Professor David Williams, Professor of Obstetric Medicine in the Department of Maternal & Fetal Medicine at the at EGA Institute for Women’s Health/UCL, would like to invite you to his Inaugural Lecture on ‘Obstetric Medicine: 9 months of care for the sick mother giving a lifetime of health for the family’.
Thursday 5th May at5.30 pm, Darwin Building, B40 Lecture Theatre, University College London
This will be followed by a drinks reception in the South Cloisters, Wilkins Building from 6.30 pm.
Professor David Williams Inaugural Lecture
‘Obstetric Medicine: 9 months of care for the sick mother giving a lifetime of health for the family’
Professor David Williams is a consultant obstetric physician who specialises in the medical care of pregnant women. His research group investigates the causes and treatment of pregnancy syndromes.
In his clinical role he leads multi-disciplinary obstetric clinics with specialists from neurology, rheumatology, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer. His particular expertise is in the management of pregnant women with kidney disease and hypertension.
His research team investigates the causes and treatment of gestational syndromes including pre-eclampsia and acute fatty liver of pregnancy, and placental inflammation causing recurrent pregnancy loss. He has developed the concept that pregnancy syndromes unmask future health disorders in the mother and her family. His group are funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), UCL/UCLH Biomedical Research Centre, Wellbeing of Women and the Rosetrees Trust.
Professor Williams led the NICE guidelines for the management of medical disorders during childbirth and hypertension in pregnancy. He is chairman of the Wellbeing of Women Charity Research Advisory Committee that annually awards over £1million of grant money for women’s health. He is a member of the UK Independent Advisory Group on maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality.
Most recently he has worked as part of a national team to implement new clinical maternal medicine networks throughout the UK. Locally, he leads the North Central London maternal medicine network. Most importantly, he trains obstetric physicians of the future.
UPDATE: 13/4/2021 Our submission window for expressions of interest is closed! Thank you to all 23(!) candidates who have put themselves forward.
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Two trainee representative roles on the MOMS executive committee have become available. This is a fantastic opportunity to represent the interests of both obstetric and physician trainees in MOMS.
The role involves regular meetings with the MOMS exec where you can discuss training opportunities alongside other MOMS agenda items. You will have the chance to develop the role depending on your skills and interests. Being organised and enthusiastic is essential!
During our time as trainee reps, we have helped develop and run the pre-conference training afternoons, involving low-fidelity simulation and case-based discussions. We have helped with social media and regularly used @M0MSUK to tweet about training opportunities and MOMS news. The MOMS website has been updated to be more user-friendly and resources like guidelines, webinars and podcasts have been collated to the benefit of both MOMS and non-MOMS members alike. The role of trainee rep is varied and flexible. If you would like to apply for the position please follow the link below.
You must be a trainee in obstetrics or a physician speciality and a member of MOMS.
Expression of interest: Maximum 1000 characters Deadline for submission: April 9th 2021 midnight
Update: For those who are close to CCT and wondering whether you can apply?
The short answer is YES YOU CAN!
However, the MOMS exec appreciates that the time around CCT may be very stressful and so leave it open to the trainee rep if they are close to CCT whether they continue in their role beyond CCT as long as they feel they are able to and keen to continue representing trainees and obstetric medicine training with their speciality. Our constitution says terms are no longer than 3 years but that is not to say one needs to remain in the role if it is no longer working for them. From the experience the current trainee reps, we feel it would be beneficial to have a minimum term of 1 year, regardless of CCT date in order to feel like you’ve settled into your role.
Following discussion and input from our membership we are excited to open 4 positions to join our executive committee.
1. Education Lead
Role involves leading on content organisation of the annual MOMS meeting and other educational ventures from the society.
Role involves access to bank and PayPal accounts and annual report formation and submission for Companies House and Charities Commission.
3. Physician Representative
The role of the physician representative is to ensure that physicians views are represented by MOMS, including but not limited to championing physician training and liaising with specialist societies. Their role also involves furthering understanding and knowledge of obstetric medicine and MOMS in physician groups and training.
4. Midwife Representative
As a new role we would welcome candidates to indicate how they feel a midwifery representative would complement and support the mission statements of MOMS. This may include but is not limited to the promotion of MDT working, assisting in the formation of maternal medicine networks as well as highlighting and supporting the role of midwives in the care of pregnant women with medical problems.
Candidates should be members of the Society and should register their interest by emailing us to our society email address: email@example.com.
Please send a 150 word paragraph about yourself and what you would bring to the role and MOMS as a society. You may apply for more than one role as appropriate.
The closing date for expression of interests and your application is 11pm, Friday 12th February 2021.
