AMSA knows empowering medical students to use their unique voice to advocate for high-quality, affordable and sustainable health for all is essential to establish a just and equitable health system that can meet the needs of all in America.

Reproductive justice has never been assured in this country, but the threats to abortion access are more serious now than at any point in our lifetimes.

Medical students offer a fresh and diverse perspective into the current realities of our system and are indispensable in the fight for reproductive health and abortion access. We offer the resources to encourage, inspire and uplift the voices of future physicians alongside allies advocating for reproductive health and justice for all.

Town Halls & Livestream Events

Kristyn Brandi MD MPH FACOG

Dr. Kristyn Brandi is an OBGYN, family planning specialist and steadfast advocate of reproductive autonomy for BIPOC people who dismantles oppressive structures in reproductive health to help every person achieve their own reproductive justice. She currently works clinically at independent abortion clinics throughout New Jersey as well as a consultant for reproductive advocacy and medical education. She recently completed a year at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as the Darney Landy Fellow. She completed her medical school and residency training in OBGYN at Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School.  She completed a Family Planning Fellowship at Boston University where she also earned her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights.  Her research is on reproductive decision making, contraceptive coercion, and racism in reproductive health care. She serves as the Board Chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health, sits on several sub-committees for the Society of Family Planning and is a founding member of Centering Equity, Racial and Cultural Literacy in Family Planning (CERCL-FP). She proudly identifies as a Latina pansexual abortion provider.

Charisse Loder, MD

Charisse Loder, MD (she/her) is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Michigan Medicine, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She completed a fellowship in family planning at the University of Michigan, where she established collaborations with reproductive justice advocates to design a reproductive justice curriculum for medical education. As the program director for the complex family planning fellowship and Ryan Residency Director, she guides the clinical training of medical students, residents and fellows in family planning. Dr. Loder is committed to self-reflective practice and understand one’s own role in perpetuating inequity. She is passionate about autonomy, justice and tending to her cut flower garden.

Pamela Merritt

Pamela Merritt is executive director of Medical Students for Choice (MSFC), a global non-profit working in over 30 countries to ensure medical students and residents are educated about all aspects of reproductive health care, including abortion. Prior to joining MSFC, Pamela co-founded and served as the co-director of Reproaction, a national organization formed to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. Pamela was a 2017 Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice Fellow at the Rockwood Leadership Institute and a founding member of the Trust Black Women Project. She is chair of the Guttmacher Institute’s Board of Directors, honorary chair of Reproaction’s Advisory Council, and serves on the Our Bodies Ourselves Today Leadership Council while also chairing its Abortion and Contraception vertical. A longtime writer and progressive thought leader, Pamela’s personal blog was named one of the world’s 50 most powerful blogs in 2008 by The Guardian. Her political and social justice commentary has been published in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and Rewire News Group. 

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