Wang publishes in Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn resident Connor Wang, MD, PGY-1, who is lead author on a new article in Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology!
“Grade 4 Pneumonitis in a Patient Treated with a Combination of Gemcitabine and Docetaxel for Recurrent Leiomyosarcoma of the Uterus” describes a case of inflamed lung tissue, followed by other complications, in a patient being treated for uterine cancer using two particular chemotherapy drugs. The case study includes important suggestions for other providers using those drugs in their treatment plans:
“Physicians should not only be aware of gemcitabine and docetaxel’s potential to cause life-threatening pulmonary injuries but also recognize the variability in clinical presentations and treatment responses, the radiographic findings of these lung toxicities, and the need for early corticosteroid therapy in these cases.”
UW Ob-Gyn gynecologic oncologists Stephen Rose, MD and Ryan Spencer, MD co-authored the article with Wang. Read the whole case study here.
Amazing work, Dr. Wang!
UW Ob-Gyn gyn onc faculty to present at OncLive State of the Science Summit – May 12
Learn about the latest in ovarian cancer care and treatment from the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the OncLive State of the Science Summit on May 12, 2020. It’s free to attend this event at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, 5-9pm!
Gynecologic Oncology Division Director Stephen Rose, MD is program chair for the event. Speakers include Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD, Lisa Barroilhet, MD, Ellen Hartenbach, MD, Ryan Spencer, MD and Sumer Wallace, MD. They’ll cover topics like molecular testing, surgical options, PARP inhibitors, immunotherapy and more in the treatment and management of ovarian cancer.
More information available on this flyer (PDF). You can register to attend this free event here!
UW Ob-Gyn presentations and more at 2020 CREOG/APGO meeting
In late February, faculty and residents from the UW Department of Ob-Gyn brought posters and presentations to the 2020 CREOG/APGO Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Just a few of their incredible accomplishments:
UW Ob-Gyn resident Emily Buttigieg, MD, PGY-3, along with medical student Allison Blumenfeld, Medical Student Coordinator Janet Short, Residency Program Director Ryan Spencer, MD, MS and medical student curriculum leaders Katharina Stewart, MD and Laura Jacques, MD, led a conversation in the Discussion Den: Unravel the Mystery Behind Medical Student Mentoring.
Laura Jacques, MD presented the abstract Care Across the Life Cycle: Results of an Integrated Pediatric, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Geriatric Medical Student Clerkship (for which she won the third place oral abstract award!)
Poster presentations included:
Implementing Leadership Skill Assessment in Ob-Gyn Residency and Fellowship Programs Using myTIPreport – Bridget Kelly, MD
Transforming Ob-Gyn Resident Education in Global Health: A Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Curriculum Mapped to APGO Objectives – Jennifer Karnowski (Dr. Cynthie Wautlet, MD, MPH, Helen Powling, MPH, Jody Silva, M.Ed., Mara Snyder, M.Ed., Nicholas Schmuhl, PhD)
Two Birds, One Stone: Improving the Clinical Environment and Teaching Students to Be Teachers Through One Innovative Course – Laura Jacques, MD (John Poehlmann, MD, Katharina Stewart, MD)
Amazing work, everyone!
Spencer publishes guide on video interviewing for residency and fellowship
With interview season for some fellowships right around the corner, residency interviews coming right after that, and travel restrictions in place for many institutions, it might be time to think about alternative ways of interviewing candidates for medical residencies and fellowships.
UW Ob-Gyn Residency Program Director and gynecologic oncologist Ryan Spencer, MD, co-authored a publication to help program directors, program coordinators, and candidates prepare for the possibility of remote interviewing.
Read the whole article for an excellent guide for candidates, and a thorough overview of considerations for web interviewing from the program side. Thank you, Dr. Spencer, for this incredibly timely resource!
Spencer earns Baldwin Wisconsin Idea grant to share rural residency training model
Congratulations UW Ob-Gyn Residency Program Director Ryan Spencer, MD, and the UW Ob-Gyn Rural Residency Program! Spencer won a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Grant to disseminate our first-in-the-nation training program to prepare ob-gyn physicians for practice in rural settings to more ob-gyn residency programs nationwide.
“Expanding the Wisconsin Model: Development of a National Workforce Pipeline for Rural OB/GYNs” will collaboratively create a replication manual and framework for other Rural OB/GYN training programs and disseminate it nationally in partnership with the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.
The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment is a competitive grant program that fosters public engagement and the advancement of the Wisconsin Idea, the notion that the knowledge and solutions generated at UW–Madison will benefit the people of Wisconsin, the nation and the world.
