Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds

  • Residents, Medical Students, Nurses, Medical Assistants and women's health professionals are encouraged to attend.

  • The objective of our program is to enhance knowledge for healthcare providers in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.

  • Talks are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


Current Academic Year

 SEPTEMBER 7, 2018

David Jacoby, MD, Chair, Department of Medicine, Laurence Selling Professor of Medicine, Director MD/PhD Training Program, OHSU


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the purpose of the mentor/mentee relationship
  2. Understand what to look for in a mentor
  3. Know how to get the most out of a successful relationship, and how to deal with one that isn't working


SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

Kim Mauer, MD, Comprehensive Pain Center, OHSU

Opioids - Where Are We Going and Where Have We Been?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify what is meant by the opioid epidemic and opioid crisis
  2. Understand how the opioid crisis came about
  3. Identify and recognize alternative therapies to opioids


SEPTEMBER 28, 2018

Jamie Warren, MD, MPH, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Pediatrics, OHSU

VentFirst: Refresher, Updates, and Future Directions

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand VentFirst: eligibility, procedures, and outcomes
  2. Discuss current state of enrollment
  3. Discuss inclusion of twins as eligible participants


Elinor Sullivan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Division of Neuroscience, OHSU

Maternal Metabolic and Dietary Environmental Influences on Offspring Behavior

Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize and discuss the risks of maternal obesity and poor nutrition on child brain development and behavior
  2. Gain knowledge about the potential mechanisms by which maternal obesity and nutrition influence child neurobehavioral development

OCTOBER 5, 2018

Christina Nicolaidis, MD, MPH, Professor, PSU School of Social Work, Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept of Medicine, OHSU

Autism and Reproductive Health

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how autism may manifest in adults, identify co-occurring conditions related to autism, and describe how autism may affect clinical interactions
2. Describe the relationship between autism and gender, and how autism may affect reproductive health choices
3. Demonstrate how to adapt to patients' diverse needs by eliciting individualized accommodations and strategies

OCTOBER 12, 2018 - No Grand Rounds, Mock Oral Exams
OCTOBER 19, 2018 - No Grand Rounds, NW Update Conference

OCTOBER 26, 2018

Aaron Caughey, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Ob/Gyn, Associate Dean for Women's Health Research & Policy, OHSU

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology: How We Can Optimize Culture to Meet Our Goals for 2018 and Beyond

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand how the department of Ob/Gyn is doing with respect to the academic missions
2. Understand the goals of the department for the next five years
3. Understand how important culture is to achieving goals

NOVEMBER 2, 2018

Katie Stowers, DO, Assistant Professor, Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine Fellowship, OHSU

Difficult Conversations

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the components of a difficult conversation
2. Recognize the role of emotion in difficult conversations
3. Generate and practice empathic statements to help navigate difficult conversations

NOVEMBER 9, 2018

Michael Savin, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology & Medical Oncology, OHSU

Endocrine Therapy in the Treatment of Breast Cancer

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the definition of endocrine therapy for breast cancer
2. Understand which patients are candidates for endocrine therapy
3. Understand the role of endocrine therapy in adjuvant therapy for breast cancer
4. Understand the role of endocrine therapy in treatment of advanced and metastatic breast cancer

NOVEMBER 16, 2018

Kelly Byrd, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, Training Specialist, Office of Chief Privacy Officer, OHSU
Kiosha Ford, JD, Senior Privacy and Compliance Specialist, OHSU

Delivering Privacy Excellence

Learning Objectives:
1. Gain a better understanding of OHSU's policies in regards to protecting PHI in their respective roles
2. Understanding how to use the Integrated Health Record (IHR) tools to access the medical records of family members and friends
3. Gain a better understanding of OHSU's policies in regards to secure messaging using cell phones and pagers
4. Gain a better understanding of OHSU's policies in regards to social media as it relates to patient care

