Becoming A World Class Fertility Researcher

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Introduction At a certain point I stopped feeling anger and started feeling determined. Listening to my loved ones’ experiences of misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, sexual assault, and domestic violence made me mad. Furious, actually. As a college student, I sought to understand these issues through my studies. And I turned to activism. As a young professional, I dedicated my work to addressing inequalities. My aim is to become a world-class fertility researcher and to leverage my research to improve individual lives in our society. How I came to realize research could be a tool for change and my decision to pursue graduate studies is where I will start my essay. Pathway to Graduate Studies: A Life Changing Realization When I…show more content…
Structural, institutional, and cultural barriers habitually made my work ineffective and, at times, futile. Working in broken systems without the ability to change the underlying dysfunction was unsatisfying and frustrating. The inability to have broad societal impacts as a direct-service provider led me to change paths. I began working as a Health Policy Fellow at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI). In contrast to my prior experiences of research, TDI’s research was dynamic and engaged. For example, research completed at TDI resulted in the conceptualization of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which have been widely implemented throughout the United States as a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. During my two year fellowship, I used research tools to study the impact of these new reforms on vulnerable populations. I could see how research informed, tested, and changed policies with widespread effects. In my free-time, I remained active working on issues related to gender inequity. I conducted data base management and data cleaning for a reproductive rights research intern for a small reproductive health information organization. I also provided support for educational events, such as film screenings, for an Action Team of Planned Parenthood of Northern New
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