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Fellowship in Complex Family Planning


The University of New Mexico’s ACGME Accredited Fellowship in Complex Family Planning allows OB-GYN physicians to gain top-quality training to become well-rounded clinicians, educators, researchers, and advocates. Our program stands out in close personal mentorship and promotes lifelong learning by supporting our Fellows to earn either a Master of Science in Clinical Research or a Master of Public Health during the two-year Complex Family Planning fellowship at UNM.  The UNM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers incredible clinical, education, advocacy and research opportunities as well as comprehensive benefits for fellows.   


What You’ll Learn  

During your time as a fellow with us, you will receive wide-ranging experience working with patients from a myriad of cultural and geographic diversities. Our patients, our people, enliven our state, making New Mexico a unique and beautiful place to learn and practice. You will work with our diverse and exceptional residents and medical students as well as students and providers across a number of disciplines.  Further, you will obtain quality mentorship from fellowship-trained, nationally recognized faculty as well as strong departmental support.  

Other highlights of our robust program include:

  • Advocacy opportunities through the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) New Mexico Section 
  • Clinical, education and research collaboration among UNM Health Sciences Center faculty
  • Opportunities to teach medical students and residents in UNM's Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Program 
  • Partnership with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains for abortion procedure experience 
  • Practice in a choice-friendly state with no gestational age limits and strong collaborative relationships between our medical and legal communities as well as with our community organizations.
  • Reproductive health research opportunities 


Clinical Training 

You will receive training in complex abortion and contraception care using evidence-based medical and procedural methods.  Most training occurs at the UNM Center for Reproductive Health, where you will supervise residents and medical students and be supervised by our Family Planning faculty.  Part of your training occurs at the Albuquerque Planned Parenthood Health Center. Medically complex abortion training requiring inpatient care takes place at UNM Hospital. UNM's referral area includes all of New Mexico and parts of Texas, Arizona and Colorado. 

Fellows also perform ambulatory procedures at UNM’s Outpatient Surgery and Imaging Services (OSIS), and become credentialed in moderate procedural sedation which we provide in the outpatient setting. 

By maintaining some general clinical practice, you can choose to collect cases for board certification. 


Educational Experience 

Our fellows are immersed in diverse collaborative educational experiences including: 

  • Didactic seminars (weekly) 
  • Mentoring with the Fellowship Directors (bi-weekly) 
  • Joint journal club with Complex Family Planning and Maternal Child Health faculty, fellows, and residents and CNMs/CNM students (bimonthly) 
  • Morbidity and mortality meeting (quarterly) 
  • Ob/Gyn grand rounds (weekly) 
  • Annual meetings of the Society of Family Planning and ACOG  

You will earn a Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) or a Master of Public Health (MPH) during your tenure as a Fellow with us. You will also have professional development opportunities in medical education through the UNM Office of Continuous Professional Learning.  


Research Opportunities 

During your fellowship, you will design and carry out a primary and secondary research project in complex family planning. Your research mentor and the Complex Family Planning research team will facilitate and advocate for your research. Most fellows present their findings at national scientific meetings and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Finally, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with experts including:  

  • School of Medicine faculty 
  • College of Population Health faculty 
  • Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) faculty  
  • New Mexico Department of Health staff 
  • Indian Health Service/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention field office staff in Albuquerque

Fellow Learning Opportunities

The Master of Public Health program at UNM through the College of Population Health offers the opportunity to make a positive impact on diverse populations. Grounded in social justice, UNM’s MPH program offers opportunities to study epidemiology, community health, and research.


Please see the program website here for more information.

The MSCR program at UNM is supported by the UNM Clinical and Translational Science Center funded through the National Center for Research Resources and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.  


You will learn to: 

  • Design, conduct, and disseminate scientifically rigorous clinical and translational research 
  • Effectively and ethically engage diverse communities in research 
  • Analyze and interpret data collected using qualitative and quantitative research methods 
  • Apply and compete for research funding 
  • Critically appraise scientific literature 
  • Effectively disseminate research findings to the public and to the scientific community 


Please see the program website here for more information.

Participate in the Clinical and Translational Investigators Program (CTIP) throughout the fellowship. You will meet with a research mentor at least twice a month for statistical support.

Take part in the CBPR summer institute, which weaves theory and practice of CBPR with indigenous and critical methodologies.

Join Complex Family Planning faculty in researching a wide variety of topics, including: 

  • Patient perspectives about complex contraception research 
  • Patient perspectives about abortion care 
  • Immediate postpartum LARC 
  • Postpartum contraception and lactation 
  • Abortion training and undergraduate and graduate medical education 
  • Early pregnancy loss management 
  • Early postpartum IUD placement 
  • Family Planning implementation research 
  • Policy effects on abortion care 
  • Rural and urban access to family planning and abortion care

Meet the Faculty

Eve Espey

Eve Espey, MD MPH is Professor and Chair of the Department of Ob/Gyn and Family Planning fellowship Director at the University of New Mexico. She is past President of the Society of Family Planning and Chair of the ACOG LARC Work Group as well as President Elect of the Council of University Chairs of OB-GYN.  Dr. Espey won the Margaret Sanger Award, 50th anniversary of Planned Parenthood of Rocky Mountains 2014 and the Rashbaum Award for Excellence in Family Planning from Physicians for Reproductive Health in 2013.  She gave the ACOG Irvin Cushner Memorial lecture in 2014 and 2017 and addressed the United Nations in 2015 on the topic of intimate partner violence in Native American Women.  She was instrumental in helping Family Planning achieve ACGME subspecialty status and is a member of the ABOG Family Planning Division.  She was recognized for her lifetime’s work in promoting Family Planning by the Fellowship in Family Planning in 2017; she has won a medical student teaching award every year of her 23 years as faculty in the Department of OB-GYN.  She has twice won best clinical faculty at UNM, chosen by 4th year medical students.

As Immediate Past President of the New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative and Chair of the Department of OB-GYN, Dr. Espey is dedicated to improving access to women’s healthcare in New Mexico.  She has led projects in reducing maternal mortality from obstetric hemorrhage and implementing immediate postpartum LARC in hospitals throughout the state.  She works with medical students, residents, fellows, midwives, nurse practitioners and pharmacists as a colleague and as an educator.  She has numerous publications in contraception, abortion and medical education and has presented locally, regionally and nationally on these topics. 

Link to VIVO Profile for more information

Lisa Hofler

Lisa Hofler, MD, MPH, MBA is chief of the division of Family Planning at the University of New Mexico, where she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She trained as an engineer before receiving an MD/MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology and earned an MBA during her Family Planning Fellowship.  Her research on women in leadership, family planning service implementation, and long-acting reversible contraception can be found in several journals including Obstetrics & Gynecology and AJOG.  Her current interests include implementation and systems research, medical education, and postpartum and complex contraception.

Link to VIVO Profile for more information.

Gillian Burkhardt

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Contact Complex Family Planning Fellowship Program

Physical Address

Obstetrics & Gynecology 

2211 Lomas Blvd. NE 

Albuquerque, NM 87106 


Eve Espey, MD, MPH

Chair & Complex Family Planning Fellowship Program Director


Brita Alley

Program Coordinator, 

Complex Family Planning Fellowship Program