What is the Fellowship?

The Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited, two-year fellowship for obstetrics and gynecology (Ob-Gyn) residency graduates focused on subspecialist training in research, teaching, and clinical practice in complex abortion and contraception. 

Why become a fellow?

The Fellowship offers graduates of Ob-Gyn residency programs the opportunity to build superior clinical skills and establish academic research credentials in family planning. This fellowship is best suited for physicians who are eager to become academicians and leaders within the field of family planning.  

The majority of graduated Family Planning fellows hold academic positions in Ob-Gyn departments across the US and Canada, and many hold leadership positions at national and international family planning organizations. Upon graduation, fellows are uniquely suited to establish new Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Programs.

Fellowship sites

The Fellowship in Complex Family Planning is offered at 28 leading universities throughout the US. Fellowship sites accept one applicant each application cycle.

How to apply

2021 Timeline:

To learn more information about the Fellowship in Complex Family Planning application process and to access the application link, please email Fellowship@SocietyFP.org with the name of your residency program, a paragraph of interest, and the name and contact information for your residency Program Director.

Monday, March 8, 2021: Applications open
Friday, May 21, 2021: Applications close
Monday, June 7, 2021: Interview offers begin
Monday, July 12, 2021: Interview notification deadline
Interviews: The Society recommends interviews occur July 22-31, August 19-28, September 2-12. Fellowship in Complex Family Planning sites will be conducting virtual interviews this application cycle.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021: Recommended date by which applicants register for the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)
Wednesday, September 22, 2021: Applicant rank lists must be submitted to the NRMP by 5pm PT/8pm ET.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021: Applicants are notified of their match via email at 9am PT/12pm ET. If an applicant does not match, they are eligible to participate in a scramble with unmatched sites.
July 2022: Fellows begin their first year of Fellowship.

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation.

During the application process, you will have the opportunity to be paired with a graduated fellow mentor.


If you would like to speak with a current or graduated fellow to learn more about the Fellowship in Complex Family Planning, please email Fellowship@SocietyFP.org.

Each year, we hold a Fellowship in Complex Family Planning session and reception at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting. There are also opportunities to meet current and graduated fellows at the Society of Family Planning Annual Meeting

Additional training

Family medicine: To learn more about post-residency opportunities aimed at developing family physician leaders to promote, teach, and advance full spectrum reproductive health care in family medicine please visit the Reproductive Health Access Project website. You can also contact Dr. Marji Gold, directly at marji.gold@einsteinmed.org.

Clinical skills: If you are primarily interested in enhancing your clinical abortion or contraception skills, please reach out to the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program or the Abortion Training Centers. These programs focus directly on clinical care, whereas the Fellowship focuses more broadly on the intersection of academia and clinical care. The Ryan Program offers training opportunities for Ob-Gyn residents interested in abortion training and the Abortion Training Centers offer clinical abortion training to those interested in and committed to incorporating abortion services into their practice.

To learn more information about the Fellowship in Complex Family Planning application process please email Fellowship@SocietyFP.org.