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

Educational Opportunities

AMSA 4th-Year 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. 4th-year medical students.

Scholarships Available, Apply Here Today!

Program Dates: Monday, 2/15/2021 – Friday, 2/26/2021
Program Location: Online/Virtual
Program Eligibility & Cost: 4th-year U.S. medical students who are AMSA members, full-scholarships are available

Program Description:
This two-week elective for fourth year U.S. medical students (in particular, 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: TBA – we anticipate accreditation for this elective, in which case students will be able to earn 1 credit toward their graduation upon successful completion of the elective and all required activities.

Apply Here Today:  Scholarship application deadline January 25, 2021, accepted applicants will be notified by January 30, 2021.

For more information, contact Dr. Aliye Runyan ( and
Dr. Jeff Koetje (

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

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. Stay tuned – our next Mentorship Sprint will start in late March 2021.

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 Fall 2020 AMSA Reproductive Health Scholars Program is now closed – Add your name to our waiting list for the next program offering!

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

Career Pathways in Family Planning – AMSA Leadership Program

Registration for the Fall 2020 program is now closed
Please add your name to the WAITING LIST
for the next offering of this program

This program includes 6 one-hour online sessions that 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.

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”

AMSA Reproductive Justice Leadership Program

Registration for the Fall 2020 program is now closed
Please add your name to the WAITING LIST
for the next offering of this program

Session Topics:

  • How to Ensure You are Providing Just & Effective Health Care
  • Principles of Reproductive Justice
  • Reducing Stigma & Changing Unjust State Policies
  • Diversity & Equity in Abortion Access & Our Health Care Workforce
  • We Testify: Changing the Conversation through Compassion and Stories
  • 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
  • Building Power: Centering Young People in Reproductive Justice

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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