Geffan Pearlson, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
Geffan Pearlson conducted her summer internship with Dr. Jennifer Kerns at UCSF. Her summer was spent working on her Joint Medical Program master’s thesis research project, preparing to begin enrollment in fall of 2018. This study is designed to assess provider bias in IUD removal practices, specifically whether patient characteristic of race affects whether providers encourage a woman to continue using her IUD when she is asking for it to be removed early. The study will use standardized patient video vignettes. The primary predictor will be race, and covariates will be parity and SES. Participants will be medical providers (family medicine physicians, OBGYNs, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) recruited at national and regional conferences. After viewing the video, participants will be asked to answer a brief survey. The main outcome will be whether or not the provider encourages the patient to continue using her IUD. The hypothesis is that providers will be more likely to encourage women of color (Black and Latina women) to continue IUD use compared to White women. Geffan spent the summer working with her mentorship team to design the survey and video vignettes, finalize study design and sample size calculations, obtain IRB approval, and begin work on her literature review.
Geffan recruiting for her study at the North American Forum on Family Planning in New Orleans