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DEPARTMENT OF Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences ~ 2013 Annual Report

Ira Bernstein, M.D. '82, John Van Sicklen Maeck, M.D. '39 Chair

The Department had several significant leadership transitions over the last year. Mark Phillippe, M.D., stepped down as chairperson in July 2012 and was replaced by Ira Bernstein, M.D., who now serves as the John Van Sicklen Maeck Professor and Chair. Dr. Phillippe returned to the role of professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences.

In August of 2012 Christine Murray, M.D., after many successful years of service, stepped down as the residency program director and was replaced by Elisabeth Wegner, M.D. Dr. Wegner led the program through a successful Residency Review Committee site visit in October which led to a four year reaccreditation. The medical student clerkship rotations, coordinated by Elise Everett, M.D., greatly improved the clinical experience for medical students. The Department’s affiliated site in Florida, St. Mary’s Medical Center’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, shared the “Best Clerkship of the Year Award” with John Caravello, M.D. as the local program coordinator. Additionally the Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship at Danbury Hospital was identified as the outstanding local clerkship by the Class of 2014. Dr. Everett was selected as a participant in the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Academic Scholars and Leaders Program as a member of the 2013–14 class. Dr. Everett is conducting a project on effecting behavior change in faculty to improve medical student education. Her project is titled “Overcoming the barriers of burn-out, buy-in, and overburdened faculty.” The Continuing Medical Education program at the College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, under the direction of Associate Dean for GME and Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Cheung Wong, M.D., was reaccredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) with “commendation,” the highest accreditation level awarded by the ACGME.

This year, Vermont was the highest among the four states, including Oregon, New Hampshire and Maine that received an “A” on the March of Dimes 2012 Premature Birth Report Card issued in mid-November. Vermont was recognized for its low preterm birth rate.

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