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District XI Newsletter

January 2012


Honoring Karen O'Briant

2011 ADM  Research Awards

Women's Health Program

Breastfeeding Summit

Health Information Technology

Teratogen Hotline

 Junior Fellow Updates

MarkMark Your Calendars!


District XI/TAOG  

Annual Meeting

September 21-23, 2012



The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel


The Woodlands, Texas 


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Lisa M. Hollier, MD



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Chair2011 District XI Accomplishments
Letter from Chair, Lisa M. Hollier, MD
Dr. Hollier

Happy New Year! ACOG is looking forward to a new year, addressing the challenges we face with enthusiasm. These difficult economic times stimulate questions about "value." What are we getting for the dollars we spend? ACOG has always been very conscious about providing the membership with value and we hope you'll agree when you read the summary of our 2011 District XI accomplishments


Nationally, ACOG continues to evolve to best meet the dynamic and varied needs of the Fellows. For example, this year brought improvements in communication with the membership (check out the new website) and changes in the types and structure of clinical documents. ACOG has several new initiatives coming in 2012 to help you improve your practice - look for an exciting new course at the Annual Clinical Meeting for your office manager.   


At the District level, you'll see changes in our Annual District Meeting in response to comments from attendees. Also this year, we'll be working to educate our elected officials in preparation for the 2013 Texas Legislative Session. Our patient safety committee is creating a network to disseminate "best practices" in Texas. Finally, to fulfill our mission to provide high-quality women's health information, we'll be establishing a patient-oriented website. As your representative to the ACOG Executive Board, I'd love to hear from you with any comments or concerns you have about the organization or women's health care. As always, feel free to contact me if you want to get involved at    



District XI Updates


ADMMark Your Calendars for the Annual District Meeting: September 21-23, 2012 in The Woodlands 

Building on the success of the 2011 conference, we are looking forward to the 2012 combined meeting of ACOG District XI and Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (TAOG).

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott is located on The Waterway in Town Center where retail shops, restaurants and entertainment venues thrive. The Woodlands is about 30 minutes outside of Houston, where attendees can also take advantage of the many museums, shopping, sports venues and restaurants Houston has to offer.  


KarenKaren O'Briant Honored at 2011 ADM  

As many of you know, Karen has served the ob-gyn physicians in Texas for several decades, working for both TAOG and ACOG as executive director and meetings manager. She will be retiring soon, and both organizations celebrated her years of service at the October ADM. If you would like to send a thank you message to her, please email it to Thank you Karen and you will be missed greatly!




WinnersPoster and Oral Awards at 2011 ADM

Congratulations to the following poster and presentation research winners:


Best Poster: Jessica Cornelio, Influence of sex education on condom knowledge and condom use skills of college students, TTUHSC-Lubbock.

Runner-Up Poster: Brian Szender, Ethnicity does not alter the age of diagnosis of cervical cancer patients, UTHSC-San Antonio.


Best Overall Oral Presentation: Tamika Sea/Zuleika Goss, Neonatal and maternal outcomes in a quality initiative to limit elective deliveries less than 39 weeks, Methodist Hospital-Houston Ob/Gyn Residency and St Joseph Medical Center.

Runner-Up Oral Presentation: Chris Maguire, Endocrine factors and obesity in pregnancy: leptin and adiponectin, TTUHSC-Odessa.


Richardson Award: J. Brian Szender, A Randomized-Control Trial Examining the Ability of a Novel Neoprene Abdominopelvic Compression Binder to Decrease Postoperative Pain and Improve Ambulation in Gynecologic Surgery Patients, UTHSC-San Antonio.


Advocacy and Practice News   


CMSWomen's Health Program Update  

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) acted on a request from the state that would exclude certain providers from providing approved services under the Women's Health Program. In its decision, CMS cited Section 1902(a)(23)(A) of the Social Security Act, which provides that Medicaid beneficiaries may obtain covered services from any qualified provider willing to undertake the service. CMS indicated that the proposal clearly violates the intent of that long-standing federal law. CMS also indicated it is prepared to extend the existing demonstration under its current terms and conditions through March 31, 2012 while CMS and the state continue to work on the renewal.


BreastfeedingBreastfeeding Summit

The San Antonio Breastfeeding Coalition (SABC) has partnered with the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition (TXBC), the United States Lactation Consultant Association and The University of Texas Health Science Center to present the 2012 Texas Breastfeeding Summit: Improving Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates in the Hospital Setting on Feb.18th  in San Antonio, Texas. Details here


EHRHealth Information Technology    

Obstetrics & Gynecology - The Green Journal for the iPad is now available on the Apple App Store! The app can be found by searching for "Obstetrics & Gynecology" or "Green Journal" on the App Store or via the following link. For questions contact Green Journal staff at   


Texas Medical Association has two recent articles you might find helpful:

CMS Accepts Appeals for E-Prescribing & PQRS

Texas RECs Offer HIT Series     


HotlineNew Teratogen Hotline  

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health) has launched a prenatal counseling service called Texas TIPS (Texas Teratogen Information on Pregnancy Service). This service is funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS). 


Texas Tips is a free counseling and information resource for both healthcare professionals and the general public and regarding harmful exposures during pregnancy or breastfeeding (teratogens). Individuals concerned about an exposure to a teratogen, e.g. prescription medication, nicotine, alcohol, maternal infections or environmental exposures can call our toll free number (1-855-884-7248) to receive evidence-based information and counseling from bilingual (Spanish, English) genetic counselors at UTHealth. The goal of this service is to improve pregnancy outcomes by helping people avoid or minimize contact with teratogens.


 JFNewsJunior Fellow News     


Busy at 2011 ADM   

At the recent ADM in Plano, our Junior Fellows hosted a technology booth, helping Fellows understand how tools such as iPads and various apps can help their practices. Their booth was well attended, and not just because it included a drawing for a free iPad!


The Junior Fellows also hosted a Medical Student Residency Fair, with more than 80 medical students attending! After giving students an information session on the ob-gyn residency programs in Texas, they all went bowling and had a great time. Thanks Junior Fellows for promoting the ob-gyn field!


And that's not all! For their 2011 service project, the JFs led a diaper drive, collecting more than 18,000 diapers to be delivered to family-service nonprofits across Texas. They also received a $2,500 grant from the George A. Robinson IV Foundation to purchase diapers for the Houston Area Women's Center.  


On March 2, Junior Fellows will host a Leadership Day for current and potential JF officers. Please contact for more information.  


Attention Medical Students: Please join the Future Residents of Ob-Gyn (F.R.O.G.s) of Texas Facebook page to keep up with activities in Texas.  Like us on Facebook    



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