From the editor

Dr. Stella M. DantasStella M. Dantas, MD, District VIII secretary

We have such wonderfully talented Fellows in District VIII. This issue of the Gazette highlights many of the outstanding programs and people in our district.

District VIII was extremely proud this year to have our beloved James T. Breeden, MD, immediate past ACOG president and past District VIII chair, preside over the Annual Clinical Meeting. His presidential program was inspiring and eye-opening with lectures by Malcolm Potts, MD, titled “Sex, Ideology, and Religion: How Family Planning Frees Women and Changes the World,” and Gary Chapman, PhD, titled “The Five Languages of Apology.” The program seemed to stimulate conversations for days.

District VIII sections sponsored 17 medical students to attend the ACM this year. The students were able to take part in:

  • Medical student workshops on preparing a curriculum vitae and personal statement and choosing a residency
  • Hands-on skills sessions
  • Lectures and panels on residency training and dimensions of practice
  • A residency fair

In this issue, Leslie K. Palacios-Helgeson, a second-year medical student at the University of Colorado in Denver, shares her experience at the ACM. Students find the medical student programs at the ACM and the ADM invaluable. Thank you to the district and sections for continuing to prioritize medical student activities and involvement in ACOG. If you know of any students who deserve a scholarship to attend an ACOG meeting, please send me his or her information at

District VIII is also very fortunate to have two District VIII members involved in the ACOG Committee on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement: Sandra Koch, MD, vice chair of the committee, and W. Lawrence Warner, MD, Utah Section vice chair. Please read their articles on the Choosing Wisely campaign and arriving at the appropriate cesarean delivery rate. Both articles are powerful examples of why quality improvement is so important not only to our specialty but to the sustainability and advancement of health care.

At the Congressional Leadership Conference, The President’s Conference, this year, ACOG recognized District VIII with two honorable mentions for the State Legislative Advocacy Awards. The Hawaii Section received recognition in the category of “Most Improved.” Lori E. Kamemoto, MD, MPH, Hawaii Section chair, shares 10 lessons learned from the section’s first experiences with proposing bills. The section jumped right into the legislative arena, and it paid off!

Last but not least, our celebrity District VIII member Ralph W. Hale, MD, past ACOG executive vice president, has been appointed chair of the executive committee of the National Practitioner Data Bank. In this issue, he details ACOG’s involvement in the NPDB and its structure.

Please do not miss out on a tropical educational opportunity this year—the Annual District Meeting in Maui, HI. Tod C. Aeby, MD, District VIII program chair, has a wonderful meeting planned!

As always feel free to contact me at if you have feedback, article suggestions, or questions on how to become more involved in the district or your section. Your opinions and experience are invaluable resources to our fellowship.

I hope to see you all at the ADM!

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