Amazing work! Kudos to Spencer, the entire residency program, and the education team!
Congratulations to all 2020 UW Ob-Gyn Department Award winners!
The annual UW Ob-Gyn Department Awards Ceremony is an important fixture on our calendar – an opportunity to say goodbye to those leaving, extend a warm welcome to the residents, fellow, and trainees soon to join us, and celebrate some things that make our department special.
While we weren’t able to sit together, no mere pandemic could stop the awards. (And a bonus of celebrating via WebEx: many people shared special thanks and congratulations in the chat, included below.)
Before beginning the ceremony, we took some time to thank and congratulate two beloved members of the department who are retiring in the coming weeks. Dinesh Shah, MD, and Karen Watson, both of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, retire after many years of service to the department (15 for Dr. Shah, more than 40 for Karen!) Many shared gratitude and well wishes for them:
- We will miss you, Dr. Shah! – Ramsey Larson
- We will miss you, Karen!! – Christy Lincicum
- Congrats Karen! It's been a great pleasure to work with you. – Janet Short
- We will miss you Dr. Shah! We miss you already, Karen! – Katie Antony
- You will be missed Karen! Enjoy retirement! – Aimee Tobin
- Karen, I miss you already! Congrats!!! – Cheri Verdecchia
- Congratulations, Dr. Shah and Karen! I wish you all the best as you enter the next phase. :) – Christine Heisler
- Karen, congratulations but I'll so miss you. Dinesh, congrats as well, but so glad you'll be back for research! – David Abbott
- Will definitely miss you Karen. Enjoy retirement! – Jen Ferry
In addition to departures, we are so happy to welcome many new faces to the department!
- Ran (Catherine) Zhang, MD – Gynecologic Oncology fellow
- Bradley Bosse, MD – Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow
- Tuyen Huynh, MS, PhD – HDRS postdoctoral fellow
- Bikki Tran Smith, MPH, PhD – HDRS postdoctoral fellow
- Brian Tuohy, PhD – HDRS postdoctoral fellow
- Incoming first-year residents India Anderson-Carter, MD; Alex Andes, MD; Gabrielle Avery, MD; Kaley Gyorfi, MD (rural residency track); Margaret Harrison, MD; Jennifer Janik; MD; and Awa Sanneh, MD
MEDICAL STUDENT AWARDS
DR. SAMUEL G. PERLSON SCHOLARSHIP – Shilpa Kaluru, MD (NYU Grossman); India Anderson-Carter, MD
This award goes out to one or more fourth year medical students planning to pursue a career in Ob-Gyn who have demonstrated outstanding abilities as a scholar and outstanding humanistic qualities.
T.A. LEONARD AWARD – Sara Berman; Sophia Colevas
The T.A. Leonard Award is given to one or more medical students in recognition of exemplary performance on their third year Ob-Gyn rotation.
MEDICAL STUDENT EDUCATOR AWARD FOR RESIDENT TEACHING – Kathryn Dryer, MD; Madeline Wetterhahn, MD
This award is given to a UW-Madison Obstetrics and Gynecology resident, selected by 3rd and 4th year medical students, who exhibits a high interest in teaching, actively involves students in patient care, teaches at an appropriate level, is respectful, approachable, honest, and is a great role model.
- Yay Kathryn and Maddy!! – Ramsey Larson
- Congratulations Maddy and Kathryn!! – Katie Antony
- Well done!!!!!! – Christine Heisler
- Awesome, Kathryn and Maddy! Well-deserved! – Sumer Wallace
CHIEF RESIDENT RECOGNITION – Anna Drewry, MD; Kali Rivas, MD
For service as the administrative chief resident, academic year 2019-2020.
- Unprecedented chiefs for unprecedented times! – Katie Antony
- Such an incredible chief class! We will miss you all!! – Christine Heisler
UW HEALTH INTERDISCIPLINARY GLOBAL HEALTH TRACK RECOGNITION – Sierra Jansen, MD
Given to a graduating resident upon the completion of the Global Health Track.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF GYNECOLOGIC LAPAROSCOPISTS (AAGL) AWARD – Antonio Romo de Vivar Chavez, MD
Given to a graduating resident with special excellence in endoscopic procedures; includes free membership in the AAGL for one year.
- Yesssss Antonio!!! – Ramsey Larson
- Kudos Sierra and Antonio :-) – Katie Antony
SOCIETY OF LAPAROENDOSCOPIC SURGEONS (SLS) Award – Ramsey Larson, MD
Awarded to a PGY3, outstanding laparoendoscopic resident; includes a listing in Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Residents in the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and a free membership with the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons for one year.
