2013 Conference Daily

May 8

  • Melissa H. Fries, MD, and David Scott Miller, MD, share a laugh Tuesday during the Gerald and Barbara Holzman Stump the Professors session. The professors were only stumped on one of the four cases presented this year. Professors edge out students - After last year’s battle between students and professors ended in a tie, both sides of the 2013 Gerald and Barbara Holzman Stump the Professors session were looking to gain ground early in the competition on Tuesday, May 7, at the Annual Clinical Meeting. The professors were Haywood Brown, MD, Duke Medicine, Durham, NC; Melissa H.

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  • ACOG Past President Douglas W. Laube, MD, MEd, explains why ACOG joined the Survive & Thrive alliance. Improving maternal, child health globally - ACOG has joined an alliance of other medical associations and organizations from the public and private sectors to develop Survive & Thrive, a program dedicated to improving maternal, newborn, and child health in developing nations. “The overall aim is to ensure that mothers, newborns, and children can survive and thrive to their full potential,” said

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  • How to address obesity with your pregnant patients - In an era when more than half of all pregnant women in the US are overweight or obese, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has updated its recommendations on weight gain during pregnancy. To learn more about the recommendations and how to help your overweight and obese patients, join Raul Artal, MD, for the

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  • Benefits of mentoring can last a lifetime, ACOG leaders say - One of the most important components of a physician’s education does not carry a degree or certification, but its value can extend throughout a professional lifetime, two ACOG leaders said during Tuesday’s Young Physicians Breakfast Forum. (Young physicians are Fellows younger than 40.) Haywood L. Brown, MD, and Laura A. Dean, MD, spoke during the

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  • Dr. Conry to be inaugurated - Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, of Granite Bay, CA, will be sworn in as ACOG’s 64th president today during the Presidential Inauguration and Convocation. The event will take place at 9 am in La Nouvelle Ballroom. Dr. Conry is assistant physician in chief at the Permanente Medical Group in Roseville and associate clinical professor of

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May 7

  • Malcolm Potts, MD, delivers his second Samuel A. Cosgrove Memorial Lecture during Monday’s Presidential Program. While discussing family planning, he praised ACOG’s recent support of over-the-counter oral contraception as “good science.” Dr. Malcolm Potts: ‘We have the power to break the shackles of reproductive slavery’ - Family planning is a natural and essential part of modern living, said Malcolm Potts, MD, chair of population and family planning at the University of California, Berkley’s School of Public Health, as he led off the Monday, May 6, Annual Clinical Meeting President’s Program with his presentation “Sex, Ideology, and Religion: How Family Planning Frees

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  • Barbara S. Levy, MD, explains how men and women approach goals and leadership differently. Physician leadership increasingly important - As changes in health care are making it increasingly difficult for physicians to take the reins in policy decision-making, the need for ob-gyns to step into leadership roles is greater than ever, two ACOG leaders told ob-gyns Monday, May 6, at the Annual Clinical Meeting. Sandra A. Carson, MD, and Barbara S. Levy, MD, discussed

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  • Chemicals taking a toll on reproductive health of Americans - Chemicals from a variety of sources are having an increasingly negative effect on human health—especially in children—so ob-gyns need to step up efforts to reverse this trend through advocacy and education, said Linda C. Giudice, MD, PhD, during the Donald F. Richardson Memorial Lecture on Monday, May 6, at the Annual Clinical Meeting. Dr. Giudice

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  • Five S’s key to calming babies, preventing postpartum depression - Some of the most common factors in postpartum depression (PPD) and shaken baby syndrome are the states of exhaustion and frustration that parents can experience with a baby who just won’t stop crying at night. An obvious, yet not well understood, solution to these problems is to be able to calm the baby to sleep.

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  • Ob-gyns: Know how serving in military affects treatment - The number of women serving in the US military is greater than ever, and today there also are 2.2 million female veterans, so ob-gyns must be aware of the challenges of treating these growing patient populations. The trauma of combat duty not only affects the reproductive health of women, it affects their mental health, with

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May 6

  • D1_Registration Welcome to the 2013 ACM - By Hal C. Lawrence III, MD ACOG Executive Vice President I’m so pleased to welcome all our ACOG members and special guests to New Orleans for our 61st Annual Clinical Meeting. You’ve come to the right place—whether it’s your first meeting or you’ve been to dozens—for the latest on women’s health care. Our ACM is

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  • ACOG President Elect Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, says ACOG needs better data in order to improve diversity in its leadership ranks. Physician leaders discuss need for greater diversity - If ACOG is to be as strong and responsive to its members in coming decades as it is today, the organization must embrace not only its current diversity, but the changing face of its potential future leadership, a task force led by ACOG President James T. Breeden, MD, reported Sunday, May 5, at the Annual

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  • How family planning frees women - During his presidential year, ACOG President James T. Breeden, MD, has focused on the themes of the essentialness of contraceptive access for all women and the importance of having women in leadership roles. His President’s Program, which kicks off the ACM this morning in La Nouvelle Ballroom, will center on these two themes. Eight years

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  • Test gadgets, get answers at annual technology session - Two technology gurus will return for the ACM’s sixth annual technology sessions, which will take place at 11 am and 2 pm Monday and Tuesday at the ACOG Booth, #717, in the Exhibit Hall. Ob-gyns Edward M. Zabrek, MD, a practicing ob-gyn in California and medical editor of iPhone Life magazine, and Brian A. Levine,

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  • Oncologist predicts basic change in cervical cancer screening - The widely publicized re-evaluation of cervical cancer screening that led ACOG to recommend less frequent Pap tests may soon spark a shift away from cytology as the initial test for the disease, said Edward E. Partridge, MD. ACOG recommends most women be screened for cervical cancer no more often than once every three to five

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