UBC to have the first Fellowship in Family Planning in Canada


Dr. Brian Fitzsimmons

Dr. Regina Renner

Dr. Regina Renner

Dr. Brian Fitzsimmons, Medical Director of the Comprehensive Abortion & reproductive Education (CARE) Program at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of General Gynaecology & Obstetrics at the University of British Columbia, has successfully obtained a Fellowship in Family Planning opportunity for Vancouver.

As fellowship director, Dr. Fitzsimmons will be joined by Dr. Regina Renner as assistant director.  Dr. Renner is a graduate of the Fellowship in Family Planning (OHSU) and is Clinical Assistant Professor  in our department.


This news is history in the making as the Fellowship is the first of its kind in Canada.  The Fellowship is coordinated by the Fellowship in Family Planning National Office housed in the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California San Francisco.   The Fellowship in Family Planning is a two-year fellowship focused on subspecialty training in research, teaching and clinical practice in abortion and contraception.  Candidates for the program will be able to start applying this summer for positions starting July 2016.  In addition to clinical training, fellows will be trained in research methodologies and epidemiology through the UBC School of Population health as they earn a Masters of Health Science or a Masters in Public Health.

This program extends the training already done through the Ryan Program in Family Planning which started 8 years ago.  UBC’s Ryan Program is one of only two such programs in Canada offering OB/GYN residents training in comprehensive family planning.

For more information about the Fellowship visit: http://www.familyplanningfellowship.org/

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