- YES!! Way to go, Ramsey!! – Christine Heisler
ASCCP AWARD – Stephanie Peace, MD
Resident who has shown outstanding research, academic, and/or clinical potential.
RESIDENT CREOG AWARD – Anna Drewry, MD
Awarded for the highest exam score on the annual CREOG In-Training Examination (Drewry scored in the top two percent of all people who took the exam!)
- Smarty pants Drewry! – Ramsey Larson
BEN M. PECKHAM AWARD – Anna Drewry, MD; Antonio Romo de Vivar Chavez, MD
Awarded to a senior residents for excellence in the teaching and clinical practice of Ob-Gyn, as voted by the residents.
SOCIETY OF GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY (SGO) AWARD – Dandi Huang, MD
Awarded to a PGY3 who best exemplifies the qualities of the mission and vision of SGO.
- Congratulations, Dandi! So proud! :) – Christine Heisler
SOCIETY FOR ACADEMIC SPECIALISTS IN GENERAL OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY (SASGOG) AWARD – Kali Rivas, MD
Awarded to a PGY4 who has distinguished themselves academically and demonstrates an interest in a career as an Academic Specialist.
AMERICAN UROGYNECOLOGIC SOCIETY (AUGS) AWARD – Melissa Meyer, MD
Awarded to a PGY3 resident demonstrating excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, as chosen by the FPMRS faculty.
- Kudos, Melissa! – Katie Antony
SOCIETY FOR MATERNAL-FETAL MEDICINE (SMFM) AWARD – John Poehlmann, MD
Awarded to the PGY2 resident who best exemplifies the qualities of the vision of our society to improve pregnancy and perinatal outcomes.
- Congratulations John!! :-) – Katie Antony
- Woo Hoo! Come work with us John!!! – Jackie Adams
- Congrats John! Well deserved – Jenny Jacobson
DOUGLAS W. LAUBE BEST TRAINEE PAPER AWARD – Amanda Mauro
For the best peer reviewed paper by a graduate student dissertator or medical fellow.
- Strong work, Amanda! – Katie Antony
ROLAND K. MEYER GRADUATE TRAINEE AWARD – Sydney Nguyen
Awarded to the graduate student dissertator showing the most scientific productivity and scholarly activity.
- Impressive! – Ramsey Larson
- Congratulations, Sydney! I wish you the best. It's been a pleasure to work with you :-) – Katie Antony
CHESTER B. MARTIN GRADUATE TRAINING PROGRAM MENTORSHIP AWARD – David Abbott, PhD
Awarded to faculty or staff that has had the most impact on graduate student degree-related training.
PHILLIP R. HAMILTON III, MD RESIDENT RESEARCH AWARD – MJ Kao, MD; Brenda Niu, MD
Awarded to the senior residents demonstrating the best effort in research.
OBGYN SUPPORT STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARD – Aimee Tobin
In recognition of outstanding staff who routinely and regularly exemplify the mission of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology through excellent performance and customer service.
- Congratulations Aimee! So well deserved! – Christy Lincicum
- Alright Aimee! Congrats! – Cheri Verdecchia
- So well deserved, Aimee. – David Abbott
- Congratulations, Aimee! I am so grateful for all you do. We are lucky to have you in our department. – Christine Heisler
RESIDENT FACULTY AWARDS
JOHN M. ANDERSON, MD MEMORIAL AWARD – Luther Gaston, MD
For demonstrating the traits of Dr. Anderson: patience, integrity and compassion in the care of women.
- YAY DR. GASTON – Maya Gross
- Congratulations, Dr. Gaston! Well deserved. – Katie Antony
- Congratulations Dr. Gaston! Woo HOO! – Cheri Verdecchia
- Congratulations, Luther! – Christine Heisler
KIMBERLEY J. MILLER COMPASSIONATE COLLEAGUE AWARD – Kathy Stewart, MD
For demonstrating the traits of Dr. Miller showing respect, compassion, dedication and unending support towards their colleagues and trainees.
- YAY DR. STEWART – Jackie Adams
- Congratulations Dr. Stewart! – Katie Antony
- Congratulations, Dr. Stewart! Awesome! – Christine Heisler
DOLORES A. BUCHLER AWARD – Ryan Spencer, MD
For excellence in instruction at the senior resident level.
KARL A. RUDAT AWARD – Dobie Giles, MD
For excellence in surgical teaching at the senior resident level.
