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SOGH July 2017 Newsletter 

Dayna Smith, M.D.
Co-editor, SOGH Newsletter 
The Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists is dedicated to improving outcomes for hospitalized women and supporting those who share this mission.
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SOGH’S Special Interest Group Session at the ACOG Annual Clinical Meeting featured presentations by three of our own members. Brigid McCue discussed informative and practical considerations involved in the initiation and running of an OBED. Tanner Colegrove outlined plans for determining characteristics that would differentiate OB/GYN hospitalists’ practices from other providers of women’s services in the hospital setting.  Cate Stika provided the final results from the SOGH 2016 Employment and Salary Survey. I would personally like to express my gratitude to each of them for their hard work and high quality performance.

Information in our survey includes demographics of our practitioners, statistics related to volume of workload, benefits, and compensation data.  If you didn’t receive the survey via your email, the report is available free to SOGH members by logging into the SOGH website and accessing it through the Resources section. The extra effort put forth to participate by all respondents and everyone involved in such a large project is greatly appreciated.

The important reasons for SOGH having been formed as an independent organization were the ability to address issues highly specific to our practice and the capability to do so when time is an important factor.  An idea that might be associated with a highly functioning OB/GYN hospitalist could be the use of mental checklists in unusual circumstances where intensity might result in those otherwise preoccupied omitting a potentially beneficial option, particularly if that action might only develop utility in the future.  For example: After delivery with an Apgar <3 result, the neonatologist/pediatrician would be appropriately focused on resuscitation and infant care including possible transfer and use of a cooling protocol to reduce risk of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.  The OB/GYN hospitalist’s remembering to include cord blood specimen collection for possible future stem cell therapy might potentially give hope when support is needed.  If this concept interests you, it should prove informative to read Gonzales-Portillo’s article in Frontiers of Neurology “Stem Cell Therapy for Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy”                         

Best Regards,

Meredith Morgan, M.D.

President, SOGH