- Award:Arnold P.Gold Award for Excellence in Teaching and HumanismAwarding Organization:Gold Foundation (http://www.gold-foundation.org)Date Awarded:April 1, 2010
- Award:APGO Excellence in Teaching AwardAwarding Organization:Association of Professors in Obstetrics and GynecologyDate Awarded:June 17, 2016
- Award:Childbearing Intentions and Family Planning GameAwarding Organization:Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (https://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/grant/childbearing-intentions-and-family-planning-game) Co-InvestigatorDate Awarded:November 1, 2016
I dedicated my research career to advancement of family planning globally. I strongly believe that use of technology can promote family planning awareness in men/ women of childbearing age, healthcare providers and citizens of the globe. I solidified my knowledge of family planning by completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology followed by 2 years of specialization on family planning and public health. Since my graduation in 2013, I have engaged myself in doing research that is innovative and novel. My first project was development and testing of a mobile app for family planning. I am now developing comics for contraception and a game for adolescents to understand their family planning attitudes. I will be publishing the research data and creating sustainable tools in our field.
Born and brought up in India, I learnt values of family planning throughout my educational years (from elementary school to medical school). Significant challenges stand in the way of making contraceptives more widely available and accessible to men and women in this world. Having witnessed morbid and mortal consequences of unwanted pregnancies, I decided to focus my career on empowering reproductive choices and making them more popular in this world.
I have solidified my knowledge in contraception and family planning through my residency, fellowship and training in public health and I lead a unique role as a teacher/advocate and teach family planning values to younger generations both in the United States and in India. I do advocacy work through the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I have successfully influenced large group of students to positively think about family planning via my research activities.
If I am named a winner, I will set up a research fund to encourage medical students in India to perform research in the area of contraception and family planning. I will develop a web-page for medical students to have resources to perform small scale projects in their medical schools. There are two medical schools in my home town in India (Mysore). A $1000 grant can promote many ideas which can change the future of family planning.