The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Fellowship Program in Family Planning

Program Leadership

Program Director

Nerys Benfield, MD, MPH
Tel: 718.405.8200 


Associate Program Director

Jessica Atrio, MD, MSc
Tel: 718.405.8200   


GME Administrator

Karen Nickens-Middlebrooks
Tel: 718.430.3152  

  • First established in 2015 
  • Length of training:  2 years 
  • Number of fellows:  2
  • Training in:
    • Complex contraception
    • Advanced abortion care and management of pregnancy loss
  • Fellows are supported to pursue a Master's in Public Health or Science 
  • Opportunities for:
    • Basic science and laboratory research 
    • Clinical trials 
    • Observational research including cohort and case-control studies 
    • Qualitative investigations
    • Global health research and clinical work


Fully accredited by the National Office of the Fellowship in Family Planning
Last Site Visit: 2016
Next Site Visit: annual


Successful completion of a residency in OB/GYN

Current Fellows

Melissa Figueroa, MD

Glen Marie Matthews, MD 


Application Process

Applications accepted through the National Office of the Fellowship in Family Planning
Deadline: July
Interview Months: August and September

Selection Process

National Office of Fellowship in Family Planning

Contact Us

Karen Nickens-Middlebrooks


Sample Block Schedule

Fellows work clinically with the Family Planning service in the outpatient clinics and operating rooms an average of 2 days per week.
Fellows work at Montefiore Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital with a varied schedule.

Educational Sessions
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday



7:00 a.m.: Departmental Statistics Conference



  8:00 a.m.: Departmental Grand Rounds      
    9:00 a.m.: Masters Courses   9:00 a.m.: Masters Courses  
PM Division
Division Conference      

Research and Scholarly Activity

Areas of research and populations in focus within in the Division of Family Planning include: 

  • Immediate postpartum contraception including systems and implementation research, patient perspectives and experiences and provider education
  • Medical management of early pregnancy loss and intrauterine fetal demise - use of mifepristone
  • Contraception for women with medical conditions
  • Reproductive health needs of HIV positive women and girls
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