Training & Support
Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship
This one-year fellowship aims to develop leaders who will promote and teach full-spectrum 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 Massachusetts at the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance.
Fellows will participate in the following activities:
- Fellows will spend one year as a “trainer in training,” learning to perform abortion and related procedures (IUD and contraceptive 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. Fellows will spend ~20 days at a high volume abortion site, getting training and becoming a trainer.
- Fellows will work at a family medicine site seeing their own panel of continuity care patients.
- Fellows will develop teaching skills by precepting family medicine residents, learning to teach and give feedback under the supervision of residency faculty.
- Fellows will develop teaching and leadership skills by giving presentations during the residency curriculum sessions and at academic conferences. Fellows, in collaboration with residents and faculty, will work on academic projects with a goal of presenting at academic meetings and writing for publication.
- Fellows will work with medical schools to provide reproductive health training opportunities for medical students.
- Fellows will become actively involved in the American Academy of Family Physicians, at the local, state, and national level, with the goal of promoting access to comprehensive reproductive health care within family medicine.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due December 1.
- Cover letter stating which fellowship sites you are applying to, and your reason 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
Applicants must be board-certified or board-eligible family physicians who will have completed residency training in the United States by August 1, 2019. 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.
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