Family Planning Fellowship

The Fellowship in Family Planning provides physicians with the opportunity to gain high-level research experience and clinical skills in all aspects of family planning. Learn more about the fellowship program here.

Fellows are given thorough clinical training and research experience, earn a master’s degree, and receive a salary and other benefits.

Clinical Training

Fellows work with a team of faculty members who have extensive training in abortion, contraception, and research. Clinical care is provided through the Ryan Residency Training Program clinic, giving fellows ample opportunity to teach residents and medical students. Our comprehensive fellowship program focuses on research, clinical care, policy, medical education and global health.

Our clinical training includes:

  • All methods of pregnancy termination
  • All diagnostic methods to confirm uterine and tubal pregnancy, including ultrasound
  • Anesthesia and pain control
  • Sterilization
  • Gynecologic surgery

Research Program

During the course of the fellowship, each fellow will develop a structured research project. Fellows achieve top notch skills in study design, grant writing, and statistical analysis. Fellows are also presented with opportunities to participate in the Section’s many research projects. Depending on individual interests, fellows can work on clinical, basic science, and/or social science research. Fellows typically complete two research projects during their fellowship.

Our research program includes:

  • Training in epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Study design
  • Grant writing
  • Presentation at grand rounds and national conferences
  • Guidance and potential funding for research studies in family planning to further the fellow’s ability to become and independent investigator

Master's Degree

Fellows receive a master's degree from the Department of Health Studies at the University of Chicago. This program is geared specifically toward post-doctoral students and provides intensive education in biostatistics and clinical research. At the conclusion of the program, fellows are expected to develop a Master’s thesis of publishable quality.

Compensation & Benefits

Fellows are provided with the following:

  • Annual salary
  • Health insurance
  • Funding for international work experience
  • Funding to attend conferences

In addition, fellows have the potential to receive funding for research and salary upon completion of the fellowship.