The Fellowship in Complex Family Planning aims to develop obstetrician gynecologist leaders in abortion and contraception through training in clinical care, research, and education.

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.

How to apply

Eligibility: Fellowship sites accept applications from graduates of ACGME-accredited Ob-Gyn residency programs in the United States. At this time, due to institutional visa restrictions, we are not able to accept applications from any candidates who will require visa sponsorship.

2020 Timeline:

March 2, 2020: Application opens.
May 22, 2020: Applications are due.
June 8, 2020: Interview offers begin.
July 3, 2020: Interview notification deadline.
September 30, 2020: Applicant rank lists must be submitted to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) by 5PM PT.
October 14, 2020: Applicants are notified of their match via email at 9AM PT. If an applicant does not match, they are eligible to participate in a scramble with unmatched sites.
July 1, 2021: Fellows begin their first year of Fellowship.

Application process: Applicants submit their applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) online application portal. Applications will be available on the ERAS website in Spring 2021.   


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

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.

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.