As we see another inflection point in cases of SARS-CoV2; we have good news that the Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccination has also received MHRA approval today. This is some comfort but due to the lack of inclusion of pregnant or breastfeeding women in the vaccine trials, data is sparse as to its efficacy and safety in this vulnerable group.
As clinicians in our particular speciality we are most acutely aware that this is, again, the most exquisite of ironies – our most vulnerable women are being discouraged from being given the vaccine.
Today, however the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have also published their latest advice.
In response, MOMS together with RCOG, RCM, UKTIS, UKOSS, BMFMS and NPEU have produced a joint statement in support of COVID-19 vaccination in clinically vulnerable pregnant women.
Updated guidance on the prescription of valproate for female patients during childbearing years has been published this week.
The guidance has been produced to inform all healthcare professionals of best practice around the use and prescribing of valproate and to support them to navigate situations that could arise as a result of prescribing valproate to women during childbearing years, given the significant risk of birth defects and developmental disorders that can occur if it is taken during pregnancy.
First published last year, the updated guidance reflects minor changes made by the MHRA and changes to GMC decision-making guidelines, as well as updated input from all contributing organisations, to give healthcare professionals updated practical information and guidance on prescribing valproate to women with bipolar disorder or epilepsy, the only licensed indications for its use. It has been authored by Dr Judy Shakespeare FRCGP and Dr Sanjay M Sisodiya FRCP on behalf of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Association of British Neurologists and Royal College of Physicians, and endorsed by 19 other medical organisations.
Following on from a suggestion in our AGM this year, we are pleased to announce a new membership level for our nursing, midwifery and allied health professional colleagues. For £25 a year, they will have access to all resources online as full membership without the option of the physical quarterly journal.
We hope this will encourage more allied health professionals to further diversify our society and join us in working towards improving the care we provide and pregnancy outcomes for women with medical disorders. For more information, please head over to our “join us” page.
For any allied health professionals who are already current members please get in touch with our website admin and obstetric trainee rep, Tara Lee (contact details on our “contact us” page) if you would like to switch over.
Many thanks to all the speakers and attendees for a very successful first virtual MOMS meeting!
MOMS members, head over to our MOMS Annual Meeting 2020 page here to view a recording!
UPDATE (15/09/2020): Please see our updated programme on our main meeting page here!
UPDATE (06/09/2020): Abstract submission is now closed! Thank you for everyone who submitted an abstract, you should be hearing from us next week.
We have now opened registration!
Click here to register!
We’ll be updating information on the programme on the main page “MOMS 2020” soon!
MOMS! The exec are excited to announce a virtual morning meeting on MONDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 0930-1230 in lieu of our annual meeting in Newcastle this Autumn. Trainees, get your study leave in and see below for details on abstract submission! It will be free for all and further details regarding registration, coming soon!
Please see the message from Ken Chen (president of our partner organisation ISOM):
I had just wanted to give everyone an update about the next ISOM meeting which has tentatively been rescheduled for next year 9/27 to 9/29 (still in Toronto, Canada) & also to see if anyone had any questions or feedback.
Following the AGM 25.6.20 we have decided to give a few days for people to register their interest!
Please email us as below by the end of June and we will be in touch shortly after with the brief(!) application process.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the team. We would welcome expressions of interest in the position of secretary + treasurer (flexibility possible). Marie Smith is planning to step down soon. Please email us for further information on the job role.
All paying members of MOMS receive the quarterly Obstetric Medicine Journal. Please ensure your postal address is kept updated via your members’ log in as the website automatically sends an updated list to the journal before each issue.
Resources and Events
We are working on making this website a hub for sharing information be it obstetric medicine conferences / meetings to guidelines to other resources from databases you can use to adjunct your day to day practice to webinars from different sources. Please see the relevant pages on the dropdown menus to upper right.
If you’d like to share a conference / meeting or useful resource via MOMS please get in touch as above
Other Ways to Keep in Touch
Please join our society! All members will automatically get access to the quarterly Obs Med Journal and be added to our mailing list.
You can also join our mailing list independent of membership
MOMS are excited to announce and fund a new series of monthly Obstetric Medicine Webinars organised by Dr Charlotte Frise, aiming to provide a regular source of Obstetric Medicine education whilst other meetings are not taking place. To keep up with news about these upcoming webinars or to be added to the circulation list please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Streamable recordings of previous webinars are available on this site here on the “Obstetric Medicine Webinar” page under the “Training and Resources” tab on the top right menu for MOMS members.
It is with deep regret that the executive committee of MOMS have made the decision to postpone the MOMS 2020 Annual meeting.
We will be in contact in due course with further information. This will be available via email and also on this site. For those who have already registered we will update information regarding registration fees when we have made further plans.