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Overview of Program

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Fellowship in Complex Family Planning started in July 2009. The UNC Family Complex Planning Fellowship provides individualized mentorship and exceptional clinical, educational, and research training. UNC-Chapel Hill is one of the top Universities in the country and thrives on interdisciplinary research and scholarship.The UNC Fellowship in Complex Family Planning received ACGME accreditation in 2021

Clinical Training


  1. Comprehensive academic abortion clinic that includes management of induced and spontaneous abortions for social indications, maternal health, fetal indications. This academic clinic serves as a referral center for physicians and abortion clinics throughout the state of North Carolina. We provide an integrated service with additional expert medical, social, psychological/psychiatric, genetic and Maternal-Fetal-Medicine collaboration when needed/wanted by the patient or the physicians.
  2. Outpatient abortion clinic training throughout both years of the fellowship.

Contraception and Sterilization

  1. Comprehensive academic family planning/contraception clinics that are fellow-run, under supervision/consult by the family planning attending. These are teaching clinics that include a medical student and resident. These clinics serve as a referral center for community and UNC physicians, and state health department clinics for management of complicated contraception such as difficult IUD insertions or removals, implant removals and insertions, other consults, and sterilization counseling and surgery scheduling.

General Gynecology

Complex Family Planning Fellows have full admitting and surgical privileges as as gynecologist.  All Complex Family Planning Fellows fellows take call on Labor and Delivery approximately one weekend per month. Fellows have the opportunity to run their own gynecology service, teach and operate with residents and medical students.


Obstetrics is not included in the Complex Family Planning Fellow activities.


Research Opportunities

There are multiple research opportunities available to the Fellow throughout the UNC-CH campus given the strength of collaboration and multidisciplinary approach to teaching, learning and research at UNC Chapel Hill. Faculty and fellows in family planning at UNC are currently, or have in the past, collaborated with the following entities at UNC:


Mentorship is provided by regular standing meetings with fellowship faculty, and in weekly and monthly group meetings. Additional mentorship is provided for fellows through the other courses they take as part of their didactic training.


Recent Publications