March 6, 2019
Editor’s Note: The FACTS Advisory Council consists of a talented and diverse group of individuals whose guidance and support are crucial to the success of our organization. Being a member of our Advisory Council is a voluntary position and all their work with FACTS is a generous contribution of time and expertise. This year, we are featuring one of our Council members each month to highlight their unique contributions to our mission. Our series continues with Dr. Lauren Gordon, who has been involved with FACTS from the very beginning. Her passion for teaching the next generation of family physicians about women’s health and her commitment to global health enhance the work of FACTS.
Meet Lauren Gordon, MD
Dr. Gordon is a Board-certified family physician and the Director of Women’s Health at Franklin Square Family Medicine Residency in Baltimore. She attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed her residency and an obstetrics fellowship at Franklin Square Hospital Center. In addition to women’s health, Dr. Gordon has a strong interest in community medicine and global health. She is coordinator of the Women’s Cancer Protection Program, which provides breast and cervical cancer screening to uninsured women. She is also actively involved with Shoulder to Shoulder and has volunteered in Honduras numerous times over the last five years, providing both medical and community outreach work.
Her Path to FACTS
In 2010, Dr. Gordon attended the first FACTS pre-conference at the Family Medicine Education Consortium meeting. At that first meeting, Dr. Marguerite Duane, Executive Director of FACTS, was thrilled that about six people expressed interest and signed up to attend. Dr. Gordon was the only person she didn’t know. That day, she discovered Dr. Gordon was director of women’s health at Franklin Square Family Medicine Residency Program in Baltimore. This was exciting because this was precisely the group that FACTS was hoping to reach with information about fertility awareness and fertility awareness based methods (FABMs): educators of future physicians.
During that first FACTS meeting, Dr. Gordon introduced herself as someone who is passionate about women’s health and dedicated to ensuring future family physicians are well trained in all forms of family planning. She chose to attend our meeting because she had never heard of FABMs as a form of family planning, despite her role as Director of Women’s Health and additional fellowship training in Obstetrics. Dr. Gordon asked many excellent questions and expressed skepticism openly. She wondered whether patients could learn these methods and whether FABMs were effective. By the end of the meeting, she affirmed that FABMs are a viable option for some women and should be included among the options women are given for family planning. She recognized FABMs could play an important role for many women and couples.
Dr. Gordon recalls how she felt during that first gathering in 2010. “It is so true that when I attended my first meeting, I felt many emotions. I felt a bit skeptical, uninformed, and disappointed that I knew very little about these methods despite my passion for women’s health. Through my involvement, I have learned so much, and not just about fertility awareness and FABMs but also about working collaboratively despite differences in approach and beliefs.”
Contributions to the Mission of FACTS
Dr. Gordon’s contributions to FACTS have been critical because she approaches women’s health from a different perspective than most medical professionals trained in fertility awareness. She believes it’s important for medical educators to learn accurate information about FABMs so they can educate both patients and medical professionals without the skepticism she had because of misinformation.
Dr. Gordon has provided effective and constructive criticism so FACTS remains objective and scientific. She has attended every FACTS meeting and remains an active participant. She was invited to serve on the FACTS Advisory Council because she is passionate about women’s health but not immersed in the field of fertility awareness. Thus, she can offer a unique perspective so FACTS can continue to reach as broad an audience as possible.
When asked about Dr. Gordon’s unique contributions to FACTS, Dr. Duane emphasized the sense of admiration and mutual respect that has developed between them. “In a divided world,” she added, “we can address women’s health in effective ways even if we’re coming from very different perspectives. I love and value Dr. Gordon’s unique contributions to the ongoing work of FACTS.”
In Her Own Words
Dr. Gordon treasures the relationships and cooperation fostered by her work with FACTS. “I am forever grateful to Marguerite for her guidance, passion, and patience with me through the years. Had it not been for FACTS,” she acknowledged, “I am afraid I would still be uninformed on such an integral component of everyday health for women. Many thanks to everyone who works so hard on the frontlines and tirelessly to promote and fight for health and safety for women—both here in the United States and globally.”
“FACTS means a lot to me,” she added, “and I am very proud to be part of the Advisory Council.” We are grateful to have Dr. Lauren Gordon as an integral part of FACTS and our Advisory Council.
More About Dr. Gordon
Dr. Gordon serves on several local committees including the Med Chi’s Maternal-Child Health Committee, the Baltimore Regional Perinatal Advisory Committee, and the Maryland Board of Planned Parenthood. She has presented numerous times on the topics of women’s health and family planning and was the lead presenter for our study, Inclusion of Fertility Awareness-Based Methods in Family Medicine Residency Programs: A Pilot Survey. Dr. Gordon is the proud parent of two teenage children.
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