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Dr. Julie Taylor Elected to the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Board

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In the fall of 2013, Julie Taylor, MD, MSc, was elected to a two-year term on the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine's Board of Directors as Vice President/President Elect.  She is also the Chair of ABM's Governance Committee for 2013-14.  Dr. Taylor will be President of this international physician organization in 2015-17.

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A worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation. Our mission is to unite members of the various medical specialties with this common purpose through:

  • Physician education
  • Expansion of knowledge in both breastfeeding science and human lactation
  • Facilitation of optimal breastfeeding practices
  • Encouragement of the exchange of information among organizations

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is a Core Partner of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)

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Pawtucket, RI – The March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter has awarded a $1,440 grant to the Department of Family Medicine at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island to support Group Prenatal Care through CenteringPregnancy® as part of a Family Medicine Residency Program. This project is directed at maternal and child health needs in Rhode Island. The group prenatal visits are a part of the family medicine training program at Memorial Hospital.

The project will enhance prenatal care through group prenatal visits that focus on maternal education, behavior change and healthy habits. Studies of this type of care, based on the CenteringPregnancy® model, have shown that women participating in group sessions develop significantly better knowledge of important perinatal health issues than those receiving traditional individual care. Additionally, women participating in group visits feel more prepared for labor and delivery and have higher rates of breastfeeding compared to women attending individual visits. Perhaps what is most striking is that studies of group prenatal visits have consistently shown a reduction in low birth weight and preterm births, even among higher risk groups of women.

In addition to providing financial support for supplies to run the group visits, this grant will also fund a training session for resident physicians to learn and practice the skills needed to facilitate group visits. Through this training, more family physicians will have a better understanding of the key elements in prenatal care as well as a background in providing group care specifically.

“We are very grateful to the March of Dimes for their continued support in allowing us to provide group prenatal care to our pregnant mothers, and to train residents in this model of care. This is an evidence-based, exciting, well-liked program that we are thrilled to offer in our clinic," said Jordan White, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Memorial Hospital.

“The evidence supporting the group prenatal visits is astounding,” said Susanna Magee, MD, MPH, Director of Maternal Child Health at Memorial Hospital. “There are improved breast-feeding rates, decreased rates of preterm birth, and improved patient satisfaction for those who participate. All of those outcomes are extremely important to us, and we look to any new model of care that promotes health. We believe this new model to be the wave of the future, and are appreciative for our grant that allows us to continue what we started here in Pawtucket.”

This grant is one of many that the March of Dimes awards in pursuit of its mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Drs. Susanna Magee, Jordan White, Rebecca Bak, Nicole Siegert and Alla Goldburt are the family medicine physicians at Memorial Hospital responsible for the administration of this grant and the on-going prenatal group visit program. For more information, visit Memorial Hospital’s website at

Reprinted courtesy of Sue Jackson, Public Relations Specialist, MHRI

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Congratulations to the Family Medicine Residency Graduates!


The Class of 2013, left to right: Mary Beth Sutter, MD, Cortney Haynes, MD, Priya Gupta, MD, Elizabeth Brown, MD, Julie Rombaut, MD, Christopher Furey, MD, Benjamin Bauer, MD, Michael Levy, MD, Cameron Nienaber, MD, Jonathan Mendelsohn, MD, Bianca Caetano Thorpe, DO, Ashley Lakin, DO, George Aghia, MD.
Congratulations and thank you for your dedication and commitment to the community!

We are also proud to present our fellowship gradutes for 2013!
Jennifer Buckley, MD has completed her fellowship in the Maternal Child Health Fellowship Program and Anna Filip, MD, is our first graduating Global Health Fellow. We salute them all!


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Eightieth Annual Kenney Research Day Program

March 15, 2013

Kenney Day represents more than the culmination of the fulfillment of the Scholarly Development (SD) requirement for all 3rd year residents. Kenney Day is a platform for residents and faculty to share some valuable and, at times, extraordinary knowledge with the hospital community. Although it is, by tradition, a 3rd years “rite of passage,” occasionally an ambitious 2nd Year resident will participate but generally 1st and 2nd years attend and imagine what they will do when their turn comes. Kenney Day is a much anticipated day, coordinated by Lynn Pereira, Coordinator in the Medical Education Department at MHRI.

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Kenney Day is a one half day event and there is a lively atmosphere with formal and informal poster presentations. Working with a faculty advisor, all the participating residents have an opportunity to: share a project that they hold a passion for; present an interesting clinical investigation; report on a challenging patient diagnosis in which they have encountered. During a break from formal presentations, residents stand before their poster and present their findings and address questions about their project to anyone with an inquiry. Scholarly Development Director, Dr. Roberta Goldman and Associate Residency Director, Dr. Fadya El Rayess support the residents through the SD process throughout all 3 years of residency. Presentations and posters from Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residents are evaluated by the Kenney Day judges and prizes are awarded at the end of all presentations.

Family Medicine residents were awarded several prizes. Congratulations to all participants!

This years Podium Presentation winners are (left to right):

3rd year Family Medicine residents: Mary Beth Sutter, MD, Ashley Lakin, DO, Chris Furey, MD; and 2nd year Internal Medicine Residents: Amrita Desai, MD and Michele Yamamoto, MD.

Not pictured: Poster Presentation Awards went to: Drs. Ben Bauer and Michael Levy; Amrita Desai, MD and Cortney Haynes, MD.

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Alternative Medicine

Read about Brown Family Medicine's Center for Integrative Medicine
and the developing role of CAM - Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.


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