Medical Students for Choice, an organization that works to destigmatize abortion and increase training opportunities for medical students and residents, has opened registration for its annual conference.
The Conference on Family Planning will take place Nov. 10-11 in St. Louis, MO. Registration closes Oct. 26.
Topics to be covered include surgical techniques, psycho-social issues in abortion care, patient counseling, legal issues, abortion pain management, and unsafe abortion in global conflict settings. In addition, the conference includes sessions on family planning issues such as contraceptive choice and barriers to obtaining birth control.
There’s also a session titled “The Pro-Choice Medical Student’s Guide to Applying to Residency” — an important issue when so many hospitals are denying women access to the full range of reproductive health services.
J. Joseph Speidel, MD, the director for communication, development and external relations at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, will deliver the opening keynote. Merle Hoffman, publisher and editor of On The Issues Magazine, and the founder and CEO of Choices Women’s Medical Center, will deliver the luncheon address, “The Courage to Defend—The Will to Resist.”