Reproductive Health Fellowship in Family Medicine

Program Goal

To develop leaders in women’s reproductive health care, education, research and advocacy.

Program Objectives

To develop and coordinate the essential resources and opportunities for Family Physicians to become abortion and LARC providers, trainers, and women’s reproductive health care advocates.

Program Features

This program provides outstanding 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.

Program Description

Institution(s):  Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Date Established:  July 1992

Number of Positions:  1 per year

Duration of Program:  1 year

Sponsored by:  Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Co-Sponsoring Institution(s)/Department(s):  Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Co-Sponsoring Institution(s):  Rutgers University Student Health
                                            Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area

Program Requirements

Eligibility Requirement(s)

  • Current New Jersey medical license
  • Board certification or eligibility in Family Medicine.
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident (we do not sponsor H1 visas)
  • Current ACLS certification (for moderate sedation licensing)

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 long-acting reversible contraceptives (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.