Reproductive and Gender Health Fellowship

Overview of the Program

The Reproductive Health Fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School develops leaders in women’s reproductive health care, education, research and advocacy and coordinates the essential resources and opportunities for family physicians to become abortion and long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) providers, trainers, and women’s reproductive health care advocates.

The fellowship provides hands-on abortion and LARC training opportunities, excellent medical student and resident teaching experience, and the ability to provide reproductive health care in a variety of settings including a dedicated family planning clinic, an academic family medicine office and a university student health service.

Fellows will graduate with an appreciation for and expertise in the provision of family planning and abortion services in multiple health settings, particularly in primary care. We encourage the fellows to tailor their clinical rotations and scholarly projects to their interests and future career goals. Fellows receive high-quality, consistent mentorship from experienced faculty members with expertise in medical education, family planning and abortion care.

The 1-year program was established in July 1992 and provides 1 fellowship position per year. The fellowship is co-sponsored by the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Rutgers University Student Health, and the Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area.

Required Activities

  • Training in first trimester abortion care (options counseling, medication abortion and aspiration abortion) to trainer-level competence in a high-volume family planning clinic AND a family medicine outpatient office;
  • Training in family planning, including provision of LARC to trainer-level competence;
  • Original scholarly research project design and implementation and dissemination of results via peer-reviewed publications and/or scholarly presentations;
  • Resident and medical student teaching during Women’s Health Rotation and Student Electives;
  • Clinical sessions and establishment of continuity patient panel at Rutgers Student Health;
  • Local and national CME/research presentations; clinical rotations in selected areas of women’s health;
  • Community service/outreach tailored to the individual’s interests;
  • Practice-based quality improvement initiatives tailored to the individual’s interest.

Elective Activities

Opportunities for clinical rotations in Breast Disorders, Urogynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology, and STI Clinics can be arranged based upon the individual’s interests.

Fellows are encouraged to take a leadership role in addressing women’s health issues most relevant to them, utilizing our educational, clinical, community, and legislative resources. Fellows are also invited to participate in women’s health related clinical trials, educational programs, and professional organizations.

Education Curriculum

    • Full-spectrum Women’s health sessions in an academic Family Medicine clinic including care and work up for sexually transmitted infections, menopausal symptoms, abnormal uterine bleeding, contraception management, and Family Planning counseling and procedures
    • Weekly procedure sessions at Planned Parenthood
    • Elective rotations in Breast Disorders, Urogynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology, Transgender Health, depending on fellow’s interest
    • Continuity primary care in an academic family medicine and/or student health office at Rutgers University
    • (optional) advocacy training through the Leadership Training Academy (LTA) with Physicians for Reproductive Health (dependent on acceptance into the LTA)
    • Training in first trimester procedural and medication abortion care
    • Training in full spectrum contraception including LARC methods (IUDs and contraceptive implants)
    • Training in ultrasound for first trimester pregnancy dating
    • Training in colposcopy, endometrial biopsies, Bartholin cyst care, cryo-therapy
    • Teaching medical students and residents Women’s Health care in a primary care setting and Planned Parenthood
    • Participation and presentation in regional and national conferences
    • Presentations during Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Sexual health week
    • Being a liaison to medical schools in the area including leading Papaya workshops, contraception/pregnancy options counseling lectures
    • Lectures for the Family Medicine Residents on various Women’s Health topics
    • Work closely with Women’s Health Faculty to produce an independent scholarly project

Research and Scholarly Work

  • Peer-Reviewed Original Journal Articles

    1. Wu JP, Bennett I, Levine JP, et al. The effect of a simple educational intervention on interest in early abortion training among family medicine residents. Contraception 73(6):613-617, 2006.
    2. Levine JP, Sinofsky FE, Christ MF, The Implanon™ US Study Group. Assessment of Implanon™ insertion and removal. Contraception 78(5):409-17, 2008.
    3. Sliwowska A, Amico JR. Is there an increased risk of bacterial vaginosis (BV) in women with intrauterine devices (IUDs)? Evidence-Based Practice 2018:21(7) E2-3.
    4. Amico JR, Bennett AH, Karasz A, Gold M. "Taking the provider "out of the loop:" Patients' and physicians' perspectives about IUD self-removal. Contraception 2018;98, 288-291.
    5. Wu J, Chaplin W, Amico J, Butler M, Ojie M, Hennedy D, Clemow L. Music for Surgical Abortion Care (MuSAC Study): a randomized controlled pilot study. Contraception 2012;85(5):496-502.

