|May 2010 · Vol. 22, No. 05
State of the Specialty:
12 ObGyns describe critical
challenges to their work
It’s no quiet time in the specialty. More and more chronically ill patients, falling reimbursement, a struggling economy, rapid evolution of guidelines, and other issues are devouring your time and attention. Twelve physicians tell OBG Management what they each think is the most pressing challenge facing the specialty. They offer solutions, too.
MD, members of the OBG Management Board of Editors and Virtual Board of Editors, and Janelle Yates
Dr. Barbieri is Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Kate Macy Ladd Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is Editor-in-Chief of OBG Management. Ms. Yates is Senior Editor of OBG Management.
We are at the threshold of a new era in American medicine. Federal health legislation will catalyze changes that will reconfigure how we provide care to our patients. At such a critical juncture, we thought it was important to explore the professional and personal challenges of our colleagues, a few of which are offered here. The perspectives of our fellow ObGyns are illuminating and inspiring. They reflect the high quality of physicians in our field, and their deep commitment to providing the best care for their patients.
We are the few, the proud, the ObGyns!—Robert L. Barbieri, MD