NOVEMBER 23, 2018 - No Grand Rounds, Thanksgiving Holiday

NOVEMBER 30, 2018

Amy Stenson, MD, Associate Professor and Residency Program Director, Ob/Gyn, OHSU
Michelle Berlin, MD, MPH, Professor and Director, Center for Women's Health, OHSU

Milestone Changes
Useful Updates: EPIC Tips and Tricks

This talk is not eligible for CME credit

DECEMBER 7, 2018

Miles Ellenby, MD, FAAP, Professor, Pediatrics & Anesthesiology, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Medical Director, Telehealth Services, OHSU

Telemedicine: The Right Care, in the Right Place, at the Right Time

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the extent of healthcare services being delivered via telehealth applications and how those services address the triple aim of healthcare reform
2. Understand the clinical limitations of various telehealth platforms, as well as the regulatory and technologic challenges in the development of a telehealth network
3. Identify potential future uses for telehealth, especially including outpatient and in-place monitoring

DECEMBER 14, 2018

Esther Choo, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Center for Policy & Research in Emergency Medicine, OHSU

The Case for Equity and Inclusion in Medicine

Learning Objectives:
1. Review data on gender inequity and sexual harassment in medicine
2. Discuss likely root causes
3. Present the rationale for making equity and inclusion a priority in medicine

DECEMBER 21, 2018 -  No Grand Rounds, CREOG reviews
DECEMBER 28, 2018 - No Grand Rounds, Winter Holidays

JANUARY 4, 2019

Bert Boyer, PhD, Bob and Charlee Moore Endowed Professor, MFM, Ob/Gyn, OHSU

Engaging Rural Alaska Native Community Members in Culturally  Respectful Nutrigenomics Research Partnerships

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize one model of how to respectfully engage Alaska Native people in genomics research
2. Understand how objectively measured biomarkers can be used to track the intake of a traditional diet rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids versus a store-bought diet
3. Identify ways in which a traditional dietary pattern may be protective in relation to the development of type 2 diabetes risk

JANUARY 11, 2019

Sancy Leachman, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Dermatology, Director, Melanoma & Skin Cancer Program, Knight Cancer Institute, OHSU

Oregon's War on Melanoma: A Statewide Early Detection Experiment

Learning Objectives:
1. Know how to obtain support for patients with concerning melanocytic skin lesions
2. Learn about additional educational curricula for OBGYN through the War on Melanoma

JANUARY 18, 2019 - No Grand Rounds, CREOG exam

JANUARY 25, 2019

Violet Larry, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Supervisor, Multnomah County Birth Initiative
Sherly Paula, RN, Community Health Nurse, Multnomah County Birth Initiative
Wynetta Jackson, BSN, RN, Community Health Nurse, Multnomah County Birth Initiative
Vasheeta James, BSN, RN, Community Health Nurse, Multnomah County Birth Initiative
LaRisha Baker, MBA, Maternal Child and Family Health Director, Multnomah County Birth Initiative

How Racism Affects Birth Outcomes

Learning Objectives:
1. Gain a better understanding of the Healthy Birth Initiative program
2. Acknowledge bias and culturally appropriate care
3. Know how to refer a client to the Healthy Birth Initiative program


FEBRUARY 1, 2019

Elizabeth Munro, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, OHSU, Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology, Salem Hospital

Endometrial Hyperplasia and Cancer: Detection, Prevention, and a Few Words on Treatment

Learning objectives:
1. Know the primary risk factors for endometrial hyperplasia and cancer
2. Assess when and how to evaluate patients for endometrial hyperplasia and cancer
3. Be aware that fertility-sparing options are available for select patients

FEBRUARY 8, 2019 - No Grand Rounds, Resident Rank Morning

FEBRUARY 15, 2019

Alan Wolfe, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiome and Immunology, Loyola University Chicago

Urine is NOT Sterile: What's Next?

