Complex Family Planning Fellowship
Mitchell Creinin, M.D., 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
Melody Hou, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Director
- 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: completed in 2016 at University of California, Davis
- Family Planning fellowship: completed in 2019 at University of California, Davis
- Family Planning fellowship: completed in 2014 at University of Colorado
- Family Planning fellowship: completed in 2014 at University of Pennsylvania
- Second Year Complex Family Planning Fellow (Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital)
- First Year Complex Family Planning Fellow (Residency: University of Texas Southwestern)
- First Year QSERT-PC Fellow (Residency: University of Arizona)
Program at a Glance
- 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.
The Center for Family Planning Research at UC Davis was established in 2011 under the leadership of Dr. Mitchell Creinin, Professor and Director of Family Planning. The Center for Family Planning Research has active funding through the NIH, private foundations, and industry. The researchers in the Center also collaborate with stem cell researchers in the Department of Surgery, working on in utero cures for developmental and medical problems. UC Davis is home of the country’s largest stem cell research facility, the UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures, with world renowned reproductive stem cell biologists. Other important collaborative opportunities at UC Davis include the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California National Primate Research Center. The fellow will be an active participant in ongoing trials along with designing and conducting his/her own funded fellowship research. The fellow will also gain experience in grant writing, budgeting, contracts, and other administrative aspects of clinical research.
Focused research meeting with family planning faculty, fellows, associated investigators, and our clinical research coordinators occur twice monthly during which we review status, progress, recruitment, or other issues for every study, including the fellows’ projects.
Global or Domestic Low-Resource Experience
Fellows in a Complex Family Planning program may participate in a global or domestic low-resource family planning experience, dependent on funding availability. Past fellows at UC Davis have coordinated this experience through the central fellowship office. These one-month placements provide an opportunity for the fellow to learn about family planning, abortion and reproductive health in contexts outside the U.S. or in underserved areas within the U.S.
Advocacy and Community Engagement
UC Davis has a longstanding history in medical legislation and advocacy. Our medical students can participate in a pre-clinical legislative internship and/or a Health Advocacy curriculum track, and all our OBGYN residents and Family Planning fellows attend the ACOG-led Legislative Day, whose clinical responsibilities are covered by faculty. Our fellows have collaborated with the California Abortion Alliance, participated in ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference, made media appearances, written letters to the editor, prepared groundwork for legislation, and given testimony on multiple state bills in the Capitol.
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 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 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) 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.
UC Davis strongly promotes that health and well-being can be learned and practiced to continually enhance quality of life. Individual health and well-being include awareness, commitment and open-mindedness. Community health and well-being includes collaboration, integrity and inclusion. UC Davis Health has a focused Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being program to provide support for physicians when personal or work issues arise, with confidential and free services. More information is available at https://safetyservices.ucdavis.edu/units/occupational-health/health-well-being.
Stipends and Benefits
Professional liability insurance is provided by the Regents of the University of California. Fellow benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, and disability insurance; life/accidental death and dismemberment insurance; physician lab coats, laundry services; and maternity/paternity leave. Annual vacation leave (20 working days per year) plus protected conference and fellowship-specific educational workshops are included.
Salaries are set at the level of PGY-5 (first year fellow) and PGY-6 (second year fellow). Salaries are established annually and are subject to change from union bargaining.
2020 – Suji Uhm, MD, MPH: Assistant Professor, Division of Gynecologic Specialties, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Uhm joined the faculty at this esteemed program, which is the second oldest fellowship site. She will continue to work on research related to later gestational age procedures and add her clinical and teaching expertise for specialty care.
2016 - Melissa Chen, MD, MPH: Assistant Professor, Division of Family Planning, University of California, Davis. Dr. Chen was awarded a K23 from the NIH shortly after finishing fellowship. She is an integral part of the research mentorship in our program.
2017 – Jennifer Hsia, MD, MPH: Family Planning Director at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Dr. Hsia joined this large managed care organization as their first family planning specialist to develop patient-focused programs and provide clinical care and expertise within the organization.
2018 – Natasha Schimmoeller, MD, MPH, MA: Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Schimmoeller joined two other family planning faculty to ensure continued patient care and teaching in a growing program.
2019 – Melissa Matulich, MD, MAS: Assistant Professor, Division of Family Planning, University of California, Davis. Dr. Matulich joined us as our 6th fellowship-trained faculty to assist with our continually growing volume of research and clinical care. She is the leader of our department’s telehealth program.
Living in Sacramento
Sacramento, California’s capital, is the sixth largest city in California and the ninth largest capital in the Unites States. We are located in the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers. We are known for our large urban parks, including a 26-mile river parkway and bike trail along our rivers. A great overview of the city can be found by clicking here.
As of 2017, Sacramento was the fastest-growing city in California with a vibrant sports scene. The Sacramento Kings basketball team plays in the new state-of-the art Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento. The city received a new MLS designation with Sacramento Republic FC and will build a stadium starting 2020.
We have a large running community that appreciates the surrounding even terrain. Every December, UC Davis Health System sponsors the California International Marathon. Our residents, fellows and faculty participate in the relay with 4-5 teams running alongside each other.
Sacramento is the Farm-to-Fork capital of America with an ever-increasing food scene. We are fortunate to have some of the best produce in the world all year round, with numerous farmers markets throughout the city. We have the largest certified organic market in the country.
