RMANJ Springfield Nurse Wins Research Award in California
Melissa Martinez never shies away from a learning opportunity.
So, when the Springfield office nurse met with RMANJ founding partner Dr. Paul Bergh last June, she decided she wanted to learn more about infertility.
“I asked Dr. Bergh if he would send me journal articles I could use to teach myself even more,” said Martinez, a 28-year-old Toms River, NJ native.
Not only did she manage to teach herself more, she also embarked on a research project with Dr. Bergh and Dr. Tom Molinaro about endometrial lining. The research was so promising, Martinez won an award from the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS) last month in Palm Springs, California.
She was the only nurse whose research abstract was accepted to the PCRS annual conference – and the only nurse who won an award.
“Looking back, it was such a great accomplishment – I’ve never done that before!”
Martinez won the ‘Allied Health Professionals Award’ for finding that a thin endometrial lining is related to preterm delivery and low birth weight in women who conceive and deliver through IVF. Martinez, Dr. Bergh and Dr. Molinaro studied data from 3,983 women who had a singleton pregnancy through IVF at RMANJ from 2000-2016.
“We all worked together and it was a lot of fun,” Martinez said.
It was also meaningful: the research showed that women with an endometrial lining 7mm or thinner had higher rates of low birth weight (less than 2500 grams) and preterm delivery (less than 37 weeks gestation) than those with a lining thicker than 7mm. The findings were true for pregnancies achieved through both fresh and frozen IVF cycles. They will help RMANJ medical staff better counsel patients with a thin endometrium considering IVF.
After submitting the findings, Martinez was accepted to present at the annual PCRS conference.
So what’s next for Martinez?
“I think I’ll write these findings up to be published,” she said. “I’ve never done that before!”
But if the past is any predictor of the future, this will be yet another learning moment for Martinez.