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  • Posted By:obgyn\askinson9/29/2022 6:53 PM

    As medical students consider which residency programs to apply to this year, some may add a new consideration to the mix: whether abortion training is available in the states where they apply.

    In an article published by The Hechinger Report, “Overturning Roe created new barriers, not just to abortion, but to OB-GYN training”, UW Ob-Gyn Assistant Professor Laura Jacques, MD, discussed research that suggests incoming ob-gyn residents highly value access to abortion training:

    “I can tell you that 100% of them are considering the availability of abortion training when they’re creating the [list of] programs that they want to apply to,” she said.

    Research supports that view. A recent, yet-to-be-published survey of OB-GYN residents in Wisconsin and Minnesota found that 95% of them wanted to learn more about the need for safe, comprehensive abortion care, and 84% planned to provide abortion care in their future careers.”

    Read the whole article here.

  • Posted By:obgyn\askinson9/29/2022 6:02 PM

    Heidi Brown, MD, MAS, associate professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, is the host of a new interactive, monthly lunchtime seminar about the growing science of dissemination and implementation research and practice!

    Presented by the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, the Dissemination Research and Implementation Science Seminars are an opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills, share experiences, and develop connections with others in this community for your future work.

    ICTR welcomes University of Wisconsin faculty, staff, students, and community members interested in dissemination and implementation research and practice. Each seminar will feature a 40 minute presentation followed by 20 minutes of interactive discussion.

    Learn more about upcoming seminars, join the D&I mailing list, and more here!

  • Posted By:obgyn\askinson9/29/2022 5:54 PM

    Dave Kushner, MD, professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, is senior author on a new publication in the journal Gynecologic Oncology.

    In “SGO and the elephant that is still in the room: Wellness, burnout and gynecologic oncology”, Kushner and co-authors analyzes survey responses from physician and advanced practice provider members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology to compare mental health factors and burnout:

    Burnout in gynecologic oncology persists in both genders and is felt most acutely by female GOs. APPs are not immune and would benefit from inclusion in future research to mitigate burnout in healthcare clinicians.

    Read the whole study here!

  • Posted By:obgyn\askinson9/29/2022 5:44 PM

    UW–Madison offers many opportunities to enjoy quality time with family and friends. Personal enrichment activities can increase your well-being and enhance your connections with others.

    Take a look at resources from UW–Madison Human Resources that include activities for families and groups, activities for personal enrichment, and wellbeing tips for caregivers.

  • Posted By:obgyn\askinson9/29/2022 5:37 PM

    The UW Health marketing team has developed a new process to update clinician profiles for display on The creative direction has also been enhanced to include a new headshot, bio summary and video. Ultimately, this will create a better experience for our patients.

    UW Health recently invited clinicians in our department to update their profiles. Keep an eye out for an invite email from, which should have arrived on 9/23/22 and 9/29/22.

    We’re very excited about this opportunity to better represent our quality of care to patients. If you’re curious, here’s a preview of the new approach to Find a Doctor videos and headshots featuring Dr. Pothof (new headshot previewed above)!

    Watch the new Find a Doctor video

    If you have any questions, please contact UW Health Marketing at

  • Posted By:obgyn\askinson9/29/2022 5:02 PM

    In a new study in SSM – Qualitative Research in Health, Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, uses focus group data to assess peoples’ experiences having long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) removed when desired.

    In previous works, Senderowicz laid out a definition of contraceptive autonomy that includes being able to discontinue an undesired method as a necessary component of autonomy. In ““She told me no, that you cannot change”: Understanding provider refusal to remove contraceptive implants, Senderowicz and co-author Al Kolenda found this measure of autonomy is not always respected:

    “Showing that contraceptive coercion is commonplace at the time of desired method discontinuation for women, these results call for a sweeping shift away from family planning programs that conceptualize method discontinuation as a programmatic failure. The global family planning community must shift both the mentalities and the measurement approaches that characterize method discontinuation as a negative outcome, and instead view method removal as an essential part of any rights-based family planning approach (Senderowicz, 2020). Method discontinuation on request – for any reason or no reason at all – is a key component of contraceptive autonomy.”

    Read the whole study here.

  • Posted By:obgyn\askinson9/29/2022 3:47 PM

    Huge congratulations to Jordan Ward, MD, former UW Ob-Gyn resident and soon-to-be assistant professor in our Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn! She and husband Patrick welcomed their daughter Iris Louise Ward on September 4, 2022.

    Iris weighed 6 lb 8 oz and measuring 19 3/4 inches long when she was born.

    Dr. Ward says:

    “She and I are both doing very well. Our pug Murphy is enjoying his new role as big brother.”

    Welcome, baby Iris!

  • Posted By:obgyn\askinson9/29/2022 3:39 PM

    Abby Cutler, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, spoke with the New York Times as part of an article examining the impact of abortion bans in Wisconsin, Arizona, and Texas.

    Medical Impact of Roe Reversal Goes Well Beyond Abortion Clinics, Doctors Say” outlines the way abortion bans can affect pregnancy care, cancer care, emergency medicine, and other areas of health care. In the article, Cutler describes how overturning Roe v. Wade has taken some decision-making power away from patients:

    Roe, which prohibited states from banning abortion before viability, allowed doctors to offer patients options of how they wanted to be treated. “Now that patient autonomy has gone away,” said Dr. Abigail Cutler, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    “I’m compelled by my conscience to provide abortion care, and I have the training and the skills to do so compassionately and well,” she said. “And so to have my hands tied and not be able to help a person in front of me is devastating.”

    Read the whole article here.

  • Posted By:obgyn\askinson9/29/2022 2:19 PM

    UW Ob-Gyn resident Connor Wang, MD, PGY-4, is the lead author on new research in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology!

    In “Trends in public- and industry-funded uterine cancer clinical trials and disability-adjusted life years from 2007 to 2019”, Wang and co-authors Shannon Rush, MD, Shitanshu Uppal, MD, Laurel Rice, MD, and Ryan Spencer, MD, MS queried a database to determine the number of years lost to death or disability from endometrial cancer along with the number of new clinical trials opened each year from 2007-2019.

    This study showed that when taking into consideration societal cancer burden metrics, endometrial cancer has undergone a significant decline in the relative number of available clinical trials in the prior 13 years for which data is available. This data can be used to help shape policy around funding for endometrial cancer clinical trials.

    Read the whole study here!

  • Posted By:obgyn\askinson9/29/2022 2:00 PM

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    On September 16, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn hosted the final Sparkle of Hope Gala for gynecologic cancer research. More than 240 gynecologic cancer survivors, loved ones, health care providers, and other members of the gynecologic cancer community gathered at Monona Terrace to celebrate the incredible progress we’ve made in gynecologic cancer research over 14 years of hosting the event.

    The excited crowd sold out fundraising activities like the Wine Pull and silent auction, bought arm-spans of tickets for the 50/50 raffle, and raised over $110,000 for cancer research!

    Thanks to the Sparkle of Hope planning committee for all their hard work making the final event happen. Though this was the last Sparkle of Hope gala in its current form, we look forward to being an active part of future women’s health fundraising events from Wisconsin Medicine!

  • Posted By:obgyn\askinson9/29/2022 1:29 PM

    A new PowerPoint template featuring updated UW Health and UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital branding alongside UW Department of Ob-Gyn branding is available for your use! Please consider using this template for internal and external Grand Rounds, conferences, and other presentations you give.

  • Posted By:obgyn\askinson9/29/2022 1:18 PM

    November 8th marks the national mid-term elections, candidates for the United States House and Senate are on the ballot.  Wisconsin offices on the ballot include: Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and other local offices depending on where you live.


    1. Register to vote/Check your registration status: Register To Vote (
    2. Method of voting
      1. Vote Absentee by mail:   Vote Absentee By Mail (
      2. Vote Absentee in Person- dates and locations vary based on where you live.  Find out options in your area: Vote Absentee In Person (
      3. Vote in-person on ELECTION DAY:  Double-check location and hours: Find My Polling Place (
    3. Know the Deadlines- Put them on your calendar: DEADLINES FOR 2022 ELECTIONS (
    4. Learn what’s on your ballot: What's On My Ballot (
    5. VOTE!!!

    Health professionals are trusted members of the community.  Please share this information with family, friends, and colleagues.  You can help your patients register to vote with a QR code on a Vot-ER badge. If you would like a badge, contact Melody Bockenfeld at

    Hospitalized patients can vote absentee. Find the UWHealth policy here:
  • Posted By:obgyn\askinson9/29/2022 11:46 AM

    Please join us in congratulating the PGY-4 residents who matched into Gynecologic Oncology fellowships!

    Kathryn Dryer, MD, matched into the University of Virginia Gynecologic Oncology fellowship in Charlottesville, VA. 

    Maya Gross, MD, MPH, matched with the University of Washington Gynecologic Oncology fellowship in Seattle, WA.

    Connor Wang, MD, matched into the Northwestern University Gynecologic Oncology fellowship in Chicago, IL.

    We’re so proud of all our residents, incredible work!

  • Posted By:obgyn\askinson9/29/2022 10:38 AM

    The Annual Benefit Enrollment period for UW employees runs through October 21, 2022. The Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE) period is an annual opportunity for eligible employees to enroll in or make changes to most benefit plans for the upcoming calendar year. This is the only time you are eligible to make changes unless you have a qualifying life event, such as a family or employment change.

    The UWSMPH Payroll and Benefits team will hold open sessions onsite at the Health and Science Learning Center (HSLC) 2-3 times each week throughout the open enrollment period to help employee enroll in their benefits! Employees are welcome to bring their computers to the HSLC (room location listed for each day in this calendar) and benefits specialists can guide them through the self-service portal in the MyUW where all these ABE elections are made.


  • Posted By:obgyn\askinson9/28/2022 6:15 PM

    The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is pleased to invite you to attend the Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium on October 20, 2022.

    Join other healthcare professionals, population health experts and community advocates in person in 1325 HSLC or online via Zoom from 6:45-10:00am on October 20 for an exciting morning of presentations on research addressing persistent gender, racial, and other disparities.

    Highlights include the keynote lecture “Pioneering Racial Justice, Health Equity, and the Health of Black Women: The Medical Career and Activist Life of Dr. Virginia M. Alexander,” presented by Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD, University Professor of Medical Humanities at The George Washington University.

    New this year: five researchers will share quick presentations of their compelling health equity research during the Brief & Brilliant talk session. The morning also includes university-community research presentations and a bustling poster session.

    Learn more about the Symposium and how to attend here!


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