Why become a fellow?

If you want to develop superior clinical skills and become a leader in national or international family planning, the Family Planning Fellowship will give you comprehensive training and connect you to an established network of family planning leaders.

Academic leadership | Research | International leadership | Public policy & advocacy | Networking | Post-fellowship opportunities

“The fellowship has allowed me to secure a great position as a family planning specialist at an excellent academic medical center, which is just what I want to do. The fellowship gave me the credibility I needed to get the department to take the leap of faith on a new type of specialist.”

Academic leadership

  • The majority of graduated Family Planning fellows hold academic positions in departments of obstetrics and gynecology across the United States and Canada.
  • Bringing their unique clinical and research expertise in family planning to academic departments, fellows are ideally suited to start new Fellowships in Family Planning and new Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Programs.


  • Working with leading researchers and clinicians, fellows conduct social and physiologic research on aspects of contraception and abortion techniques.
  • During their fellowship, fellows have the opportunity to do a one-month rotation with the Population Council to learn about contraceptive development, from bench research to introduction of the contraceptive.
  • Fellows present their research at national conferences and clinical meetings, and publish their research in leading peer-reviewed journals.

International leadership

  • Fellows complete an international placement, typically between one and three months, to learn about family planning, abortion, and reproductive health in less-developed nations.
  • As a result of these placements, fellows have worked as reproductive health advisors and clinicians in South East Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Central and South America.
  • The international training can lead to international opportunities post-fellowship, including consultancies or permanent positions at NGOs or GOs, such as the World Health Organization and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Public policy and advocacy

  • Annual workshops and training addressing current public affairs and policy topics provide fellows with the knowledge and skills to be effective participants and leaders in establishing policy.
  • Relationships with ACOG and Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH) have created opportunities for fellows to develop advocacy and leadership skills.
  • Elective rotations with the Population Council and Guttmacher Institute have been established for fellows to gain experience in policy and development.


  • The Fellowship connects current and former fellows to a rapidly expanding network of family planning experts.
  • The Annual Meeting brings together Fellowship directors, current and former fellows, and other experts for a clinical and research symposium—as well as to celebrate the accomplishments of the Fellowship.
  • Workshops sponsored through the fellowship provide training in business and other practical skills for post-fellowship positions and international family planning endeavors.
  • Workshops provide professional development skills for post-fellowship positions and international family planning endeavors.
  • The Fellowship in Family Planning listserv and newsletter facilitate communication among fellows.

Post-fellowship opportunities

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with Emory University, offers a post-doctoral Family Planning Fellowship position.
  • Fellows from the 2017 graduating class accepted positions at:
    • Albany Medical Center
    • Baystate Medical Center
    • Centers for Disease Control
    • Christiana Care Medical Center
    • Columbia University
    • Emory University
    • Harbor-UCLA
    • Indian Health Service
    • Indiana University
    • Institute for Family Health, East Harlem
    • Jacobi Medical Center
    • Kaiser Portland
    • Medical College of Wisconsin
    • US Navy
    • Oregon Health & Science University
    • Palo Alto Medical Foundation
    • Planned Parenthood Baltimore
    • Planned Parenthood Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley
    • Rocky Mountain Ob-Gyn
    • San Francisco General Hospital
    • Stanford University
    • Swedish Medical Center 
    • University of Hawaii
    • University of Illinois, Chicago
    • University of Michigan
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • University of Pennsylvania/Pennsylvania Hospital 
    • Virginia League for Planned Parenthood 
    • Washington University in St. Louis
    • Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) at University of California, San Francisco
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