In the March 2023 issue of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology there are two symposia topics:
Disparities in Ob/Gyn:
All clinicians should strive to provide care to their patients that is just and equitable. A regrettable aspect of obstetrics and gynecology is that all too often, care is not equally distributed, with many disparities in outcome based on race and ethnicity. In the current issue, Melissa Simon, the Director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation at Northwestern University, has compiled articles from a broad range of experts that draw attention to existing inequities in our field and that provide a roadmap to providing much-needed correction. The symposium provides perspective and insight for all clinicians who seek to advance health justice in our field.Critical Care Obstetrics:
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations and World Health Organization, highlighted the constant effort to reduce maternal mortality worldwide. Thanks to the ongoing advancements in the field of maternal-fetal medicine and infertility, a wide range of individuals with underlying medical disorders could experience the pregnancy journey, putting them at high risk for pregnancy-related adverse events. Accordingly, our understanding of maternal critical care could make this journey safer for our patients with the ultimate goal of reducing maternal mortality and morbidity. Dr. Luis Pacheco, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Maternal Critical Service at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) has coordinated this project and compiled reviews from world-known experts in this field. The symposium provides a comprehensive review of the most important topics in maternal critical care, which could be applied as a guide for all healthcare providers who aim to contribute to this global partnership.
Jonathan Schaffir, MD and Alireza Shamshirsaz, M.D.