Papaya Workshop Update
Apr 28, 2019 —
We are pleased to announce that in response to this petition and the tremendous support we received the Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM) administration agreed to meet with us to discuss potential solutions that would both respect Jesuit values and allow access to miscarriage and abortion training for students at GUSOM.
The school has helped us arrange a location to host the papaya workshop at a medical training facility that is off-campus and not affiliated with Georgetown University. As a benefit, this site will provide us with all equipment necessary for a full-spectrum abortion training. We also arranged for medical students to be granted access to this space every year to ensure continuity of access to miscarriage and abortion management training. While we concede the off-campus location is less than ideal given accessibility and transportation difficulties, we appreciate the administration’s help in securing this location. Through this action they have demonstrated they are listening to and trying to accommodate students medical training needs. Furthermore, other Medical Students for Choice events will be allowed to remain on campus per the Access to Benefits policy.
Institutional religious affiliation can impact the scope of a medical student’s training. This is a structural issue that will not be addressed by a single petition or meeting. The goal of this petition was to facilitate GUSOM student training via an independent, student-organized workshop. However, we believe a more permanent solution to the root problem would be for GUSOM to provide students the opportunity to access this training through their curriculum. During our meeting with the administration today, we discussed the possibility of creating an optional rotation available to GUSOM students to learn about abortion at a religiously unaffiliated hospital. This would be a tremendous advancement to current student access and applaud the administration for their receptiveness to this idea. We hope you, as petition signers, will continue to support GUSOM medical students who are striving to facilitate this access.
In order to facilitate this access, please consider donating to our fundraiser. All funds will go towards 1) facilitating student transportation to the off-campus training location and 2) initiating a campaign to lobby for the establishment of an optional elective that offers training in miscarriage and abortion medical management. If you know of other who share our mission to make medical training accessible to all medical students regardless of institution, please share this campaign with them.
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