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Obstetrics-Gynecology & Women's Health

Contemporary OB/GYN contributors at ACOGThe following board members - both past and current - authors and collaborators will be appearing in Austin at the ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting in April. Here is a rundown on where you can find them, the programs they will be participating in, plus links to their recent articles in Contemporary OB/GYN.
Study underscores need to spot signs of heart failure in pregnancyAnalysis of data from more than 50 million pregnancy-related hospitalizations shows that more needs to be done to identify new mothers at high risk for heart failure (HF) before they leave the hospital. Plus: Incidence of occult cancer during benign gynecology surgery is low but not insignificant. Also: According to a recent study, nearly 5% of non-pregnant women of childbearing age experience major depression, but less than half of those patients use antidepressants.
Enhanced Recovery Pathway handoutsEnhanced recovery pathways (ERP) are rapidly gaining acceptance and use in gynecologic surgery. These handouts from the ERAS Society provide the physician and patient with valuable information for both pre- and post-operative care.
Enhanced recovery in gynecologic surgeryERPs may take a year or two to get gong but the benefits to patients and the healthcare system can be significant.
FDA tightens restrictions on permanent implantable contraceptiveThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an order restricting sales and distribution of the contraceptive device Essure. Plus: Can a Pap test one day be used to diagnose ovarian, endometrial cancers?
Maternal Mortality Resources - PreparednessA collection of standards, guidelines, tools and articles for further reading on maternal mortality. ACOG guidelines for emergencies and adverse effects; resources for coping with the death of a patient. Plus, news from Haiti about using mobile technology to save mothers.
Dysuria, painful lesions in 26-year-old womanA 26-year-old G0 comes to the office complaining of dysuria and painful lesions on her vulva. Can you make the correct diagnosis and treatment plan?
Did vaginal hysterectomy result in iatrogenic injuries?
Did vaginal hysterectomy result in iatrogenic injuries?A family history of uterine cancer prompted the patient to seek a hysterectomy.
OB Hospital ClosuresContemporary OB/GYN will post links to reports on OB hospital closures to help illustrate the impact these closures have on their patients and maternal mortality rates. Be sure to check back often for the very latest links and information.
Burnout and depression in medical students and mentorsFrom our own experience in academic medicine, Dr. Ed Funai and I can vouch for the fact that most medical students are going into medicine for the right reasons—to help others via a career wedded in both science and humanity. Ironically, those same medical students are also experiencing record levels of burnout, substance abuse and depression as they enter their third and fourth years.