Homecoming: How restrictive reproductive and sexual health legislation is impacting residency applicants’ ability to return to their states of origin
Awarded 2023
Emerging Scholars in Family Planning
Tecora Turner, BS
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Tecora Turner is a third-year medical student at Pritzker School of Medicine. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she obtained a degree in Public Health while playing Division 1 soccer. She has held various leadership roles during her medical school tenure including co-leader of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group and co-lead for Medical Students for Choice. She participated in a Reproductive Health Externship coordinated by Midwest Access Project where she gained meaningful hands-on experience in an abortion clinic in Detroit, Michigan. She spends her free time volunteering with young girls at Ruggles Elementary and assembling hygiene care kits for local homeless encampments and homeless women shelters across Chicago through Girls Inc. and coordinating other mutual aid initiatives, like a post-abortion care package drive, through her work with the Chicago Abortion Fund. Her research aims to analyze the considerations and tradeoffs fourth-year medical students from the South make when applying to residency, as they decide whether to apply to residency programs in the South to complete their training. She will interview 25 participants, who are interested in providing gender-affirming and/or abortion care as a part of their practice and who fit study criteria as a Southerner or from the South. The goal of this project is to assess whether restrictive anti-abortion and anti-trans legislation deters Southern natives from returning to their communities of origin and how this might impact the quality of care in these states.