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  • Posted By:Askins, Jacquelynon12/1/2023 10:49 AM

    Please join us in congratulating Patrice Grzebielski, MD, of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn! The UW School of Medicine and Public Health Clinician Teacher Track Appointments and Promotions Committee endorsed the Department of Ob-Gyn's recommendation that Grzebielski be promoted to the rank of Clinical Associate Professor, effective June 30, 2024! 

    After graduating from the University of Wisconsin ob-gyn residency in 2018, Grzebielski joined the faculty in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn. Since joining the faculty, she has become the co-chair of the Faculty Development Committee, established a busy, well-regarded clinical practice, and provided exceptional mentorship and guidance to trainees in the department. She received the department’s Kimberley J. Miller-Thoreson Compassionate Colleague Award in 2022. 

    Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Dr. Grzebielski! 

  • Posted By:Askins, Jacquelynon12/1/2023 10:31 AM

    Congratulations to Camille Phillips, UW School of Medicine and Public Health medical student and mentee of Laura Hanks, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn! Phillips received the Excellence in Student Research award at the 22nd Annual Medical Student Research Forum on Nov 20, 2023.   

    Forty students were competitively selected to present their research with a podium talk in four concurrent sessions, with each session selecting a winner. 

    Camille presented Sterilizations Rates of Pregnancy Capable People at a Single Institution in Wisconsin Before and After the Dobbs Decision”, co-authored by Jeanette Larson, MD, PGY-2, Amy Godecker, PhD, and Laura Hanks, MD. Camille did a fantastic job and her talk was scored highest in her session by faculty, students, and staff in attendance! She wins a $500 award and her achievement will be listed in the booklet of awards that MD Student Services prepares each spring.  

    Camille’s project was funded by the Shapiro Summer Research Program and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Incredible work, Camille! 

  • Posted By:Askins, Jacquelynon12/1/2023 9:50 AM

    Each academic year, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty Development Committee makes available a total of $10,000 for professional development. Funds are still available for academic year 2023-24 – apply today! More information available on the Faculty Development website. 

    The focus of the professional development proposals is on training and/or development to improve effectiveness in either current or future roles. The program should specifically enhance and refine those abilities most directly related to the mission and goals of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

    Awards may be used to: 

    • Enhance or learn new clinical skills and techniques 

    • Expand teaching methods 

    • Develop skills in research grant writing 

    • Learn to utilize new technology 

    • Develop leadership and management skills 

  • Posted By:Askins, Jacquelynon12/1/2023 9:38 AM

    Thanks to all who attended the August 2023 Faculty Development Workshop “DISC Personality Style: Its Impacts on Interactions and Leadership”, presented by UW Health Organizational Development Consultants Travis Ramage and Zack Dachel! If you missed the workshop, you can view the presenters’ slides here 

    The facilitators provided a composite map of our department members’ personality styles – take a look at this PDF to see how we are distributed around the personality types.  

    The August 2023 workshop was engaging, with its focus on recognizing strengths and weaknesses of the four main personality styles (Dominant, Inspiring, Supportive and Cautious). Several people noted that they wanted to share personality types within their own smaller work groups, and use that knowledge, and tips on how to manage one’s own style to improve interactions. 

    Please plan to join us for the spring Faculty Development Workshop “How to Communicate Effectively about Almost Anything”, coming up April 11, 2024 at the Fluno Center. The spring workshop will also be led by UW Health Organizational Development Consultants Travis Ramage and Zack Dachel.  

    You can find more information about past and upcoming Faculty Development Workshops here 

  • Posted By:Askins, Jacquelynon12/1/2023 9:17 AM

    Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, was invited to join the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Tracks in Programs Work Group. 

    This work group will contribute to the ACGME’s learning about different types of “track” experiences across all specialties. They will offer considerations for how best to identify these tracks within the Accreditation Data System (ADS), support these training experiences, and utilize ACGME’s Rural Data Enhancement (RDE) project. 

    Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Dr. Spencer!  

  • Posted By:Askins, Jacquelynon12/1/2023 9:08 AM

    The AAGL held the annual Global Congress on MIGS November 5-8, 2023, in Nashville. Members of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology brought research and contributed to the success of the event! 

