DR. COPEL is Professor, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Director of the Yale Fetal Cardiovascular Center, and Vice Chair and Director of Obstetric Ultrasound, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn. He is also President of The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.
Faced with dramatic changes in the practice and financing of medicine during the past 2 decades, clinicians, educators, and researchers have struggled to adapt. Obstetrics and gynecology has seen an increased emphasis on subspecialization, without equal emphasis on enhancing women’s care.
The average ob/gyn might deliver 10 to 15 babies a month over a 30-year career—let’s say 4000 to 5000 in total. Inspire one medical student to enter our field every year by striking up a relationship during his or her clerkship, and you could influence the births of more than 100,000 babies down the road.