Introducing FACTS Co-Founder and Advisory Council Member
Robert Motley, MD, MHCDS
January 2, 2019
Editor’s Note: The FACTS Advisory Council consists of a talented and diverse group of individuals whose guidance and support are essential to the success of our organization. In 2019, we will feature one of the Council members each month to highlight their unique contributions to our mission. We begin by introducing the cofounder of FACTS, Dr. Robert Motley, who was also the first member of our Advisory Council.
Meet Robert Motley, MD, MHCDS
Dr. Bob Motley, a Board-certified family physician, is professor and vice chair of community medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. In 2010, when he was on the faculty at the Lehigh Valley Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Anne Nolte, a fellow family physician and co-founder of The National Gianna Center, introduced him to Dr. Marguerite Duane, who shared Dr. Motley’s passion for fertility awareness education.
The Early Days of FACTS
Dr. Motley and Dr. Duane discussed the idea of starting an organization to address the knowledge gap about fertility awareness within medical education. Dr. Duane felt compelled to share this information with more medical students and residents after teaching her first fertility awareness elective at Georgetown University School of Medicine in early 2010. Subsequent conversations and planning led to a face-to-face meeting of other interested professionals at the American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals conference. Shortly after this, the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science (FACTS) was founded and held its first meeting in October 2010 at the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC) Annual Conference.
Eight years later, thanks to their leadership and the support of our sponsors and benefactors, the progress of FACTS has been notable and steady. Although much work remains to reach our goals, we appreciate the wisdom and direction provided by every member of our Advisory Council.
In His Own Words
Dr. Motley first learned about natural methods of fertility care and family planning from his patients.
“They saw their fertility as a cooperative activity that was both empowering and inclusive of the men in their lives. Yet, many of us in health care are deficient in our own knowledge. FACTS helps to close two big gaps in women’s health by providing accurate information and guidance for motivated women and their partners, and by educating health professionals in the modern, evidence-based methods of fertility awareness. Shared sexual decision-making is good for relationships and good for health.”
Contributions to the Mission of FACTS
At FACTS, we appreciate Dr. Motley’s wisdom from years of experience in family medicine education. He has encouraged respectful dialogue and nurtured collaboration across disciplines (e.g., women’s health, OB/Gyn, and Family Medicine) and among advocates of the various FABMs. Furthermore, he promotes our common goal of sharing the science behind FABMs rather than a particular method or model. This focus unites us around our common goals while respecting the diversity within the global community of fertility awareness.
When asked what is most meaningful about his work with FACTS, Dr. Motley explained,
“I’m so impressed with the energy, creativity, and effectiveness of the young adults who are sharing this information. They are motivated to share accurate information about fertility awareness methods for family planning and women’s health. They are passionate about their reproductive health and their relationships. They want better—and more inclusive—ways to track their cycles and address problems that arise, and they want to participate in shared sexual decision-making.”
Dr. Motley’s greatest contribution was laying a solid foundation for FACTS’ mission-driven focus. He also encouraged discussions rooted in published evidence and based on principles for respectful dialogue. As a result, FACTS has been highly successful for almost a decade while working with different medical communities and users of different FABMs. We are grateful to have Dr. Bob Motley’s important perspective and his contributions as an integral part of FACTS and our Advisory Council.
More About Dr. Motley
Dr. Motley spent the first twenty years of his career in community-based private practice. He graduated from LaSalle University and earned his medical doctor degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. He remained at Jefferson to complete family medicine residency training. He was a founding member of TriValley Primary Care, a multi-site primary care group practice in southeast Pennsylvania.
In 2006, Dr. Motley joined the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) in Allentown, PA, where he was honored three times as Resident Teacher of the Year. He served as vice chair of Network Collaboration for the department of family medicine and as president of the LVHN medical staff from 2012 through 2014. Two years later, he completed a master’s degree in Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth College with a focus on quality and safety, population and community health, and clinical care redesign. Dr. Motley and his wife, Jeanne-Marie, have five adult children and ten grandchildren.
FACTS 2019 SPRING CONFERENCES
Modern Fertility Awareness for Family Planning & Women’s Health
In response to the growing interest in FABMs, the FACTS team is offering three one-day conferences in 2019. Join us in Cleveland, Indianapolis, or Dallas to learn about timely issues in women’s reproductive health!
February 23, 2019
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
April 5, 2019
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
We will also be in Dallas in the fall, so be sure to share this information with friends and colleagues interested in learning more FACTS about fertility!