New Jersey Section report

Dr. Sharon B. MassSharon B. Mass, MD, section chair

It is my great honor to assume the role of section chair. Thanks to Joseph L. DeStefano, MD, immediate past section chair, for guiding our section through three highly productive years with numerous legislative and educational successes. As I look forward to the next three years, my vision is to focus on three important areas: communication, advocacy, and leadership development.

Section leaders would like to encourage a two-way dialogue with all our members. In order to achieve that goal, we launched a New Jersey Section website with listings of Section Advisory Council members, hospital ob-gyn department chairs, and residency program directors. Furthermore, we are developing town hall-style meetings for the section. The meetings will occur regionally, allowing more members to network with each other and section leaders.

We are also partnering with the District III educational roadshow, now called the Regional Ob-Gyn Up-to-Date New Didactic Series (ROUNDS) project. The ROUNDS project will bring educational presentations to institutions across the district. The project has the potential to replace district meetings in the future. 

Under the guidance of Donald M. Chervenak, MD, section vice chair; Thomas Westover, MD, District III legislative chair, McCain Fellow, and section secretary-treasurer; and Beverly Lynch, section lobbyist, and her colleague Jessica Frasco, we have a strong section advocacy program in place.

In recent months we have worked to develop relationships with several key legislators and have had dialogue with regard to dense breast notification legislation, nomenclature in ob-gyn, contraceptive access, breastfeeding hospital regulations, and other legislative issues. We sent 11 members to the ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference, The President’s Conference, in Washington, DC, March 3–5. I continue to chair the New Jersey Women’s Health Coalition, partnering with other women’s health advocates on behalf of the women of New Jersey.

One of my personal interests is leadership development. My goal is to help facilitate involvement in ACOG for any New Jersey member who has an interest. I was fortunate to serve as a member of the Task Force on Leadership in the 21st Century under ACOG President James T. Breeden, MD.

In our section, I hope to promote leadership in several ways. First, we are looking to recruit new Section Advisory Council members. Please reach out to Linda Bartolo, section executive assistant, at 973-597-0938 or if you have any interest. Second, we want to continue to mentor Junior Fellows. Through postings on our website, I hope to clarify some of the pathways to district and national leadership opportunities. Finally, we will be recruiting members to participate in task forces, under varied leadership, to address timely issues in the state.

I look forward to working for and with every one of the members of the New Jersey Section and District III.