The Editors of Obstetrics & Gynecology are pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Pitkin Award and the 2011 Kaminetzky Prize Paper.
The Roy M. Pitkin Award was established in 1998 to honor departments of obstetrics and gynecology that promote and demonstrate excellence in research. The award consists of a $5,000 unrestricted grant presented to each department whose faculty, fellows, or residents published one of the most outstanding articles in Obstetrics & Gynecology during the past year. We recognize both the authors and the departments for the quality of the research and publication of the results. Each editor independently selected articles from all those published in 2011 as finalists in this year's competition. This is a difficult task and one we take very seriously. A panel of former Editorial Board members then reviewed and ranked those articles based on scientific merit, importance to the specialty, study design, methodology, presentation of results, soundness of conclusions, and writing style. This year, we have chosen four winners, and they are:
Gurtcheff SE, Turok DK, Stoddard G, Murphy PA, Gibson M, Jones KP. Lactogenesis after early postpartum use of the contraceptive implant: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol 2011;117:1114–21. From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Utah School of Medicine (C. Matthew Peterson, MD, Chair).
Zahn CM, Rao LKF, Olsen C, Whitworth SA, Washington A, Crothers BA. Reproducibility of endocervical curettage diagnoses. Obstet Gynecol 2011;118:240–8. From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Christopher M. Zahn, MD, Chair).
Handa VL, Blomquist JL, Knoepp LR, Hoskey KA, McDermott KC, Muñoz A. Pelvic floor disorders 5–10 years after vaginal or cesarean childbirth. Obstet Gynecol 2011;118:777–84. From the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Harold E. Fox, MD, Chair).
Paraiso MFR, Jelovsek JE, Frick A, Chen CCG, Barber MD. Laparoscopic compared with robotic sacrocolpopexy for vaginal prolapse: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol 2011;118:1005–13. From the Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Women's Health Institute, Cleveland Clinic (Tommaso Falcone, MD, Chair).
The Harold A. Kaminetzky Prize Paper was established in 2008 to recognize the best article from a non-U.S. researcher each year. Dr. Harold A. Kaminetzky, former President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, has had a long career as editor of major medical journals. His last editorship was as Editor of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Dr. Kaminetzky also has had a long interest in international activities. Articles published in 2011 were selected by the editors, and a panel of former Editorial Board members chose the winner. The recipient of the award will receive $2,000. This year's winner is:
Lim AC, Schuit E, Bloemenkamp K, Bernardus RE, Duvekot JJ, Erwich JJHM, van Eyck J, Groenwold RHH, Hasaart THM, Hummel P, Kars MM, Kwee A, van Oirschot CM, van Pampus MG, Papatsonis D, Porath MM, Spaanderman ME, Willekes C, Wilpshaar J, Mol BWJ, Bruinse HW. 17α-hydroxyprogesterone caproate for the prevention of adverse neonatal outcome in multiple pregnancies: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol 2011;118:513–20. From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Prof. Dr. M.J. Heineman, Chair).
On behalf of the selection committee, the Editors, and the Editorial Board, we congratulate each recipient of the 2011 Roy M. Pitkin Award and the 2011 Harold A. Kaminetzky Prize Paper. We are proud to play a role in encouraging quality research and scientific writing that ultimately will improve the health care of women. We are also grateful to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which generously funded these grants.
Roy M. Pitkin Award/Kaminetzky Prize Paper Panel, 2011
Patrick Duff, MD, Chair
F. Gary Cunningham, MD
Bradley J. Van Voorhis, MD
Christopher M. Zahn, MD*
* Dr. Zahn was not involved in the evaluation of the article he co-authored.