The Executive Desk: Innovation is the Name of the Game

Hal C. Lawrence III, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO

As we move confidently into 2016, ACOG has many new and exciting things to be excited about.

First and foremost is the release in late January of ACOG’s new Estimating Due Date (EDD) Calculator app. This app, which is part of the overall ACOG app, promises to be the most accurate due date calculator on the market, and there are over 1,800 of them!

The ACOG app is the most accurate because of the hard work and dedication of members like you who serve on our committees. The ACOG EDD app is the only one based on joint ACOG-SMFM-AIUM recommendations, and the only one that reconciles the discrepancy in due dates between the first ultrasound and the date of the last menstrual period. The bottom line is you can be confident with this app that you have set the most accurate due date possible based on collaborative science. Of course, we all know what that means to good patient care. See the President’s Blog and The Pregnancy Wheel Reinvented — Tap, Instead of Spin, Your Way to a Date in this issue of ACOG Rounds to see how to download your own free copy from the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play.

We are pleased that ABOG is embarking on a pilot program to make your MOC responsibilities a little easier to fulfill. The pilot program proposes to allow Diplomates in the sixth year of the MOC cycle to integrate two MOC requirements into one. The pilot allows those who demonstrate achievement through the Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (Part II articles and questions) requirement to earn exemption from the added assessment of the current MOC examination. See ABOG Begins Innovative Pilot Program to Enhance the Maintenance of Certification Process” in this issue of ACOG Rounds to learn more.

The ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting for the past few years has been a prime example of innovation. Coming up May 14-17 in Washington, D.C., the meeting this year features a live telesurgery forum with plenty of time for Q&A with the surgeons and subspecialty sessions designed for us generalists to keep us up to date on the latest research and breaking science.Lively debates will showcase the vibrancy of our profession and that we don’t shy away from the tough issues. Our second annual Career Fair will provide a great opportunity to explore options in a casual, non-threatening atmosphere.

Washington D.C. is beautiful in May. There is so much to see and do. Bring your Fitbit as all conference hotels are within walking distance to the convention center. There will be no need to get on shuttle busses! If you haven’t registered for the meeting or reserved your hotel room yet, please do so today. I can assure you that these few days away from your practice is time very well spent.

This is just a short list of innovations, but there are more on the way. Watch future issues of ACOG Rounds to learn about toolkits on breastfeeding, obesity, and smoking cessation that will aid you in your practice. The latter two are products of Dr. Mark DeFrancesco’s presidential initiatives. 

Plus, the new and improved SCOPE program (Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence) will roll out soon and provide you with excellent options to enhance patient safety, reduce liability risk, better position yourself for changes in payment systems, and meet your ABOG MOC Part IV requirements. 

As always if you have new innovative ideas you would like to see ACOG embrace to serve you better, we want to hear about them.

Give us your opinions in the ACOG 2016 member survey, or send us your feedback at Rounds@acog.org.

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