EPSIG Message from the Chair
The Early Pregnancy Special Interest Group (EPSIG) is a relatively new but important SIG. Topics within the purview of the EPSIG are very broad and include ectopic pregnancy and pregnancies of unknown location (PULs), sporadic and recurrent pregnancy loss, placental development, implantation failure, early pregnancy laboratory and ultrasound monitoring and fetal origins of adult diseases-- to name but a few. The EPSIG presently has just less than 100 members. We welcome any additional members, so tell your friends to sign up on the ASRM website. Go to membership, click on member groups and select EPSIG. For those who are already members, be sure to renew your EPSIG membership when you renew your ASRM membership.
The 2013 IFFS/ASRM Conjoint Meeting in Boston was only the second for the EPSIG. Despite our youth as an organization, we had enough abstract submissions to allow for two oral abstract sessions. That left plenty of abstracts to fill the boards in the poster session, where the presentations were erudite and the discussions lively. We expect that the breadth of our interests will garner an even higher number of submissions next year. EPSIG also hosted two roundtable discussions at IFFS/ASRM 2013.
In 2014, the EPSIG will team with SREI to present a one-day postgraduate course prior to the fall ASRM Annual Meeting in Honolulu. The course will take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014, and will be entitled, “Getting past the first trimester: management of early pregnancy disorders”. We will again host roundtable discussions at this meeting, and also hope to be represented in the interactive session and symposia agendas (yet to be finalized). At this year’s members meeting, we decided to use some of the money collected through EPSIG dues to offer at least one (and possibly two) prize paper awards to honor particularly noteworthy abstracts submitted in the early pregnancy category.
Also at this year’s members meeting, we were pleased to announce the addition of Dr. William H. Kutteh to the EPSIG leadership team as Vice Chair.
As a new SIG with international representation (Many EPSIG members run early pregnancy centers in their home countries), we look forward to working together to gain consensus on many of the controversial issues that remain in the field of early pregnancy care.
Please visit our website throughout the year to follow updates and access important resources on early pregnancy. We welcome comments and critiques, as well as ideas for site and SIG improvement.
With warm regards and hope for a productive 2013-2014,
Danny J. Schust, M.D.