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The SOGC Women’s Health Podcast

The SOGC Women’s Health Podcast aims to inform listeners and facilitate discussions on a variety of topics pertaining to the fields of obstetrics and gynaecology in Canada and globally. The interview-based program is for medical professionals and anyone with an interest in topics related to women’s health.

Dr. Graeme Smith

 The SOGC Women's Health Podcast is hosted by Dr. Graeme Smith 

Dr. Smith completed a MD/PhD at the University of Western ON, his FRCSC in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Queen’s University and Maternal-Fetal Medicine training at the University of Toronto. Dr. Smith joined the Division of MFM, Obstetrics & Gynecology at Queen’s University in 1999 and divides his time between High Risk Obstetrics and Clinical/Basic science research. He is currently the Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Queen’s University.

 

 

 

Episodes


The Crisis in U.S. Human Reproductive Rights with Dr. R. Douglas Wilson

Disclaimer:   

In this episode, our host, Dr. Diane Francoeur, speaks with Dr. R. Douglas Wilson about the crisis in reproductive rights taking place in the United States and what the overturning of Roe v. Wade means for Canadians.

About  Dr. R. Douglas Wilson

Dr. R. Douglas Wilson is the SOGC’s new President for the 2022-23 term. Dr. Wilson is a Professor Emeritus in the Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Department of Medical Genetics, at the Cumming School of Medicine University of Calgary and is the past Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for CSoM and Alberta Health Services Calgary Zone.


Gender and Healthcare with Dr. Ashley Waddington

Disclaimer:   
The views and opinions expressed during this podcast are those of the physicians participating and do not necessarily reflect the position of the SOGC.

In this episode recorded in July 2021, our host Dr. Graeme Smith speaks with Dr. Ashley Waddington about gender and healthcare. Dr. Waddington started a clinic for transgender patients at Kingston General Hospital in 2017 and discusses the inspiration behind starting the clinic, providing support and access to care and what the clinic has accomplished. She shares resources for medical professionals on providing respectful gender affirming healthcare.

Additional Resources

SOGC website: www.sogc.org
Rainbow Health Ontario
World Professional Association for Transgender Health

About  Dr.  Ashley Waddington

Dr. Waddington is an Assistant Professor in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Queen’s University. Dr. Waddington ’s clinical practice and research focusses on complicated contraceptive cases, abortion care and access, adolescent gynecology, early pregnancy complications, patient safety and quality improvement, and transgender health.


Labour, Delivery and Postpartum Care for People with Physical Disabilities with Dr. Anne Berndl

Disclaimer:
The views and opinions expressed during this podcast are those of the physicians participating and do not necessarily reflect the position of the SOGC.

In this episode, our host Dr. Graeme Smith speaks with Dr. Anne Berndl about labour, delivery, and postpartum care for people with physical disabilities. Dr. Berndl is the lead author of the clinical practice guideline on this subject that was published in the June 2021 edition of the JOGC. 

Additional Resources

SOGC website: www.sogc.org
SOGC Guideline: Labour, Delivery, and Postpartum Care for People with Physical Disabilities 

About  Dr. Anne Berndl

Dr. Anne Berndl is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, as well as an associate Scientist with the Sunnybrook Research Institute. She is the lead author of the SOGC guideline “Labour, Delivery and Postpartum care for people with Physical Disabilities” and is the Chair of the Women’s Health Guideline for the Spina Bifida Association.  She is the director of the Accessible Care Pregnancy clinic at Sunnybrook, which provides antenatal care for people with physical disabilities. 


A Conversation with Dr. Morris, SOGC President

Disclaimer:
The views and opinions expressed during this podcast are those of the physicians participating and do not necessarily reflect the position of the SOGC.

In this episode, our host Dr. Graeme Smith speaks with Dr. Maggie Morris about her role as the President of the SOGC and her vision to start a pan-Canadian dialogue about collaborative care.  

Additional Resources

SOGC website: www.sogc.org

About Dr. Maggie Morris

Dr. Maggie Morris is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. She received her Master of Education in 2010; and she served as APOG president from 2010-2012. Dr. Morris is currently Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Women’s Health Program. She completed her term as Department Head of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences from 2006 to 2017. She was the first woman to hold the Department Head position since 1964. She leads the Women’s health curriculum for undergraduate medical education and the Women’s Health Curriculum for the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Manitoba. 


A Conversation with Dr. Jennifer Blake, CEO of the SOGC

Disclaimer:
The views and opinions expressed during this podcast are those of the physicians participating and do not necessarily reflect the position of the SOGC.

