Meet our Fellows: Interview with Graduated Fellow Aparna Sridhar

Dr. Aparna Sridhar is currently an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles. Below, she discusses her fellowship experiences and the impact they’ve had on her career.

Graduation Year: 2013

Fellowship Research Topic: Mobile Application for Contraception Information: A Randomized Controlled Trial  

Global Health Placement Location: India (Postpartum contraception in rural India)

 

  1. Why did you join the Fellowship in Family Planning?
    “Growing up in India, I had seen the effect of poor population control on a nation’s economy and health. I was always passionate about contraception and family planning. When I started residency, I actually was not aware of the existence of this fellowship. One of my senior fellow started looking up details of this fellowship during my intern year. The more we explored about this fellowship, the more interesting it sounded to me! I decided to go to ACOG FFP information session in 2009. The information session was very helpful. All the aspects of fellowship exactly matched my interests.  I met people who were so popular in the field of family planning during the reception and the possibilities with this fellowship in my future seemed to be a great idea. I was even more excited and determined to do the fellowship by then. Finally, I did an elective at Columbia University in my 3rd year residency to understand the practical aspects of being a fellow. I was already filling out my application by then!"
     
  2. What did you find most valuable about the Fellowship?
    “Family Planning Fellowship made a HUGE impact in my life. The 24 months of fellowship were probably the BEST part of my medical career. Looking back, I feel every single aspect of the fellowship was equally valuable and important. The fellowship made me a strong clinician. The fellowship helped me to acquire and polish my advocacy and teaching skills. The fellowship made me understand the value of reproductive health in the global international scenario. Through the help of the fellowship I was able to pursue the masters program which made me wear a special lens of public health while treating patients. From fellowship interviews to annual meetings, I met some wonderful people, made lifelong friends and have access to world class experts through this community of family planning fellowship. Innumerable workshops conducted by the fellowship offered unique set of skills for me to grow as a physician who can stand out in a crowd. Words fall short to describe my gratitude to this fellowship."
  1. What do you like most about your current job?
    “My current job has a great combination of clinical care, research and teaching responsibilities. I love being in an academic center and teaching medical students and residents. I give comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology care. I am the consultant gynecologist at the UCLA Arthur Ashe Women’ s Center where I provide family planning consultations for students. I am currently performing small clinical research studies and some quality improvement projects in the field of family planning at UCLA. I am also am the young physician representative for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for the district of California. Opportunities for growth are endless in this job. Overall, I have the job that I had always envisioned!"
  1. What would you tell someone who is considering whether or not they should apply to the Fellowship?
    “I highly recommend this fellowship to anyone who is passionate about women’s reproductive health. This fellowship will not only prepare you to be a better physician but also transform you to be a leader in reproductive health. The support that fellows get before, during and after fellowship is unique and cannot be compared to any other sub-specialty fellowships in the field of obstetrics and gynecology."
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