    Books, Monographs and Chapters

    1. Levine JPWu J.Section III: Women’s Health.   Swanson Family Practice Review: A Problem-Oriented Approach. 5 th ed .   Mosby, Inc.   Philadelphia, Pa.  2005.
    2. Levine JPWu J,Mravcak S.Contraception. Textbook of Family Practice, 7 th ed .  W.B. Saunders, Orlando, Fl. 2007.
    3. Goodman S, Flaxman G, and the TEACH Trainers Collaborative Working Group. * TEACH Early Abortion Training Workbook, Fifth Edition. UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health: San Francisco, CA (2016).
      * Hufbauer E, Amico JR, McNeil S, Pau C, Maldonado L, Brahver D, Weber C, Ti A, Wang LF, Wolfe M, Wondolowski L, Rosenstein H, Lazarin M.
    4. Amico JR, Cheng TL, Godfrey EM. Providing Abortion Services in the Primary Care Setting. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice. Issue on  Women's Health. (Currently in press)


    1. McWeeney M, Wu J, Patil S, Reddy G ,Levine JP.A Successful Initiative to Provide Women’s Health to an Underserved Population: The Women’s Health Without Walls Program.   Paper Presentation.   23 rdAnnual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine: NorthEast Region Meeting. Ryebrook, NY, October 30, 2004.
    2. Wu J, Fleischman J, Levine JP, et al. Abortion Training in Family Medicine: A Survey of New Jersey Family Medicine Programs.   Paper on Completed Research.   32 nd Annual Meeting and Exposition: American Public Health Association, Washington, DC, November 19, 2004.
    3. Cheng T,Amico JR, Levine JP.“Reality Check - Comparing Prenatal Contraceptive Interest with Actual Postpartum Use.” Abstract Presentation.    STFM 2017 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, May 5-9, 2017.
    4. Amico JR, Bennett AH, Karasz A, Gold M. Women’s experiences with early elective IUD removal. Poster presentation, North American Forum of Family Planning, Society of Family Planning and Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. Chicago, IL, 11/14/2015-11/16/2015.
    5. Sliwowska AAmico JR. “Are intrauterine devices associated with increased vaginal discharge complaints? A retrospective chart review.” Poster presentation 5/6/17 at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, San Diego, CA.
    6. Perez M, Levine JP,Sliwowska AAmico, JR. “Improving Medical Student & Resident Training in Women’s Health Utilizing Free Cervical Cancer Screening.” Poster Presentation 6/16/2018 at the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians Annual Conference, Atlantic City.


  • Jeffrey P. Levine, MD, MPH, Co-Director
    Dr. Levine has dedicated his professional career to improving access and delivery of high-quality women's health care to the underserved, and he has achieved national expertise in contraceptive research, cervical cancer prevention, menopausal symptom management, and osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Levine has participated in multiple women's health clinical trials, published related scholarly articles, and given numerous CME presentations at national meetings. Dr. Levine has received several honors in recognition of teaching excellence, mentorship, advocacy and compassionate patient care. He is most proud of the legacy of women's health leaders he has trained over the past 25+ years. Dr. Levine resides in Hillsborough, with his wife, four daughters, grandchildren, and a menagerie of adopted animals.

    Jennifer Amico, MD, MPH, Co-Director
    Dr. Amico is a passionate family physician with a focus on reproductive health provision, research, and education. Her research interests include contraception and abortion research, including long-acting reversible contraceptives, doctor-patient interactions around contraceptive care, improving access to family planning, and experiences with abortion stigma. Prior to joining the faculty, she completed the Fellowship in Family Planning in Family Medicine at Montefiore and served as the medical director for a Planned Parenthood affiliate.

    Anna Sliwowska, MD
    Dr. Sliwowska completed her Women’s Health Fellowship under Dr. Jeffrey Levine and Dr. Amico here in New Brunswick, NJ. This training has led her to provide comprehensive reproductive healthcare- specializing in contraception, cervical cancer prevention, miscarriage/abortion care, as well as PCOS and abnormal uterine bleeding. She is a part of the core faculty for the Family Medicine residency and directs the reproductive health training program for the Family Medicine residents and medical students.