    Olga Fajardo, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, co-authored two abstracts presented during oral sessions. Other authors on the abstracts are from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where Fajardo recently completed her Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) fellowship: 

    New instrumentation/Research Oral Session: Language-Based Disparities in Surgical Route of Hysterectomy for Benign Disease - T.I. González Peña, N.J. Jesse, Z. Zhao, L.F. Harvey, O. Fajardo  

    Hysteroscopy Oral Session: Surgical Treatment for Uterine Isthmoceles - V. Fox, O. Fajardo, E. Cook, T.L. Anderson, H. Curlin  

    Bala Bhagavath, MD, professor and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, served on the conference’s Abstract and Video Review Committee. 

    Incredible work, all! 

  • Posted By:Askins, Jacquelynon11/30/2023 3:53 PM

    Members of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery brought research and leadership to the PFD Week 2023 meeting in Portland, OR in early October: 

    Dobie Giles, MD, MS, MBA, professor in the Division of FPMRS, moderated a general session during the conference. 

    Poster: Development of a Multidisciplinary Curriculum for Urogynecology and Colorectal Surgery Fellows – co-authors: Ushma Patel, Stephen Ranney, Ray King, Christine Heisler 

    Congratulations, all!  

  • Posted By:Askins, Jacquelynon11/30/2023 3:41 PM

    Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, participated in the 2023 Wisconsin Healthcare Workforce Summit, hosted by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Rural Graduate Medical Education (WCRGME) October 29-31, 2023. 

    During the summit, Spencer joined the GME Grant Programs panel discussion to talk about residency development and expansion in Wisconsin utilizing state grants. Spencer was joined by colleagues from Gunderson Health System, Aurora Health Care, and Medical College of Wisconsin. 

    Incredible work, Dr. Spencer! 

  • Posted By:Askins, Jacquelynon11/30/2023 3:30 PM

    Christy Lincicum, executive assistant to the Chair of the Department of Ob-Gyn, is the subject of a recent UW School of Medicine and Public Health Committee on Academic Staff Issues Staff Spotlight! 

    In the Spotlight, Lincicum describes her typical workday, shares her professional superpowers, talks about hobbies and favorite places in Madison, and much more. We know her as a hard-working, highly respected member of the department’s administrative staff, but click through to get to know Christy a little bit better! (And there’s a bonus picture of a very sweet dog that you don’t want to miss). 

    Congratulations, Christy! 

  • Posted By:Askins, Jacquelynon11/30/2023 2:59 PM

    Congratulations to Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellow Ushma Patel, MD, who received the Dr. George Morley Memorial Paper award at the 2023 Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (CAOG) 90th Annual Meeting, held in Nashville October 25-28, 2023. 

    Patel received the award for the paper “Aiming for Zero: Success of the Hysterectomy Surgical Site Infection Prevention Bundle”, which she presented during a scientific session on October 28. 

    Incredible work, Dr. Patel! 

  • Posted By:Askins, Jacquelynon11/30/2023 2:40 PM

    In early November, three Department of Ob-Gyn faculty served as American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology board examiners in Texas! 

    Janine Rhoades, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Steve Rose, MD,  professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology; and Igor Iruretagoyena, MD, MS, professor and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, all served as specialty oral examiners.  

    It's an exciting department accomplishment to have three faculty serve as specialty board examiners. Thank you all for your work supporting the next generation of ob-gyn physicians!    

  • Posted By:Askins, Jacquelynon11/30/2023 2:11 PM

    Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, co-authored an article in the Fall 2023 issue of Quarterly Magazine, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s alumni publication, that outlines rural health disparities and highlights programs in the School of Medicine and Public Health designed to alleviate them. 

    In “Easing Rural Health Disparities” (page 40), Spencer and co-author Jillian Landeck, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, discuss the ongoing challenges to health care access in rural Wisconsin and outline the UW SMPH programs developed to help address the disparities in Wisconsin: 

    “The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) is recognized as a national leader for its long tradition of supporting residency programs that train outstanding physicians for rural Wisconsin.... In 2017, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology began the nation’s first rural track in this field. Trainees gain six months of rural experience in Wisconsin. Funding through the Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program and Wisconsin DHS has helped create and support these tracks.” 

