Medical Education: ACOG Offers First Spanish-Language Postgraduate Course: Q&A with Course Co-Director, Dr. Jack Ludmir, FACOG

Do you speak Spanish or serve Spanish-speaking patients? If so, ACOG has the perfect postgraduate course for you. Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology or Controversias en Obstetricia y Ginecología is set for December 17–19, 2015, in beautiful, sunny Miami, Florida. 

ACOG’s first postgraduate course taught entirely in Spanish will cover topics such as prenatal diagnosis, medical complications of pregnancy, preeclampsia-eclampsia, prematurity prevention, maternal mortality reduction, uterine prolapse, and ovarian cancer screening. Registration is now open, offering up to 16 ACOG Cognate Credits or AMA PRA CAT 1 Credits™.

ACOG Rounds staff recently connected with Dr. Jack Ludmir, course co-director along with Dr. Luis Curet, to ask him about the course. Dr. Ludmir is professor and chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Medicine, and fluent in Spanish. 

ACOG Rounds: Why did ACOG create this course?

Dr. Ludmir: The decision to offer a postgraduate course in Spanish sponsored by ACOG is in response to the growing number of Spanish-speaking ACOG Fellows from the different Latin American sections. We are pleased to offer this postgraduate course in order to address the educational needs of our Latin American colleagues with current knowledge that will help them to improve the care of women in their different countries.

ACOG Rounds: Who is the target audience for the course?

Dr. Ludmir: The target market for this course is all ACOG Fellows from sections in Mexico, Central America, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina, as well as Spanish-speaking Fellows in the U.S. with an interest in caring for the Hispanic patient.

ACOG Rounds: Why did you settle on the “controversies” theme?

Dr. Ludmir: The reason for a postgraduate course in controversies is to highlight the different approaches to the management of conditions between the U.S. and Latin American countries based on different health care realities and the availability of resources. Some examples include the management of severe preeclampsia remote from term, the need for tocolysis in patients at risk for late preterm delivery, the management of uterine prolapse, and ovarian cancer screening.

ACOG Rounds: Are some medical conditions more prevalent in the Latina patient and, if so, will special attention be paid to those?

Dr. Ludmir: Latin America, for many years, has been actively addressing programs and strategies to reduce maternal mortality, similar to recent U.S. activities such as the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care. In contrast to the U.S., the number one reason for Latin American women dying in childbirth is preeclampsia-eclampsia. This course will address new indicators to reduce maternal mortality by focusing on “near misses” and new approaches to severe preeclampsia with the objective to reduce maternal and perinatal mortality.

ACOG Rounds:
Why would a bilingual ob-gyn attend a course such as this one?

Dr. Ludmir: This course offers an opportunity for bilingual American ob-gyns to enhance and practice medical terminology in Spanish and to be exposed to conditions more prevalent in the Latin American patient.

ACOG Rounds: How does this course further the mission of ACOG?

Dr. Ludmir: This postgraduate course enhances ACOG's mission of improving women's health through knowledge and education, not only in the U.S., but across the American continent.


ACOG Rounds wishes to thank Dr. Ludmir for sharing his thoughts about this seminal ACOG event.

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