On Friday, physicians, nurses, health care professionals, and students gathered for the 12th Annual Obstetrics and Gynecology Symposium. The conference, jointly hosted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) and University Medical Center of El Paso, focused on OB-GYN issues that are prevalent along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Symposium topics included labor pain and epidurals in the borderland, risk factors for gestational hypertension and preeclampsia, and contraceptive counseling for adolescents along the Texas-Mexico border.
Vijaya Galic, M.D., presented “21st Century Gynecological Cancer Care on the Border.” Dr. Galic joined the institution in December 2016 as an assistant professor and chief of the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso Division of Gynecologic Oncology. She specializes in the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer and is an expert in curative operations for women with both primary and recurrent uterine and cervical cancer, including procedures to preserve fertility.
The symposium was keynoted by Jason D. Wright, M.D., chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Columbia University. Dr. Wright discussed new strategies for physicians to address placenta accreta, a high-risk pregnancy complication where the placenta remains partially or completely attached to the uterine wall after childbirth.
The 12th Annual Obstetrics and Gynecology Symposium was organized by the Office of Continuing Medical Education.