May has nearly come and gone and we are officially entering the last month of our academic year. Hard to believe that the the bright eyed interns that started just four years ago are graduating. I want to thank all of the patients, their families,nurses, midwives, clerks, MAs, administrative supports, research assistants, PAs, scrub techs, administrators and more that help train our medical students, residents and fellows. It truly takes a village!

I often think that as a physician, I can only care for a limited number of women. But if I count the students, residents and fellows that I have helped train, and the women that they take care of, I can multiply that number by 1000! That inspires me everyday to pass it forward. 

Thank you for all you do to ensure future generations of women will get the care they deserve.

Best wishes,
Just Announced!: New Women's Health Division Leadership
Maya Hammoud, MD, MBA
Director, WH Division
Rosalyn Maben-Feaster, MD, MPH Associate Director, WH Division
Dr. Maya Hammoud is Professor and Associate Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Learning Health Sciences. She is the President of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) and a senior advisor for Medical Education Innovations at the American Medical Association (AMA). She is also a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners and chairs their International Foundations of Medicine (IFOM) committee and she is an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Hammoud completed her MD and MBA degrees and residency training at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on medical education and cultural competence.

Dr. Maben-Feaster is an assistant professor and the Director of Health Systems Science for the medical school. She also serves as the Director of Resident QI education for the department and has served as the pod lead for ObGyn at the Brighton Health Center for the last two years. Rosalyn completed her undergraduate, medical school, MPH and residency at the University of Michigan.
After residency, Dr. Maben-Feaster worked in private practice as a general obstetrician gynecologist. She then returned to Michigan Medicine in 2015 to join the Women’s Health Division. Since residency she has been active in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) as she saw this as an opportunity to advocate for her patients and also for women’s health care providers with local, state and federal government. She currently serves as the District V Young Physician Representative and serves on the board of the Michigan Council of Maternal and Child Health.

Thank you to Drs. Margaret Punch and Natalie Saunders for their leadership. Dr. Punch has been the Division Director for the last 15 years. Under her leadership the division has grown to over 30 faculty and expanded to numerous new outpatient clinics. We are pleased that she has taken on a new role as Director of OBGYN Virtual Care and Michart Optimization, and will continue to be a valuable member of the Women’s Health Division. As Assistant Director, Dr. Saunders has worked tirelessly to manage a complex Women’s Health schedule and has been a major contributor to the ongoing OB Redesign project. She too will continue as a valued member of the Women’s Health Division and the Center of Vulvar Diseases.
Coming Soon: New Faces!

Stay Tuned: New Provider Scheduling Software
This July, the department will be launching a new scheduling software - QGenda - in order to better support both schedulers and providers.

Our primary goals are:

  • To eliminate hand-built schedules in excel
  • To ensure fair distribution of work
  • To grant easy, on-line access
  • To facilitate swaps and trades
Drs. Moravek, Elias & Marsh at the Frontier Seminar Series
Drs. Marsh, Moravek and Elias were featured at last month's Michigan Medicine Frontier Seminar Series, where they presented on Reproductive Science Research.

Michigan Medicine's Frontier Seminar Series is a series of monthly seminars that aims to promote and disseminate the University of Michigan Medical School’s remarkable basic science, translational and clinical discoveries, and the achievements of our Michigan Medicine faculty.
Dr. Fenner Recognized for Outstanding Leadership

Dr. Fenner received the Rudi Ansbacher Leadership Award for Support of Women in Healthcare at last week's 5th Annual Leadership Summit for Women in Academic Medicine and Healthcare.

Congratulations, Dr. Fenner!
Dr. Swenson & Team Receive 2019 AJOG Impact Award
Carolyn W. Swenson, MD, Neil S. Kamdar, MA, John A. Harris, MD, Shitanshu Uppal, MD, Darrell A. Campbell Jr., MD, and Daniel M. Morgan, MD were awarded the SGS 2019 AJOG Impact Award which is given to the paper published in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and presented at SGS with the most citations over the last year.
Dr. Moravek & Collaborators To Receive R01
Congratulations to Dr. Molly Moravek and her collaborators on receiving an R01 from NICHD on their transgender mouse model. 

This is a huge accomplishment and a significant step forward for transgender care and research.
Dr. Pitts Recognized For Exemplary Service As Teaching Fellow
In 2018, Dr. Pitts was awarded the Foundation of Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Queenan Global Health Visiting Teaching Fellowship to spend two months in Ghana as visiting teaching faculty.

Dr. Pitts spent the first month of the fellowship at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. Here, she focused on teaching high risk obstetrics through lectures, clinic, antepartum rounds, ultrasounds and participating in the operating room. Notably, Dr. Pitts was the only female sub specialist present.

On her last day, Dr. Pitts was recognized by the head of the Komfo Anokye Department of OBGYN for her lasting contributions, including her desire and readiness to assist in forging a strong partnership between MFM units of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and the University of Michigan Hospital.
New OBGYN Staff Members:

  • Audrey Barick, MPH, CCRP - Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Beth Ann Hamilton, MS - Program Manager for Research Communications & Grant Writing
  • Jasmine Bell, MPH, Research Program Manager
  • Lyndsey Van, Admin/Project Coordinator
  • Alexandra Mangus, Clinical Subjects Coordinator
  • Elizabeth Seif, MHSA, Senior Project Manager

2019 Michigan Mentorship Academy: Register Today!
Join this one-day workshop to learn more about how to be a better mentor and a more effective mentee .

Date: June 22nd, 2019
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location: North Campus Research Complex

Supported by the Department and co-hosted by Michelle Moniz, MD, MSc, the Michigan Mentorship Academy is open to both faculty and staff .

Use the promocode SPRING15 for 15% off your registration price!
Save the Date!: 2019 Department Picnic
Mark your calendars for this year's department picnic!

Date: August 10, 2019
Time: TBD
Location: Gallup Park

More details to follow.
National Nurses Appreciation Week: May 6th-12th

The department of OBGYN would like to extend a special thank you to our nurses, as they continue to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients. Please thank your nurses for their many contributions and the positive impact they make every day at Michigan Medicine!

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