April 2014

Penn Medicine at the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology Annual Clinical Meeting 2014

April 26-30, 2014 Chicago

Penn Medicine experts will be speaking and presenting on the latest advances in obstetrics & gynecology at the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2014 Annual Clinical Meeting from April 26th through April 30th in Chicago. The program covers a wide variety of topics pertaining to women’s health – from reproductive genetics, maternal fetal medicine, and genetic disorders and testing, to family planning, menopause and preventative care.

Experts from Penn Medicine are available to comment on a wide range of Ob/Gyn research topics. To arrange interviews, please contact Katie Delach at or 215-776-6063. Follow us on Twitter at @PennMedNews.

Watch this space for a news release about studies being presented during the meeting.

News Releases

Sessions and Presentations

Nathaniel DeNicola, MD, will lead a session on “Digital and Social Media in Medical Practice” on Monday, April 28. The session will address the explosion of social media over the past decade, the implications for physicians, and why it’s important for them to embrace and become proficient at this form of communication.

Paula Edelson, MD, Jamie Bastek, MD, MSCE, and Lisa Levine, MD, MSCE, will present a poster revealing the results of a study examining whether antenatal testing increases the risk of induction or gestational age of delivery in morbidly obese women. The poster will be presented on Monday, April 28.

Nadav Schwartz, MD, will present a film highlighting the important role communication plays in safe cesarean deliveries. The film presents C-section communication guidelines that work to standardize cesarean language, clarify role assignments and facilitate effective communication in an effort to improve patient care. The film will be presented as part of the ACOG Film Festival on Monday, April 28. In conjunction with the film, a group of Penn researchers, led by Mary Ackenbom, MD, will present a poster on Tuesday, April 29, evaluating the effect of staff debriefing meetings after all deliveries on communication and perceptions of patient safety culture.

Nyima Ali, MD, and Charmaine Wright, MD, will present a poster on Tuesday, April 29, examining associations between pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and self-suggested gestational weight gain, and identifying barriers to achieving appropriate pregnancy weight gain in inner-city populations.


Pooja Mehta, MD, is the recipient of the Industry-Funded Research Fellowship in Contraceptive Access within Low-Resource Populations. Courtney Schreiber, MD, will accept the award on Dr. Mehta’s behalf at the ACOG awards ceremony on Sunday, April 27. The $20,000 grant is awarded annually to one researcher whose work focuses on educational and logistical barriers to contraceptive access, collaborative partnerships within communities, and cultural competency. Dr. Mehta's research addresses obstacles to contraceptive access among South Philadelphia's uninsured Latinas using a community-based particpatory model.

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