DEPARTMENT FACULTY AWARDS
OUTSTANDING FELLOW EDUCATOR – Janelle Sobecki, MD, MS
Given to one fellow in either Gynecologic Oncology or Maternal-Fetal Medicine for excellence in resident education.
ST. MARY’S ADJUNCT FACULTY EDUCATOR AWARD – Thomas Littlefield, MD, MPH
Selected by the residents for excellence in resident education.
MERITER ADJUNCT FACULTY EDUCATOR AWARD – Sarah Yanke, MD (Madison Women’s Health)
Selected by the residents for excellence in resident education.
SOCIETY FOR ACADEMIC SPECIALISTS IN GENERAL OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY (SASGOG) AWARD – Molly Lepic, DO
National faculty award for dedication and commitment to the ideals of being an academic generalist.
SABINE DROSTE AWARD – Molly Lepic, DO
The Sabine Droste Award is selected by the junior residents for a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in instruction at the junior resident level.
- Way to go, Dr. Lepic!! Congratulations! :) – Christine Heisler
- Congratulations, Dr. Lepic! – Katie Antony
ELLEN HARTENBACH AWARD – Ashley Jennings, MD
Selected by the residents and given annually to the faculty member who has made the greatest contribution in simulation education.
- Congrats Dr. Jennings – Cheri Verdecchia
CREOG FACULTY AWARD – Molly Lepic, DO
National faculty award for excellence in resident education.
Congratulations to all award recipients, and thank you for all you do to support the UW Department of Ob-Gyn's clinical, research and educational mission!
Women’s Healthcast: Spencer discusses Endometrial Cancer
September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. On this episode of the Women’s Healthcast, Ryan Spencer, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, joins us to talk about endometrial cancer, the most common gynecologic cancer in the United States.
In the episode, Spencer covers risk factors for endometrial cancer, what diagnosis and treatment look like, and ways to reduce the risk of developing this type of cancer. He also discusses his research into the national funding disparity for gynecologic cancers compared to other types of cancer.
Listen to “Endometrial Cancer” now!
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First HAGO Conference was a great success!
On September 10-11, the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology hosted the first-ever Heartland Association of Gynecologic Oncology (HAGO) meeting. More than 70 gynecologic oncology professionals tuned in for the virtual conference, which included two keynote presentations and 21 research abstract presentations.
HAGO was founded in 2020 by UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gyn Onc Director Stephen Rose, MD, and the program committee included Ryan Spencer, MD and UW Ob-Gyn Gyn Onc fellowship graduates Andrea O’Shea, MD and Shitanshu Uppal, MD.
Of the 21 abstracts selected for presentation, five were from our department (Matthew Wagar, MD with mentor Sumer Wallace, MD; Wagar with mentor Makeba Williams, MD; Shannon Rush, MD with mentor Steve Rose, MD; Rachel Mojdehbakhsh, MD with mentor Ryan Spencer, MD; and Connor Wang, MD with mentor Spencer).
UW Ob-Gyn Gyn Onc fellow Shannon Rush, MD earned the first Award for Clinical Research for her abstract “65 Revisited: A Revised Markov Model for Evaluating Oophorectomy at the Time of Hysterectomy for Benign Disease”!
Lisa Barroilhet, MD was also an invited distillation presenter and UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Laurel Rice, MD gave a keynote address and received the inaugural HAGO Award for Service and Leadership.
Our congratulations to everyone involved in planning and preparing the HAGO Conference – incredible work!
Spencer, Silva, McDowell serve on CREOG rural training panel
On September 23, 2020, members of the UW Ob-Gyn residency team led the panel discussion “Increasing the Rural OB/GYN Pipeline: a Pathway for Rural Track Training”, presented by the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology!
Residency program director Ryan Spencer, MD, program manager Jody Silva, M.Ed, and resident Laura McDowell, MD, PGY-4 presented to over 40 residency program directors and department chairs from across the country. They were also joined by Denny Hartung, MD, a training partner from Western Wisconsin Health.
As the first residency program in the nation with a rural training track, our residency team presented data with perspectives from key stakeholders on how to develop and maintain rural ob-gyn training programs. This talk was especially important in light of increasing disparities in rural women’s health care.
Spencer earns UW Health Rising Star Leadership award!
Congratulations to Ryan Spencer, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology! Spencer earned the 2020 UW Health Physician Excellence Rising Star – Leadership Award!
Spencer and other awardees will be honored in a virtual ceremony coming up December 7, 2020. Congratulations, Dr. Spencer, on this well-deserved achievement!
