Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Family Planning Fellowship

Fellowships in family planning train physician-leaders in family planning research, education and clinical practice. During the two year program, fellows receive extensive training in all aspects of contraception and abortion care. 

Since its inception in 2002, Northwestern’s fellowship graduates have gone on to lead other fellowship and residency family planning programs at major US and European academic medical centers and to work for organizations such as the World Health Organization. For further information on Family Planning fellowships, please visit the national website.


The trainees receive mentorship in epidemiologic research as well as perform an international field experience.  Listed below are a few of the ongoing research projects that are currently being conducting in Family Planning:

Utility of Pathologic Examination in Surgically Managed Fetal Demise
Principal Investigator: Linda Ernst, MD
Fellow: Lori Gawron (Graduated 2012)
Co-Investigator: Cassing Hammond, MD
Status: Manuscript accepted to Archives of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Assessing Simulation Training for Dilation and Evacuation
Principal Investigator: Cassing Hammond, MD
Fellow: Sloane York, MD
Collaborators: William McGaghie, PhD, Suzanne Banuvar
Funding: Society of Family Planning

Termination Setting for Fetal Abnormality Patients
Principal Investigator: Lori Gawron, MD
Resident Project: Allison Linton, MD
Study Design: Retrospective Cohort Study
Status:  Writing IRB

The Effect of Progesterone-based Contraceptives on Postpartum Diabetes Testing in Gestational Diabetics
Principal Investigator: Jessica Kiley, MD
Co-Investigators: Emily Miller, MD, Sloane York, MD, Leanne Griffin, MD


Most of the trainees complete a Master’s Degree in Public Health during the course of the fellowship as well as a research thesis in family planning.


The clinical experience for the trainee is a hands on experience.  The trainee will have an active role within the Family Planning service at Prentice Women’s Hospital, the outpatient clinic in the Galter pavilion, and at Family Planning Associates.

Cassing Hammond, MD
Cassing Hammond, MD
Program Director
Family Planning Fellowship

Contact Us

Contact our fellowship coordinator at 312-695-6600 for more information.

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.