Even if your medical school already has a religious group on campus, a Medical Students for Life group can enhance your schools’ advancement of patient care through substantive bioethics discussions. A MedSFL organization that is distinct from religious groups can reach a more diverse range of students, and show that future and current medical professionals from diverse religious backgrounds can unite in productive dialogue on the date and patient reports about abortion and other bioethics issues.
1. Educate yourself on the issues and on the resources that Medical Students for Life provides.
- Know the medical facts, arguments, and responses from both sides. (Check out Pro-life Answers to Pro-choice Questions or Pro-Life 101)
- Explore the Medical Students for Life webpage for information on conscience rights, pre-natal diagnosis, fetal development and other medical bioethics issues
- Know your legal rights as a pro-life group on your campus – see memo from the Alliance Defense Fund
2. Find like-minded individuals at your school.
- Go to meetings of the school’s Catholic Medical Association or Christian Medical and Dental Association groups. Try to find other groups with similar values and share with them your ideas for a Medical Students for Life group.
- Ask around with your fellow classmates or go to the local church to find fellow medical students with similar views on life.
3. Contact Medical Students for Life of America to set up a strategy discussion.
- We will work with you to develop a plan for how to develop your group and start hosting events.
- By contacting us, we can connect you with all of the resources and support that Medical Students for Life of America has to offer.
4. Plan first meeting
- Pick a time that is convenient for students at your school to meet.
- Advertise for your meeting by posting flyers around campus
- Keep your first meeting short. Introduce group leaders and members, establish the goals and vision of the group and approve the group’s constitution. Medical Students for Life of America can provide you with a sample constitution which you can use and will help you to establish a group structure and leadership transition plans.
5. Become an official campus group.
- Check out your Student Activities, Student Life, or Student Government office for details on becoming officially recognized.
- Find a faculty advisor.
- Most colleges require a faculty advisor. However if you are unable to find one, your club will still be able to function but without the option of school funding, and you may not be able to use school property for an event.
- This person can be very useful when it comes to the ins and outs of the university.
- Finding an adviser might be a little difficult, but listen to your professors – do they talk about abortion? If so, what side do they take?
6. Plan first event
- See how to organize an event page