In this episode, our host Dr. Graeme Smith speaks with Dr. Jennifer Blake as she reflects on her 9 years leading the SOGC.

Additional Resources

SOGC website: www.sogc.org

SOGC 2021-2025 Strategic Plan

About Dr. Jennifer Blake

Dr. Jennifer Blake, is the CEO of the SOGC. Dr. Blake has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo, and from McMaster University a medical degree and a Master’s in health research methodology. She brought a national perspective to her work from her experience with the SOGC, the Medical Council of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada, and the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health. After eight years at the head of the organization, Dr. Blake announced last summer that she was leaving the organization at the end of the year.


Menopause and Breast Cancer 

Disclaimer:
The views and opinions expressed during this podcast are those of the physicians participating and do not necessarily reflect the position of the SOGC.

In this episode, our host Dr. Graeme Smith speaks with Dr. Michelle Jacobson about menopause and breast cancer. Dr. Jacobson is one of the authors of the clinical practice guideline on this subject that will be published in the December 2021 edition of the JOGC.

Additional Resources

SOGC website: www.sogc.org

Menopause info website: Menopause info website

About Dr. Michelle Jacobson

Dr. Jacobson is a general OBGYN and menopause specialist at Women's College and Mount Sinai Hospitals in Toronto. She is an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at u of t and has a masters of health science in knowledge translation.  She has a special interest in women who are prematurely menopausal due to cancer therapies and women with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndromes. She directs the familial ovarian cancer program at Women's College Hospital.


HPV Prevention Week

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The views and opinions expressed during this podcast are those of the physicians participating and do not necessarily reflect the position of the SOGC.

In this episode, our host Dr. Graeme Smith talks to Dr. Nancy Durand about HPV — the shorthand usually used for the human papillomavirus. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. In fact, most people who have sex will get HPV at some point in their lives, though many don’t experience symptoms.

Additional Resources

SOGC website: www.sogc.org

HPV info website: https://www.hpvinfo.ca

About Dr. Nancy Durand

Dr. Durand is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto. She received her medical degree and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from McGill University. She is on staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her clinical practice focuses on HPV and colposcopy. She teaches at the undergraduate and postgraduate level and speaks nationally and internationally about Human Papilloma Virus and HPV vaccination


Cannabis Use and Women's Health

Disclaimer:
The  views and  opinions expressed during this podcast are those of the physicians participating and do not necessarily reflect the position of the SOGC.

In this episode, our host Dr. Graeme Smith talks to Dr. Lisa Graves about cannabis use and women’s health. Cannabis and cannabinoids (the molecules of cannabis) influence a wide range of physiological and psychological processes. In some instances, these actions might serve to benefit women’s health and well-being and might be useful in managing symptoms associated with certain conditions. In other instances, the use of cannabis and cannabinoids can lead to harm and worsen health and wellbeing for women. Additional Resources

About Dr. Lisa Graves

Lisa Graves is a family physician and graduate of the University of Ottawa. She completed her residency in family medicine and enhanced skills training in maternal and child health at McGill University. She maintains an active practice including addictions with a special interest in women, substance use and pregnancy in Northern Ontario. She is an author of over 50 peer-reviewed papers including papers related to substance use and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Her clinical, teaching and research interests include medical education, maternal/child health and vulnerable populations. She is currently the Associate Dean Faculty Affairs at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo Michigan and professor of Family and Community Medicine.


CMV in Pregnancy

Disclaimer:
The  views and  opinions expressed during this podcast are those of the physicians participating and do not necessarily reflect the position of the SOGC.

In this episode, our host Dr. Graeme Smith talks to Dr. Isabelle Boucoiran about cytomegalovirus (CMV) in pregnancy. CMV is a common virus that rarely causes problems in healthy people. However, a pregnant individual infected with CMV can pass it to their developing baby. This is called congenital CMV, and it can cause birth defects and other health problems.

Additional Resources

About Dr. Isabelle Boucoiran

Dr. Isabelle Boucoiran is Clinical Associate Professor at Université de Montréal (UdeM). She graduated at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France) in 2010. After a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at UdeM and a fellowship in reproductive infectious diseases at the University of British-Columbia, she joined the Public Health School of UdeM and the obstetrics and gynecology department of the CHU Sainte-Justine where she is co-director of the Women and children Infectious Disease Centre, a provincial referral centre for congenital infections. She is a member of the SOGC infectious diseases committee. Her main research interests are infectious diseases in obstetrics-gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine.