Dear Colleagues,

The 2020 academic year is in full swing and the department continues to thrive across all of our missions! Our NIH funding is growing and our research portfolio has never been broader. Our education leaders are not only making an impact locally, but are also leading national initiatives with APGO, CREOG and the AMA. Clinically, we continue to provide the safest and most effective care, while exploring new paradigms with E-visits and telehealth.
Welcome to our newest faculty hire, Chelsea Bayer (WH). And special kudos to the Jen Collins, Courtney Lim, and Pam Fairchild for launching the new Women’s Health Center in Chelsea this month.

Check out the billboard off I-94, exiting to Chelsea!
We hope to see you at the RSP Anita Payne and Miller Day celebrations on October 4th for great talks and more updates from the department!

Dee E. Fenner, MD
Dr. Stalburg Co-Hosts First-Ever Interprofessional Facilitation Workshop
New Article by Dr. Mmeje in Sexually Transmitted Infections
Healthcare providers and community perspectives on
expedited partner therapy (EPT) for use with gay,
bisexual and other men who have sex with men
WH Division at the 2019 AMA ChangeMedEd Meeting
There was a strong Women’s Health Division presence at the 2019 AMA ChangeMedEd Meeting in September. Faculty presented on:

  • Development of a specialty-specific robust simulated paging curriculum to improve non-face-to-face interprofessional communication skills – Sam Kempner, Elizabeth Jones, William Peterson, Helen Morgan

  • Coaching for specific learner transitions: Identifying best practice coaching theories and techniques for program development – Nicole Deiorio, Sam Kempner, Maya Hammoud, Stephanie Goldberg

  • Preparing students for the difficult communication challenges associated with the prescription opioid epidemic – Sam Kempner

  • Partnering for better health: Using an interprofessional educational approach to explore social determinants of health and policy – Rosalyn Maben-Feaster, David Marzano, Michelle Daniel, Rama Salhi
Dr. Lindsay Admon in Health Affairs
"Lack of continuous insurance coverage over the course of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period is common, and likely an important driver of the maternal health crisis. Strategies to improve continuity of coverage must be considered as part of clinical and policy solutions for improving maternal health outcomes in the US."  

Dr. Johnson & Co-Authors Investigate Sexual Harassment within Academic Medicine
Michigan Medicine Becomes One of Few National Centers to Offer HIPEC in Ovarian Cancer
Dr. Shitanshu Uppal
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Clifford Cho
Department of Surgery
Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) has recently been shown to improve post-surgical survival rates for patients with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer.

Over the past year, Dr. Shitanshu Uppal and Dr. Clifford Cho have worked together to make this innovative treatment available to ovarian cancer patients at Michigan Medicine. Together, they have completed 5 HIPEC cases, and this month Dr. Uppal completed our department's first independent HIPEC case.

Michigan Medicine is now one of the first centers in the country to offer this care.
OBGYN Advancing Medical Education at the National Level
Dr. Hammoud served as an editor and Dr. Helen Morgan as a contributor to the recently released AMA’s It Takes Two: A Guide to Being a Good Coachee .

The guide is designed to help learners navigate and maximize their coaching relationships!
Provider Profile Updates - We're Getting There!
We greatly appreciate you taking the time to review your current provider profile and complete the Faculty Profile Update Form!
Dr. Hammoud Announced as 2019 Inspiration Award Honoree for the Women Physicians Section of the AMA
The Inspiration Award recognizes physicians who have contributed to the achievements of women in the medical profession. To honor Dr. Hammoud's contributions, she will be highlighted and issued a special certificate at the AMA House of Delegates Interim meeting, celebrated during Women in Medicine Month in September, and acknowledged on the AMA website and AMA social channels.
Dr. DeLancey Awarded RC2
Congratulations to Dr. John DeLancey and team for receiving an RC2 award to fund their project entitled, " Development of 21st Century Concepts and Tools for Quantifying Urethral Failure Mechanisms that Cause Urinary Incontinence."

Dr. DeLancey will be collaborating with an interdisciplinary team from across the University of Michigan, including James Ashton-Miller , Ulysses Balis , Susan Brooks Herzog , Mark Burns , Jeffrey Fowlkes , Oliver Kripfgans , Katherine Maturen , and Jonathan Rubin .
Dr. Pearlman Receives 2019 Deans Award for Lifetime Achievement in Clinical Care
This award recognizes the exemplary performance of a practicing clinician or program leader of innovation in clinical care.

Congratulations, Dr. Pearlman!
Dr. Swenson & Co-Authors Awarded 2018 FMRS Top Cited Manuscript Award
Drs. Carolyn Swenson, Angela M. Kelley, Dee E. Fenner, and Mitchell Berger are the recipients of the 2018 FPMRS Top Cited Manuscript Award for their article entitled, "Outpatient Narcotic Use After Minimally Invasive Urogynecologic Surgery."

Their accomplishment was acknowledged during the AUGS/IUGA meeting in Nashville on Thursday, September 26, 2019.
Faculty Promotions
  • Dr. Beth Campbell, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Diana Curran, Clinical Professor
  • Dr. Lisa Harris, Professor
  • Dr. Elizabeth Langen, Clinical Associate Professor
  • Dr. Megan Schimpf, Clinical Professor and Ambulatory Care Clinical Chiefs (Women’s Oversight Team)
New OBGYN Staff Members:

  • Kirsten Bonawitz, Obstetrics Program Associate

New OBGYN Faculty Members:

  • Chelsea Bayer, Clinical Assistant Professor
25th Anniversary of the UM Reproductive Sciences Program and OBGYN Research Forum
Date: October 4, 2019
Location: Towsley Center

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.
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 at the Towsley Center.

Faculty, fellows and residents are also encouraged to attend the pre-game tailgate on Saturday, October 5th. Please RSVP to Jane Juckno if you plan to attend.
Fourth Annual DEI Summit for the University of Michigan
The annual DEI Summit will highlight Year 3 progress of the U-M DEI Strategic Plan and introduce Year 4 implementation. 

As a kickoff to this year’s summit, the Community Assembly will take place on Monday, October 7 from 10-11:30 a.m, at Hill Auditorium. This year's keynote speaker features Van Jones--political commentator, author, and host of CNN's The Redemption Project and The Van Jones Show--followed by a roundtable discussion involving campus-based initiatives. The event will also include remarks from U-M President Mark Schlissel and senior leadership.

A listing of events across campus can be found on the diversity website by visiting
Save the Date!: ELLAS Community Event
Dr. Erica Marsh’s ELLAS study is excited to be hosting their first community dissemination event next month in Detroit.

Date: October 29, 2019
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: CHASS Center

The team will be sharing initial findings from their study on Latina/Latinx reproductive health. This event is open to the public and will have games, prizes, and food!
Upcoming MFM Division Director Candidate Vision Talks
WH Division: Thriving While Parenting
In order to support Women's Health residents with children, the faculty of the Women's Health Division started the Thriving While Parenting group. Since its inauguration last Spring, the group has met regularly and continues to grow in scope and outreach.
Introducing the OBGYN Department Green Team
The Obstetrics and Gynecology Department’s Green Team meets the third Tuesday of every month from 12:30-1:30 pm and welcomes anyone who wants to make our workplace and world more sustainable.

The Green Team's goals are to educate staff on how to existing sustainability resources available at the University and to hold an all-staff Planet Blue training.

Questions? Contact Suni Jo Roberts at for more information.
Check Out Dr. Stalburg's Blog!
Developing Faculty as Educators and Innovators

Caren M. Stalburg MD, MA, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Learning Health Sciences @carens8892 "I love teaching at Michigan," declares my coffee mug, serving as a daily reminder that nobody's got it better than us. (HT: Coach ...

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