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PROGRAM FACTS

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RESEARCH

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Research is an important component of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Faculty members engage in clinical research activities. Residents gain experience in the research process from idea generation through project development, implementation, analysis and presentation of findings.

All residents complete at least one research project during the course of their program. Faculty serves as research mentors from project inception to completion. Residents are encouraged to publish and present their findings at professional meetings.

The Center for Urban Population Health, a public health population research program supported by Aurora Health Care and University of Wisconsin, Madison and Milwaukee is located on Aurora Sinai Medical Center campus. Residents have assistance and access to research expertise and work with many national recognized Urban Health Researchers.

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Ongoing Resident Research Projects:

  • Family Centered Cesarean Section
  • Baby Scripts - Improving Prenatal Care via Remote Visits
  • Laparoscopic Port Site Metastasis with Endometrial Cancer
  • Management of the Third Stage of Labor in Second Trimester Abortions
  • Mind and Body Training to Improve Functioning and Coping with Chronic Pain
  • Retrospective Analysis of Robotic Assisted Laparoscopy for Endometrial Cancer
  • Obstetrical Hemorrhage and Transfusion Practices
  • Quality Improvement for Readmissions for Postpartum Hypertension
  • Hormonal Contraceptive Use in Breast Cancer Survivors
  • Use of Surgical Checklists to Improve Cesarean Section Timing
  • Acupuncture Use at Aurora Facilities
  • Recurrence of Subinvolution for Delayed Postpartum Hemorrhage
  • Induction of Labor with Foley Bulb after Rupture of Membranes

Other Faculty/Resident Research Projects

  • Premier Study - Risk of Complication After Hysterectomy for Benign Indications by BMI Category
  • Analysis of Serum and Tissue Samples to Achieve Adequate Concentrations in Obese Women: 2 vs. 3 gms of Cefazolin during Cesarean Section
  • Tumor Diamete - Evaluation of Tumor Diameter as a Risk Factor for Lymph Node Involvement in Endometrial Cancer
  • Risk of Infection in the Setting of Mechanical vs. Non-mechanical Methods for Premature Rupture of Membranes
  • Quality Improvement for Mass Transfusion Protocol

 

Past Presentations from our Faculty and Residents

2015

Salvo N, Borkowski A, Sen L, Keuler Cain M, Simpson D, Veit S, Kelly C, Siddiqui D. The Patient’s Perspective on Preventable Readmission to Labor & Delivery - Adding Value in the Clinical Learning Environment. Poster. Alliance for Independent Academic Medical Center (AIAMC) Annual Meeting, March 26-28, 2015, New Orleans, LA.

Simpson D, Siddiqui D, Bidwell J, Battiola R, Anderson A, Aurora Academy of Clinical Teaching Scholars (ACTS). Exploring the Relationship between Clinical Teaching Evaluations Ratings and Patient Experience Scores.Poster. Alliance for Independent Academic Medical Center (AIAMC) Annual Meeting, March 26-28, 2015, New Orleans, LA.

Even L, Sen L, Mundh I, Simpson D, Martinez T, Stearns JA, Anderson A. Creating a Culture of Quality & Safety at Aurora Health Care. Poster Presentation. Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers Annual Meeting, March 26-28, 2015, New Orleans, LA.

Cabrera O, Cho C, Dalmar A, Mahdavi A. Role of Surgical Staging and Adjuvant Chemotherapy in the Treatment of Uterine Carcinosarcoma. Poster. The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) 2015 Annual Meeting, March 28-31, 2015, Chicago, IL.

Cox Bauer C, Bernhard K, Greer D, Merrill D. Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes in Obese Women Who Lose Weight During Pregnancy. American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, May 2-6, 2015, San Francisco, CA.

Kelly, C. Healthy Birth Outcome, Improving Infant Mortality in Milwaukee Wisconsin.  Panel Presentation. United Way Women’s Leadership Luncheon, May 6, 2015, Milwaukee, WI.

Forgie MM (presenter), Kram JJF, Greer DM, Bernhard KA, Salvo NP, Siddiqui DS. A Randomized Control Trial of Foley Catheter Placement for Induction of Labor: Stylette versus No Stylette. Community Hospital Award - Oral Presentation. Central Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Meeting. October 22, 2015. Charleston, SC.

Cox Bauer CM, Greer DM (presenter), Kram JJF, Kamelle SA. Tumor Diameter as a Predictor of Lymphatic Dissemination in Endometrioid Endometrial Cancer. Dr. George W. Morley Memorial Paper Award - Oral Presentation. Central Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Meeting. October 23, 2015. Charleston, SC.

