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Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship

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About the Fellowship

This one-year fellowship aims to develop a diverse community of family medicine leaders who will provide, teach, and advocate for equitable, person-centered reproductive health care, especially within primary care. Fellowship positions are 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 or community-based clinic 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 and other learners.
  • 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/or 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 partnerships with reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations and coalitions.
  • Fellows will participate in an institutional advocacy project to promote equitable access to reproductive health care at their fellowship site.
  • (Optional) Fellows may apply to the Physicians for Reproductive Health’s Leadership Training Academy and participate if accepted.

Purposeful Inclusion

  • 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.

Application Process

Applications will open on May 3rd, 2024. Applications will be accepted until September 30th, 2024.

Once applications are closed, we will begin reviewing all applications that have been 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 mid-January.

Application Opening: May 3rd, 2024

Application Deadline: September 30th, 2024

Application Requirements

To apply please submit the following items:

  • Fellowship Application Form
  • Short Essay Question Responses (max 500 words each)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation


Short Essays (max 500 words each)

  1. Tell us why you are interested in the RHAP Fellowship. How do you plan to use Fellowship training to enhance access to sexual and reproductive health care? Please tell us about your career goals, commitment, and desires for providing abortion and primary care post-fellowship. 
  2. The RHAP Fellowship is committed to practicing and teaching anti-racism and reproductive justice (and other forms of social justice). We aim to train fellows to develop these skills to better care for their patients, mentor learners, and dismantle systems of oppression and harm within their institutions and communities. Tell us about your 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.
  3. Tell us about your experiences and interests in advocacy. How would you like to use the Fellowship to further your advocacy and leadership goals as a family physician working to enhance access to sexual and reproductive health care? 


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 of 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

Fellowship Criteria

Applicants must be board-certified or board-eligible family physicians who will have completed residency training in the United States by July 1, 2025. Candidates should have the appropriate state licenses before the start date of the fellowship. Recent graduates and mid-career family 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 primary care promotion of sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion
  • Commitment to practice in low-resourced/low-access settings
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and justice
  • Potential for leadership, teaching, and advocacy

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Have more questions? Take a look at our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.

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