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Reproductive Health Programming & Opportunities

Reproductive Health Programming and Opportunities

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.

Our reproductive health program offerings address the “hidden curriculum” in medical school and prepare students to think critically about abortion-related education and training opportunities, as well as provide students with issue education, advocacy training, and hands-on skill building opportunities.

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What’s on at AMSACon 2022

Friday, April 8

Saturday, April 9

  • Featured Speaker Session “The Mothers of Modern Medicine”with Dr. Jessica Richardson, co-founder of The Institute for Antiracism in Medicine (IAM)
  • Reproductive Roundtable panel discussion with former AMSA national leaders and Dr. Richardson for a discussion about calling our profession to account for the violence and violation committed by physicians in the name of white male supremacy
  • Clinical Skills Experiences  manual vacuum aspiration in the always-fun papaya workshop (limit 30), and hands-on practice for IUD insertion

Plus:

  • AMSACon2022 Reproductive Justice & Abortion Care Scavenger Hunt
  • Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Conversation Series
  • 27th Annual AMSACon Poster Exhibition – see Reproductive Health & Abortion Care Posters, Scholarship Recipents & Special Awardees
  • And more, see details below

Poster session will be on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Featured Speakers (on site)

On Friday, the featured speaker sessions will include a fireside chat between AMSA National President Hannah Hendrix and Meera Shah, MD, MPH, MS, Chief Medical Officer at Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic and author of You’re the Only One I’ve Told: The Stories Behind Abortion. Join in this very timely discussion about the power of abortion storytelling and the ongoing movement for abortion care access and reproductive justice.

On Saturday, the featured speaker sessions will include an incredibly moving and important presentation by Jessica Richardson, MD, family medicine physician, abortion provider, and co-founder of The Institute for Antiracism in Medicine (IAM). Dr. Richardson will present “The Mothers of Modern Medicine” in which she names and gives honor to the named and unnamed women who have been subjected to unconsented, cruel, and inhumane experimentation in the name of research and progress for white supremacist western medicine.

Reproductive Roundtables (on site)

On Friday, following Dr. Shah’s fireside conversation  about the power of abortion stories, join a panel of former AMSA national leaders for a discussion about the connections between story-telling, public narrative, advocacy, and activism in the movements for justice and liberation. 

On Saturday, following Dr. Richardson’s presentation about the “Mothers of Modern Medicine,” join a panel of former AMSA national leaders and Dr. Richardson for a discussion about calling our profession to account for the violence and violation committed by physicians in the name of white male supremacy against, in particular, Black, brown, Indigenous, and poor women who were often the ones subjected to barbaric experimentation in the name of progress for modern medicine. Reckoning with our history and our present, opens up the possibility of breaking these cycles of violence.

Clinical Skills Experiences (on site)

On Saturday, practice the essential skills of manual vacuum aspiration in the always-fun papaya workshop. This experience will be facilitated by three former AMSA national leaders, all of whom are incorporating abortion provision and advocacy into their clinical practices. (participation capacity: 30 medical students)

Also on Saturday, join former AMSA national leaders at the AMSA Reproductive Health Project and Experiences tables in the Exhibit Hall for conversation, networking, and hands-on practice for IUD insertion.

Reproductive Justice & Abortion Care Scavenger Hunt

The AMSA Reproductive Health Project invites AMSACon2022 attendees to explore our first AMSA Art & Appreciation for Abortion Care Providers Project to find facts and clues that will lead you to knowledge and prizes for yourself and your AMSA Chapter! 

Join the hunt for the answers to 10 clues by visiting the AMSA Art and Appreciation for Abortion Providers Project. Special BONUS questions lead to deeper knowledge & more prizes!

Here is the link to begin your hunt!

Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice Conversation Series

A Conversation on Abortion & and the Black Maternal Health Crisis, featuring family medicine abortion providers and student researchers from the MOTHER Lab. This conversation addresses the complex interplay between anti-abortion policy and worsening maternal health outcomes, especially for Black, brown, and Indigenous birthing people.

A Conversation with Indigenous Reproductive Justice Leaders: Reclaiming the Right to Thrive, featuring the founder of Indigenous Women Rising, Rachael Lorenzo, and the founder of Changing Woman Initiative, Nicolle Gonzales. This conversation highlights how Indigenous peoples are reclaiming and reasserting their right to thrive, not just survive, in the post-apocalyptic reality of the genocidal project of white supremacist western colonial imperialism.

A Conversation with Reproductive Health Mentorship Program Participants, featuring two mentorship pairs from the Winter Sprint of the AMSA Reproductive Health Mentorship Program. These conversations (Part 1 and Part 2) explore the personal narratives of current abortion providers and medical students passionate about abortion care access and reproductive justice.

*Above Conversations are recorded programs available through the Convention platform