From the Editor

25 years in service to you, our readers

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It is all about your professional development and your patients’ health and
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The fields of medicine and science never stop advancing. Following 4 years of college, 4 or more years of medical school, and 4 years of residency, women’s health physicians begin a 40-year career of independent professional practice caring for the health of thousands of women. Our readers who are nurses, nurse midwives, and physician assistants have worked equally hard to acquire their knowledge base and develop their clinical skills. At OBG Management, our mission is to support a lifetime of professional learning and development in service of you, our readers, and your patients.

Advancing clinician development and patient care

Through our editorial features we strive to continuously advance the knowledge and skills of our community of clinicians. In addition, when possible, we also strive to improve the effectiveness of your practice management through features such as updates on office management and coding. By enhancing professional development and practice management, we hope to advance your skills and, thereby, improve patient care.

INSTANT POLL: Our practice of ObGyn has changed a lot in the past 25 years. What do you feel is the most important clinical, technological, or educational advancement to occur that has affected your practice? Click here to share your experience.

The maintenance and advancement of technical skills are time-consuming processes. Few formal opportunities are available for clinicians to gain continuous advancement in technical skill. Hopefully, over the next decade, the opening of more simulation centers will permit experienced physicians to practice new techniques in a computer simulation environment. Until such new simulation centers become available, OBG Management will continue to strive to develop editorial content, supported by video content, to help clinicians observe and evaluate new techniques that they may want to incorporate into their practice. See “Simulation, OBG Management style,”.

Focus #1: The gap between current and optimal practice

At OBG Management the process of preparing an article begins with the identification of a gap in clinical practice of immediate relevance to you. A practice gap exists when our current practice is not consistent with ideal practice. The new Stop/Start article series, debuting in this issue, was developed with just that in mind. See page 33 for advisement from Dr. Lisa Larkin and Dr. Andrew Kaunitz to “Stop performing DXA scans in healthy, perimenopausal women; Start counseling all women on lifestyle interventions to avoid fractures.”

Focus #2: Continuous advancement of knowledge and skills

The need for physicians to continuously advance their knowledge and skills is highlighted by the close of the era of lifetime board certification and the initiation of a new process of annual maintenance of certification. The maintenance of certification process requires all of us to annually complete certain educational tasks in order to demonstrate that we are committed to continuously advancing practice knowledge and skills.

Twin pillars: Guidance from trusted colleagues and clinician-centered content

In studies of how experienced clinicians learn, seeking advice from trusted colleagues and reading journals and magazines are identified as the two most important processes for advancing our approach to diagnosis and management of disease. Many research journals provide data-based articles that are of high quality, but seldom do these research articles directly influence practice. At OBG Management we strive to ensure that each article is written with the intent of advancing current practice and improving patient care.

Our distinguished Editorial Board: The heart and mind of
OBG Management

The editorial team at OBG Management is proud to work with the distinguished medical leaders on our Editorial Board. The advice and guidance we receive from our Board are critical to the advancement of quality in our publication. The members of our Editorial Board are internationally recognized as trusted experts who have made many contributions to advancing women’s health.

Here’s to years to come!

Over the past 25 years, OBG Management has developed a strong reputation for practical, well-written articles that influence clinical practice. We thank you, our readers, for your support, and look forward to working with you for many years to come.

Here are the hearts and minds behind OBG Management

OBG Management thanks our distinguished Editorial Board members for their ongoing leadership and dedication to advancing women’s health care.

Joseph S. Sanfilippo, MD, MBA
Member since 1994
JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD
Member since 2006

Barbara S. Levy, MD
Member since 1996
Amy Garcia, MD
Member since 2007

Linda D. Bradley, MD
Member since 2000
Cheryl Iglesia, MD
Member since 2007

John T. Repke, MD
Member since 2000
Steven R. Goldstein, MD
Member since 2009

James A. Simon, MD, CCD
Member since 2005
Larry C. Kilgore, MD
Member since 2009

Andrew M. Kaunitz, MD
Member since 2006
Errol Norwitz, MD
Member since 2011


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