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AMSA Educational Opportunities

AMSA’s Reproductive Health Mentorship Sprint is a program designed to match med students interested in reproductive health with their repro expert counterparts for a series of one-on-one discussions. The “sprint” is designed to connect experts to students who have an emerging interest in abortion care and reproductive health, in a format that doesn’t ask too much of two individuals with extremely busy lives.

Applications are opening soon for AMSA medical student members, and for reproductive health professionals willing to volunteer as mentors.  Learn more here!

Coming in 2023!

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

Program Description:
This 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.

This 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:

  • 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

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

Sign-up for Updates from the AMSA Repro Project at go.amsa.org/repro

Career Pathways in Family Planning – AMSA Leadership Program

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.  *Note: 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 online program includes ten 60-minute sessions.
Each dynamic session will include a presentation from key thought leaders in their fields and engaging Q/A with the speaker(s).
All sessions are recorded for later viewing by registered participants.

Sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 8:00-9:00pm(E)

Sept 27, Oct 11 & 25, Nov 8 & 29, Dec 13,
2023: Jan 3, 17 & 31, Feb 7

Registration for Fall 2022 is now closed.

CLICK HERE to add your name to our waiting list for the next offering of this program
Those on the waiting list will receive notification and have the opportunity to register for the program prior to opening of general member registration.

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)

Topics this program addresses:

  • 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

View Fall 2022 program syllabus with speakers list here

For more information please contact Sujeily Villegas, AMSA Education Project & Program Coordinator at svillegas@amsa.org

AMSA Medical Ethics in Reproductive Health Leadership Program

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 online program includes ten 60-minute sessions, registration 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).
All sessions are recorded for later viewing by registered participants.

Sessions are held on Thursday evenings from 8:00-9:00pm(E)
Sept 29, Oct 13 & 27, Nov 10, Dec 1 & 15,
2023: Jan 5 & 19, Feb 2 & 16

Registration for Fall 2022 is now closed.

CLICK HERE to add your name to our waiting list for the next offering of this program
Those on the waiting list will receive notification and have the opportunity to register for the program prior to opening of general member registration.

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)

Topics this program addresses:

  • 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

View Fall 2022 program syllabus with speakers list here

For more information please contact Sujeily Villegas, AMSA Education Project & Program Coordinator at svillegas@amsa.org

AMSA Reproductive Justice Leadership Program

This program takes a deep dive into: the principles of reproductive justice, how to center patients, especially young people and people of color in reproductive health and abortion care, how coverage bans impact abortion access and undermine quality care, diversity and inclusion in the family planning /reproductive health workforce, abortion restrictions impact on maternal mortality, maternal health and the carceral system, how state and federal restrictions on abortion care denies bodily autonomy to pregnant people, and more.

This online program includes eight 60-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).
All sessions are recorded for later viewing by registered participants.

Sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 8:00-9:00pm(E)

Sept 28, Oct 12 & 26, Nov 9 & 30, Dec 14
2023: Jan 4 & 18

Registration for Fall 2022 is now closed.

CLICK HERE to add your name to our waiting list for the next offering of this program
Those on the waiting list will receive notification and have the opportunity to register for the program prior to opening of general member registration.

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)

Topics this program addresses:

  • 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
  • Growing Birth Justice Movement: Access to Care, Quality & Choice of Birth Settings in America
  • From Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice: The Impact on Clinical Care Policy and Advocacy
  • Diversity & Equity in Abortion Access & Our Health Care Workforce
  • Networking Skills: Engaging with Reproductive Justice & Abortion Care Allies in Your Community

View Fall 2022 program syllabus with speakers list here

For more information please contact Sujeily Villegas, AMSA Education Project & Program Coordinator at svillegas@amsa.org

AMSA Reproductive Health Scholars Program

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. At the end of the program, participants develop a project utilizing the knowledge gained from the course. The projects are an application of their new skills, as well as a professional development opportunity in the participant’s school or community. Throughout the experience, participants gain valuable mentorship from their Course Directors, fellow Scholars, and partner organizations to enhance their projects.

The online program will be held on Thursday evenings
September 8 – December 15, 2022 from 7:00-8:00pmE

Registration is closed

All sessions are recorded for later viewing by registered participants.

Topics this program addresses:

  • History of Abortion
  • Basic Clinical Overview of First & Second Trimester Abortion
  • Options Counseling & Values Clarification in Reproductive Care
  • Reproductive Justice: Framework & Advocacy
  • Diversity & Equity in Abortion Access & Our Healthcare Workforce
  • Rising Maternal Mortality in the United States
  • State & Federal Laws: Impact on Access to 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 Sujeily Villegas, AMSA Education Project & Program Coordinator at svillegas@amsa.org

Research & Presentation Opportunities

Ten scholarships are available to U.S. premedical and medical students who are AMSA members to present posters on abortion care related to reproductive justice, research, curriculum and training experiences, advocacy, etc. during the in-person Poster Session at the upcoming 73nd Annual AMSA Convention, June 15-17, 2023, in Phoenix, AZ.

All project posters presented must have a US focus or context. Scholarships will cover conference registration as well provide a $600 stipend for travel and hotel. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE –  Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 11:59pmPT

Apply Here Today!

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES

  • Selected applicants will be notified on a rolling basis and no later than Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 11:59pmPT
  • Poster Abstract Submission Deadline – Monday, May 1, 2023
  • In-person Poster Session at AMSACon2023 – Friday, June 16

For more information email Dr. Jeff Koetje at jkoetje@amsa.org
and Dr. Aliye Runyan at arunyan@amsa.org

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.