Complex Family Planning Fellowship | Obstetrics and Gynecology | UC Davis Health

Fellowship Programs

Complex Family Planning

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Our division is a cohesive group of eight fellowship-trained faculty plus our three fellows. We function as family planning specialists with minimal generalist work in a robust academic department.

The University of California, Davis is one of 10 schools in the University of California public education system. UC Davis Health includes the UC Davis Medical Center, UC Davis School of Medicine, and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing which are primarily located on the UC Davis Sacramento campus. You can find more information about the work and achievements at UC Davis Health by checking out the 2023 Points of Distinction.

Division of Family Planning Mission

To promote high-quality, inclusive, patient-centered abortion, contraception, and reproductive health care through clinical expertise, innovative research, education, and advocacy.

Division of Family Planning Vision

To be a leading academic center that protects and improves reproductive health care and justice.

Complex Family Planning Fellowship Goals

We train:

  • expert clinicians and consultants for primary care physicians and general obstetricians and gynecologists in university, free-standing, urban, and rural settings.
  • proficient physician-researchers who will lead or collaborate in diverse projects.
  • policy makers and influencers at the California state capitol and in national and international arenas.
Application Information
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Applicants interested in applying for the fellowship training program in complex family planning can submit their application through ERAS. Application-related dates can be found on the ERAS website.

The UC Davis Complex Family Planning fellowship starts on August 1 and will conclude two years later on July 31.

We will be accepting applications starting in December 2023 for the 2025-2026 academic year. The program will adhere to the SFP common program dates.

  • Application deadline: May 6, 2024, at 2 p.m. PST
  • Interview invites will be sent: June 10-July 10
  • Interview dates: July 18, August 1, August 15 and August 29

Individuals interested in obtaining additional information should contact Martha Morris, Education Program Analyst for Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Phone: 916-734-6978 

Director and Faculty
  • Mitchell Creinin, M.D., Complex Family Planning Fellowship Director

    Family Planning fellowship: completed in 1993 at the University of California, San Francisco

    Family Planning fellowship director: 1994-2011 at the University of Pittsburgh

    Complex Family Planning fellowship director: 2014-present

    Family Planning Division, Division Director: 2014-2022

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  • Melissa Chen, M.D., M.P.H., Complex Family Planning Fellowship Associate Director

    Family Planning fellowship: completed in 2016 at University of California, Davis

    Complex Family Planning associate fellowship director: 2020-present at University of California, Davis

    Family Planning Division, Interim Division Director: 2022-present

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  • Nicole Economou, M.D., M.P.H.

    Family Planning fellowship: completed in 2021 at University of California, San Diego

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  • Anne N. Flynn, M.D., M.S.H.P.

    Family Planning fellowship: completed in 2021 at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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  • Melody Hou, M.D., M.P.H.

    Family Planning fellowship: completed in 2009 at Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

    Family Planning assistant fellowship director: 2010-2012 at Boston University, Boston Medical Center

    Family Planning fellowship associate director: 2014-2020 at University of California, Davis

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  • Melissa Matulich, M.D., M.A.S.

    Family Planning fellowship: completed in 2019 at University of California, Davis

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  • Juliana Melo, M.D., M.S.C.S.

    Family Planning fellowship: completed in 2014 at University of Colorado

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  • Blake Zwerling, M.D.

    Family Planning fellowship: completed in 2023 at Johns Hopkins University


The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and especially our Division of Family Planning, provides care for patients from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and geographic backgrounds. We strive to meet the emotional and cultural needs of our diverse patient population as well as that of our fellows, residents, staff and faculty. The fellowship in Complex Family Planning recognizes the criticality of a diverse clinician workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. To that end, we seek to support and raise up voices that have been traditionally marginalized in academic medicine.

The UC Davis Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion works to create a climate of inclusion reflected in structures, policies and practices; the demographics of UC Davis Health community; the attitudes and values of its members and leaders; and the quality of personal interactions.

For the ninth consecutive year, UC Davis has been recognized as a leader in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) health equality in the Healthcare Quality Index, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.

Sacramento is one of the most ethnically and socially diverse cities in America. Throughout your training here you’ll learn to care for patients from around the world and prepare yourself to provide quality healthcare to women who need it.