2014

Mlynarczyk M (presenter), Miller J, Thadani S, Bernhard K, Ali M, Houston L, Hawk A, Babbar S, Too G, Chavez A, Siddiqui D, Sunderji SG, Chang E, Sandlin A, Magann EF, Beydoun H, Romary L (presenter), Abuhamad AZ, Chauhan SP. Placental Pathology and Correlation with Detection of Intrauterine Growth Restriction in Twin Pregnancies. Poster presentation. Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine 34th Annual Meeting, February 3-8, 2014, New Orleans, LA.

Sen L, Kelly C, Simpson D, Forgie M, Siddiqui D, VanMullem C, Shanitkvich Z, Salvo N, Cicero A. SPEAK UP: Using Clinical Teaching Ratings to Evaluate the Use of Checklists as a Strategy to Improve Team Oriented Clinical Care/Patient Safety & CLER. Selected as 1 of 5 abstracts for oral presentation. Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC) 2014 Annual Meeting, March 27-29, 2014, San Diego, CA.

Hanson L. OB Rapid Fire Session: State of the Science of Prenatal Probiotics and Prebiotics. Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care Annual Meeting, April 26-28, 2014, Appleton, WI.

Hanson L, VandeVusse L. Gynecology meets Microbiology: The Application of Probiotics to women’s healthcare. Wisconsin Nurses Association, Advanced Practice Nurse Forum: Pharmacology Update, May 1-3, 2014, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Sen L, Kelly C, Simpson D, Forgie M, Siddiqui D, VanMullem C, Shanitkvich Z, Salvo N, Cicero A. SPEAK UP: Using Clinical Teaching Ratings to Evaluate the Use of Checklists as a Strategy to Improve Team Oriented Clinical Care/Patient Safety & CLER. Poster presentation. Medical Education Day, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, May 2, 2014, Madison, WI.

Luke O’Rourke, DO. Association of Fetal Abdominal-Head Circumference Size Difference with Shoulder Dystocia: A Multi-Center Study. Aurora Scientific Day, May 21, 2014, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Simpson D, Knox K, Stearns J, Babusukumar U, Leonhardt K, Sen L, Sullivan Vedder L, Martinez T, Kelly C, Cain M, Anderson A, Gunn L, Brill J. Capitalizing on Synergies in Quality and Safety Using Accreditation Standards to Connect the Dots. (Peer reviewed poster.) 6th Annual AAMC Integrating Quality Meeting: Improving Value through Clinical Transformation, Education and Science, June 12-13, 2014, Rosemont, IL. The poster, as requested by the meeting planners, was also submitted to (and is now posted on) iCollaborative - the AAMC’s non peer reviewed side of MedEdPORTAL intended to allow dialogue/review of works in progress.

Cox-Bauer CM (presenter), Bernhard KA, Greer DM, Merrill DC. Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes in Obese Women Who Lose Weight During Pregnancy. Oral Presentation. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Joint District VI, VIII and IX 2014 Annual Meeting, September 5-7, 2014, Napa, CA.

Cox-Bauer CM (presenter), Bernhard KA, Greer DM, Kamelle SA. Operating Room First Start Efficiency throughout a Large Urban Hospital System. Poster Presentation. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Joint District VI, VIII and IX 2014 Annual Meeting, September 5-7, 2014, Napa, CA.

Anderson A, Battiola R, Even L (presenter), Kelly C, Klink C, Kula K, Leonhardt K, Mundh I, Sen L, Simpson D, Stearns J. Graduate Medical Education Tackles Quality and Safety. Poster. Aurora Quality Roundtable, October 6, 2014, Milwaukee, WI.

Salvo NP, Lewis DN (presenter), Bernhard KA, Greer DM, Van Mullem C, Chauhan SP, Siddiqui DS. Model Assessment and Development of Risk Stratification of Surgical Site Infection Following Cesarean Delivery for a High-risk, Urban Population. Poster Presentation. Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 2014 Annual Meeting, October 8-11, 2014, Albuquerque, NM.

Bernhard K, Kelel K (presenter), Greer D, Siddiqui D. Model Association Between Pregnancy Intention and Maternal Characteristics, Outcomes, and Cost of Care. Oral Presentation. Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 2014 Annual Meeting, October 8-11, 2014, Albuquerque, NM.

