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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Family Planning Fellowship


Mitchell Creinin, M.D., co-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., MPH, co-Director

  • Family Planning fellowship: completed in 2008 at Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Catherine Cansino, M.D., MPH

  • Family Planning fellowship: completed in 2009 at Johns Hopkins University


The two-year fellowship is designed to include training in family planning clinical care, participation in the design and performance of clinical trials, and international field work. During the two years, the fellow will complete course work at UC Davis to satisfy the degree requirements of a Master of Advanced Study in Clinical Research or a Master of Public Health.

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Family Planning Clinical Care

The fellow will be specially trained in contraceptive counseling, implant insertion and removal, IUD insertion and removal, and the fitting of diaphragms. Additionally, the fellow will gain expertise in providing contraceptive counseling to women with complicated medical conditions and will serve as a consultant to primary care physicians and general obstetrician/gynecologists under the supervision of the UC Davis Family Planning Faculty. The fellow will receive specialized training and become very experienced in performing first trimester abortion procedures including manual and electric vacuum aspiration and medical abortions. In addition, the fellow will have similar experience with second trimester abortions by dilation and evacuation (D&E).


The Center for Family Planning Research at UC Davis is a newly formed unit under the leadership of Dr. Mitchell Creinin, Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Creinin was previously the Director of the Center for Family Planning Research at University of Pittsburgh which he established in 1994 and grew to become one of the leading family planning research centers in the United States. The fellow will be an active participant in ongoing trials as well as be expected to design and conduct his/her own research trial. Important collaborative centers at UC Davis include the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California National Primate Research Center. UC Davis is also home of the country’s largest stem cell research facility, UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures, with world renowned reproductive stem cell biologists. The fellow will also gain experience in grant writing, budgeting, contracts, and other administrative aspects of clinical research.

International Experience

All fellows will be required to participate in an international family planning experience. International placements will last between one and three months. These placements will be an opportunity for the fellow to learn about family planning, abortion and reproductive health in contexts outside of the United States. This experience will be fully funded by the fellowship and the amount of time required will be negotiated.

Graduate Degree

Unless the fellow already has a Master’s degree prior to starting fellowship, all fellows will be expected to obtain a Master of Advanced Study in Clinical Research or Master of Public Health degree at UC Davis during their Fellowship. The costs for tuition, fees and books are fully covered by the fellowship.


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