Rural PREP Grand Rounds: Addressing Maternity Deserts: A Role for Operative Obstetrics in Family Medicine

Thursday, February 28th, 2019
10:00 am -11:00 am, PT
11:00 am – 12:00 pm, MT
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, CT
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, ET

Robert Gobbo, MD,
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Hood River,


Many rural family physicians have been providing high quality cesarean and other
operative surgical services for some time; however, many of these clinicians are
retiring or moving, and smaller community hospitals are having difficulty continuing to
provide maternity care services due to low volume. This session will provide an
overview of appropriate training and planning for those interested in considering a path
towards obtaining the skills, privileges and maintenance of competency.

Learning Objectives

After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe potential roles for family physicians to meet the maternity care needs of patients in rural areas
  2. Take steps to obtain training and apply for privileges
  3. Follow steps to ensure maintenance of competence and skills as well as privileges

Pre-Session Review Content & Assignment

Prior to the February Grand Rounds event, participants should:

  1. Read Avery and McDonald’s (2014), The declining number of family physicians practicing obstetrics: Rural impact, reasons, recommendations, and considerations in the American Journal of Clinical Medicine.
  2. Read ACOG’s (2014, February) Committee Opinion on Health Disparities in Rural Women
  3. Read Cullen’s (2018), FPs Are Answer to Rural Maternity Care Crisis
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Robert Gobbo, MD

Robert Gobbo, MD
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Hood River, Oregon