Mark E. Gentry, MD, section chair
The Indiana Section expects a busy year in 2014. Foremost on the list of activities is hosting the District V and VII Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, October 10–12. I am convinced that you will be challenged by the scientific program and impressed by the accommodations at the JW Marriott, which was the headquarters of the 2012 Super Bowl. Downtown Indianapolis has many cultural opportunities, all within walking distance of the hotel. We Hoosiers hope you will join us.
The section continues to hold three traditional education meetings per year. The Section Advisory Council has started videoconferencing these meetings to distant cities in our state in an effort to provide more tangible educational value to members who find it difficult to travel to the meetings.
Two sites are currently participating in the videoconferencing, with more showing interest. We hope to provide this offering to many members in the future. If your city or hospital is interested in hosting a videoconference, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or James E. Sumners, MD, section vice chair, at email@example.com.
The current political landscape in Indiana centers on prescription drug abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome. Emergency rules have been enacted by the attorney general and will become permanent in December 2014. The Legislature is considering a bill that would help assess the prevalence and severity of intrauterine exposure to narcotics through data tracking. Dr. Sumners invited a physician who was instrumental in the formation of the emergency rules to our January meeting to update members on the new rules.
Brownsyne M. Tucker-Edmonds, MD, continues to lead our political and advocacy efforts in Indiana and is involved with our state medical association, state department of health, and ACOG national. Each of these organizations has proven to be a supportive partner in efforts to improve and protect the health of women in our state. As we move forward, we hope to be more involved in the legislative process and be more proactive rather than reactive to legislation of importance.
Once again, I hope you will join us at the combined District V and VII Annual Meeting. While Indiana is not known for being a destination site, I think you will find that our weather is beautiful in the fall, our best season, and the venue will be to your liking. Meeting information will be posted on the District V website as it becomes available.
Jody Jones, MD, section vice chair
The 32nd Michigan Section Annual “Snow Meeting” was held January 30–February 1 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. The Section Advisory Council meeting started off the event. We were happy to have Donald K. Bryan, MD, District V chair, in attendance. The educational program followed and, as per tradition, each speaker donned the famous Snow Meeting hat.
The James Gell Lecture, our endowed lectureship, was titled “Congenital Mullerian Anomalies from Agenesis to Didelphis” and given by Elisabeth H. Quint, MD, professor of ob-gyn and director of the pediatric and adolescent gynecology program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The program also featured a long-acting reversible contraception seminar and speakers on minimally invasive surgery, practice management, hypertensive disease in pregnancy, and treatment of opioid dependence.
Attendees enjoyed perfect ski conditions at Crystal Mountain, with a snow base of more than 120 inches. On Friday evening, colleagues from all over the state joined each other at a group dinner. We welcome all Fellows and Junior Fellows, and extend a special invitation to our neighbors in District V, to attend the 33rd Annual Snow Meeting, tentatively scheduled for January 29–31, 2015.
The Michigan Section continues to have a busy legislative agenda. We are working diligently to encourage our state Senate to pass a bill permitting expedited partner therapy, which has seen complete non-partisan support in the House. Other initiatives include sponsorship of legislation regarding mandatory reporting of maternal deaths in the state.
Cheryl Gibson-Fountain, MD, section secretary, led a five-member delegation at the ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference, March 2–4, in Washington, DC. We plan to host a State Legislative Day on March 12 with our Junior Fellows so we can further engage with legislators.
Save the date for the Junior Fellow Research Day, scheduled for May 21, in East Lansing. The Section Advisory Council will meet again following this event.
Laura J. David, MD, section chair
The Ohio Section has been active with its usual assortment of projects over the last five months. The Section Advisory Council met on February 21 at the Ohio State Medical Association headquarters in Columbus. The section has a Lobby Day planned for April 1 at the Ohio Statehouse.
A wide range of legislative issues continues to dominate our agenda. There are multiple bills in the state Legislature that threaten the patient-physician relationship and patient decision-making. We are working with physicians and other health care organizations in monitoring these bills and lobbying for the preservation of physician autonomy and patient’s rights and privacy, particularly when it comes to reproductive health issues.
Under the leadership of Wayne C. Trout, MD, Ohio Section vice chair and legislative chair, and section lobbyists, we are also involved in legislation regarding dense breast notification and expedited partner therapy for sexually transmitted infections. The section had eight representatives at the ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference, March 2–4, in Washington, DC.
In other news, I was appointed to the Medicaid Perinatal Clinical Advisory Group as a part of a team of clinicians and specialists asked to aid Gov. John R. Kasich’s Office of Health Transformation. Devin D. Namaky, MD, section Junior Fellow chair, was appointed by Gov. Kasich to the Maternity and Newborn Advisory Council.
I was invited to speak as part of a panel presentation, along with Ohio Planned Parenthood executives, at the November 13 meeting of the Cleveland chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. The presentation focused on women’s health legislation and reproductive rights.
The section will continue to focus on building our leadership team and advisory council membership, supporting legislative efforts and collaborating with other organizations, and serving the needs of our colleagues throughout the state.