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Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship

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 positions based in New York City at Institute for Family Health affiliated residencies: one at the Mount Sinai Downtown Residency in Urban Family Medicine, and two at the Harlem Residency in Family Medicine Program.

All fellows will participate in the following activities:

  1. Fellows will spend one year as a “trainer in training,” learning to perform full spectrum reproductive health care and related procedures (IUD and implant insertions, first-trimester sonography, 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 full-spectrum reproductive health care site, getting uterine aspiration 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 centers in order to expand access LARC.
  7. The fellows will participate in working in and sustaining a free clinic that is run in collaboration with NYU medical students, fellowship faculty, and the Institute’s free clinic medical advisors. The fellows will participate in the “reproductive health team” that provides full spectrum reproductive health care to uninsured women. This free clinic will serve as a reproductive health training site for students and residents.
  8. 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.

  • 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, 2015. 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 full-spectrum reproductive health care in a full-spectrum reproductive health care provider shortage area;
  • Commit to developing a new full-spectrum reproductive health care-training program at a family medicine residency program that currently offers no full-spectrum reproductive health care training.

For more information, contact .