The University of Chicago Medicine Second Perinatal Conference

Chicago, IL US
September 26, 2023
Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey that will shape the future of perinatal care?
Join us at our highly anticipated conference, where we will delve into the latest and most critical topics affecting perinatal patients, focusing on both mothers and neonates. Knowledge and innovation can have a profound impact on improving patient outcomes. This conference is thoughtfully designed to be a platform for exploring cutting-edge advancements in perinatology, current literature, and guidelines that have the potential to revolutionize the way we care for perinatal patients. Register now and be part of the transformative journey that will elevate perinatal care to new heights!

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals dedicated to treating perinatal patients.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recall etiologies, diagnostic criteria, and management strategies of sepsis in the obstetric patient;
  • Recognize the components of a pediatric transport team and the importance of multidisciplinary team training;
  • Identify the various causes of neonatal encephalopathy, its presentation, and the benefit of being monitored and treated in a neonatal neuro-critical intensive care unit;
  • State the normal physiologic changes that occur during pregnancy;
  • Define the relationship between the establishment of a small baby unit and improved neonatal outcomes;
  • Discuss the impact of birth trauma on maternal mental health and practices of trauma-informed care;
  • Describe preterm birth, the public health impact, and the landmark trials/landscape surrounding prevention;
  • Explain the impact of marijuana and kratom use during pregnancy;
  • Determine available resources in Illinois to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Systems-based Practice
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Donna Lemmenes, MSN
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
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Available credit: 
  • 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.50 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 6.50 Participation
  • 6.50 Social Work CEU
Event starts: 
09/26/2023 - 7:30am
Event ends: 
09/26/2023 - 4:15pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
7:30 – 8:00 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:10 am
Disclosure/Conflict of Interest
Donna Lemmenes, MSN, CPCNP, RNC-NIC
UCM Perinatal Network Neonatal Outreach Educator
Autumn Mels, DNP, MSN-Ed, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CNE
UCM Perinatal Network Obstetrical Outreach Educator
8:10 – 9:10 am
Gillian Brennan, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatologist
9:10 – 9:20 am
Resource Round: Telehealth/Doc Assist
Rhapsody Mason
Illinois DocAssist, Program Coordinator

9:20 – 10:05 am
Small Baby Unit

Holly Rene
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
10:05 – 10:15 am
Resource Round: Safe Families
Autumn Mels, DNP, MSN-Ed, RNC-OB, CEFM, CNE
Obstetrical Outreach Nurse Educator
10:15 – 10:30 am
10:30 – 11:15 am
Sepsis in the Obstetric Patient
Ashish Premkumar, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
11:15 am- 12:15 pm
Neonatal Encephalopathy
Jeremy Marks, PhD, MD
Associate Professor Department of Pediatrics, Neurology and the University of Chicago Neuroscience Institute

Donna Lemmenes, MSN, CPCNP, RNC-NIC
Neonatal Outreach Educator
12:15 - 1:00 pm
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Trauma-Informed Care in Obstetric Anesthesia
Mariana Montes, MD, MPH
Obstetrical Anesthesiology
2:00 - 2:15 pm
Resource Round: Fetal & Infant Mortality Review (FIMR)
Jose Ortiz, MSW, MPH
FIMR Administrator
2:15 - 2:30 pm
2:30 – 3:15 pm
Impact of Marijuana & Kratom Use During Pregnancy
Andrew Fisher, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
3:15 – 4:00 pm
17 OHP
Rachel Ruderman, MD
Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

4:00 – 4:15 pm
Evaluations and Certificates

*The agenda is subject to change.
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E 60th St
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
Learn more about the University of Chicago Medicine via our website. For questions concerning the activity, contact Donna Lemmenes via e-mail.
Designed as a home for the creative life of the University of Chicago campus and the city of Chicago, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts is a partner, resource, and catalyst for developing deeper cultural networks and richer creative projects citywide and beyond.

Parking. Parking is free to all registrants. It is available at the Drexel parking lot located at 60th and Drexel  Ave., just west of the Logan Center. 

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ACCESSIBILITY The University of Chicago is committed to providing equal access appropriate to need and circumstances and complies fully with legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are in need of special accommodation, please contact our office at via email at

The University of Chicago reserves the right to cancel or postpone this conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event this activity must be cancelled or postponed, the registration fee will be refunded; however, The University of Chicago is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.
 Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  Manager, Administrative Perinatal Center
  Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  Donna Lemmenes, MSN, CPNP, RNC-NIC
  Neonatal Outreach Educator 
Autumn Mels, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM  Autumn Mels, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
  Obstetrical Outreach Educator 
  Michael Schreiber, MD
  Professor of Pediatrics
  Executive Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics
  Chief, Section of Neonatology
Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible companies. This includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Financial relationships are relevant if a financial relationship, in any amount, exists between the person in control of content and an ineligible company during the past 24 months, and the content of the education is related to the products of an ineligible company with whom the person has a financial relationship. Mechanisms are in place to identify and mitigate any relevant financial relationships prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration at first mention and where appropriate in the content.
Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nursing Credit
University of Chicago Medicine is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Participants who successfully complete the entire activity and complete an evaluation form will earn 6.5 contact hours.

Social Worker Credit
University of Chicago Medicine is a Registered Social Work Continuing Education Sponsor through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and will offer continuing education units for the 2nd University of Chicago Medicine Perinatal Conference for LSW and LCSW social workers in the state of Illinois.

6.5 social work continuing education units are provided for this live activity.

Other Health Professional Credit
Other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.

Please Note: The credit claiming process will close three months after the conference ends. Requests to claim credit after three months will be subject to additional fees.
Registration: Registration is open! Click below to reserve your space before it closes September 20.
Profession TypeFee
Nurses, Social Workers, & Other Healthcare Professionals$80


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