Reproductive Health Access Project

Training & Support

Fellowship Description: Institute for Family Health

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 three fellowship is based in New York City at Institute for Family Health affiliated residencies: one based at the Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Practice, and two based at the Harlem Family Medicine Residency Programs.

All 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, first-trimester sonography, medication abortion, endometrial biopsy, and manual vacuum aspiration of the uterus) and learning to teach these procedures to others.  Most of this training will take place at Phillips Family Practice and some at the Walton Family Health Center and the Family Health Center of Harlem. 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 five patient-care sessions (two and one-half days) per week at a continuity care site at the Institute for Family Health (IFH), seeing continuity care patients. The fellow will work two procedure sessions at an Institute site 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.  As part of the faculty development aspect of the fellowship, the fellow may take on an intern as an advisee, under the supervision of the fellowship director or 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 Students for Choice (MS4C), helping them build their local chapters and engaging residents in doing projects with the medical students.
  6. Fellows will participate in the LARC training program at the Institute that is run in collaboration with RHAP. The fellows will help train clinicians from local primary care and school-based health centers in order to expand access LARC.
  7. The fellows will participate in working in and sustaining a student-run free clinic that is a collaboration NYU medical students, fellowship faculty, and the Institute’s free clinic medical advisors. The fellows will participate in the “reproductive health team” that provides general reproductive health care, including LARC and abortion care, to uninsured women. This free clinic will serve as a reproductive health training site for students and residents.
  8. 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.
  9. The fellows will apply for the Leadership Training Academy of Physician’s for Reproductive Choice and Health. If accepted, any costs associated with this training will be covered by the fellowship, and will require one or two meetings out of town and one or two meetings in New York City.

Salary is approximately $80,000/year and the start date is flexible but is usually August of the new academic year.

Applications for the Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship can only be submitted electronically.  To apply, please email the following materials to Please indicate clearly that you are applying for the Institute for Family Health Fellowship positions. 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, 2018. Recent graduates and mid-career physicians are eligible. Candidates need not be fully trained in women’s health procedures.  Candidates should have their New York State licenses before their start date for the fellowship. High priority will be given to clinicians who:

  • Plan to 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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