Sacramento is known for its love of beer, with over 50 breweries in the surrounding area. Take the ‘brew bike’ and participate in beer week to get a taste of our nationally recognized breweries. But, don’t be fooled that beer is “king.” Wine country abounds to the east, south and west. Downtown Napa is slightly more than one hour’s drive from Sacramento and only 20 minutes south are the closest wineries in Clarksburg. Further south, Lodi, is the largest producer of grape juice for wine production in the world. To the west are rolling hills of wineries mixed with Orchards in “Apple Hill” region half-way to Lake Tahoe. Whatever your preference, beer and wine abound.
We also have, per capita, an inordinate amount of independently owned coffee shops. Three of our favorite coffee houses (Temple Coffee, Old Soul Co. and Chocolate Fish) were selected nationally as the Top Coffee in 2018.
There are many quaint neighborhoods, with old town Sacramento giving you a glimpse to the past and the gold rush days.
Despite being in California, we have 4 seasons. Winters are mild and rainy. Summers are sunny, hot and dry. Spring and fall weather is among the most pleasant in the state with beautiful foliage. You have easy access to beautiful Lake Tahoe or the Pacific Coast, all day trips from Sacramento.
10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SACRAMENTO BEFORE MOVING HERE
1) It’s One of the Most Diverse Cities in America
Sacramento was once named the most diverse city in America by TIME. Los Angeles and New York City might be called the great melting pots of America, but the multiplicity of cultures in Sacramento blend together smoothly to create more of a cultural mosaic than a melting pot. This makes Sacramento one of the most integrated cities in America.
2) You’ll Eat the Best Cheeseburgers of Your Life in Sacramento
In N’ Out, Five Guys, McDonald’s….wherever you’ve had your best burger before, forget about it before you move to Sacramento. Sacramento is famous for its burgers. Don’t believe us? Pay a visit to the Squeeze Inn, which serves burgers so famous they’re known all across the state of California. Their secret is to use lots of cheese – you get a slice of cheese that’s about twice as large as the burger bun!
3) We Have More Sports Teams Than You Think
Most people know Sacramento because of the Sacramento Kings. Sure, being a Sacramento Kings fan can be tough, at times, especially as the team goes through a bit of a rebuild. But beyond cheap NBA tickets, Sacramento has plenty of other sports teams to support, including the Sacramento Republic FC pro soccer team, the Sacramento River Cats minor league baseball team, and the Sacramento State Hornets athletics, which play in the Big Sky Conference. In Davis, just a short ride over the “causeway” that leads west out of Sacramento, UC Davis athletic teams are in the same conference, resulting in a great rivalry – the big football game every year is the “Causeway Classic.”
4) We Have a Ridiculous Number of Nicknames
Ask five people on the street about Sacramento’s nickname and they might give you five different answers. Some of the most common nicknames include “City of Trees,” “The Camellia Capital of the World,” and “The Big Tomato.” Well, at least that’s what some tourists call the city. To locals, most people just call it “Sac” or “Sactown”.
5) Being Eco-Friendly is In Our Nature
Sacramento, like many cities in California, is taking a proactive approach to environmental sustainability. Unique eco-friendly features in Sacramento include the SMUD energy distribution system along with a recent $100 million investment into renewable energy. You don’t have to walk far around town to spot solar panels on someone’s roof.
6) One of the Best Hospitals in America
UC Davis Medical Center calls Sacramento home. That medical center was recently ranked as one of the 50 best hospitals in America by News & World Report, which compared 5,000 hospitals across the nation. Key areas of specialization include cancer care (ranked 39th in the nation), as well as orthopedics (ranked 50th). Of course, we are most proud of Gynecology, which ranked 16th in the nation.
7) We Produce a Lot of Almonds
California produces more than 90% of the world’s almonds (and 98.5% of America’s almonds), and many of those almonds pass through Sacramento. Almond maker, Blue Diamond, calls Sacramento home, and that means millions of pounds of almonds are being processed through the factory every day.
8) It Has Snowed Three Times in Sacramento
Don’t like snow? Sacramento might be the city for you. There have been three significant snow fall events in Sacramento since 1900. That’s right: three. Sure, it might snow a couple times in December or January, but it rarely sticks to the ground.
9) Lake Tahoe is a 2-Hour Drive Away
It doesn’t snow in Sacramento, but you can still get your skiing fix on a day trip. Lake Tahoe is just a two-hour drive away. That’s a great way to spend the winter, but it’s also a popular summertime destination for Sacramento residents.
10) Our Region is Known for Farmer’s Markets
Sacramento is the major metropolitan area in the middle of vast amounts of farmland. Of course, that means lots of produce, flowers, meat – you name it. Farmer’s markets about in Sacramento, Davis and around the entire region. Within the last few years, the Davis famer’s market was named one of the Best Farmer’s Markets in the United States by American Express, the only California market on the list, as well as one of the top 25 markets across America by Parade Magazine. Sacramento farmer’s markets are, simply, huge! Sustainable agriculture is an important part of living in the city. As a result, the farm-to-fork movement originated here with most top-end restaurants working with menus that change daily based on what is available locally. Even our renowned Michelin star restaurant, ‘The Kitchen,” completely changes its menu every month. Bon Appetite!
Interviews are typically held in September of each year. Interested candidates should submit an application on-line through the Family Planning Fellowship website.