will be given to states most at risk of losing abortion services.

  • Half-day Sessions with Clinical Skills Workshops and Issue Education and Messaging OR Advocacy Training (includes breakfast or lunch)
    Two – $2,000 grants available for organizing AMSA Chapters
    Two – $1,000 grants available for participating AMSA Chapters to send 2 representatives
    Onsite staff support provided by AMSA Reproductive Health Fellow and 1 AMSA staff member

    • APPLY TODAY! Rolling Applications (selection merit based first come, first serve) 
  • Full-day Sessions with Clinical Skills Workshops, and Issue Education, Messaging AND Advocacy Training (includes breakfast and lunch)
    Two – $2,500 AMSA Chapters grants are available for “Host” Chapters
    Two – $1,000 grants available for participating AMSA Chapters to send 2 representatives
    Onsite staff support provided by AMSA Reproductive Health Fellow and 1 AMSA staff member

    • APPLY TODAY! Rolling Applications (selection merit based first come, first serve)

These grants will support AMSA chapters to bring AMSA leaders, members, and allies together with state-level policymakers to shine a light on abortion access as a critical component of women’s health care services, as well as the dangers and hardships that lack of abortion services imposes on women, their families, and communities.  (Includes breakfast briefing)

  • Three – $1500 grants available to organizing AMSA Chapters located in state capitols
    Onsite staff support provided by AMSA Reproductive Health Fellow and 2 AMSA staff members,
    and $900 additional for breakfast and leave-behind materials

Educational Opportunities

AMSA has deep experience in uniting medical students with thought-leaders and policy-makers to focus on innovative solutions addressing key health issues and practices. Building on this experience we will host three AMSA Reproductive Health Institutes during January, March, and June 2020 in Washington DC that will bring future physicians together with abortion providers, policy-makers, and researchers for a program designed to build strong connections, to share important research and key information on current abortion care policies at state and federal levels, and to build effective advocacy and communications skills. The program setting will allow for interactive large and small group sessions, as well as provide opportunities to build one-on-one connections. We believe the voices of researchers and current providers united with future physicians will bring a powerful message to policy-makers, and a powerful story to the media and the public. Medical student participants will be selected through an application process. Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for attendees.

The institutes will be designed to begin on Sunday afternoon, run a full day on Monday with an evening reception, and conclude Tuesday afternoon thereby allowing participants to travel in on Sunday morning and leave DC Tuesday afternoon/evening. For more information email arunyan@amsa.org.

The 70th Annual AMSA Convention will be held on April 16-19, 2020, in Washington DC. Programming this year will build on abortion care related policy and skill-building sessions offered at prior AMSA Conventions and include leading voices from the abortion care community along with:

  • Clinical skill-building manual vacuum aspiration workshops
  • “Everything You Want to Know About Abortion but Were Afraid to Ask”
  • Discussions related to protecting, expanding, and diversifying our abortion care workforce
  • Updates on abortion care research and related federal and state health policy
  • Expert issue education, advocacy skills, media, and messaging training

REGISTER TODAY!

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

For more information email rhf@amsa.org

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 arunyan@amsa.org.

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 will be open to AMSA medical student and resident members only. Learn More