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EMR SIG Vice-Chair Ballot

Cassandra Carberry, MD, MS
Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Women & Infants Hospital

In 2009, I joined the faculty of the department of Ob/Gyn at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Women & Infants Hospital after completing fellowship in FPMRS and obtaining a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation at the NYU School of Medicine. I took on the role of Director of Clinical Services for the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at my institution in 2014.  One of my many responsibilities was to oversee the implementation of the EPIC EMR into our ambulatory site in 2016, and I continue to manage optimization.  I joined the AUGS EMR SIG during my division's initial transition to EPIC, and a leadership position with this SIG would be a natural extension of my local efforts.  EMRs are now integral to the practice of medicine, and I am committed to making it work for our patients and for us.  I want to help grow this SIG into a rich resource to our members looking to use their EMRs to maximize quality, safety, and efficiency.

AUGS Activities
I have had the pleasure of working on the Guidelines & Statements Committee since 2013.  It has been an invaluable experience, working with esteemed colleagues and mentors, performing meaningful work and being part of the AUGS mission. I have actively participated by attending in person meetings and conference calls, and taking on significant writing roles on several documents. I will continue this work with enthusiasm.  My vision for best practice dissemination and implementation goes hand in hand with building the EMR SIG.

Interest Statement
I am specifically interested in becoming the Vice Chair of the EMR SIG.  As a subspeciality, we must take ownership of creating and sharing tools to enhance the utility of this technology. This SIG has the opportunity to become a state-of-the-art resource to our members, allowing them to use their EMRs to deliver better care more efficiently.  I can commit to this SIG because I am passionate about this issue, and EMR optimization is already part from my current role as Director of Clinical Services for my division.  Over the last 3 years in this role, I have had to examine multiple elements of care delivery and quality of care, and then innovate improvements.  This has required tenacity, creativity, and collaboration. I am a clinician and not hyper tech savvy, which is an asset for this role in the EMR SIG because I can be the voice of typical users who are looking for practical and usable solutions. I look forward partnering with the chair of the SIG to do this important work.

Joshua Croland, MD, FACOG, FPMRS, MBA
University of Illinois at Peoria

Member of AUGS since 2001. Currently work in private sector as well as Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Division Director for FPMRS and OB/GYN Simulation. Former Program Director for OB/GYN Residency program from 2009-2011.

AUGS Activities

  • Member since 2001
  • Involved in Membership Committee in past.

Interest Statement
Many years within the society , willing to help wherever I can.

William Kobak, MD
University of Illinois

Undergrad: Northwestern University 1982
Medical school: Indiana University 1989
Residency: LA County/ LAC Medical Center 1993
Fellowship: Urogynecology/Advanced Pelvic Surgery Cleveland Clinic Founndation 1995
Previous Appointments: USC Keck School of Medicine,  Assistant Professor Ob/gyn 1995-2002
Currently: Associate Professor Ob /Gyn University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, Director
FPMRS Awards: Golden Apple teaching award, APCO teaching award

AUGS Activities

Interest Statement
I have long attended AUGS meetings and enjoyed the comradeship and education since my 1st meeting in 1996. However, I have been remiss in the duties that go with the benefits of participation. I have a wealth of experience in both private and academic medicine. I know both the rigors of running a private practice and the responsibility involved in resident and fellow education. I have continued to be active in pelvic floor research publishing on a variety of topics including surgical outcomes studies and basic science with a focus on pelvic floor connective tissue. Finally, I have an interest in global health and have been involved in projects delivering care to women Guatemala and Ethiopia. I hope to continue my overseas work in the future.   I think my broad range of interests and experience would help me be an asset to several of the committees. I welcome the opportunity to serve the AUGS community.