Medical Students for Life Summer Fellowship Starts at Princeton

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Pro-life medical students selected to participate in our MedSFLA Summer Fellowship arrived at Princeton University for a week long medical ethics seminar. The first lecture “What is the End of Medicine and why is it important?” was presented by Dr. Farr Curlin, University of Chicago. Dr. Farr’s lecture presents an in-depth examination of the Hippocratic oath.

The afternoon lecture was presented by Dr. Christopher Tollefson, University of South Carolina presented a lecture entitled “An introduction to the natural law tradition, with particular attention to medicine.”

Please pray for our med fellowship that they would allow this week to transform their lives and shape them into future pro-life leaders in the medical community.

Dr. Calhoun Lectures at Dartmouth on High Risk Pregnancies

2013-02-28_12-06-16_10Today, Dr. Byron Calhoun lectured at Dartmouth College on high risk pregnancies; his lecture can be viewed here. Over 50 students attended the lecture and based on the survey’s we distributed, many of said they had changed their opinion about terminating high risk pregnancies and have decided to advise their patients to continue their pregnancies with careful supervision. Our medical lecture tours are proving once again that hearts and minds can be changed in the medical schools across our country.

Dr. Byron C. Calhoun, MD, FACOG, FACS, MBA is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is board certified in general Obstetrics/Gynecology and the sub-specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

He has authored 60+ peer review articles in the obstetric and gynecologic literature, presented 100+ scientific papers, participated in 40+ research projects, and published several articles on perinatal hospice. He is an original author of the perinatal hospice concept, which provides a multidisciplinary care to families with a lethal prenatal diagnosis.

Dr. Calhoun serves as Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at West Virginia University-Charleston. He is also the National Medical Advisor for NIFLA, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates.

Medical Students for Life to Hold First Northeast


Regional Conference

On Saturday April 27th, 2013, Medical Students for Life of America will be hosting a Northeast Regional Conference at Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Byron Calhoun; he will address prenatal diagnosis and perinatal hospice. Dr. Calhoun will be joined by physicians such as Dr. Nicole N. Varasteh, OB/GYN and others from the Northeast discussing topics such as right of conscience, counseling patients considering abortion and more. We will also be joined by special guest Anne Burge, Executive Director of the Pregnancy Center of the Upper Valley to discuss medical connections with Pregnancy Resource Centers.

When: Saturday April 27th, 2013
Time: 8am-1pm
Where: Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine
Chilcott Auditorium, Vail Building
1 Medical Center Dr
Lebanon, NH 03756

The conference is free and open to any medical students, faculty or professionals throughout the Northeast. However, you must register by emailing us at jrussell@studentsforlife.org. Lunch will be provided free and donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of the conference.

Dr. Reginald Finger Joins Spring MedSFLA Tour to Discuss Embryo Adoption

Dr. Reginald Finger of Colorado Springs will be joining Medical Students for Life on our 2013 Spring Tour. He will be speaking on the topic of Embryo Adoption. Embryo Adoption is the process of receiving donated remaining frozen embryos from a family who had them created via in vitro fertilization for their own family building. While the popularity of in vitro fertilization continues to grow, the IVF industry is largely unregulated, controversial and many ethical questions abound. Such as: What should be done with the unused human embryos? Should couples be allowed to destroy their extra human embryos? Embryo adoption may be one alternative in saving countless lives from being discarded or destroyed in research.

 

Dr. Finger will be speaking at the following schools on our tour:
March 26th Kansas University Medical College
Topic: Embryo Adoption
12pm
3901 Rainbow Blvd Kansas City, KS 66103
 
March 26th 5pm- Benedictine College School of Nursing
Topic: Embryo Adoption
5pm
1020 North 2nd Street Atchison, KS 66002

 

April 4th- University of Texas Southwestern
Topic: Embryo Adoption from a Pro-Life Perspective
12pm
McDermott Building, Room D1.602 5323 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75390-9003
 
April 5th- University of North Texas Medical School
Topic: Embryo Adoption from a Pro-Life Perspective
12pm
MET 125 (Medical Education and Training Building) is 1000 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, TX 76107

Reginald Finger, MD, MPH received the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1981 and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in 1983 from the University of Washington in Seattle.  For much of his career, Dr. Finger has worked in disease prevention and health promotion in state and local health departments.  Since August 2006 Dr. Finger has lectured and researched for the National Embryo Donation Center, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, the nation’s only national, non-profit, clinic-based embryo adoption agency – founded with the assistance of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA).  Dr. Finger has been a CMDA member since 2004.  He has found embryo adoption to be an excellent issue to illustrate pro-life bioethical principles, and in addition to discussing the issue in medical settings, has used this opportunity to travel to and minister on Christian college campuses as well.