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how the "urine is not sterile" dogma became entrenched
2. Describe the process by which that dogma was overturned
3. List several recent discoveries concerning the composition of the urinary microbiome in the context of several lower urinary tract conditions

FEBRUARY 22, 2019 - Multidisciplinary Grand Rounds

Alice Graham, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Kristen Makciewicz Seghete, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Director, SCAN Lab, OHSU

A Translational Study of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Pregnant Women

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss evidence based psychotherapeutic interventions for pregnant women
2. Understand proposed mechanisms of action for the effects of MBCT during pregnancy on reducing risk of postpartum depression
3. Better understand maternal-placental-fetal stress biology and potential pathways through which MBCT could influence fetal brain development
4. Advance understanding of the benefits and potential challenges of integrating intervention research with neuroimaging

MARCH 1, 2019 - No Grand Rounds, Ob/Gyn Research Symposium


MARCH 8, 2019

Katie Drago, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of the Inpatient Geriatrics Program, OHSU

Caring for the Ages - Primary Care for the Older Adult

Learning Objectives:
1. Incorporate geriatrics specific review of systems into annual health maintenance for older adults
2. Describe a framework for assessing and treating fall risk factors
3. Substitute safer alternatives for common high risk medications and list evidence based tools to support safe prescribing

MARCH 15, 2019

Michelle Louie, MD, MSCR, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Taking the Pain Out of Chronic Pelvic Pain: The What, Why, and How

Learning objectives:
1. Understand the What: what is pain, why is it persistent?
2. Understand the Why: Impact of chronic pain, impact of treatment
3. Understand the How: Approach to the patient with pelvic pain, case presentations

MARCH 22, 2019

Karen Adams,  MD, Professor, Ob/Gyn, OHSU
Nicole Cirino, MD, Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn, Director, Division of Women's Mental Health and Wellness, OHSU

I Don't Want it but I Wish I Wanted it: Office-based Approach to Low Libido in Women

Learning objectives:
1. Identify neurobiological etiology of low libido in women across the reproductive life span
2. List three behavioral approaches that can improve libido in women
3. List three non-hormonal pharmacologic approaches that can improve libido in women
4. Understand the rationale for the use of hormonal products for treatment of low libido associated with vulvovaginal atrophy

MARCH 29, 2019 - No Grand Rounds, Spring Break

APRIL 5, 2019

Lishiana Shaffer, MD, Associate Professor, Director of Gynecology, Transgender Health Program, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, OHSU


Learning objectives:
1. Describe affirming language/terminology related to gender identity and gender transition
2. Identify risk and strength/resilience factors for LGBTQ+ communities, including understanding data about suicide
3. Utilize tools to help you talk about suicide prevention with your patients
4. Name strategies and best practices to provide gender affirming care of transgender and gender diverse communities
5. Describe opportunities for education for generations ahead

Live stream link: https://echo360.org/section/68100d4c-6d96-4d45-883c-866c7b7f261b/public

APRIL 12, 2019

Aaron Caughey, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Ob/Gyn, Associate Dean for Women's Health Research & Policy, OHSU

Management of the Second Stage of Labor: Examining the Evidence

Learning objectives:
1. Understand recent changes in the second stage time thresholds
2. Review impact of length of second stage on various clinical outcomes
3. Review impact of delayed pushing or laboring down in the second stage

APRIL 19, 2019

Linda Barbour, MD, MSPH, Professor of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Role of Triglycerides in Fetal Overgrowth: Making Fat from Fat

Learning objectives:
1. Define the difference in the glucose, insulin, and triglyceride profiles in obese vs normal weight pregnancies and heterogeneity between groups
2. Appreciate the high prevalence of mild sleep apnea in obese pregnancies and influence on glycemic patterns
3. Highlight the role of fasting and postprandial triglycerides on newborn subcutaneous and intrahepatic fat and role of placental lipases
4. Explore strategies that target triglycerides for intervention similar to those that target glucose to prevent fetal overgrowth

