Clinical responsibilities of the fellows are directed toward providing comprehensive contraception and abortion services. This includes working at the CUMC Family Planning Title X Clinic and our hospital-based abortion service. Fellows learn to provide medical abortion and early surgical abortion in a clinic setting, and second trimester abortion in an operating room setting. No obstetrical duties are expected. Specific clinical activities vary according to the interests of each fellow, and according to opportunities in the department. Fellows participate in meetings and activities sponsored by national and international agencies that focus on reproductive health issues.
Fellows all participate in research conducted by the Division of Family Planning and Preventive Services. With close mentorship from faculty, fellows are 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 beyone their particular projects at our weekly division meeting and participate in research related study visits. When appropriate, we provide opportunities for fellows to carry out sub-studies or secondary analyses of larger ongoing projects.
Conferences & Didactic Sessions
Morbidity and Mortality Conference
Thursday is the academic day for the entire Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at CUMC. 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.
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 are required to present the Family Planning division statistics each year.
Fellow Lecture Series
A core Fellow Lecture Series supplements the experience gained on clinical rotations to round out the comprehensive post-graduate curriculum.
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 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.