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.

A Seminar for Medical Students: “Medical Ethics: A Natural Law Perspective”

images (11)Want some additional medical ethics education this summer? We want to encourage you to attend this special seminar:

Medical Ethics: 
A Natural Law Perspective 
June 16-22, 2013.

 

 

 

This seminar will examine the most important ethical questions that arise in the everyday practice of medicine. The framework of its analysis will be the theory of natural law that developed from the synthesis of ancient Greek thought (including the Hippocratic corpus) with Judaism and then Christianity. This framework will be contrasted with principlism and consequentialism as participants consider what sort of practice medicine is, whether it has a rational end or goal, and how medicine and the goods that medicine seeks fit within the broader scope of human goods.

For more information and to submit your application go to this link.

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:

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.

 

Abortion Referrals as Compassionate Care?

By: Jon Russell, National Coordinator for Medical Students for Life

I was recently contacted by an OBGYN wanting to get involved with Medical Students for Life as a mentor or speaker. The doctor was very delightful and you could tell by her voice she had a passion for life, but there was something not settling right with me.

You see, in the initial discussion we had over email, she shared her passion for the pro-life cause and wanted to share her pro-life views with others. She further explained that on occasion she referred some of her patients to a “safe” abortion clinic!?!…….Yes that alarm bell going off in your head was exactly what I heard.

During our phone conversation, I asked about her claim of being pro-life and yet referring her patients for abortion. She asked what else she was supposed to do for her patients asking for abortion services. I gently challenged her by saying, she was not practicing as a pro-life physician nor was it consistent with her Hippocratic oath to do no harm. Though she thought she was being compassionate, she was the primary care provider to both the mother and the growing fetus inside her. If she sends her patients to the abortion clinic, one or maybe both are not coming back to her clinic for a follow-up visit because one or both of them would be dead from the abortion. Referring patients for abortion is lethal and uncompassionate to both patients.

I also compared abortion referrals to the blacksmith who was asked to fix slave chains for a slave owner in the early 1800’s. The blacksmith was against slavery and had to say no to the slave owner and refused to refer the slave owner to another blacksmith.

Refusing to refer for abortion is the compassionate thing to do for your patient. The physician’s role is to heal illness, alleviate suffering, and provide comfort. Not to assist in taking a life.

I believe this doctor was divinely inspired to contact Medical Students for Life and to be challenged on her practice. I believe fully that our conversation was a new starting point for her. Please pray for doctors across the country to live out their convictions fully without compromise.

Join Us For A Webcast This Tuesday: What are your alternatives to prescribing contraceptives?

Join us for a national webcast on Tuesday, November 27th at 9:00 PM EST to hear Dr. Marguerite Duane discuss all the options available to physicians when counseling patients on family planning options.

As medical students you will one day be asked to prescribe birth control pills. Do you have all of your options? Do you know there are alternatives?

Fertility is a normal, healthy physiologic state.  Women’s hormonal cycles determine the fertile window when a couple will most likely conceive.  An understanding of the cycle and recognition of the external signs that determine each phase has led to the development of more environmentally friendly and highly effective forms of family planning.  Despite these advances, there is limited information about fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) being taught in medical school and residency and the majority of health professionals are trained to approach fertility as a disease state.

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to describe the scientific basis for different types of FABMs and discuss the evidence supporting the effectiveness of these methods to both avoid and achieve pregnancy.  Participants will also be able to list the basic characteristics of the different methods to determine the appropriate population for use.  Finally, we will briefly introduce the participants to FACTS – the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Systems – a dedicated group of physicians and other health professionals committed to teaching our colleagues about fertility awareness based methods of family planning.

If you are having trouble with the webcast join online here:  http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=35177088

Medical Student Resources are Now Available on Our Website

Did you know Medical Students for Life of America provides your medical group with medically accurate prolife 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 4th year 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.

Battle Over Mentally Disabled Woman’s Pregnancy

KOLO TV Reporter: Kendra Kostelecky

RENO, NV – A hearing taking place in a Washoe County courtroom is getting national attention. The legal guardians of a mentally disabled pregnant woman are claiming the court wants to force her to have an abortion against her will. As you can imagine this case has tempers flaring, not just as an issue of choice, but civil rights.

Family Court Judge Egan Walker has asked KOLO 8 News Now not to identify the woman at the center of this case out of respect for her privacy. He also expressed concerned that she could become the target of predators in the future if her image was made public. That woman is 32-years-old, but has the mental capacity of a five to seven-year-old. In addition she has a number of physical disabilities related to fetal alcohol syndrome including epilepsy and bipolar disorder for which she takes medication.

One of the unanswered questions before the court is how she got pregnant. She currently lives in a group home and according to testimony she’s been known to disappear for hours or days, sometimes having sex with men at a local truck stop. It’s not known if her pregnancy is voluntarily or the result of rape. It’s also unclear, based on what we heard in court Thursday, whether she wants to keep her child. Her adopted parents, who are also her legal guardians are clearly in favor of that choice.

Representatives for the Washoe County Public Guardian’s office say they never requested an abortion. As a matter of procedure, they requested an investigation into her medical, psychiatric and psychological condition only after her doctor notified the County his patient was pregnant, and her guardians had failed to submit required annual reports. That investigation will also review the appropriateness of her placement in a group home.

Meanwhile, the court heard differing opinions from local doctors. Based on the medications, physical condition, and choices of the mother they were asked if it would be safe for her to carry to term. One expert testifying that there are significant risks for both mother and child. Another doctor argued that all pregnancies and terminations are inherently risky. He also recommended a Caesarean section based on the mother’s mental state.

There is some urgency in this case. The court racing to examine the best options before the mother passes her first trimester when risk factors will increase. She is now 11 weeks into the pregnancy. Still the question remains – if the mother chooses to keep her child regardless of the facts presented, can the court order her to terminate the pregnancy?

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