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 legal, safe, voluntary abortions should be available to all who need them, 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 works 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 those who need them in various health care workplaces.

During 2020-2021 the AMSA Reproductive Health Project 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 bmartin@amsa.org

New! AMSA Chapter Local Action Grants

 

NEW! Chapter Grants Available from the AMSA Reproductive Health Project

A limited number of $250 mini-grants are available to AMSA Chapters to help bring members together for issue education and skill-building sessions related to reproductive health, justice, and abortion care. The AMSA Reproductive Health Team will provide Chapters with resources, direct support in organizing their session, and assist with speaker identification.

Session opportunities can include issue education, communications and media training, and/or advocacy related activities. Topic areas range across reproductive health and abortion care, with specific grants earmarked for Chapters to host sessions exploring:

  • Physician Burnout in Reproductive Health Care: Busting the Myth & “Do No Harm”
  • Intimate Exams for Teaching Purposes: Care, Ethics & Informed Consent
  • Reproductive Health: Power Dynamics in Education & Patient Care

Apply for a Chapter Grant Today! 

*AMSA domestic premed and medical chapters are eligible for these grants

For more information email bmartin@amsa.org

Educational Opportunities

Career Pathways in Family Planning – AMSA Leadership Program

NOW OPEN, REGISTER HERE TODAY! 

This program delves 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.

This virtual program includes ten 90-minute sessions. Each dynamic session will include a presentation from key thought leaders in their fields and engaging Q/A with the speaker(s), followed by supportive, interactive debrief and discussion with AMSA Reproductive Health Project leaders and program participants.
Participants who complete the program, including a qualifying examination,
will receive a certificate of completion and an AMSA honor cord appropriate to wear at graduation.
(Note: honor cords can only be shipped to U.S. mailing addresses)

Session Schedule: April 5 – June 14, 2021, all live sessions will be held on Mondays from 8:00-9:30pmET. All sessions will be recorded for later viewing by registered participants.

Session Topics:

  • The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, A Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having – or Being Denied – an Abortion
  • Effective Messaging in Family Planning
  • Preparing for a Family Planning Focused ObGyn or Family Medicine Residency
  • Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA)/ ”Papaya Workshop” – Hands on Virtual Skills Session (supplies will be shipped to students)
  • Career Opportunities for Abortion Provision In Family Medicine
  • “Do No Harm”- Busting the Myth of ” Physician Burnout”
  • Navigating Medication Abortion, Telemed, REMS & the FDA
  • Exploring Birth Settings in America
  • Providing Affirmative Care for Trans People
  • Honoring Cultures in Clinical Settings

NOW OPEN, REGISTER HERE TODAY!

For more information email bmartin@amsa.org

AMSA’s Reproductive Health Mentorship Sprint is a new program designed to match med students interested in reproductive health with their repro expert counterparts for a series of one-on-one discussions. Applications are currently open for AMSA medical student members, and for reproductive health professionals willing to volunteer as mentors. Our next Mentorship Sprint will start in late March 2021 – Apply Today!

AMSA Elective in Reproductive Justice, Family Planning, and Abortion Care (non-clinical)

Registration is open now for this 2-week online elective
for AMSA members who are U.S./Canadian 3rd & 4th-year medical students.

Scholarships Available, Apply Here Today!

Program Dates: Monday, 4/12/2021 – Friday, 4/23/2021
Program Location: Online/Virtual
Program Eligibility & Cost: 3rd & 4th-year U.S. medical students who are AMSA members, full-scholarships are available

Program Description:
This two-week elective for third and fourth year U.S. medical students (in particular, MS3s and MS4s pursuing family medicine or ob/gyn) will center Reproductive Justice (RJ) as a human-rights framework for exploring topics related to reproductive health and abortion care, including approaches to RJ-informed and trauma-informed patient care. The course will present reproductive health education with a focus on the interconnections of power, privilege, oppression, and resistance. Students will engage with critical social theories – including Critical Race Theory, Intersectional Feminism, and Queer Theory – to explore, interrogate, and reflect on the complex sociocultural, medico-legal, and politico-economic context of sexual and reproductive health.

Modeled after AMSA’s HEART-IM 4th-year elective (Humanistic Elective in Activism, Reflective Transformation, and Integrative Medicine), the program is grounded in a pedagogy of liberatory education (Freire, hooks), and committed to educational care practices that help us create and sustain deeper relationships within intentional communities.

The course will cover healthcare delivery including family planning and abortion care, and approaches to patient care that are loving and affirmative of the human autonomy, agency, and dignity of women, including and especially Indigenous and Black women, and queer and trans people.

Themes and Topics covered will include:

  • Reproductive Justice: Framework, definitions, and herstory
  • Historical Injustices and Today’s Crises: The continuous thread of scientific and medical racism and sexism in Reproductive Health and abortion care
  • Family Planning and Abortion Care: Options counseling, values clarification, medication and procedural abortion, messaging and framing
  • Her Stories of Resistance: Honoring those who fight back, speak up, and labor to get free
  • Power and Control in Reproductive Health & Abortion Care: Religion, morality, masculinity and medicine – who gets to claim the right to shape reality
  • Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice: Access, disparities, and structural competency
  • Reproductive Health Law and Policies: At the intersection of medicine and law, patient and community, care and advocacy
  • Affirmative Patient Care: Sexual and reproductive healthcare for LGB+, trans, queer, and non-binary people
  • Human-centered Care: Professional humility, trauma-informed sensitivity, cultural safety, and non-violent communication

Course Credit: Course accreditation anticipated – TBD.

