Holly W. Cummings, MD, MPH, District III Junior Fellow chair
District III Junior Fellows held their Fifth Annual Junior Fellow Day at Drexel University College of Medicine on October 5 during the combined District I and III Annual Meeting. Approximately 120 Junior Fellows and medical students from Districts I and III attended, hearing talks on the value of social media in medicine and participating in numerous simulation activities.
We were excited to have Vivian E. Von Gruenigen, MD, chair of ob-gyn and director of women’s health services, Summa Health System, Akron, OH, speak about her experiences with using social media as a practicing physician. Nathaniel G. DeNicola, MD, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, spoke about the importance of social media for political advocacy.
Attendees participated in simulations on vaginal breech delivery, shoulder dystocia, loop electrosurgical excision procedure, hysteroscopy, amniocentesis, B-Lynch, episiotomy repair, intrauterine device placement, and manual vacuum aspiration. The highlights of the simulation activities were the laparoscopic pig lab and the cesarean delivery model. Everyone had a great time, and we look forward to the Sixth Annual Junior Fellow Day in 2013. Visit the District III Facebook page to view photos from the Junior Fellow Day and ADM.
During the ADM, Junior Fellows took part in a “PAC Wars” competition. Fifty-six District III Junior Fellows and eight medical students contributed a total of $1,445 to ACOG’s federal political action committee, Ob-GynPAC. We won the competition against District I, which had seven Junior Fellows contribute.
Our goal for 2013 is to increase Junior Fellow involvement in the ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference, The President’s Conference (CLC). We hope to find funding to allow more Junior Fellows from each section to attend this amazing conference. The 2013 CLC will be held March 3–5.
Junior Fellows in our section are participating in and planning great events around the district, from local legislative advocacy days to community service projects. Keep an eye out for announcements about upcoming events on the District III Facebook page. If you have any updates or announcements you’d like promoted on Facebook, contact any of our district leaders with information.