Membership & Fellowship: ACOG Junior Fellows Wrap Up 2015 and Jump into 2016

The Junior Fellows Get Oriented

In January 2016, ACOG held its annual Junior Fellow district officer orientation, during which we welcomed our new district Junior Fellow vice chairs and provided them with the tools to plan a successful term as district Junior Fellow officers. Afterward, the January Junior Fellow Congress Advisory Council (JFCAC) Interim meeting took place and resulted in lively and productive discussions regarding upcoming Junior Fellow initiatives.

A big thanks in particular to President Mark DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, and Executive Vice President and CEO, Hal Lawrence, MD, as well as ACOG staff and our JFCAC advisor Karen Harris, MD, MPH, who were able to join us for the meeting and provided invaluable information, advice, and support.

Junior Fellow Day at the 2016 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting

ACOG’s Annual Meeting will take place May 14-17, in Washington, DC. The annual Junior Fellow Day will take place during the meeting on Sunday, May, 15. Armed Forces District Junior Fellow Chair Joshua C. Combs, MD, and District IV Junior Fellow Vice Chair Mireille D. Truong, MD, who are co-chairs of the workgroup on contests, meetings, and programs shared several highlights of this year’s Junior Fellow Day:

  • ABOG information for those taking the oral and written exams (with an opportunity for CV review for those who have already taken their exams)

  • The Dr. Scott and The Honorable Dr. Nan Hayworth Junior Fellow Course: Life After Residency…Transitioning from Training to Practice, with:

    • Contracts and Business of Medicine
    • Financial Planning for Junior Fellows
    • Care for the Disabled Woman 

Annual Meeting highlights include the Gerald and Barbara Holzman “Stump the Professors” program, which will return on Tuesday, May 17. Also, back by popular demand is the Jenny and Keith White “Are You Smarter Than a Junior Fellow?” session, which pits two veteran obstetrician-gynecologists against two relative newbies in a battle of knowledge.

Who will call on the Junior Fellows to bail them out? Who will have to declare, “I am not smarter than a Junior Fellow!” Plan to attend to find out! In addition, we will have another Career Fair this year with incredible job opportunities across the country!

Each year, over 1,500 Junior Fellows attend the ACOG Annual Meeting. View these brief 1-minute videos from Junior Fellow colleagues Dr. David Lovejoy and Dr. Mireille Truong to find out why they attend and why you should, too.

Junior Fellow Legislative Activities

District II Junior Fellow Chair Kasandra Scales, MD, MPH, and the legislative workgroup are in the process of finalizing the program for our second annual Advocacy Brunch prior to the Section Officer Leadership Development (SOLD) meeting in March. We are also happy to announce we have increased our American Medical Association (AMA) activity and now have a Resident/Fellow representative from each district! Additionally, Junior Fellow participation in the PAC and the Congressional Leadership Conference (CLC) continues to increase exponentially each year. If you know a Junior Fellow who is interested in advocacy, please encourage him or her to attend the CLC!

ACOG Awareness and Medical Student and Recruitment Initiatives

Starting this spring, the JFCAC will start sending out monthly emails to our members highlighting individual districts and their achievements! We hope these brief updates will be of interest to Junior Fellows around the country and help to continue to engage our membership. 

Make sure to be on the lookout for our new twitter campaign at this year’s Annual Meeting!

District III Junior Fellow Chair Ashley Graul, MD, and the committee members continue to promote the “What does ACOG do for me?” video. This video highlights all the benefits of an ACOG Junior Fellow membership! We hope this becomes a staple of the intern orientation around the country. As always, we are looking forward to another great medical student turnout at the Annual Meeting. 

Section Officer Leadership Development (SOLD) Conference

On March 5, 2016, we look forward to welcoming all incoming section Junior Fellow vice chairs to Washington, DC, for the annual SOLD Conference! It’s going to be a great program!

As always, Junior Fellows remain dedicated to women’s health and to designing programs and initiatives to support residents, Fellows, and new ob-gyns.

Please feel free to reach out to the JFCAC Chair, Megan Evans, MD, MPH, at any point with questions or comments. I look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC! 

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