Professional Responsibility

Research shows that medical students exhibit a decline in empathy after they begin interacting with patients which poses a threat to their ability to provide patient-centered care. Patient-centered care challenges doctors to be empathetic, respectful, and compassionate, even during difficult patient interactions or when they have moral objections to the patient’s health behaviors. Teaching about abortion provides a learning opportunity for students to practice empathy and compassion in the face of patient behavior which they may not support.
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Do’s and Don’ts

Presented by: Aspen Ruhlin (they/them/theirs) Community Advocate, Mabel Wadsworth Clinic In this do’s and don’ts video, Aspen goes over some common mistakes around language, pronouns, and assumptions and explains how to fix them. Additional Don’ts Don’t assume the pregnant person … Continue reading

Language and Impact

Presented by: Aspen Ruhlin (they/them/theirs) Community Advocate, Mabel Wadsworth Clinic In this video Aspen discusses language, the impact it has, and how to shift language to be more gender inclusive. 

Sex and Gender

Presented by: Aspen Ruhlin (they/them/theirs) Community Advocate, Mabel Wadsworth Clinic In this video Aspen describes the difference between sex and gender and explains that both are social constructs we can shift our thinking around.

Take Action

Resources Community-informed models of perinatal and reproductive health services provision: a justice-centered paradigm toward equity among Black birthing communities Yo, is this racist? Black Women Birthing Justice Project Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Freedom School for … Continue reading