The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) credential in obstetric medicine which leads to a Professional Diploma in Obstetric Medicine has been designed for higher specialty trainees with an interest in obstetric medicine, who wish to gain a credential in this specialist area.
This is a learner-led credential. Learners will work with their educational supervisor to plan their learning and identify opportunities to gain the knowledge and expertise required to complete the credential. You will be supported by a named educational supervisor in your Obstetric Medicine approved training centre who will provide support and advice during your training period there. They will provide guidance on how the knowledge and skills developed during the credential might be used when you return to your usual clinical environments.
Applications open from 27 November to 22 January and we welcome applications from ST5 and above physician trainees. More details about application criteria and the location of the training centres can be found here.
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Dr Charlotte Frise will succeed Dr Anita Banerjee as Secretary of MOMS effective 1st Jan 2024. Dr Frise was the only applicant, and her expression of interest statement can be read below. We would like to thank Dr Banerjee for her tireless work for MOMS over the years.
I would like to apply for Secretary as I believe that I have the expertise and enthusiasm required for this role. I have been MOMS educational representative since 2021 which has provided me with invaluable experience of the work of the committee and society. I have been responsible for developing and implementing popular regular webinars, as well as a virtual educational afternoon which all receive excellent feedback. I was also involved in organising the annual meetings and helped organise the inaugural meeting for MMN leads, which was welcomed and successful.
I have very much enjoyed being part of the committee and have learnt a great deal from others, working together towards a shared vision. This has influenced my decision to apply for Secretary, to which I would bring energy and enthusiasm, as well as excellent organisational skills and meticulous attention to detail. I hope to contribute to the ongoing development of the society, both with respect to membership and trainees, as well as nationally with NHSE and Royal Colleges.
Finally, I recognise my own consultant position was the result of unwavering support of consultants who trained me. I would like to do the same for future Obstetric Medicine specialists. I really value working with trainees and would love to use this position to strengthen the support we offer medical and obstetric trainees both as individuals and as a society.
Ultimately, I am ready to take on a new role and serve MOMS as our specialty grows in size and strength.
There is, therefore, a new vacancy in the executive committee of MOMS for the position of Educational Lead.
Expressions of interest (max 250 words) can be submitted here and are open until 31st December 2023 22:00 GMT.
Anita Banerjee will be stepping down as Secretary of MOMS at the end of the year. We thank Anita for her tireless work and dedication to MOMS and wish her all the best in her new roles. There is, therefore, an opportunity to join the MOMS exec and we would welcome expressions of interest in the position of secretary for a 3-year term in the first instance. Please email us if you require further information on the job role.
Candidates must be members of the Society and should register their interest by submitting an expression of interest here.
This should include a 250-word paragraph highlighting your strengths, your suitability for the role of secretary and what you would bring to the role and MOMS as a society.
The closing date for expressions of interest and your applications is 17:00 on Friday 1st December 2023.
Expressions of interest for President of MOMS closed on 29th September. There was one EOI from Dr Lucy Mackillop (current president). The MOMS exec have, therefore, endorsed the reappointment of Dr Mackillop for a further 3 year term.
Message from the President:
“It is an honour to take on the leadership of MOMS for another 3 years. This is an incredibly important time for MOMS and maternal medicine in general. I look forward to continuing to work with the wonderful executive team to grow our society and support our members to fulfil our society mission statements.”
I have had the honour of being president of MOMS for the last 3 years. 3 years of COVID lock downs and highly successful MOMS webinars; 3 years in which our membership has grown 400%; we have set up the Joint Committee for Obstetric Medicine with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), which I chair, and been an active member of the team delivering the new curricula for maternal medicine at RCOG; we have modernised our website to support more members and we are financially stable.
Yet there is plenty more to do, therefore, I would like to reapply for a further (and final) 3 year term to complete what I set out to do. I am pleased that MOMS is organising and financially supporting the first meeting of all network leads in Norwich in November. MOMS has a pivotal role in the success of the networks, and if re-elected, I will push for MOMS to coordinate national initiatives with the networks particularly around education and training. Another initiative I would like to develop is MOMS patient and public engagement. Understanding and engaging with our service users is critically important and MOMS is well placed to provide tools, information, and funding to support our members in this regard. Finally, obstetric medicine is now recognised by the RCP as a specialty, with the successful credential in obstetric medicine. The next milestone is GMC recognition and I believe I am best placed to lead MOMS in getting this across the line.
On behalf of Drs Hitasha Rupani, Matthew Coleman from the University Hospital Southampton NHS FT and the Delphi Study steering group please find below an invitation to participate in a study on this topic.
We are writing to invite you to participate in a Delphi study looking at the use of asthma biologics in pregnancy. As an established expert in this field, we are keen to gain your views and generate an international expert consensus on the management of these patients.
This Delphi will involve up to three rounds with each round consisting of an online survey. It is envisaged that each survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
The Delphi will cover questions in 5 key areas: care delivery, conception, the initiation of asthma biologic treatments in pregnancy, the continuation of asthma biologic treatments in pregnancy and post-partum care. Below each question is an optional comment box if you wish to provide additional information to support your answer.
Accepted consensus has been set at ≥75% by the Delphi steering group. Statements that do not achieve ≥75% consensus will be reviewed and either removed or modified based on comments received and re-submitted in round 2.
We feel that your expertise would be extremely beneficial to develop a credible consensus in this area.
To complete round 1 of the Delphi, please click the link below (if this does not work in your default browser, please open in google chrome):
With just over a week until the BMA ballot for industrial action closes, we as leaders of the physician community want to reiterate to our trainee colleagues that whatever choice you make – we support you. Our message is the same to consultants who will receive a consultative ballot later this month.
The UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS) is a joint initiative between the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. The UKOSS Steering Committee currently has vacancies for two positions: Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Representative and Trainee with an interest in Epidemiology.
We are pleased to announce the MOMS Annual Conference 2022
16th November 2022
Come join us at Millenium Point, Birmingham for the exciting Annual MOMS meeting.
This will be a joint meeting with the BMFMS and there is complimentary access to the maternal medicine morning on 17th November included.
Click here for registration.
There will also be a post conference dinner – available to book via the same registration page – spaces are limited!
Abstract submission is now open and we especially welcome early career researchers / midwives/ PhD / Students to submit abstracts.
Click here for abstract submission
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.
Members, we have set up a new voting platform that should have emailed you all a single use individualised voting token. Please check your emails (and junk folders!)
Deadline: Tuesday 27th April 2021 @ 23:59 Any issues, please get in touch with email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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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 email@example.com
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.