Elective Schedule: Students must be able to attend and participate in daily core sessions, held Monday through Friday at 12:00pm – 2:00pm ET. Each day, students will meet for an additional one to two hours in the late afternoon (e.g., 4:00pm – 6:00pm ET) or early evening (e.g., 7:00pm – 9:00pm ET) for a series of workshops that will include reflection and writing, debriefing and check-ins, clinical skills practice, mentoring and coaching, and community-building. Anticipated out-of-class time for self-directed learning will be one to two hours each day. All sessions will be recorded and made available to students through the digital classroom platform.

Apply Here Today:  Scholarship application deadline is Monday, March 22, 2021. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and students will receive notification within 5 business days of submitting their application.

For more information, contact Dr. Aliye Runyan (arunyan@amsa.org) and
Dr. Jeff Koetje (jkoetje@amsa.org)

AMSA Reproductive Justice Leadership Program

The Spring 2021 offering of this program is full.
Add your name to the Fall 2021 WAITING LIST Today!
(Those on the waiting list will have priority when registration opens in July.)

This virtual program includes eight 90-minute sessions and is open to all AMSA members.
Each dynamic session will include a presentation from key thought leaders in their fields, and engaging Q/A with the speaker(s), followed by supportive, interactive debrief and discussion with AMSA Reproductive Health Project leaders and program participants.
Participants who complete the program, including a qualifying examination,
will receive a certificate of completion and an AMSA honor cord appropriate to wear at graduation.
(Note: honor cords can only be shipped to U.S. mailing addresses)

Session Schedule: April 7 – May 26, 2021, all live sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 8:00-9:30pmET. All sessions will be recorded for later viewing by registered participants.

Session Topics:

  • Principles of Reproductive Justice
  • Building Power: Centering Young People in Reproductive Justice
  • We Testify: Changing the Conversation through Compassion and Stories
  • How to Ensure You are Providing Just & Effective Health Care
  • Reducing Stigma & Changing Unjust State Policies
  • Maternal Mortality and Abortion Restrictions-How Both Undermine Quality Care and Harm Women of Color
  • From Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice: The Impact on Clinical Care Policy and Advocacy
  • Diversity & Equity in Abortion Access & Our Health Care Workforce

Add your name to the Fall 2021 WAITING LIST Today!

For more information email bmartin@amsa.org


NEW! AMSA Leadership Program
Medical Ethics in Reproductive Health

The Spring 2021 offering of this program is full.
Add your name to the Fall 2021 WAITING LIST Today!
(Those on the waiting list will have priority registration.)

This Medical Ethics in Reproductive Health Leadership Program is designed to engage medical students in the difficult and necessary conversations and analyses of historical and present-day reproductive injustices and ethical failures, taking a close look at these instances not merely for their historical significance, but even more importantly, for their relevance to our current context of institutional and systemic racism, sexism, and classism. Utilizing critical lenses based in the lived experiences of those who as individuals and communities have been the targets and victims of sexual and reproductive health abuse, control, violence, and dehumanization.

Embracing the notion that education ought to be liberatory, this Leadership Program will also platform and celebrate stories, past and present, of resistance, of creative moves toward liberation, and will feature individuals and organizations doing the work of reclaiming and restoring autonomy, agency, and power to those who have been deemed unworthy of the recognition of their full humanity.

This virtual program includes nine 90-minute sessions and is open to all AMSA members.
Each dynamic session will include a presentation from key thought leaders in their fields, and engaging Q/A with the speaker(s), followed by supportive, interactive debrief and discussion with AMSA Reproductive Health Project leaders and program participants.
Participants who complete the program, including a qualifying examination, will receive a certificate of completion and an AMSA honor cord appropriate to wear at graduation.
(Note: honor cords can only be shipped to U.S. mailing addresses)

Spring 2021 Session Schedule: April 8 – June 3, 2021, all live sessions will be held on Thursdays from 8:00-9:30pmET.

Session Topics:

  • Developing Medicine: Wrestling with Our History
  • The Ethics of Abortion Care
  • Criminalizing Pregnancy
  • Ethical Practice: Gag Laws & Provider Refusals
  • When Routine Medical Training is Unethical and Becomes Illegal
  • Stratified Reproduction
  • “Do No Harm”- Physician Burnout as a Systemic Issue
  • Ethics in Options Counseling & Values Clarification in Reproductive Care
  • Transforming Medical Education and Practice: At the Root of It, Is Love

Add your name to the Fall 2021 WAITING LIST  Today!

For more information email bmartin@amsa.org

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 education and training opportunities.

Registration for our next AMSA Reproductive Health Scholars Program will open in July
Add your name to our waiting list for the next program offering!
(Those on the waiting list will have priority when registration opens)

Session topics include:

  • History of Abortion
  • Basic Clinical Overview of First Trimester Abortion
  • Reproductive Justice: Framework, Definitions, and How We Win
  • Diversity & Equity in Abortion Access & Our Health Care Workforce
  • Second Trimester Abortions: A Clinical & Political Overview
  • Protecting Reproductive Health: State & Federal Laws the Impact Access & Care
  • Options Counseling & Values Clarifications in Reproductive Care
  • When Routine Training is Unethical & Becomes Illegal: The Case of Intimate Exams for Teaching Purposes
  • Birth Settings in America: Outcomes, Quality, Access, & Choice
  • Taking Action & Accessing Abortion Training When it’s Not Offered at Your Med School

For more information please contact Becky Martin, AMSA Senior Manager of Education & Advocacy at bmartin@amsa.org

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 71st Annual AMSA Convention – March 6-8, 2021.

Scholarship Application  – Now Closed
Scholarships cover conference registration as well as Pre-CON virtual session fees, including the Preparing & Presenting Your Poster virtual Pre-CON session on January 16, 2021.
Poster Submission Deadline – February 5, 2021 at 11:59pmPT (see poster submission details here)

For more information email bmartin@amsa.org

Research

 

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.

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