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 Ryan Residency Training Programs.

How to apply to Fellowship

The Complex Family Planning Fellowship application process is run through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We invite you to visit their “Applying to Fellowship with ERAS” page for more information. The match process will be facilitated by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Please visit the Society’s Complex Family Planning Fellowship Application Additional Information document to inform your personal statement submission.

2022 Application timeline:

Wednesday, November 17, 2021: Applications open
Wednesday, December 1, 2021: Fellowship programs may begin reviewing applications at 9 a.m. ET
Monday, May 23, 2022: The Society recommends all sites close their applications at 5 p.m. ET
Monday, June 6, 2022: The Society recommends interview notifications begin.
Monday, July 11, 2022: The Society recommends interview notifications end.
Interviews: The Society recommends interviews occur August 5-14, August 19-28, September 2-12. Complex Family Planning Fellowship sites will be conducting virtual interviews this application cycle. The 2022 Fellowship interview calendar is available here.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022: Applicant rank lists must be submitted to the NRMP.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022: Applicants are notified of their match via email. If an applicant does not match, they are eligible to participate in a scramble with unmatched sites.
July/August 2023: Fellows begin their first year of Fellowship.

Letters of recommendation are submitted via the Letter of Recommendation Portal on the ERAS website.

If you have any questions about the application process, we encourage you to visit the ERAS Fellowship FAQ page. All Match participants are expected to conduct their affairs in a professionally responsible manner. Please see the NRMP codes of conduct for more information.

Applicant matching program

The Society of Family Planning offers an applicant matching program so that you can receive feedback on application materials, hone your post-Fellowship goals, receive interview tips, and seek insight prior to submitting your rank list from a graduated CFP fellow. In this program, a participating graduated fellow will connect with an assigned applicant, based on aspects such as identity, geography, or training, for approximately five hours during the application/interview process.

To register for the Complex Family Planning Applicant Matching Program, please email Fellowship@SocietyFP.org.


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

We hold Complex Family Planning Fellowship virtual information sessions throughout the year. If you would like to be notified of upcoming information sessions, please email Fellowship@SocietyFP.org.

International applicants

The ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Complex Family Planning outline eligibility requirements for Fellowship applicants. We encourage you to visit pages 15 and 16 for more information.

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 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 a limited number of elective 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.