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Fellowship in Family Planning

Gain top-quality training to become a family planning clinician, educator, researcher and advocate. Apply to the two-year family planning fellowship at The University of New Mexico Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Opportunities in Reproductive Health

If selected as a fellow, you can expect a wealth of experience working with underserved, ethnically and racially diverse patients. Meet with fellowship-trained, nationally recognized faculty for mentorship, and expect strong departmental support. You’ll also appreciate:

  • Advocacy opportunities through the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) New Mexico Section
  • Clinical, education and research collaboration between the UNM Departments of Ob/Gyn and Family and Community Medicine
  • Opportunities to teach medical students and residents in UNM's Ryan Training Program
  • Partnership with Planned Parenthood for supplemental abortion procedure experience
  • Practice in a relatively choice-friendly state with no gestational age limits
  • Reproductive health research opportunities

Clinical Training

Receive training in abortion and contraception care using evidence-based medical and surgical methods. Most training occurs at the UNM Center for Reproductive Health, where you’ll supervise residents and medical students. You’ll also receive training at the Albuquerque Planned Parenthood Surgical Center. Medically complex abortions take place at UNM Hospital.

Provide coverage in the main operating room and perform minor procedures at Outpatient Surgery and Imaging Services (OSIS). Each month, take three obstetrics primary call shifts (overnight and/or weekend). By maintaining general clinical practice, you collect cases for board certification.

Research in Family Planning

Design and carry out a primary and secondary research project in contraception, abortion or adolescent health. You may collaborate with:

Meet the Fellows

Get to know the current family planning fellows at UNM

  • School of Medicine faculty
  • Master of Public Health faculty
  • New Mexico Department of Health
  • Indian Health Service/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention field office in Albuquerque

Meet each week with the fellowship director, who facilitates and advocates for your research.

Clinical & Translational Investigators Program

Participate in the government-funded Clinical and Translational Investigators Program (CTIP) throughout the fellowship. You’ll meet at least twice a month with a research mentor and receive statistical support.

Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) for Health

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

Current Faculty Research Projects

Ob/Gyn faculty currently research a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Determinants of IUD removal
  • First trimester abortion training for family medicine residents
  • Immediate versus delayed postpartum IUD placement – randomized controlled trial
  • Impact of mifepristone medical abortion expanded abortion access in New Mexico
  • Impact of progestin-only versus combined oral contraceptive pills on lactation – randomized controlled trial
  • Misoprostol for IUD insertion in women who haven’t given birth – randomized controlled trial
  • Needs of sex workers in Albuquerque
  • Satisfaction of college freshmen with high school sex education

Master’s Degree

During the fellowship, you must earn either the Master of Public Health degree or the Master of Science in Clinical Research degree at UNM.

International Opportunities

You’ll select, coordinate and complete your own global health rotation to learn more about international family planning, abortion care and reproductive health. You must spend between three weeks and two months abroad during the fellowship. Explore your options through resources such as:

  • Family Planning Fellowship National Office
  • UNM Global Health Office
  • Stanford Program for International Reproductive Education and Services, which Fellowship Director Eve Espey, MD, MPH, works with internationally
  • AMOS Health and Hope, a nonprofit that Associate Fellowship Director Brenda Pereda, MD, works with in Nicaragua

International placements can lead to post-fellowship consultancies, volunteer opportunities, or even permanent positions with the World Health Organization, nonprofits or nongovernmental organizations.

To Apply

The Family Planning Fellowship accepts applications only through the "Fellowship in Family Planning" website.


Review the comprehensive benefits fellows receive at UNM.