Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship
Application Process ⋅ Application Requirements ⋅ Fellowship Criteria ⋅ Fellowship Site-Specific Information (registration required to access)
About the Fellowship
This one-year fellowship aims to develop a diverse community of leaders who will promote and teach full-spectrum reproductive health care within family medicine. Fellowship positions are currently available in the following locations:
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Ann Arbor, Michigan
- New Brunswick, New Jersey
- New York, New York
- Seattle, Washington
During our one-year fellowship, fellows will develop skills in:
Clinical Care and Service Implementation
- Fellows will spend one year as a “trainer-in-training,” learning to perform reproductive health procedures, including abortion.
- Fellows will spend ~20 days at a high volume abortion site.
- Fellows will work at a family medicine site seeing primary care patients.
- Fellows will develop teaching skills by precepting residents, giving presentations during residency didactic sessions, and providing reproductive health training opportunities for medical students.
- Fellows will learn how to teach reproductive health procedures to others and become abortion trainers.
- Fellows will work on academic projects with the goal of presenting at academic meetings and writing for publication.
Advocacy & Leadership
- Fellows will develop advocacy skills through participation in the Reproductive Health Access Network, involvement in the American Academy of Family Physicians, and through partnerships with other reproductive justice, health, and rights organizations.
- Fellows will participate in an institutional advocacy project to promote equitable access to reproductive health care at their fellowship site.
- Fellows will apply to the Physicians for Reproductive Health’s Leadership Training Academy and participate if accepted. (optional)
- Fellows will participate in virtual didactic sessions on integrating an anti-racist and reproductive justice lens into providing, teaching, and advocating for reproductive health care.
- Fellows will develop strategies to support the lifelong commitment to the process of integrating an anti-racist lens into providing, teaching, and advocating for reproductive health care.
Community & Mentorship
- Fellows will engage in career development and networking opportunities, including participating in national and regional reproductive health and family medicine conferences.
Learn more about the required and optional competencies fellows will develop as part of the Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship.
Applications will open on May 5th, 2023. Applications will be accepted until September 30th, 2023.
Once applications are closed we will begin reviewing all applications submitted. Requests for interviews will be sent out to selected candidates in October. Interviews will take place during the months of November and December. Final decisions will be sent out in early to mid-January.
Application Opening: May 5th, 2023
Application Deadline: September 30th, 2023
To apply please submit the following items:
- Fellowship Application Form (Now open!)
- Short Essay Question Responses (max 500 words each)
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
- Three Letters of Recommendation
Short Essays (max 500 words each)
- Tell us about why you are interested in the RHAP fellowship and your future career goals. Additionally, please tell us about your commitment, desires, and goals for providing abortion care post-fellowship.
- The RHAP Fellowship has articulated and moved forward its commitment to practicing and teaching anti-racism, racial literacy, and reproductive justice (and other forms of social justice). We aim to train fellows to develop these skills to better care for their diverse patients, mentor learners, and to dismantle systems of oppression and harm within their institutions and communities. Tell us about your own experiences or interests in social/reproductive justice, as well as your goals and commitment to social/ reproductive justice and anti-racism in medicine as a clinician, teacher, and advocate. You can read more about RHAP’s commitment to anti-racism and equity on our website.
- How do you plan to use Fellowship training to protect or expand access to reproductive health care? How will the fellowship further your advocacy goals?
Letters of Recommendation
- Please provide three letters of recommendation. Letters must be on electronic letterhead with an electronic signature or a scanned PDF of the letter on letterhead with a signature. You can obtain letters of recommendation from individuals who are mentors, professors, advisors, or supervisors in any capacity in medicine/health care, not necessarily specialized or focused on reproductive health. 1 out the 3 letters may be written by a colleague (i.e. co-resident) or someone you mentor. If this individual does not have an institutional affiliation, electronic letterhead for this letter is not necessary.
- The following are topics we would like to see in letters of recommendation. One letter does not need to cover all of these topics. Topics include your skills, dedication to, practice and values around:
- Patient-centered care and family medicine
- Mentoring and teaching learners
- Advocacy and activism
- Social justice and health equity, including reproductive and racial justice
- Procedural skills
- Approach to learning
- Commitment to reproductive health, rights, and justice.
- Recommendations should be emailed directly by the writer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants must be board-certified or board-eligible family physicians who will have completed residency training in the United States by August 1, 2024. Candidates should have the appropriate state licenses before the start date of the fellowship. Recent graduates and mid-career physicians are eligible. Candidates need not be fully trained in reproductive health procedures.
RHAP seeks to train a diverse community of leaders. We will review your application based on the following areas:
- Quality of your application
- Commitment to sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion
- Commitment to practice in low-resourced/low-access settings
- Potential to contribute to the family medicine and abortion care workforce
- Commitment to diversity, equity, and justice
- Potential for leadership, teaching, and advocacy.
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