When you were a medical student, how great would it have been to know what you know now? You navigated your way into practicing abortion care in spite of obstacles such as opt-in training that can be difficult to find or even excluded from med school curricula. You researched practice settings for your career in providing abortions, and you’ve probably made as much sense of the web of abortion regulations as anyone can.
AMSA wants to match you with medical students who are interested in learning what you’ve worked so hard to know over the years of your career. Together we can remove some of the obstacles around entering into this type of essential reproductive healthcare practice and start bridging the gaps in access—for everyone.
The Reproductive Health Mentorship Sprint will serve to match mentors who are abortion care clinicians or residents in reproductive health with med students who are seeking answers in this space. The program will consist of a minimum of 4 meetings with your mentee, one per week during the month-long program. 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.
Learn more about the program specifics below, and apply to join our pool of abortion care experts!
What is my commitment?
The bottom-line commitment agreed to by applying to this program is the availability for 4 weekly calls, 1 per week during the month-long program. This may be a voice or video call as agreed upon and arranged by each individual pair. The suggested length of each call to ensure adequate time to address the topic for the week is 30 minutes or more.
We hope that the connections made through this program will continue beyond the duration of the program, but the “sprint” design of the program is intended to allow our mentors and mentees to squeeze this valuable interaction into their busy schedules.
One requirement of the program is joining AMSA Connect, AMSA’s mentorship platform. You’ll be instructed on how to do this as part of this program if you’re not already in our online mentorship community. For mentors, this means that you’ll be included in our network of physician mentors and may be reached out to with general mentorship inquiries from medical students through the platform (which primarily functions through email and asynchronous online interaction). You’re not required to stay in the community after this program ends, but it may be a way for you to continue to engage in mentorship and stay in touch with your Reproductive Health Mentorship Sprint connections.
- Application Deadline: August 1
- Mentoring sessions take place: Aug 9—Sept 3 (one session per week)
- Program conclusion happy hour: Sept 3
If you’re not an abortion care provider and you’re still interested in being an AMSA mentor, physicians and residents of all specialties are welcome in AMSA’s broader mentorship program. Be a physician mentor!