2013

Salvo N, Siddiqui D, Bernhard K, Chen HY, Chauhan S. Outcome of Different Routes of Hysterectomy by Uterine Weight in Overweight and Obese Patients. Aurora Health Care Obstetrics & Gynecology Grand Rounds, February 6, 2013, Milwaukee, WI.

Kelly C. The Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Disease. Winter Milwaukee Symposium on Genitourinary Tract Disease, February 2013, Milwaukee, WI.

Simpson D, Anderson A, Brill J, Kelly C, Stearns J, Aurora Academic Affairs Collaborative. Forecasting the Future of Medical Education - Actualizing the Desirable. Poster presentation. Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC) Annual Meeting, March 21-23, 2013, Naples, FL.

Simpson D, Khan A, Brill J, Kelly C, Stearns J, Anderson A, Aurora Medical Education Collaborative. Leveraging Integrated Workplace Learning to Meet Multiple Accountabilities. Poster presentation. Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC) Annual Meeting, March 21-23, 2013, Naples, FL.

Simpson D, Anderson A, Brill J, Kelly C, Stearns J, Aurora Academic Affairs Collaborative. Forecasting the Future of Medical Education - Actualizing the Desirable. Poster presentation. Medical Education Day, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, May 3, 2013, Madison, WI.

Simpson D, Khan A, Brill J, Kelly C, Stearns J, Anderson A, Aurora Medical Education Collaborative. Leveraging Integrated Workplace Learning to Meet Multiple Accountabilities. Poster presentation. Medical Education Day, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, May 3, 2013, Madison, WI.

Bose D, Cox Bauer C, Bernhard KA, Baumgardner DJ. Feasibility of Using the Breastfeeding Efficacy Beliefs Inventory for Improving Breastfeeding Initiation Rates in an Urban Population. Poster presentation. Wisconsin Health Improvement and Research Partnerships Forum, September 12-13, 2013, Madison, WI.

Anderson A, Kelly C, Otto B, Gunn L, Simpson D. CLER alignment of care coordination of resident clinic patients and the triple aim of health care. Poster. Aurora Quality Roundtable, October 7, 2013, Milwaukee, WI.

Bose D, Cox Bauer C, Bernhard KA (presenter), Baumgardner DJ. Feasibility of using the breastfeeding efficacy beliefs inventory for improving breastfeeding initiation rates in an urban population. Poster. Aurora Quality Roundtable, October 7, 2013, Milwaukee, WI.

Simpson D, Brill J, Kelly C, Stearns J, Anderson A. Physician roles & responsibilities in 2020 - implications for quality & safety. Poster. Aurora Quality Roundtable, October 7, 2013, Milwaukee, WI.

Bose D, Cox Bauer C (presenter), Bernhard KA, Baumgardner DJ. Feasibility of Using the Breastfeeding Efficacy Beliefs Inventory for Improving Breastfeeding Initiation Rates in an Urban Population. Poster presentation. Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 80th Annual Meeting, October 16-19, 2013, Napa, CA.

Salvo NP, Bernhard KA, Dacha A, Pfaendler K, Smith D, Smith M. Outcomes of Different Routes of Hysterectomy by Uterine Weight in Overweight and Obese Patients: A Multi-Center Study. Poster presentation. Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 80th Annual Meeting, October 16-19, 2013, Napa, CA.

Siddiqui DS, Bernhard KA, Singh M, Einarsson JI, Chauhan SP (presenter). Robotic Surgery: A Survey of the Utility, Impact, Current & Future Usage. Poster presentation. Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 80th Annual Meeting, October 16-19, 2013, Napa, CA.

Endres L, DeFranco E, Conyac T, Adams M, Magner K, O’Rourke L, Bernhard KA, Siddiqui D, McCormick A, Abramowicz J, Merkel R, Jawish R, Habli M, Floman A, Magann E, Chauhan SP for the CAOG FAR Research Network. Association of Fetal Abdominal-Head Circumference Size Difference With Shoulder Dystocia: A Multi-Center Study. Oral presentation. Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 80th Annual Meeting - Fellows and Residents Research, October 16-19, 2013, Napa, CA.

Anderson C, Denson J, Frey C, Kartheiser M (presenter), Mazul J, Malnory M, Tillett J. Growing the Circle of Group Prenatal Care in Wisconsin. Poster presentation. CenteringPregnancy National Meeting, October 28-30, 2013, Washington DC.

Kelly C. Current Controversies in Hormone Replacement Therapy. Fall Milwaukee Symposium on Women’s Health, October 2013, Milwaukee, WI.

