Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

SIGs are communities of practice focused on topics related to the science and clinical care of family planning. Participation in a SIG provides members with opportunities to establish and deepen relationships with colleagues in the field, build professional skills, and exchange ideas. SIGs also provide a platform for members to take on an active leadership role in the Society.

Society members may join up to two SIGs in any year. To join a SIG, new members can indicate their interest on their membership application. Current members can join a SIG by emailing [email protected] with their name and the SIGs they are interested in joining. Requests may take up to one week to process.

Current Special Interest Groups

Please note, members will need to log in to their Society Connect membership account to gain access to Zoom meeting registrations. If you have any questions or need assistance accessing your account please email [email protected]


 Telehealth practitioners

Co-chairs: Angela Chen, MD, MPH; Dana Northcraft, JD; Rajita Patil, MD, FACOG

This group is for members who are involved in the provision or advocacy for telehealth services. Topics discussed could be: legislative updates, current challenges and opportunities, emerging research, and best practices for the provision of care.

Join the telehealth practitioners SIG today

The next meeting of the telehealth practitioners SIG is scheduled for Friday, September 24, 9:30 am PT / 12:30 pm ET. 

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Adolescent sexual and reproductive health 

Co-chairs: Julie Maslowsky, PhD; Andrea Hoopes, MD, MPH

This group is for members looking to discuss the specific needs of adolescents with regards to sexual and reproductive health care, including contraception, abortion, and reproductive justice. 

Join the adolescent sexual and reproductive health SIG today

The next meeting of the adolescent sexual and reproductive health SIG is scheduled for Monday, September 27, 12 pm PT / 3 pm ET.

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Advocacy 

Co-chairs: Daniela Mansbach, PhD; Pratima Gupta, MD, MPH 

This group is for members focused on advocating for evidence-based abortion and contraception practices and policies in the US. Topics discussed could be: legislative updates, current challenges and successes, and advocacy opportunities. 

Join the advocacy SIG today

Next meeting date TBA: check back regularly for updates


Basic science

Co-chairs: Aaron Lazorwitz, MD, MSCS; Maureen Baldwin, MD, MPH 

This group is for members looking to promote and support basic and applied research in contraception and abortion. Topics discussed could be: the basic science of reproductive health, biological processes that affect fertility and reproduction, and areas for future research.

Join the basic science SIG today

Next meeting date TBA: check back regularly for updates


Family medicine

Chair: Bhavik Kumar, MD, MPH

This group is for members who work in the field of family medicine and are involved in the clinical care of family planning. Topics discussed could be: best practices and challenges, training needs, and trends related to family planning and abortion care in the context of family medicine. 

Join the family medicine SIG today

Next meeting date TBA: check back regularly for updates


Early pregnancy assessment clinics (EPAC)

Co-chairs: Helen Pymar, MD, MPH; Jade Shorter, MD, MSHP

This group is for members who are interested in creating a way for patients to find EPAC services in their communities in North America, and to provide the most up-to-date references for best patient practices and care.

Join the EPAC SIG today

Next meeting date TBA: check back regularly for updates

Medical educators

Co-chairs: Kristyn Brandi, MD, MPH; Jennifer Salcedo, MD, MPH, MPP

This group is for members involved in the education of future health care providers. This includes members in academic medical education including undergraduate, graduate/doctoral, and residency/fellowship levels. This also including all providers involved in medical educations including nurses and advanced practice clinicians, PhD/DrPH/researchers, and those educating those in non-academic settings. We encourage educators of all types to participate in this SIG. We discuss the challenges of training the next generation of clinicians and researchers in the family planning field including best practices of education and innovative content delivery.  

Join the medical educators SIG today

Next meeting date TBA: check back regularly for updates


 

Research implementation 

Co-chairs: Rana Barar, MPH; Ruvani Jayaweera, MPH

This group is for members who are interested in identifying and developing best practices for conducting family planning research. Topics discussed could be: best practices for recruitment, responding to IRB challenges, or approaching complex data analyses. 

Join the research implementation SIG today

Next meeting date TBA: check back regularly for updates


Substance use disorders

Co-chairs: Sarah Roberts, DrPH, MPH; Elisabeth Woodhams, MD, MSc

This group is for members who are involved with or who are interested in improving the quality of and/or advocating for family planning care provided to individuals with substance use disorders. Topics discussed could be: emerging data and research, best practices, training needs, and access and referrals. 

Join the substance use disorders SIG today

Next meeting date TBA: check back regularly for updates


Frequently asked questions

What is a SIG?

The Society defines a SIG as a member-led, open group of self-selected Society members sharing a common and defined interest and working towards shared goals. We expect these groups to be between 5-50 members in size, to enable intimate conversations and productive connection. 

How and when do SIGs meet?

SIGs meet at the discretion of the SIG members and chair. These meetings occur via Zoom, and are expected to be held quarterly, at minimum. In addition, SIGs have the opportunity to meet at the Society Annual Meeting.

What are the roles and responsibilities of SIG members?

  • Attend the majority of the SIG’s meetings

  • Actively contribute to the activities of the SIG

  • Access the SIG community forum and participate in forum conversations

  • Review the SIG meeting minutes 

How are SIGs developed?

Current SIGS have been developed in response to members’ interests. The working descriptions of the SIGs, as well as their specific activities, will be shaped by members who join the SIGs, and the below descriptions are designed to provide a starting point for the SIG.