Live & In-person! AMSA Summer 2024 Abortion Care & Reproductive Justice Institutes – Apply Today

May 28, 2024

The AMSA Abortion Care & Reproductive Justice Institutes
are back live & in-person this summer
in the
Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC!  

Summer 2024 – Applications Open Now – Limited Seats!

Two date options: July 25-28 (Summer A) & August 8-11 (Summer B)
Application Deadline – Monday, June 24

No cost for selected applicants – Scholarships cover ALL expenses

Apply HERE Today!


If YOU are a medical student based in the U.S., an AMSA member* and YOU, like AMSA, believe:

  • reproductive health services, including abortion care, are essential to comprehensive health care,
  • legal, safe, voluntary abortions should be available to all who need them, regardless of how much they earn, who they work for, or what state they live in, and 
  • both Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) and Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs should offer abortion education and training.

If YOU uphold the fundamental principles of reproductive justice:**

  • the right to have children,
  • the right to not have children, and 
  • the right to nurture the children we have in a safe and healthy environment.

If YOU are interested in becoming part of a diverse physician workforce that includes highly skilled, culturally sensitive physicians prepared to provide abortion services to those who need them in various health care workplaces. 

And, YOU are available EITHER of these two date options:  

  • July 25-28 (Summer A) 
  • August 8-11 (Summer B)


The AMSA Abortion Care & Reproductive Health Project is excited to host 2 in-person Abortion Care & Reproductive Justice Institutes this summer. Each Institute will engage 10 U.S. based medical students in thought-provoking, dynamic conversations, as well as issue education, and hands-on clinical skill-building, with key experts working in abortion care, reproductive health and education, research, or reproductive and social justice.  

Our retreat-like setting is a beautiful private location nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Institutes are designed to provide deep dive opportunities to build knowledge, skills, and connections in a supportive, nurturing and Love-centered community, with a focus on finding and connecting with joy as we work on challenging issues facing our communities and future practice as physicians.

Clinical skill-building sessions will include a MVA “papaya” workshop and values-clarification training. We will explore the impact of the Dobbs decision on reproductive health access, practice and policies at the state level, as well as medication abortion and self-managed abortion. Learning opportunities will also include: 

  • effective messaging communications, 
  • networking and advocacy training, 
  • building power and your circles of influence, 
  • identifying and engaging reproductive freedom champions in your state, and 
  • values-based research and using data to make change.

Clarion voices calling future physicians to join them in working to protect reproductive freedom and justice for all will join us in deep conversations sharing their wisdom and resources from key organizations including:

  • The COMS Project
  • Health Care for America Now
  • M&A Hotline and ACT, the Abortion Coalition for Telemedicine
  • Reproductive Health Access Project
  • State Innovation Exchange, Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council
  • Scholars Strategy Network

The AMSA Reproductive Health Project provides resources and on-going support to organize local education and skill-building sessions for future physicians around the United States. Institute participants will receive a variety of take-home resources and assistance to organize 1 or more local events during the 2024-2025 academic year. Local events could include, but are not limited to: clinical skills-building, networking and advocacy training, issue education, understanding state reproductive health policies, and values-based messaging and research.

The program begins on Thursday evening with a group dinner and ends after breakfast on Sunday morning.  In addition to didactic and clinical workshop-style learning, there will be ample time for informal conversations, delicious meals and snacks, walking in the woods, star-gazing, and relaxing in the hot-tubs and around the fire. Each participant will have their own bedroom, some bathrooms will be shared. Meals will be prepared together. 

Successful applicants will receive stipend reimbursements (up to $600) to cover their travel expenses (students make their own travel arrangements). All meals, on-site training supplies, and transportation from the Asheville airport to the retreat location are provided at no cost. 


  • Application deadline is Monday, June 24 at 11:59pmPT
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Friday, June 28 
  • Applicant participation must confirm by Monday, July 1 at 11:59pmPT

Upon completion certificates of participation to add to your CV will be provided.

Note: AMSA Institutes utilize Google Classrooms. A personal Gmail address is required to participate (a Gmail address provided by your school will not work). Confirmed Institute participants will receive access to the Classroom on Tuesday, July 2. Materials to be reviewed prior to the start of the Institute will be included.

Applications Open Now – Seats Limited 

Apply HERE Today!


For more information email rhp@amsa.org

*AMSA membership info link – Email rhp@amsa.org for scholarship info
**Source – https://blackrj.org/our-causes/reproductive-justice/