    Read the whole article here!  

  • Posted By:Askins, Jacquelynon11/30/2023 1:07 PM

    Are you a faculty member who wants to learn more about compassion fatigue?  

    Are you interested in learning more about self-compassion? 

    The Office for Faculty Affairs and Development (OFAD) encourages you to register for the Lessons from the Belltower: Compassion in Challenging Times workshop. 

    This interactive Lunch and Learn will occur on Monday, February 19, 2024, noon-1 pm. This workshop is going to be led by Mariah Quinn, MD, MPH; Amy Zelenski, PhD; and Sarah Floden, MD. 

    Check out other events on the OFAD Events page. 

    Please contact OFAD with any questions at 

  • Posted By:Askins, Jacquelynon11/30/2023 1:01 PM

    Huge congratulations to Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health and the School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Population Health Sciences! Green is one of six recipients of the 2023 University of Wisconsin–Madison Outstanding Women of Color Awards. UW–Madison Chief Diversity Officer LaVar Charleston announced the award recipients during the UW Diversity Forum. 

    The annual Outstanding Women of Color Awards acknowledge and honor women of color among UW–Madison’s faculty, staff, students and in the greater Madison community whose advocacy, activism, or scholarship has fostered social justice and organizational change; who have created positive transformation within their institutions and/or the community to achieve the goals of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging; and whose efforts are improving the climate for, or status of, people of color. 

    Green and other award recipients will be honored at a reception on March 7, 2024. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Dr. Green! 

  • Posted By:Askins, Jacquelynon11/30/2023 12:51 PM

    Before the end of the year, UW Health will implement a change to patient records: when patients get new long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) placed, the electronic health record will automatically set up a reminder for the patient approximately six months before the device expires to set up an appointment for future contraceptive needs.  

    Emelle Holmes-Drammeh, PA, in the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, led the charge to have this feature added to patients’ records. Learn more about what motivated her to pursue this change, how it will work for patients, special considerations for clinicians moving forward, and more: 

    What motivated you to pursue this change in the patient records?   

    • I think it was frustration with the laws on abortion in the state. There were a few patients around the time that had LARCs placed that just couldn't remember when it was due out. I kinda felt frustrated because there were times the medication was missing from the Medication Administration Record so I wasn't much help to them either. I felt it was important to help our patients have control over their bodies. I knew we needed to figure out a way to remind them and ourselves. So after discussing with Melinda H, our clinic manager, about my frustrations she recommended I submit an idea ticket. Research was done and they found that only Kaiser uses this functionality in the country. The HM committee met and thought it was a good idea. We had some meetings and I have been working with HealthLink to build this change and make it functional. 

    How does this work for patients - do they have to look anywhere in particular for this update? 

    • They will get an email reminder or letter 6 months before the device is due out. The letter will encourage them to reach out to their provider to get scheduled. This is just like they would get a reminder when the colonoscopy, mammogram or pap is due. 

    Will clinicians need to do anything differently during IUD appointments to support this change? 

    • When they use the LARC smart set (IUD or NEXPLANON), a Best Practice Alert will pop up for them to "address" the topic. They will have to choose which LARC they are placing. No trade names are listed. (ie. LARC 52 mg LNG IUD 8 yr or LARC Arm Implant 3 yr etc). This will be filed in health maintenance much like the Pap. Providers all over the system will be able to see it and address the topic in the same manner as well. They will be able to see if it's overdue. 

    What do you feel is most important for people in the department to know about this change to patient records?   

    • The change will take effect before the end of the year. It will be system-wide. It will not be at Meriter, unfortunately. It will not update for those who already have devices in place and this is where the majority of the work will come in. I've met with 20 S. Park staff so far and explained how to "address" the topic in health maintenance much like you would if a patient is reporting a Pap that was done outside. Any changes to FDA approval in terms of expiration dates can be done from a system-wide standpoint and will not need to be individually updated. It will be important for providers or staff to address the topic so no one is missed. This can be done during the rooming part of the appointment. If patients choose to keep the device longer than, let's say 3 years for Nexplanon, the date can be postponed per "patient preference" after a discussion. Although we do not place Skyla, some patients will come in with them so I made sure to have them add the 3 yr IUD as an option as well.  


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