Please invite any medical students or medical professionals to join us for this informative lecture.

And Then There Were Four….

In 2002, President George Bush signed the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act” to put an end to the barbaric practice of late term abortion. While this was the first real foothold achieved by pro-life advocates since abortion became legal, the practice still continues with four doctors who work their way around the law by killing the baby before it is technically born. Recent documentaries and news stories have tried to portray these so-called “doctors” as heroes of the abortion rights movement, but the fact still remains this procedure is infanticide and runs counter to the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. The BBC recently ran an story trying to humanize these so-called “doctors” by painting them as courageous warriors of compassionate care. Anyone with a conscience knows this is the furthest thing from the truth.

Doctors providing abortion services at any stage of pregnancy have been steadily declining over the last forty years as medical science and public outcry have exposed the abortion procedure as violently ending a human life. Still, abortion advocates are trying to circle the wagons to make their last stand before the entire abortion industry collapses. The following article is an example of the great depths abortion advocates are sinking to justify their medical malpractice.

After Tiller: America’s four late-term abortion doctors

BBC January 30th 2013

Just four doctors provide late-term abortions in the US. They are the subject of a new documentary that chronicles their work.

Only one movie at last week’s Sundance Film Festival was so heavily guarded that the premiere required armed security and metal detectors.

But the stringent measures were not imposed to protect A-list celebrities, or the high-priced jewelry they sometimes wear to red-carpet events.

Instead, the ring of steel was there to ensure the safety of LeRoy Carhart, Warren Hern, Susan Robinson and Shelley Sella.

They are the four doctors who feature in After Tiller, the documentary by filmmakers Lana Wilson and Martha Shane.

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If not us, who will do it? At the end of the day, it is about healthcare. We are providing a service to women”

LeRoy Carhart

George Tiller, one of the most prominent abortion doctors in the US, was assassinated in 2009 while worshiping at his local Kansas church with his family.

In the wake of Tiller’s death, filmmaker Wilson found herself confounded by its irony – a man being killed in church by a religious zealot – and struck by the doctor’s dedication.

“Why on earth would someone risk so much for so little reward?” she asked.

“I wondered who was left to carry out third-trimester abortions, his specialism, now he was gone.”

Before his death, Tiller trained the four remaining doctors.

They are now scattered across the country – 71-year-old Carhart in Maryland, 74-year-old Hern in Colorado, and Robinson and Sella, both in their 60s, working out of the same clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Read More About these Monsters of Medicine

 

Dr. Toffler Speaks on Conscience Rights and Medical Ethics at Dartmouth

During our Fall 2012 Medical Students for Life tour, we were privileged to facilitate a lecture at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, founded in 1797. Dr. William Toffler of Oregon Health Sciences University spoke on the issue of pro-life medical ethics and conscience rights. Well over 50 medical students attended the lecture. Here is the lecture in it’s entirety:

They Said No

Written by: Alliance Defending Freedom

Nurses in a big city hospital never know what a day’s shift will bring – straightforward cases or medical miracles, major crises or minor first aid. Whatever her station, whatever the duty of the moment, a nurse tries to ready herself for anything. But some things, you just can’t see coming.

It was Beryl Otieno Ngoje’s turn to work the desk in the Same Day Surgery Unit at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), in Newark. She was busy with the usual administrative duties – filing charts, handing out forms to the patients, answering visitors’ questions – when another nurse hurried up beside her.

“Oh, something just happened, you won’t believe it,” the woman said, visibly excited. “I have it in my hand.” She held up a clenched fist, palm up. “I have it in my hand,” she said again.

“What do you have in your hand?” Beryl asked, bemused at the woman’s demeanor.

“Do you want to see?”

“Yes,” Beryl said – and instantly regretted it.

The other nurse opened her hand to reveal the tiny, tiny form of a baby, just aborted.

