J. Martin Tucker, MD, aka “Marty,” assumed the role of District VII chair at the Annual District Meeting in October. He brings 23 years of private practice experience in ob-gyn and maternal-fetal medicine to the position. Dr. Tucker earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Mississippi in Jackson, where he also did his residency training. He spent two years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship.
Dr. Tucker has had a career-long dedication to local, regional, and national women’s health care. He has held numerous committee and officer positions for local and state societies and institutions. Within ACOG, he has had a particular dedication to education for coding and nomenclature. He has also participated in the ACOG McCain Fellowship and has maintained an active role in local and national legislative activities. When not at work, Dr. Tucker has the care of five special women in his life: his wife, Robin, and their four daughters.
Dr. Tucker recently took time to answer a few questions related to his new District VII position.
What do you see as the role of district chair?
A district chair has many responsibilities. There are the obvious duties, such as attending ACOG Executive Board and Council of District Chair meetings; standing committee participation; planning future district meetings; and reviewing ACOG documents, to name a few. But, in my opinion, the main role of a district chair is to represent the Fellows and Junior Fellows of the district at the national level. ACOG is a grassroots organization, and issues that arise in the district are addressed at the national level by communication through the district chair.
What would you like to communicate to District VII Fellows? How would you like to communicate with them?
Communication is important. District VII’s lines of communication among members are always open. If anyone has an issue or concern and they think ACOG can help, they should communicate through their section and/or district officers, or if needed, directly with me.
We live in an age of instant communication. We can communicate by phone, fax, mail, email, or text messaging. Call me old-fashioned, but I think the best form of communication is still face-to-face conversation. I encourage all ACOG members to attend national, district, and section meetings. (The next district meeting is in San Antonio, September 27–29, by the way!) There is no substitute for face-to-face networking and exchanges of ideas.
How would you like to communicate with Junior Fellows and medical students?
As I said earlier, I tend to be old-fashioned. Junior Fellows and medical students, however, are not. District VII will continue to work with the Junior Fellow District Advisory Council to enhance our communication with Junior Fellows through social media, electronic media, and other modern modes of communication.
Why should ob-gyns get involved in ACOG? What does ACOG do for them?
I feel strongly that ACOG involvement is, or should be, an integral part of an ob-gyn’s profession. I am involved because ACOG is our professional organization. I have no doubt that my involvement with ACOG has made me a better physician.
What do you want the members of District VII to know about you?
The main thing I want members to know about me is that I am similar to most of them. I maintain a full-time ob-gyn practice, I deliver babies, I go to the operating room, and I take call on nights and weekends. I would never ask a member to do something I would not do myself.
I know from personal experience about the many issues and challenges ob-gyns face. With that said, I don’t have all the answers or solutions. But I am a great listener, and I will do my best to obtain answers and solutions for the members of District VII.