Teri Hernandez, PhD, RN, Associate Professor of Medicine and Nursing, Co-Director Colorado Clinical Translational Science Institute Early Life Exposures Research Program, University of Colorado; Pediatric Nurse Scientist, Children's Hospital Colorado

Nutrition for Gestational Diabetes is Nutrition for All Pregnancy: Primers for Moving Forward

Learning objectives:
1. Describe the powerful influence of nutrition before and during pregnancy on maternal glucose, lipids and infant adiposity
2. Describe metabolic similarities between obesity and gestational diabetes
3. Summarize recommendations for nutrition in pregnancy and GDM based on current evidence

APRIL 26, 2019

Thomas Gregory, MD, Professor, Fellowship Director, Ob/Gyn, Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Department of Urology, OHSU

Steven Kassakian, MD, MS, FACP, Associate Chief Health Information Officer, Assistant Professor, Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, OHSU

Topic: Epic tips and tricks, title TBD

Learning objectives TBD

MAY 3, 2019 - No Grand Rounds, Residency Education Focus

MAY 10, 2019

Maria Rodriguez, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Section of Family Planning, Ob/Gyn, OHSU, Medical Director, Reproductive Health Program, Oregon Health Authority, Deputy Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Fertility Regulation Group

Expanding Access: Pharmacist Prescription of Hormonal Contraception

Learning objectives:
1. Understand the differences between over the counter and behind the counter access to contraception
2. Learn state and national progress towards OTC and behind the counter access to hormonal contraception
3. Describe the steps needed between policy enactment and change in health outcomes
4. Share research on the impact of pharmacist prescription to date in Oregon and ongoing efforts

MAY 17, 2019 - No Grand Rounds, Mock Orals

MAY 24, 2019

Rachel Pilliod, MD, Clinical Fellow, Maternal Fetal Medicine, OHSU

The 39 Week Rule: Impact on Fetal and Infant Mortality

Learning objective:
1) Understand the impact of a policy of limiting elective delivery prior in the late preterm on neonatal and infant mortality

Monica Rincon, MD, CCRP, Senior Research Associate, Maternal Fetal Medicine Division, Pregnancy Research Group, OHSU

What is Happening at the MFM Research Unit?

Learning objective:
1) Become educated on ongoing pregnancy related research projects

MAY 31, 2019

Ben Hoffman, MD, CSPT-I, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, OHSU

Saving the Babies You Helped to Get Here: What You Need to Know About Infant Safety

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the epidemiology of preventable infant death, including sleep and motor vehicle transportation
2. Discuss Safe Sleep best practice and the role of birthing centers in supporting behaviors
3. Discuss car safety seat use patterns, including at newborn discharge
4. Discuss controversies and new data on car seat tolerance screening for premature and other vulnerable infants

JUNE 7, 2019

James Sargent, MD/MAS, Clinical Fellow, Maternal-Fetal-Medicine, OHSU

Micro-Anatomic Alterations in a Gestational Protein-Restricted Model in the Non-Human Primate Placenta

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the role of the placenta in fetal growth and development
2. Understand the implications of protein restriction on both human and non-human primate pregnancies
3. Understand the basic principles to tissue clarification, deep tissue imaging, and quantitative analysis of the micro-anatomic structures

JUNE 14, 2019 - No Grand Rounds, Resident Research Day
JUNE 21, 2019 - No Grand Rounds, Teaching Awards

JUNE 28, 2019

Katie Watson, JD, Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Medical Education, and Obstetrics & Gynecology, Core Faculty, Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Have and Have-Nots: Politics and Ethics in Assisted Reproductive Technology and Abortion

Learning Objectives:
1. Analyze the relationship between patients' legal and ethical right to choose contraception, abortion, and ART treatment
2. Advocate for preservation of patients' rights to access contraception, abortion, and ART