RJ MedEd

A collaboration towards justice in medical education.

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RJ Med Ed is an ongoing, multidisciplinary collaboration, dedicated to designing and implementing a Reproductive Justice curriculum in all levels of medical education. 

Recognizing a gap in physician training, we aim to incorporate a historical background on reproductive injustices into existing curricula and develop learning tools and exercises that better prepare and empower physicians to change the future of care for the better.

RJ Med Ed Curriculum Development

RJ Curriculum Development Meeting Advisory Board

The RJ Med Ed project was initiated in 2016 through a Society in Family Planning Fellowship Project. We formed an advisory board of activists, advocates, scholars, and experts in reproductive justice and identified learning outcomes for a reproductive justice physician curriculum. (Learn More). Additionally, we gathered a small group of advocates and educators to discuss pedagogical values. (Learn More).

Currently, our team is collaborating with reproductive justice advocates to create a reproductive justice physician curriculum aligned with these learning outcomes and pedagogical values. The curriculum consists of 11 modules covering a wide variety of reproductive justice and healthcare topics. We've identified recommended readings, sample didactics, and educational videos featuring RJ advocates to enhance physician learning for each topic.

Our team is always interested in growing our network of educators and activists who want to transform medical education. Interested in joining our team? 

Defining reproductive justice and how to apply a reproductive justice framework to healthcare.

Understanding examples of reproductive injustice in U.S. history, how they have led to mistrust in healthcare and impact how we provide reproductive healthcare. 

Evaluating one’s own biases, consider oppressive forces and how to shift power differentials. 

Analyzing current policies affecting reproductive health. 

Evaluating how social, economic, political, and cultural factors impact reproductive health. 

Considering how cultural beliefs impact patient care and how to create safety in the patient-provider encounter.

Incorporating key skills into the patient encounter. 

Understanding core topics in reproductive health.

Defining gender and sexual identity and understanding the principles of gender-affirming care.

Applying different approaches to care in reproductive health. 

Integrating advocacy skills into reproductive healthcare. 

Our Research

Our team continues to investigate how reproductive justice-related topics are integrated into health professional education and care provision.

Current Research

  • Ob/Gyn Resident Experiences with Reproductive Injustices: We surveyed ob/gyn residents to inquire about their observations of reproductive injustice during residency training. (Read the Manuscript, View the Poster).
  • Medical Students' Experiences with Disparities, Injustice, and Ethical Concerns: We are surveying medical students about their experiences during their clerkship and performing a qualitative analysis of essays written about an ethical concern. 
  • Patient Experiences with Clinical Care: We are surveying patients to assess satisfaction with access and delivery of healthcare services to ensure that our clinics are accessible, culturally respectful and support diverse patient needs. 

Project Leadership

Charisse Loder, MD, MSc

Project Leader

Meghan Seewald, MA

Project Coordinator
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