Rural Residency earns DHS rural health care grant
The DHS grants are intended to “increase access and enhance quality care in rural Wisconsin” by supporting education and training to help rural health care organizations fill important positions. This award is critical for ensuring the financial sustainability of the UW Ob-Gyn Rural Residency track for years to come.
Launched in 2017, the UW Ob-Gyn Rural Residency track is the first rural training program for ob-gyn residents in the country. Many thanks to former residency program director Ellen Hartenbach, MD, for starting the program, and residency program manager Jody Silva for working to secure this grant for the UW Ob-Gyn Rural Residency.
Gaston, Hoppe, Spencer earn UW Health Excellence Awards
Three faculty from the UW Department of Ob-Gyn were honored at the UW Health Physician Excellence Awards ceremony on December 7, 2020. The virtual ceremony recognized recipients of 17 excellence awards across the health system. Recipients in our department:
Luther Gaston, MD, of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, received the UW Health Physician Excellence Rising Star – Clinical Educator Award, which recognizes outstanding educators, with significant emphasis on teaching residents and medical students, as well as other interdisciplinary team members, patients and their families.
Kara Hoppe, DO, of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, received the UW Health Physician Excellence Rising Star Clinical Practice Award, which honors outstanding clinicians who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to safety and quality patient-and-family centered care.
Ryan Spencer, MD, of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, received the UW Health Physician Excellence Rising Star – Leadership Award.
Congratulations to these wonderful physicians!
Mojdehbakhsh published in Gynecologic Oncology Reports
A quality improvement study by lead author Rachel Mojdehbakhsh, MD, PGY-2, was published in Gynecologic Oncology Reports. Co-authors include Stephen Rose, MD, Megan Peterson, DNP, Laurel Rice, MD, and Ryan Spencer, MD, all of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that began in early 2020, industry organizations like the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommended transitioning some appointments to telemedicine. Mojdehbakhsh’s study, “A quality improvement pathway to rapidly increase telemedicine services in a Gynecologic Oncology clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic with patient satisfaction scores and environmental impact”, outlines efforts at the UW Carbone Cancer Center’s gynecologic oncology clinic to move appointments to telehealth platforms over a short period of time. The study also assessed patient satisfaction with telemedicine visits, and environmental impact of moving visits online.
“With multidisciplinary team planning and standardized note templates, transitioning 50% of encounters to telemedicine and achieving high rates of consent documentation were accomplished in four weeks. This increase in telemedicine represented a measurable decrease in the amount of CO 2 emissions. Additionally, patients were overwhelmingly satisfied.”
Read the whole study here – incredible work, Dr. Mojdehbakhsh and Gyn Onc division team!
Spencer promoted to Associate Professor (CHS)
Ryan Spencer, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology, was promoted to Associate Professor (CHS) by the School of Medicine and Public Health CHS Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee, effective July 1, 2021.
Spencer joined the UW Department of Ob-Gyn in 2012 as a gynecologic oncology fellow. After finishing his fellowship, Spencer joined the Division of Gynecologic Oncology faculty in 2015. In addition, Spencer is director of the UW Ob-Gyn Residency Program and associate director of the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship.
Congratulations, Dr. Spencer!
Spencer presents on rural health at ACOG annual meeting
During the clinical seminar, Spencer discussed the importance of supporting pipelines to bring ob-gyns to rural areas, and of building clinical partnerships between rural and urban practices to facilitate local knowledge-sharing.
Incredible work, Dr. Spencer!
Spencer’s gynecologic cancer research funding disparity mentioned in NIH hearing
In a National Institutes of Health hearing in May 2021, Spencer’s research was referenced by Representative Lois Frankel as part of her questions for National Cancer Institute Director Ned Sharpless, MD.
You can watch Rep. Frankel’s questions here!
Spencer, Rice published in Obstetrics and Gynecology
A new study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology compares operative times in the American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Project with physician-reported operative times from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assess for the impact on RVUs.
“Discrepancies Created by Surgeon Self-Reported Operative Time and the Effects on Procedural Relative Value Units and Reimbursement”, by Ryan Spencer, MD, MS and UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Laurel Rice, MD is a cross-sectional review of registry data. The study found:
“Despite reliable electronic records, the AMA-RUC continues to use inaccurate self-reported RUC surveys for operative times. This results in discrepancies in RVU per hour (and subsequent reimbursement) across specialties and a persistent disparity for women-specific procedures in gynecology. Relative value unit levels should be based on the available objective data to eliminate these disparities.”
Read the whole paper here.