5 reasons to register today for OB Challenges

Posted by Cheryl Cranick on Feb 21, 2017 4:13:39 PM
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Calling all obstetricians, family practitioners, nurse practitioners, obstetrical nurses, certified nurse midwives, MFM fellows, residents and medical students. Have you registered yet for the OB Challenges Conference 2017? Save $50 on the conference rate (for practicing professionals) by signing up no later than February 27, 2017.

The conference will be held April 6-8, in Glendale, Arizona.

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Access the most up-to-date information at a conference that has stood the test of time.

OB Challenges is an annual meeting on perinatal medicine; this year’s theme is Improving Fetal and Neonatal Outcomes. Celebrating its 34th year this April, OB Challenges remains under the continued leadership of Phoenix Perinatal Associates (PPA), with conference director Curtis Cook, MD, MFM specialist and Associate Director at PPA.

“As maternal-fetal medicine specialists, we are responsible for two patients. The theme of Improving Fetal and Neonatal Outcomes will focus on the unique windows of opportunities that are presented during pregnancy, which can affect children for the rest of their lives,” said Dr. Cook. “OB Challenges 2017 will offer tools to high-risk providers that inspire more optimal and effective care during those key periods leading up to delivery.”


2017 Course Objectives

  • Develop an evidence-based plan of management for the short cervix
  • Learn the latest recommendations for antenatal steroid use, including the late pre-term period
  • Review the role of magnesium sulfate in reducing the incidence of cerebral palsy in preterm infants
  • Understand the appropriate surveillance for twin-to-twin transfusion and the current treatment options
  • Develop a strategy for effective evaluation of the unexplained stillborn infant
  • Identify the most effective management for PPROM, including the pre-viable period
  • Appreciate the importance of preconception and well as antepartum glucose control for improved outcomes in infants of diabetic mothers
  • Develop a treatment strategy for optimally managing the opioid dependent gravida and her newborn
  • Discuss appropriate intervention strategies for abnormal FHR patterns in labor
  • Learn the potential benefit of delayed cord clamping in the preterm infant

Review the full agenda


Tap into the expertise of a diverse group of speakers who are leaders in their fields.

A unique and exciting element of OB Challenges is the diversity of its speakers, which includes both experienced experts and residents from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine.

“OB Challenges features a spectrum of speakers; from those with emeritus status, to young investigators, and everywhere in between,” said Dr. Cook. “Our top national presenters are leaders in their fields, who may not necessarily be in practice anymore, but are the individuals writing policies and publishing leading studies and textbooks. Others are up-and-coming young influencers who have expressed an interest in maternal-fetal medicine. They are working every day in the trenches and have incredibly valuable experiences to share.”


2017 speakers include:

Steven G. Gabbe, MD, Emeritus CEO and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, MSc, Ellen Jacobson Levine and Eugene Jacobson Associate Professor of Women’s Health in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program at Columbia University Medical Center

Uma M. Reddy, MD, MPH, Project Scientist at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU), Network at the Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, for the National Institutes of Health

Check out the full list of speakers for OB Challenges 2017


Earn CME and CNE credits.

The MEDNAX Center for Research, Education, Quality and Safety is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Full participation at OB Challenges 2017 includes up to:

Continuing Medical Education: maximum of 19.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Continuing Nursing Education: 19.9 continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours

Learn more about accreditation


An added bonus: The Nursing Symposium

Now in its ninth year, the Nursing Symposium—moderated by Suzanne Blaine, CNM—is officially a staple of OB Challenges. Although its name features “nursing," this section of the conference is open to all attendees, with available CNE and CME credits (nursing contact hours and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™). The Nursing Symposium makes up the afternoon sessions on Friday, April 7.

“This symposium grew out of nurses wanting a forum to discuss issues related to bedside care and management,” said Dr. Cook. “Over the years, the Nursing Symposium has morphed into a conversation for all caregivers on matters of integrated care and team management. This an opportunity to focus on providing the best outcomes for both mothers and babies from a team approach.”

Do you have questions about OB Challenges? Email us at obchallenges@mednax.com


Soak in the sun at the conference venue in Glendale, Arizona.

Accommodations will be at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa in Glendale, Arizona. The special group rate is $199 per night, which is guaranteed until March 15. Rooms can be booked by phone (1-800-931-1595) or online.

April temperatures in Glendale are projected to be warm and sunny. When you are not at the conference, or if you are bringing family, adventures await in this Southwest city. 

Will we see you at OB Challenges?

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Topics: Conference, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Continuing Medical Education, OB/GYN, Prenatal