Reproductive Health Access Project

Training & Support

Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship

This one-year fellowship aims to develop leaders who will promote and teach full-spectrum women’s reproductive health care within family medicine.  There are currently four fellowship positions available:  three based in New York City at Institute for Family Health affiliated residencies and one based in Boston at the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance.

Fellows will participate in the following activities:

  1. Fellows will spend one year as a “trainer in training,” learning to perform abortion and related procedures (IUD and implant insertions and removals, first-trimester sonography, medication abortion, endometrial biopsy, and manual vacuum aspiration of the uterus) and learning to teach these procedures to others.  The fellows will also spend 15 to 20 days at a high volume abortion site, getting training and becoming a trainer.
  2. Fellows will work at a continuity care site at the residency’s clinical practice setting, seeing continuity care patients. The fellow will work at least two procedure sessions learning to perform and then teach a wide range of procedures.
  3. Fellows will develop teaching skills by precepting family medicine residents one session per week, learning to teach and give feedback under the supervision of the residency faculty.
  4. Fellows will develop teaching and leadership skills by giving presentations during the residency curriculum sessions and at academic family medicine meetings. Fellows will participate in advocacy projects that promote access to reproductive health care in family medicine, with guidance from the Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP). Fellows, in collaboration with residents and faculty, will work on the on-going projects with a goal of preparing presentations for academic meetings and publications for family medicine journals.
  5. Fellows will work with medical schools to provide reproductive health training opportunities for medical students.
  6. Fellows will apply to the Physicians for Reproductive Health’s Leadership Training Academy.  If accepted, any costs associated with this  training will be covered by the fellowship, and will require travel to three meetings during the fellowship year.

Applications for the Reproductive Health and Advocacy Fellowship can only be submitted electronically.  To apply, please email the following materials to Applications are due December 1.

  • Cover letter stating the reasons for interest and career goals
  • Three references (must either be on electronic letterhead with an electronic signature or a scanned pdf of the letter on letterhead with a signature)
  • Curriculum vitae

Recruitment Criteria

Applicants must be board-certified or board-eligible family physicians who will have completed residency training by July 1, 2017. Recent graduates and mid-career physicians are eligible. Candidates need not be fully trained in women’s health procedures.  Candidates should have the appropriate state licenses before their start date for the fellowship. High priority will be given to clinicians who will do one or more of the following:

  • Provide abortion care in an abortion provider shortage area;
  • Commit to developing a new abortion-training program at a family medicine residency program that currently offers no abortion training.


Application to New York, New York Fellowships

Application to Boston, Massachusetts Fellowship

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