Medical Students
Become a Period Pro!

Find out how you can improve young people’s health.

The Period Education Project (PEP) partners with trained medical students with youth-serving community based organizations to provide educational workshops (PEP Rallies) on menstrual health, an important component in eliminating period poverty.

Become a Period Pro or a Chief Period Pro

Applications are open to currently enrolled medical students at participating medical schools. The project prioritizes 1st and 2nd year medical students and seeks a diverse team (PEP Squad) to include one Chief Period Pro and 2-4 additional Period Pros.

Ideally, Chief Period Pros have strong leadership skills, are interested in community service and participate in a clinical interest group related to ob-gyn, pediatrics, family medicine, or health equity. A faculty sponsor is required to assist with community networking, support, and sustainability of the program.

How does it benefit your community?

Eliminate barriers to menstrual health education.

Provide vital education that is medically accurate yet rarely covered in schools or healthcare visits.

Engage with medical students or physicians in training who can serve as role models for youth in your community.

Experience group educational programs that enhance selfconfidence, reduce generational misinformation and stigma, and improve communication between youth and their supporting adults regarding menstrual health.

Rebuild trust between traditionally marginalized communities and healthcare providers.

What exactly is a PEP Rally?

Period Education Project (PEP) Rallies are virtual or in person educational workshops on menstrual health led by two Period Pros for groups of youth and their supporting adults. The workshop includes content created and produced by academic physicians. Topics covered include female reproductive anatomy, menstrual cycle basics, period product use & safety, normal and abnormal menstruation patterns, and local resources addressing period poverty. To hear Period Pros describe a PEP Rally, watch this brief video.

What is the purpose of the Period Education Project (PEP)?

The menstrual cycle is considered a vital sign – an important indicator of health, yet menstrual related symptoms are often minimized or dismissed. This national program works with medical schools to train medical students (“Period Pros”) to create medically accurate content and facilitate community based workshops (“PEP Rallies”) addressing menstrual health and period poverty for menstruating or non-menstruating youth of all genders who want to learn about menstrual health.
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“Young people rarely get the chance to learn about menstrual health outside the context of puberty and sex ed. They need this for their health – now and in the future.”


– Dr. Melisa holmes,
OBGYN & Period Education Project Co-Founder 

Period Pro Benefits

  • Serve as a role model to youth in your community
  • Grasp clinical aspects of adolescent menstrual health including topics that are inconsistently covered in medical school curricula
  • Gain experience with public speaking and educating youth and adults about menstrual health
  • Develop the skills to improve your comfort in discussing intimate topics with youth and adults
  • Engage with your community through service that is educational, skill-building, and emotionally rewarding

Period Pro Expectations

  • Complete online training (duration of 4 to 6 hours) and benchmark knowledge tests
  • Help identify community partners to host PEP Rallies (PEP Staff will make the contacts)
  • Participate in quarterly PEP meetings to advance menstrual health knowledge and engage with fellow Period Pros
  • Deliver at least 3 PEP Rallies with a co-presenter and complete a post-rally report.
  • Engage in menstrual health education through other formats such as health fairs, video content, or written content for the PEP website or social channels

Chief Period Pro Benefits

  • Lead your community’s effort to end the stigma surrounding menstrual health and empower youth through accurate education.
  • Access direct mentorship by the physician leaders of the Period Education Project.
  • Connect with Chief Period Pros at select medical schools across the nation and form a network of peers dedicated to community involvement and menstrual health.

Chief Period Pro Expectations

  • Ensure squad’s training goals are met.
  • Serve as a liaison between the medical school and PEP to promote squad activity.
  • Sustain your school’s program by encouraging involvement & recruiting new members.
  • Assist in succession planning to recruit the next Chief Period Pro.

How it works in 3 simple steps:

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1. IDENTIFY YOUR CHIEF PRO.

The Period Education Project works with your medical school faculty or student leaders to identify and prepare your Chief Period Pro.
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2 - Share. Select. Learn

The PEP Team collaborates with your Chief Period Pro to recruit and train (online) your PEP Squad — a team of 2-4 Period Pro students.
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3. Connect. Deploy. Impact.

The PEP Team will support your PEP Squad by overseeing initiatives and projects related to PEP, such as content creation, scheduling community events, and providing resources as needed.

Get Started Today

Medical Students

Interested in getting involved? Want to become a Period Pro or Chief Period Pro? The first step is to fill out our Medical School Application. After this is filled out, our director of Partnerships, Maggie, will be in touch.

For any additional info or questions, please email Maggie at: maggie@periodeducationproject.org