Family planning fellows in our program are active generalist OB/GYN clinicians in settings that maximize exposure but minimize time expenditure. One great advantage to our programs are high patient volume.
Clinical Training Sites
Family planning fellows have many clinical training opportunities. Clinical abortion training up to 22 weeks occurs at the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah’s (PPAU) Metro Clinic. This center performs more than 2,000 medical and surgical terminations per year, is the only elective second trimester provider in the state, and is the local Ryan Residency Training site.
PPAU also provides preventive medical care and contraception to Utahns. This affiliate is Title X funded and supplies contraception to 30,000 women each year.
PPAU is also the state’s leading provider of affordable vasectomy services. All fellows are encouraged to obtain training in vasectomy at this site.
The fellowship-Planned Parenthood relationship in Utah extends beyond mere clinical training. We are active partners in maximizing reproductive options for Utahns, and we have a research collaboration that focuses on improving care for women in Utah.
Contraception for High Risk Patients Clinic
Fellows participate as members of the general division within the department and supervise resident clinics and fulfill service as well as on-call obligations as the attending for inpatient services.
Fellows, with faculty support, are in charge of the Contraception for High Risk Patients (CHRP) Clinic. This service provides consultation and provision of contraception for patients with complex medical problems and those with complications associated with contraception.
The department’s REI division has a particular interest in developing clinical leaders in family planning who have an in-depth understanding of reproductive biology and provide independent instruction to meet this aim.
All of our clinical sites are involved in clinical family planning research with over ten studies currently occurring at PPAU sites.
Master’s Degree Options
As an NIH-sponsored Center for Clinical and Translational Science the University of Utah offers a Master’s in Science of Clinical Investigation (MSCI).
Family Planning Fellows are encouraged to pursue this Master’s option where courses are taught by internationally recognized investigators. The program consists of:
- Formal didactic coursework,
- a longitudinal seminar series,
- and a mentored clinical research project.
Master’s in Public Health
A second option is offered through the Division of Public Health at the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Public health masters programs lead to an MPH, a quantitatively more rigorous Master’s in Science of public health, or a Master’s in biostatistics.
The University also offers Masters of Health Administration (MHA) Joint Degree Programs through the Governor Scott M. Matheson Center for Health Care Studies.
The MHA can be combined with an MPH, an MBA, or an MPA. These combined degrees provide an excellent foundation for fellows interested in becoming administrative leaders in public family planning health care systems.