SGO Issues Feb. 21 2013

SGO Issues Feb. 21, 2013

SGO adds 61 new members
SGO members elect Dr. Robert Coleman President Elect II
ABOG awards Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology $125K grant for endowed lectureship
Jill Mlodoch joins SGO staff as Director of Quality, Outcomes and Research
Gynecologic oncologists bring expertise to Honduran hospital through SGO-HVO partnership

SGO adds 61 new members

As of February 2013, SGO has added a total of 61 new members. These include three full members, two international members, four associate members, seven fellow-in-training members, and 14 allied members. The largest group of new SGO members was the resident/medical students, which accounted for 31 new members.

SGO members elect Dr. Robert Coleman President Elect II

Coleman, RobertRobert L. Coleman, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Research at The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, has been elected President Elect II in the first-ever open elections for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) and the Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology.

Dr. Coleman expressed his gratitude to the voting members for their support and optimism about the future of SGO and the Foundation. “I feel that this is a great opportunity,” he said. “I look forward to working with the rest of the Board and the executive team as the Society and the Foundation continue to make advances in the areas of advocacy, education and research on behalf of women with gynecologic malignancies.”

The SGO thanks all members who participated in the Society and Foundation’s first-ever open elections. Congratulations to the SGO members who were elected by their peers to serve on the Society Board and Foundation Council.

ABOG awards Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology $125K grant for endowed lectureship

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) announced that the Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology will receive a $125,000 grant from the ABOG Educational Foundation to fund the “ABOG Endowed Lecture on Women’s Cancers” at the SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer beginning in 2014.

The lectureship will address a topic that has broad appeal not only to meeting attendees but also the broader community of women’s health care providers and trainees as well as the general public. SGO will record the presentations on video and make them available at no charge to SGO members, providers of women’s health care, and the public at large through SGO.org.

Jill Mlodoch joins SGO staff as Director of Quality, Outcomes and Research

Jill Mlodoch RESIZEJill A. Mlodoch, MSM, joins the staff of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) and Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology as Director of Quality, Outcomes and Research, effective Feb. 20, 2013. Ms. Mlodoch helped launch the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Anesthesia Quality Institute’s (AQI) National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry. At AQI Ms. Mlodoch’s wide-ranging responsibilities included monitoring Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality Patient Safety Organization (PSO) requirements to maintain PSO status and participating in Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) teleconference meetings to maintain approved registry status.

Ms. Mlodoch was instrumental in educating anesthesia practices about quality and registries and providing customer service to over 200 member practices, generating leads for new registry members, converting them to participants and preparing practices for data submission. During her tenure at the American Society of Anesthesiologists, she served as Executive Director for two subspecialty societies: the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology and the Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesia and Critical Care. She has 15 years of experience working in medical associations, including 10 years at the American Academy of Dermatology.

Ms. Mlodoch will manage and administer SGO activities related to quality, outcomes and research including the development and implementation of a web-based registry, measure development and committee support. A graduate of Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, with a Master of Science in Management, she also holds a bachelor’s degree in professional studies with a business management concentration from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Gynecologic oncologists bring expertise to Honduran hospital through SGO-HVO partnership

Ebony Hoskins RESIZEWhen Ebony Hoskins, MD, a gynecologic oncologist at the Lacks Cancer Center at Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids, MI, returned from her trip to Honduras with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) earlier this month, she said that one of the greatest lessons she learned was getting back to basics.

“(In the United States) we have access to advanced medical technology and sophisticated operative gadgets, but we only need three things to get a case done: a clamp, a pair of scissors and suture,” said Dr. Hoskins. “As the residents told us with regard to the lack of medical supplies, ‘This is Honduras!’”

For 26 years, HVO has been sending health care professionals to developing countries to teach and train their counterparts and improve global health care quality and access. From Feb. 3 to 9, 2013, Dr. Hoskins was joined by fellow SGO member Sarah Temkin, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center; a radiologist specializing in gynecologic oncology imaging; and an IT specialist who helped establish a tumor registry for the Hospital San Felipe in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Operating room at Hospital San Felipe in Honduras.

Operating room at Hospital San Felipe in Honduras.

Dr. Hoskins described the Hospital San Felipe as a 200-bed public hospital, which serves as the tertiary referral center for oncologic patients for the entire country of Honduras. “Most patients in Hospital San Felipe were impoverished and lived hours from Tegucigalpa,” she said.

Even though Dr. Hoskins does not speak Spanish, the bilingual students, residents and faculty helped her overcome any language barriers by providing translation for her interactions with the ancillary staff, residents and patients.

“During our visit, we focused on educating the surgical oncology residents and the rotating medical students,“Dr. Hoskins said. “There are three senior residents and three first year residents. There were also four faculty members who also participated in our didactic and lecture series.

Dr. Hoskins with one of the gynecologic cancer patients at San Felipe.

Dr. Hoskins with one of the gynecologic cancer patients at San Felipe.

“The residents were particularly interested in knowing how to medically manage women with endometrial hyperplasia with and without atypia, staging of endometrial cancer, and the HPV vaccine.” She added that the residents were also interested in learning more about robotic surgery despite the fact a da Vinci robot was not available to them.

“I believe that the United States has one of the most advanced medical education systems in the world. Additionally, we have access to an abundance of well-designed research and clinical trials, which ultimately improves the care of patients,” said Dr. Hoskins. “SGO’s affiliation with HVO allows us extend our knowledge to our colleagues in less fortunate countries, in order to provide improved medical care throughout the world.”