Mentoring recently graduated family planning fellows as a transition to independent investigators
Awarded 2011
Midcareer/Mentor Grants
Alisa Goldberg, MD, MPH
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

This SFP award enabled me to effectively expand the patient-oriented research program at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) and mentor my graduated fellows as they transition in their academic careers to completely independent researchers. I am very proud of the productive, patient-oriented research program that I have built at PPLM. This research program has focused on three main goals: (1) to improve pain control in surgical abortion; (2) to expand access to medical and surgical abortion through clinical innovation, and; (3) to use technology to understand and remove barriers to contraceptive adherence. In my desire to expand the reach and impact of our research, I have been thinking of ways to broaden PPLM’s program and to connect it even more meaningfully with the larger family planning research community. As such, I used the protected time afforded by this award to develop two research proposals. This mid-career award has also afforded me protected time with which to mentor my graduated fellows as they completed the research projects that they began when they were in their Family Planning Fellowship. It has also enabled me to continue providing professional mentorship to graduated fellows as they sought the next step in their careers. In addition to helping many of my former fellows transition to become independent investigators, this award enabled me to set many exciting projects into motion, projects that will assuredly yield both presentation and publication. I look forward to sharing all future study results and to helping to clarify questions, expand access, and improve care for our patients.