    • Gloria Bachmann, MD - Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences 
    • Adrian Balica, MD - Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences 
    • Doreen Hock, MD - Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences 
    • Juana Hutchinson-Colas, MD - Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences 
    • Shicha Kumar, MD - Department of Surgery; Cancer Institute of New Jersey
    • Cathryn Heath, MD - Medical Director, Rutgers Student Health Services
    • Sara Lubitz, MD - Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology 
    • Ian Marshall, MD - Department of Pediatrics


  • Kenya Lyons, MD

    Though I was born in Northern California, I spent most of my childhood in Yorktown, Virginia. For college, I attended Yale University, where I majored in Psychology and volunteered at Planned Parenthood, which led to my interest in medicine and Women's Health. At Stanford Medical School, I held positions in Medical Students for Choice and the OBGYN Interest Group. I then spent a year at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, undergoing training in Obstetrics & Gynecology, before pursuing Family Medicine Residency at the University of California San Diego. At UCSD, I helped to establish a protocol for medication abortion in the Family Medicine continuity clinics. I also led my co-residents through seminars on the TEACH Abortion Training Curriculum. I'm very excited to have matched into the Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship at Rutgers!! 

  • Kate Thomsen, MD, MPH
    Dr. Thomsen completed her medical training in Family Medicine and women's health, as well as a former career as an environmentalist. She views health as an ecosystem, looking at how a patient is functioning as a whole - not as pieces or parts. She is currently a Functional Medicine provider at a private practice in New Jersey.

    Jeffrey Levine, MD, MPH

    Smita Patil-Randhawa, MD, MPH
    Medical Director, Hunterdon Family Medicine at Cornerstone in Flemington, NJ

    Justine Wu, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. Research focuses on the use of mixed methods to improve contraceptive counseling and provision. 

    Sally Mravcak, MD
    Medical Director of the Jersey City site of Vanguard Medical Group and Medical Director for Quality for Vanguard. Practicing the full scope of family medicine, including office gyn procedures, and acupuncture. 

    Sarah Pickle, MD
    Associate Professor of Family & Community Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Provides comprehensive primary care, reproductive, sexual, and gender health at University of Cincinnati.   Areas of clinical and academic interest include transgender care, gender affirming primary care practices, and family planning.

    Mona Dalal, MD

    Cari Benbasset-Miller, MD
    Currently practices at Cambridge Health Alliance and serves as clinical faculty in Reproductive Health and Family Medicine Obstetrics for the Tufts Family Medicine Residency. Clinical interests include access and education in reproductive healthcare, obstetrics, office-based addiction treatment and HIV primary care and prevention.

    Terri Cheng, MD
    Terri is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UC San Diego, practicing full spectrum family medicine with a focus in women's healthcare including contraception management and outpatient gynecological procedures.

    Anna Sliwowska, MD

    Samantha Stimmel, MD
    Sam is an Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine with her clinical practice at The Friedman Center for the Performing Arts in Times Square.  She practices primary care and comprehensive reproductive care including-- gender affirming care, long-acting forms of contraception, first trimester abortion and miscarriage care.  Sam also teaches students from the medical school during their clinical primary care rotation.

    Cresandra Corbin, MD
    Cresandra is currently a Women's & Reproductive Health and Core Faculty at the Capital Health Family Medicine Residency Program in Trenton, New Jersey.  She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.  She provides comprehensive reproductive health care, family planning and abortion care, and trains medical students and residents.  

    Stephanie Mischell, MD
    Stephanie is a Staff Physician at Southwestern Women's Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Dallas, Texas. She provides abortion care and family planning services with a focus on abortion access for patients in states hostile to abortion. She is also Co-Founder and Leader for the Texas Cluster of the Reproductive Health Access Project. 

    Monica Agarwal, MD

    H. Reeve Bright, MD, MPH, MS

Benefits and Salary

Our residency and fellowship programs offer a uniform package of benefits consistent with those provided at all graduate medical educational programs operated by the medical school. Full details regarding benefits and salary are continuously updated by the Office of Graduate Medical Education.

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