Simpson D, Kelly C, Hernandez N, Brill J, Siddiqui D, Forgie M, VanMullem C, Puterbaugh K, Anderson A. Creating High Quality & Safe Clinical Learning Environments for Patients AND Trainees. Digitized poster. AAMC Group on Educational Affairs, November 5, 2013, Philadelphia, PA.

Bose D, Cox Bauer C, Bernhard KA (presenter), Baumgardner D. Feasibility of Using the Breastfeeding Efficacy Beliefs Inventory for Improving Breastfeeding Initiation Rates in an Urban Population. Poster presentation. 2013 NAPCRG Annual Meeting, November 9-13, 2013, Ottawa, Ontario.

Siddiqui DS, Bernhard KA, Singh M, Einarsson JI, Chauhan SP. Robotic Surgery: A Survey of the Utility, Impact, Current and Future Usage. Oral presentation. 42nd AAGL Global Congress On Minimally Invasive Gynecology, November 10-14, 2013, Washington, DC.

Kelly C. Care Management: Maximizing Outcomes, Impacts and Lessons Learned. TRIUMPH Program, November 2013, Milwaukee, WI.

 

Recent Publications from our Faculty and Residents

Tillett J. Medication Use During Pregnancy and Lactation: The New FDA Drug Labeling. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2015;29:97-99.

Endres L, DeFranco E, Conyac T, Adams M, Zhou Y, Magner K, O'Rourke L, Bernhard KA, Siddiqui D, McCormick A, Abramowicz J, Merkel R, Jawish R, Habli M,  Floman A, Magann EF, Chauhan SP; CAOG FAR Research Network. Association of Fetal Abdominal-Head Circumference Size Difference With Shoulder Dystocia: A Multicenter Study. AJP Rep. 2015; Oct;5:e099-104.

Pfaff NF. The New Hypertensive Guidelines for Pregnancy: What Every Nurse Should Know. Expert Opinion - Perinatal. The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing 2014;April/June: www.jpnnjournal.com DOI: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000028

Bose D, Cox Bauer C, Bernhard KA, Baumgardner DJ. Application of the Breastfeeding Personal Efficacy Beliefs Inventory and Acknowledgment of Barriers for Improving Breastfeeding Initiation Rates in an Urban Population. (Original research.) J Patient-Centered Res Rev 2014;1:77-84.

Agger WA, Siddiqui D, Lovrich SD, Callister SM, Borgert AJ, Merkitch KW, Mason TC, Baumgardner DJ, Burmester JK, Shukla S, Welter JD, MD, Stewart KS, Washburn MJ, Bailey HH. Epidemiologic factors and urogenital infections associated with preterm birth in a midwestern U.S. population. Obstet Gynecol 2014;124:969-977.

Hanson L, VandeVusse L, Duster M, Warrack S, Safdar N. Feasibility of oral prenatal probiotics against maternal group B Streptococcus vaginal and rectal colonization. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing 2014;43:294-304.

Hanson L, VandeVusse L. Supporting labor progress toward physiologic birth.Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing 2014;28:101-107.

Osborne K, Hanson L. Labor down or bear down: A strategy to translate second stage labor evidence to nursing practice. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing 2014;28:117-126.

Hanson L, VandeVusse L, Harrod K. Health education during pregnancy (Chapter 17). In Jordan RG, Engstrom J, Marfell J, Farley CL, eds. Prenatal and postnatal care: A woman-centered approach pp. 312-324. Ames, IA: Wiley-Blackwell; 2014.

Tillett J. Nonobstetrical emergencies in the obstetrical unit. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing 2013;27:5-7. doi: 10.1097/JPN.0b013e3182804c2b

Tillett J. Collaboration and communication for optimal patient care. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2013;27:105-107.

Tillett J. Cord clamping: what is the best practice? J Perinat Neonatal Nurs 2013;27:197-198.

Bernhard KA, Siddiqui DS, Leonard KM, Chauhan SP. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Practice Bulletins: Ascertaining Their Citation, Influence, and Utilization. Am J Perinatol 2013;Epub ahead of print [PMID: 23873115].

VandeVusse, L., Hanson, L., & Safdar, N. Perinatal outcomes of prenatal probiotic and prebiotic administration: an integrative review. J Perinat Neonat Nurs 2013;27:288-301.

Hanson, L., VandeVusse, L., & Harrod, K. Health education during pregnancy. In J. Engstrom R. Jordan Eds., Prenatal and Postnatal care: A guide for midwives. Nurse-practitioners, and physician assistants. 2014. Ames, IA: Wiley Blackwell, pp.312-324. Published late 2013.