Clinical Training

Clinical responsibilities of the fellows are directed toward providing comprehensive contraception, abortion, and miscarriage and IUFD services. This includes working at the CUIMC Family Planning Practice and our hospital-based abortion service. Fellows collaborate closely with Maternal-Fetal Medicine where appropriate and work with other specialists throughout the medical center to care for patients with complex medical conditions. Fellows learn to provide medical abortion and early surgical abortion in a clinic setting, and second trimester abortion in an operating room setting. Specific clinical activities vary according to the interests of each fellow and according to opportunities in the department. Our practice receives referrals from around New York City for complex cases including challenging IUD/implant insertions and removals, abortions involving complex medical issues, and contraception for patients with various contraindications. Fellows participate in meetings and activities sponsored by national and international agencies that focus on reproductive health issues.

Research Curriculum

Fellows participate in research conducted by the Division of Family Planning and Preventive Services. With close mentorship from Carolyn Westhoff, our Division Director and Editor in Chief of Contraception, fellows ar expected to initiate and complete a project which may involve original research or secondary data analysis of another divisional project. Fellows are exposed to division research beyond their particular projects at our weekly division meeting and participate in research related study visits. Direct instruction is provided on how to conduct a peer review, how to write a research proposal, and how to prepare a paper for publication. When appropriate, we provide opportunities for fellows to carry out sub-studies or secondary analyses of larger ongoing projects.

Conferences & Didactic Sessions

Division Didactics

The Fellowship Director or other faculty meet weekly for didactic teaching with both fellows. Didactic teaching includes all areas of the subspecialty required for certification including advocacy topics and reproductive justice.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Thursday is the academic day for the entire Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at CUIMC. The day begins with the Morbidity and Mortality Conference (M&M) conference, in which interesting cases from each service are presented by members of the house staff and are followed by lively and thoughtful discussion from the faculty and other members of the department.

Grand Rounds

Weekly Grand Rounds follow the M&M Conference and feature presentations from within our faculty, as well as many distinguished visiting guest speakers. Each first-year fellow is also required to give one Grand Rounds presentation each year, and these talks are often the highlight of the morning session. Second- year fellows present the Family Planning division statistics each year.

Fellow Lecture Series

A core Fellow Lecture Series across divisions supplements the experience gained on clinical rotations to round out the comprehensive post-graduate curriculum.

Journal Club

A Family Planning Journal Club is held monthly with the presentation of an interesting paper by a resident and attended by Family Planning faculty and fellows.

Research Meeting

Research meetings are held, during which our faculty and fellows discuss ongoing research projects within the Division.


Fellows are welcome to attend seminars hosted by the School of Public Health Department of Population and Family Health.