Program at a Glance

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.

Our division is a cohesive group of 6 fellowship-trained faculty plus our two 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. Click here for a video with additional information about training at UC Davis Health. You can also find more information about the work and achievements at UC Davis Health by checking out the 2020 Points of Distinction.


Our two-year fellowship includes training in family planning clinical care within university, free-standing, urban and rural settings, engagement in the design and performance of clinical research, and participation in international or domestic underserved field work, and teaching junior trainees, including medical students and non-obstetrician-gynecologist residents. Our family planning teaching conferences and meetings include the following:

  • Weekly one-hour conference with faculty, fellows, residents and students with formal family planning presentations, case discussion and journal club.
  • Twice monthly fellow-only educational sessions based on the following textbooks: Management of Unintended and Abnormal Pregnancy; Speroff & Darney’s Clinical Guide to Contraception; and Contraception for Medically Challenging Patients.
  • Twice a year book club on family planning books in popular culture. Previous selections include Birth of the Pill, One Child, Absolute Convictions, and Choice Words.
  • Twice monthly fellow-only educational sessions with the Director on a topic of the fellows' choosing.
  • Twice monthly research-in-progress meetings.
  • Twice monthly business meetings.
  • Formal mentoring meetings once per month.

Fellows may also audit classes in the Master of Public Health and Master of Advanced Study in Clinical Research programs at UC Davis to support their education in epidemiology, statistics, and research design.

Family Planning Clinical Care

UC Davis is a high-volume referral center for rural Northern California and the medically underserved Central Valley. The fellow will receive high volume training in first trimester abortion procedures at rural and urban freestanding and hospital-based clinics including manual and electric vacuum aspiration and medical abortions. The fellow will also receive specialized training in managing pregnancies of unknown locations, early pregnancy loss, and unusual and abnormal early pregnancies. The fellow will become proficient in second trimester abortions by dilation and evacuation (D&E) to California’s legal gestational age limit within our institution and will rotate at the Southwest Women’s Options Center in New Mexico for gestational age training beyond that limit. The fellow will be specially trained in complex contraceptive counseling, difficult IUD insertion and removal, and implant insertion and difficult removal at our Center of Excellence. The fellow will gain expertise in providing contraceptive counseling to women with complicated medical conditions in our collaborative clinics in the neurology and pediatric hematology-oncology offices. The fellow will also serve as an inpatient consultant for hospitalist services such as the transplant team, and as an outpatient consultant to primary care physicians and general obstetrician/gynecologists under the supervision of the UC Davis Family Planning Faculty. Fellows take Family Planning home call once a week and one weekend a month with faculty-backup, and two Gynecology home calls each month. Fellows in their second year have their own private family planning and gynecology clinic, with opportunity for gynecologic surgery.

Clinical care includes regular interactions with residents and students in the outpatient clinic and operating room settings. Fellows will teach in these clinical settings and supervise residents and students through procedures.


Interviews are typically held from July to September of each year. Interested candidates should submit an application on-line through the Family Planning Fellowship website.

For 2022-2024 applicants, we are not interviewing as we have accepted an internal candidate.

Family Planning Division Mission

To deliver high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered abortion, contraception, and other reproductive health care for all through expert clinical care, research and innovation, education, and advocacy.

Family Planning Division Vision

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

Complex Family Planning Fellowship Goal

To develop leaders in clinical care, research, advocacy, and education in complex family planning.