Fellowship in Complex Family Planning  

Gain top-quality training to become a well-rounded Complex Family Planning clinician, educator, researcher and advocate. Earn Master of Science in Clinical Research degree during your two-year Complex Family Planning fellowship at UNM.  

The UNM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers incredible clinical and research opportunities as well as comprehensive benefits for fellows.   

What You’ll Learn  

You will receive wide-ranging experience working with patients that mirror New Mexico’s geographic and cultural diversity. Get quality mentorship from fellowship-trained, nationally recognized faculty as well as strong departmental support.  

You will also receive: 

  • 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 
  • Ability to practice in a relatively choice-friendly state with no gestational age limits 
  • 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.  

Some training occurs at the Albuquerque Planned Parenthood Health Center. Medically complex abortion training takes place at UNM Hospital. UNM's referral area includes all of New Mexico and parts of Texas, Arizona and Colorado. 

Fellows also:  

  • Provide coverage in the main operating room  
  • Perform minor procedures at Outpatient Surgery and Imaging Services (OSIS).  
  • Become credentialed in moderate procedural sedation 
  • Take three obstetrics primary call shifts monthly (overnight and/or weekend).  

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

Educational Experience 

You will be immersed in diverse collaborative educational experiences, including: 

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

You will earn Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR)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 planningYour 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. 

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 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 

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 Current Fellows & Faculty

Learn more about current fellows and faculty in UNM’s Complex Family Planning division.