32nd Annual OBGYN Research Symposium

On April 20th, 2018, the 32nd annual research forum was held in the Keck School of Medicine Aresty Auditorium. The guest professor/speaker was Erin Saleeby, MD, PhD, Director DHS Women’s Health Programs and Interim OB/GYN Chair, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She presented an insightful lecture on Implementation Science: Aligning Academics with the Public Sector.

Following Dr. Saleeby’s talk, the Year 3 residents succinctly presented 7 studies. The topics included: insulin requirements between GDM and pre-GDM patients receiving antenatal corticosteroids (Dr. Mitchell), the reliability of fundal heights measures in obese pregnant women (Dr. Lachica), marijuana use in pregnancy – prevalence and perceived harms (Dr. Nakamaru), marijuana use and hyperemesis gravidarum – assessing infant outcomes (Dr. Johnson), cervical management prior to second trimester D&E (Dr. Economou), nivolumab use for BRCA gene mutation carriers with recurrent epithelial ovarian CA (Dr. Spragg), and testicular CA in DES-exposed males (Dr. Holm). A Q&A session followed each presentation. The resident responses were clear and cogent.

After lunch, there were three graduating fellow presentations: impact of imatinib on placental epigenetics and reproductive potential (Dr. Salem, REI), potential emergency contraception of the etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol (AFTER) ring (Dr. Crabtree-Sokol, FP), and neonatal hypoglycemia after initiation of late preterm antenatal corticosteroids (Dr. Uquillas, MFM).

The informative day concluded with a FROGS-hosted reception during which Dr. Raquel Arias received the first annual FROGS Award.