Welcome to our new residents, fellows, faculty and staff. July marks the beginning of our new academic year. Together I know we can make fiscal year 2020 our best year ever. What would that mean? It would mean that our happiness and joy in doing our work, caring for our patients and advancing care through research and education is unsurpassed. As a department we will be working together to advance teamwork, decrease burn out, and promote a safe and supportive culture. So stay tuned and I hope to see all of you at the Department wide picnic August 10th!
Dee Fenner
Welcome to Erin Reese Burks!
On July 8, UMMG welcomed Erin Reese Burks, MHSA, as UMMG Senior Administrative Director - Ob/Gyn and Pediatric Specialties, joining the leadership triad of Dr. Marci Lesperance and Juanita Spallina in providing oversight to align programmatic objectives with the Health System strategic goals and priorities. Erin will have administrative oversight and accountability for Pediatric Medical Specialties and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Former OBGYN Resident, Dr. Aisha Yousuf, Performs First Robotic Gynecologic Surgery in Qatar
Drs. Peahl & Dalton in JAMAOpen
In their new articles in JAMAOpen, Dr. Peahl and team looked at women in Optum who were opioid-naïve prior to pregnancy, and filled a prescription around the time of delivery.

In their cohort, 1-2% of women developed new persistent opioid use, especially those with larger prescriptions and those who received their prescription before admission. Rates of opioid prescribing and new persistent opioid use did decline over time. 

RSP/OBGYN Research Forum: Call for Abstracts
Opening a Joint Venture Ob/Gyn Clinic with Chelsea Hospital
Our Department has partnered with Chelsea Hospital to offer a comprehensive Ob/Gyn practice in the Chelsea Hospital Professional Office Building, starting in late August.

All staff and mid-levels in the practice will be Chelsea employees, and will support three Michigan Medicine physicians. Dr. Jen Collin will serve as the Medical Director, and will be on site three days a week. Dr. Courtney Lim and Dr. Pam Fairchild, will be in clinic one ½ day per week, and will increase their clinic presence as the practice grows. All three faculty will perform surgeries in Chelsea.

Stay tuned for more information as the practice opens!
Help Us Update Your Physician Profile!
One of the Department of OBGYN's goals for the upcoming year is to enhance our online presence,  both to increase the visibility of our faculty and their innovative work , and  to increase functionality for our patients

Our first step is to create more robust, standardized faculty profiles across the department.

Don't worry - our team has created a form to make this process as painless as possible! This faculty profile update form will allow our team to quickly collect new content and make updates to your profile page located within UofMHealth.org.

We greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete this form and improve our web presence. To fill out the form, click the yellow button below:

To see your current faculty profile, search for your name at " Find a Doctor. "
Congratulations Drs. Rosen and Loder!
Dr. Monica Rosen has transitioned from Advanced Trainee to Clinical Assistant Professor and Dr. Charisse Loder has been promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor.
Michigan Medicine's First Global Women's Health Fellow
Dr. Emma Lawrence will spend the first year of her fellowship earning a master’s degree in health systems and research through the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI). The second half of the program will be split between Michigan Medicine and Ghana, where she has already been involved in research on preeclampsia.

Dr. Peahl & Team's ERAS Video Hits over 13K Visits on Youtube!
On July 8th, Dr. Peahl and team launched an updated version of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) for Cesarean protocol to make the patient experience at the time of delivery even better through improved patient education resources, including an educational video and pamphlet. So far, the video has been watched over 13,000 times!

New OBGYN Faculty Members:

  • Anne Waldo, Statistician Intermediate
  • Barbara Garcia Sauceda, Clinical Subjects Associate
  • Nicole Costa, Procurement & Research Support Specialist
  • Prianka Hashim, Research Lab Tech Intermediate
  • Weena Ekechuckwu, Clinical Subjects Associate

New OBGYN Advanced Trainees:
New OBGYN Fellows:
Visiting Fellows:

  • Fernanda Pipitone Rodriguez, working with Dr. DeLancey

2019 Department Picnic: Join Us For Games, Food, & Fun!
Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019
Time: 12 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI
Food: Satchel’s BBQ

Service: To demonstrate our commitment to our local community and to serve families impacted by domestic violence the department would like to support the SafeHouse Center by donating items listed on their Wish List. Feel free to bring the items with you to the picnic or the birth center.
25th Anniversary of the UM Reproductive Sciences Program and OBGYN Research Forum
Date: October 4, 2019
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Founded in 1986 as the Anita Payne Research Day, the 25th Annual RSP/OBGYN Research Forum highlights ongoing scientific and educational activities within the laboratories of the Reproductive Sciences Program and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The Research Forum will feature a research showcase, poster presentations, & the annual Anita Payne & John Randolph lectures.

Stay tuned for more details!
Norman F. Miller University of Michigan Alumni Society
Annual Meeting
The Norman F. Miller University of Michigan Alumni Society Meeting will be held in conjunction with the RSP Research Day on Friday, October 4, 2019.
Learn How to Manage Your Michigan Research Experts Profile
Michigan Research Experts is a searchable database of research expertise across the University of Michigan, developed by the Medical School Office of Research and custom-tailored for our research community to foster collaboration on campus and around the world.

Attend this “edit-a-thon” to learn how to manage your Michigan Research Experts profile. Taubman Library staff will share information about the platform, answer questions, and help you curate your profile.

Date: August 19, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Room 4360, Taubman Library

No RSVP required, stop by anytime between 1:00pm and 4:00pm! Can't make it in person? Join remotely: https://bluejeans.com/650682042
Region 9 Town Hall Meeting: September 18, 2019
Ob/Gyn Gratitude Initiative!
MHealthy recently released the “Be Kind, Be Well” campaign at University of Michigan, including a gratitude card template that encourages sharing thoughts of gratitude with others.

The Ob/Gyn DE&I Committee, in partnership with our MHealthy Team, believes sharing gratitude with those around us is a great way to help encourage our efforts in workplace civility. Share these gratitude cards with co-workers who went above and beyond to help you or even just made you smile!
Blank cards will be in Ob/Gyn spaces in VVH and UH South! Run out of cards? Stop by L4113 in UH South, Megan and Natalie will be happy to give you some!
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