Laura T. Mercer, MD, District VIII Junior Fellow chair
I’m excited to follow many fantastic Junior Fellow leaders as I step into the role of District VIII Junior Fellow chair. District VIII Junior Fellows continue to work on several initiatives at the national, district, and section levels.
Did you know that legislative advocacy is now a CREOG learning objective? It’s just one of the ways our field is recognizing the effect politics can have on our practice. Promoting participation of medical students, residents, and young physicians in the discussion as we advocate for pro-women legislation and policies is a national Junior Fellow initiative.
Congratulations to Suzanne Burlone, MD, MPH, who will serve as the first District VIII Junior Fellow legislative chair! She will work closely with Tony Ogburn, MD, District VIII legislative chair. Many sections within District VIII have elected Junior Fellow legislative chairs. These positions are new, and we look forward to the innovation and programming we will see as a result of their creation.
District VIII Junior Fellows showed support for ACOG’s federal political action committee, Ob-GynPAC, at the Dancing with the Docs fundraising event at the Annual District Meeting. We mastered renditions of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and “Thriller” in a flash mob-style performance to once again win the coveted mirror ball trophy.
Central American Education Project
District VIII Junior Fellows continue to support and fundraise for the Central American Education Project, which was started several years ago and awarded its first grant to the Honduras ob-gyn residency program in 2012. At the ADM, we were happy to hear a report from the program, which used the grant to build an audiovisual classroom with telecommunication capabilities, complete with a projector, webcam, and laptop computer. The program has already started collaborating with the University of New Mexico to enhance Honduran residents’ training.
I’m thrilled to announce that the 2013 Central American Education Project grant recipient is the Hospital General San Juan de Dios in Guatemala. The grant will be used to purchase a laparoscopic endotrainer. We received many other deserving applications. We hope our grant project will continue to grow to support our Central American Junior Fellows.
The Photo Scavenger Hunt FUNdraiser Junior Fellows held at the ADM was a success. A big thank you goes to everyone who participated and donated to our Central American Education Project. Congratulations to team Canucks for winning!
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