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Release Date: 07/01/2015

Kenneth K. Chen, MD, director of the Division of Obstetric and Consultative Medicine and co-director of the Integrated Program for High Risk Pregnancy at Women & Infants Hospital, and Raymond O. Powrie, MD, FRCP, FACP, interim chief of medicine at Women & Infants Hospital, an attending physician in the Center for Obstetric and Consultative Medicine and senior vice president for Quality and Clinical Effectiveness for Care New England, served as lecturers at the International Society of Obstetric Medicine (ISOM) Regional Course and 6th Maternal Medicine Course at Singapore General Hospital in May.

Drs. Chen and Powrie, who are also professors of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, joined Professor Sandra Lowe of Australia and Professor Catherine Nelson-Piercy of the United Kingdom as invited overseas faculty to deliver plenary lectures at the course. Through the course, providers and students learned more about the essentials of common medical problems in pregnancy; keeping current with such topics as management of diabetes in pregnancy; and understanding common misconceptions with the prescribing of medications and imaging studies for pregnant women.

“These lectures were given to a number of delegates - mainly of the Asia-Pacific and Oceania regions – from various medical specialties who wished to learn more about the management of pregnant women with preexisting and/or acquired medical disorders,” said Dr. Chen. “A number of delegates proceeded to sit the RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) fellowship examinations which were held shortly after the completion of the course and the general feedback was that this course prepared them very well for this examination.”

Dr. Chen delivered lectures titled: Updates in Treatment Options for Diabetes in Pregnancy, Obesity and Pregnancy Post Bariatric Surgery, Endocrine Disorders in Pregnancy, and Critical Care in Obstetrics. Dr. Powrie gave the following lectures: Prescribing Medications in Pregnancy, Neurological Disorders in Pregnancy, and Common Hematological Problems for Obstetricians. Additionally, Drs. Chen and Powrie both served on a workshop panel to discuss complex cases of medical disorders in pregnancy. 

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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