Precision medicine, rural residency featured in local news


Two UW Ob-Gyn physicians made waves in Madison news in recent weeks! Lisa Barroilet, MD, of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology discussed at-home genetic testing with WISC-TV. And shortly after starting her first rotation at a rural hospital, UW Ob-Gyn resident Laura McDowell, MD, spoke with the Portage Daily News about why rural medicine is important to her.


Barroilhet discusses at-home genetic testing with WISC-TV

The FDA recently gave at-home genetic testing company 23andMe the Ok to test for BRCA gene mutations, which could indicate predisposition to breast or ovarian cancer. But because of the limited scope of the genetic test, UW Ob-Gyn gynecologic oncologist Lisa Barroilhet, MD, doesn’t recommend relying on the 23andMe test for comprehensive results.

Barroilhet spoke with WISC-TV about the limitations of at-home genetic testing and the importance of discussing genetic risk factors with your physician.

Watch the interview here.


McDowell begins rural rotation in Portage

UW Ob-Gyn resident Laura McDowell, MD, the nation’s first-ever rural ob-gyn resident, began her first rural rotation in Portage! The Portage Daily Register spoke with McDowell and Brenda Jenkin, MD, the ob-gyn at Divine Savior Healthcare in Portage who is teaching McDowell the ways of the rural ob-gyn.

As we know, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn created the rural residency training program to help address the severe shortage of women’s health physicians practicing in rural areas.

Read the whole article “Portage part of history as doctorstudies in first rural track for OB-GYNs” for an excellent look at the rural residency from the perspective of the rural hospital!