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Release Date: 09/11/2015

Beth Cronin, MD, of Providence, a physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, and assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been accepted into the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics’ (APGO) Scholars and Leaders Program. The Program is an initiative to enhance education in obstetrics and gynecology by preparing and equipping the physicians with the necessary skills and knowledge to be outstanding teachers and administrators in the field.

Starting January 2016, Dr. Cronin will begin the 15-month program that focuses on curriculum design, instructional theory, group instruction, clinical instruction, evaluation of teaching, feedback on performance, assessment of simulated and workplace clinical skills, educational research designs, management/leadership skills, team building, and organization change and conflict management.

Dr. Cronin’s selection was based on her leadership position at the institution, scholarship in education, current educational activities, teaching recognition, APGO participation, mentoring and advising roles, and departmental support.

“The Women & Infants Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology enthusiastically supports Dr. Cronin in her efforts to further her education and her professional development as an educational and clinical leader. Dr. Cronin is an asset to our department and participating in the APGO program will only enhance her contributions,” said Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital and Care New England, chair and Chace-Joukowsky professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, assistant dean for teaching and research in women's health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health.

Dr. Cronin received her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her residency at Women & Infants Hospital and Brown University. Currently, Dr. Cronin serves as the co-director of the Women’s Dysplasia Program and director of the Pelvic Pain Program at the Women’s Primary Care Center of Women & Infants.

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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