N.C. Obstetrical and Gynecological Society: Menard named new president, Beckham wins resident top prize

Both were announced at the society's annual meeting over the weekend in Charlotte, N.C.

Dr. M. Kathryn 'Kate' Menard, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and division chief for maternal-fetal medicine, was named president of the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society for the 2017-18 year.

Her elected appointment was confirmed Saturday, April 8, 2017 as part of the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society's annual meeting, held in Charlotte, N.C., April 7–9, 2017.

The society is the voice of obstetricians and gynecologists in North Carolina. Through education, advocacy, communications and professional relations, the society represents the professional interests of OB-GYNs and promotes excellence in patient care.

Dr. Jenna Beckham, a UNC OB-GYN resident in the Class of 2017, was honored with the Best Resident Research Project Award at the meeting.

Dr. Beckham last year received an award at the UNC OB-GYN Resident Research Day that enabled her to represent UNC OB-GYN at the 2017 meeting. Her research, "Peripartum Prediction of Postpartum Preeclampsia," was selected by the judges as the best resident research project, which came with a $500 prize.

Dr. Beckham’s research mentor is Dr. David Stamilio, professor of maternal-fetal medicine at UNC OB-GYN.

During Sunday’s Scientific Session, Dr. Jessica Morse, assistant professor of family planning at UNC OB-GYN, presented on the placement of postpartum LARC: long-acting reversible contraception.

This year’s meeting focused on who should be tested for Zika infection and discuss which tests should be used; how to identify women at risk for postpartum hemorrhage and develop standardized team-based methods for controlling postpartum hemorrhage; describe ways to counsel women with PCOS on weight loss, activity and medication options; discuss counseling regarding and placement of postpartum LARCs; and describe how Medicaid policies are developed.

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