Read More Here 

Pro-life Med Fellowship Program Now Accepting Applications

Medical Students for Life (MedSFL) is proud to announce our 2nd MedSFL Summer Fellowship June 17th through July 19th. This opportunity is open to all medical students prior to the beginning their second year. Ten selected students will have the opportunity to participate in a week-long didactic lecture series in Washington, D.C. presented by top medical professionals, researchers, and legal experts. Transportation, food and lodging costs for the week-long course will be provided.

Following the week-long didactic lecture series, each student will complete a 4- week externship in their related fields that meets the program qualifications. Fellows will receive a stipend to offset living expenses incurred during the externship. At the end of the 4-week externship, students will gather again for a research conference to present a translational bioethics research paper created during their externship under their respective mentor. Externs will be coached to prepare manuscripts for a peer-reviewed medical journal publication.

Qualified Rotations will include those which: (1) are with a board-certified medical professional or researcher with appropriate credentials in good standing, (2) are with mentors accepted as Externship Mentors by the MedSFLA program (a list of qualified mentors will be provided following submission of a student’s CV), (3) allow students to produce and present a research paper at the closing research conference.

1st Application Step: Students must submit a cover letter and CV no later than January 25th to the Admissions Board Liaison (jrussell@studentsforlife.org). If you are selected as a potential candidate a tentative acceptance letter, approved Externship Mentors list to choose from the mentors they wish to study under, and a formal application will be provided.

2nd Application Step: Students must submit their completed application forms (along with externship mentor selections) to the Admissions Board Liaison (jrussell@studentsforlife.org) by January 29th. Students will be notified of final decisions by January 31st. After a final decision has been reached, a formal acceptance letter will be issued.

 

 

Now Accepting Applications for 2013 Summer Med Fellowship Program

Medical Students for Life (MedSFL) is proud to announce our 2nd MedSFL Summer Fellowship June 17th through July 19th. This opportunity is open to all medical students prior to the beginning their second year. Ten selected students will have the opportunity to participate in a week-long didactic lecture series in Washington, D.C. presented by top medical professionals, researchers, and legal experts. Transportation, food and lodging costs for the week-long course will be provided.

Following the week-long didactic lecture series, each student will complete a 4- week externship in their related fields that meets the program qualifications. Fellows will receive a stipend to offset living expenses incurred during the externship. At the end of the 4-week externship, students will gather again for a research conference to present a translational bioethics research paper created during their externship under their respective mentor. Externs will be coached to prepare manuscripts for a peer-reviewed medical journal publication.

Qualified Rotations will include those which: (1) are with a board-certified medical professional or researcher with appropriate credentials in good standing, (2) are with mentors accepted as Externship Mentors by the MedSFLA program (a list of qualified mentors will be provided following submission of a student’s CV), (3) allow students to produce and present a research paper at the closing research conference.

1st Application Step: Students must submit a cover letter and CV no later than January 25th to the Admissions Board Liaison (jrussell@studentsforlife.org). If you are selected as a potential candidate a tentative acceptance letter, approved Externship Mentors list to choose from the mentors they wish to study under, and a formal application will be provided.

2nd Application Step: Students must submit their completed application forms (along with externship mentor selections) to the Admissions Board Liaison (jrussell@studentsforlife.org) by January 29th. Students will be notified of final decisions by January 31st. After a final decision has been reached, a formal acceptance letter will be issued.

Planning for the Spring? Resources are now available for your Medical Group!

Did you know Medical Students for Life of America provides your medical group with medically accurate pro-life resources for your school year? We are proud to announce free online resources for your group at our Med Students for Life website.  We know you are busy with medical school and we are here to help your group educate your peers and grow.

Under the med resources tab you will find:

  • Medically accurate flyers on issues such as Perinatal Hospice, Conscience Rights, Fetal Development.
  • Print off our Local Medical Resource Sheet for Medical students in their 3rd and 4thyear so you can refer your patients to prolife physicians and resources
  • We also offer free webcast you can share with your group members on relevant issues facing med students.
  • Need help planning your school year for your Med group? Check out our calendars with event ideas and identified medical awareness months.
  • We also offer references to pro-life peer-reviewed articles in our online library to help you with research for your papers

We are here to serve you and to help you excel in your education. Please let us know if you have any other resource ideas you have for your school year. Check back often as we will be increasing the number of free resources available to you.