The latest Grand Rounds series at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) featured two physicians with expertise in polycystic ovary syndrome and the growth of nodules on the thyroid gland

WCM-Q PR pix 4 May
WCM-Q alumnus Dr Tania Jaber (left), now a consultant endocrinologist at HMC, and Dr Caitlin Huckell, co-director of the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship at WCM-Q.

WCM-Q alumnus Dr Tania Jaber, now a consultant endocrinologist at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), spoke about thyroid nodules, which are abnormal growths in the thyroid gland, located at the front of the neck.

Thyroid nodules

Thyroid nodules are relatively common and in the majority of cases are benign (non-cancerous), according to Dr Jaber. Nonetheless, anyone who notices a new growth or unusual lump in the neck (or any other part of the body) should always see a doctor to have the issue investigated professionally. Dr Jaber, who is also an assistant professor of clinical medicine at WCM-Q, described the diagnostic approach followed by physicians when investigating suspected thyroid nodules.

Her lecture, titled Thyroid Nodules: Which, When, What, and Then?’ explained how to use ultrasound imaging to determine when to order a biopsy, and how to interpret thyroid cytology, which is the study of thyroid cells under a microscope, usually to discover whether the growth is malignant or not.

Dr Jaber explained that the most recent data from the United States in 2022 shows that the incidence of thyroid cancer has been increasing over the last two decades but that they are finally starting to see the numbers plateau.

However, what is interesting is that the mortality of thyroid has thankfully and fortunately remained stable and remained low. So, although we are diagnosing more thyroid cancer, there has not been an increase in mortality in absolute terms.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

In a separate lecture, Dr Caitlin Huckell, co-director of the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship at WCM-Q, gave a definition of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), describing it as the most common endocrine abnormality in women of reproductive age, affecting around one in ten.

Dr Huckell also gave a comparison of the variable ways PCOS can present throughout a woman’s life, explained how to appraise different treatment modalities for PCOS management, and discussed patient outcomes when  not treated.

Both lectures were delivered as live webinars and were accredited by the Department of Healthcare Professions Accreditation Section of the Ministry of Public Health and by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

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