The SIU School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has initiated a new study that may decrease the risk of fetal death in high-risk pregnancies by using a portable non-invasive smart device. Dr. Robert Abrams, division chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine is presently collaborating with Dr. Nazeih Botros, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in developing a system that monitors, records, and analyzes fetal movement in real-time.
The device being tested by Drs. Abrams and Botros is named AmmSensor and is placed around the mother’s abdomen. The patient may take the device home and data will be transmitted wirelessly to the physician. Should a problem arise she will be advised to see her physician for further testing. The benefits of this system are to decrease the number of visits a high-risk patient has and provides objective data for the doctor to see in a timely manner. Also, because the system utilizes motion-based sensors, there is no risk to the fetus.
SIU Department of OB/GYN Ultrasound has been granted reaccreditation in fetal echocardiography and obstetric/gynecological ultrasound by American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). We received the full 3-year accreditation. SIU continues to be the only academic institution in Illinois to be accredited in fetal echocardiography.
Congratulations to Jill McLean, Nicki Nattier and Jessica Orum, sonographers in Ob/Gyn! They recently became certified in fetal echocardiography!
The SIU Board of Trustees, meeting today, Thursday, May 8, approved promotions in academic rank and tenure for 53 faculty members effective with the 2014-15 academic year. They include from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology:
- Dr. Robert Abrams, associate professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Dr. Katherine Hild-Mosley, associate professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Dr. Chad Huston, associate professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Dr. Ricardo Loret de Mola, professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
"Girls' Night Out" presents Bare Bones Facts About Osteoporosis on Thursday May 15th 6:00-7:15 pm at the Dove Converence Center in the Prairie Heart Institute at St. John's Hospital, 619 E. Mason Street, Springfield, IL. The night's speaker will be Casey Younkin MD, CCD, from the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at SIU Healthcare. The fee is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Register online at: https://www.st-johns.org/stjohns/Event_Calendar.aspx.
May is Osteoporiosis Month - Join us for a "Girls' Night Out" with an evening of laughter, stress relief, entertainment, refreshments, health education, fellowship and a physical activity. Learn about osteoporosis risk factors, your risk of fracture and different treatment options available.
Congratulations to our Chief residents on their presentations at the Annual SIU School of Medicine Research Symposium. Jason Gundersen - Development of an App for Resident Evaluation. Steve Radtke - Management of AUB in Sterilized and Non-Sterilized Women. Alison Rinaberger - HPV Vaccine Administration at Post-Partum Visits. Vanessa Neiman - Evaluation of Glucose Monitoring Protocol to Decrease Neonatal Hypoglycemia. Steve and Alison tied for 2nd prize and Vanessa won third prize.