Update November 2012

           Update, November 2012                          Vol. 27, No. 10

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This year’s Annual District Meeting (ADM) - held last month at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan - was a huge success with over 450 attendees!  Special thanks to Robert Silverman, MD, FACOG and Dena Goffman, MD, FACOG, this year’s Scientific Program Co-Chairs, for putting together an exceptional program showcasing faculty from across the country.  This special edition of the Update Newsletter will feature highlights and photographs from the ADM.

Thumbs Up to Free WiFi
For the first time, District II left the paper behind - and provided free wifi at the Annual District Meeting. We received a lot of positive feedback from attendees who used laptops, smartphones and tablets to stay connected at the ADM. From surveys to the meeting syllabus - participants got it all electronically - for a convenient, interactive and rewarding experience.

Advisory Council Meeting
The District II Fellow Advisory Council Meeting took place on Thursday, October 18th. Topics for discussion included:

Incoming Section Officers 
Several sections rotated officers. These officers will serve in their new leadership capacity until 2015.

Section 1 (Manhattan): Joanne L. Stone, MD FACOG, Chair/Camille A. Clare, MD, MPH, FACOG, Vice-Chair/Laura MacIsaac, MD, FACOG, Secretary/Treasurer

Section 4 (Long Island):  John J. Vullo, DO, FACOG, Chair/Wendy Fried, MD, FACOG, Vice-Chair/Susan Alkasab, MD, FACOG, Secretary/Treasurer

Section 7 (Hudson Valley): Adina Keller, MD, FACOG, Chair/Howard Blanchette, MD, FACOG, Vice-Chair

ACOG Outstanding District Service Award
This is a national award honoring those Fellows that have performed outstanding and truly unique services at a district level. Fellows receive a certificate and appropriate recognition during the Convocation at the ACM.  The 2012 District II nominee is Peter Bernstein, MD, MPH, FACOG, Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.  In these professional capacities, Dr. Bernstein has advanced his interests in preconception care and group prenatal care to improve health care quality for underserved and underprivileged women in the greater New York City metropolitan area.  Aside from his academic commitments and achievements, Dr. Bernstein has proved exceptional in his ability to guide District II’s patient safety and quality improvement efforts. Serving as co-chair of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement (PSQI) Committee since February 2011, Dr. Bernstein has led the group in developing an obstetric protocol series of key elements and checklists for labor induction and augmentation, as well as obstetric hemorrhage. Additionally, his work in leading District II’s efforts in the area of preterm birth by developing physician education on this issue demonstrates unequivocal dedication to the advancement of the OB/GYN specialty.

ACOG CDC Service Recognition Award
This is a national award for outstanding Section activity. The award consists of a cash prize to be presented at the Congress Advisory Council meeting at the 2013 ACM in New Orleans. The District II nominee is Abraham Lichtmacher, MD, FACOG, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rochester General Health System, for his dedication and work in the area of women with developmental and physical disabilities.

Ob-GynPAC at the ADM
Thanks to those of you who gave generously at the ADM to Ob-GynPAC, ACOG's federal political action committee. We are happy to report that $8,000 was raised! Ob-GynPAC helps elect and support members of Congress who support our specialty. This was the first year that Ob-GynPAC had a presence at the ADM. A special thank you to MaryAnn Millar, MD, FACOG for her continued dedication to advocacy at the national and local levels of government. Her commitment and enthusiasm for securing funds for the Ob-GynPAC ensures that our voice is heard in Washington.

Legislative Committee Meeting

Chair Leah Kaufman, MD, FACOG, presided over the ACOG District II Legislative Committee meeting on Thursday, October 28th, discussing:  

  • Health Care Reform
    • Essential Health Benefit Packages
    • Health Insurance Exchange Principles
    • Medicaid Reform
  • Dense Breast Public Relations Campaign
  • Resident Advocacy
  • Priority 2013 Legislation:
    • Practice Management
    • Reproductive Health
    • Public Health
    • Tort Reform
  • Forming a NYS Political Action Committee (PAC)
  • Annual Lobby Day, Tuesday, June 2, 2013

Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Committee Meeting

The District II Patient Safety and Quality Improvement (PSQI) Committee met on Thursday, October 18th. Topics for discussion included:

  • Optimizing Protocols in Obstetrics: Series 1 – 6
    • Oxytocin for Induction
    • Managing Obstetric Hemorrhage
    • SPECIAL EDITION: Lessons Learned & Implementation Tools for the Elimination of Non-Medically Indicated (Elective) Inductions Prior to 39 Weeks Gestation
  • 2013 Committee Planning:
    • Key Elements for the Management of Shoulder Dystocia
    • Managing Hypertensive Crisis in Pregnancy
    • Surgical OR & Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) Policies
    • Rapid Response Team/Obstetric Emergency Policies
  • MOREOB (Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently): A Patient Safety Model in Obstetrical Care Units
  • 2013 Patient Safety Program 

NYS Residency Program Directors' Meeting

Laura MacIsaac, MDThis event is held annually in conjunction with the District Meeting. This year's program was Chaired by Laura MacIsaac, MD, MPH, FACOG and featured faculty Brian L. Cohen, MD, FRCOG, FACOG, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education; Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine & Montefiore Medical Center who discussed “The New Accreditation Systems (NAS): A Program Director’s Role." Dr. MacIsaac and Erika Banks, MD, FACOG discussed “Behavioral vs. Traditional Interviewing: Let’s Debate." Sterling Williams, MD, FACOG provided updates. The meeting was attended by more than 16 academics representing 15 of the state's Ob/Gyn Residency Programs.

 ADM Reflections
Omar Duenas, MDOmar F. Duenas, MD
District II Junior Fellow Chair

The Annual Meeting featured a truly comprehensive Junior Fellow program - and a great deal of participation from colleagues who traveled from across New York State.

The "diaper drive,” organized by the Junior Fellow officers, collected $400 dollars that will be donated to the Baby Buggy organization. As the new District II Junior Fellow Chair, I would like to say thank you to all the people who donated money for such a noble cause.

An outstanding lecture series was held Saturday morning for the District II Junior Fellows. Special thanks to Scott Hayworth, MD, FACOG, MaryAnn Millar, MD, FACOG, and Samuel Badalian, MD, FACOG for presenting to District II Junior Fellows on the how to's of interviewing, integrative women's health, and the anatomy and pathophysiology of pelvic prolapse.

The "Life After Residency" panel was a great opportunity for those Junior Fellows interested in a fellowship position to actually talk to the program directors and obtain an idea of how interviews are conducted. It was also an effective way for Junior Fellows who are interested in private practice or academic positions to express their doubts and ask questions regarding “the real world” after residency.

The Medical Student Panel, “Choosing OB/GYN as a Career," was very well attended by a record number of medical students from throughout the country - we even had a medical student attend from Australia!

The Medical Student/Junior Fellow Social Mixer was by far one of the most enjoyable mixers in the past 5 years, reflecting the great interest of the medical students in the Ob/Gyn profession.

I would like to express my gratitude to all ACOG Fellows, Junior Fellows, ACOG District II staff and medical students who made the Annual District II meeting such a success!

Junior Fellow Awards at the Annual Meeting

2012 Professor of the Year
Nagaraj Gabbur, MD, FACOG, Director of Medical Education, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology,  SUNY Downstate University Hospital Brooklyn, received this year's Professor of the Year Award. Iffath Abbasi Hoskins, MD, FACOG, sponsor of the District II Junior Fellow Research Day Contest, presented Dr. Gabbur with this honor during Saturday's general session program.

2012 Iffath Abbasi Hoskins, MD Junior Fellow Research Day Contest Results
Three Junior Fellow semi-finalists were selected to present their research to District meeting attendees in the Iffath Abbasi Hoskins, MD Junior Fellow Research Day Oral Presentations Contest. The winning research was selected by the Junior Fellow Task Force on Awards based on originality, significance, methods, and presentation guidelines. This year's semi-finalists were: Niraj Chavan, MD, MPH of Flushing Hospital Medical Center; Cheruba Prabakar, MD of NSLIJHS/Hofstra North Shore - LIJ School of Medicine; and Kimberley Thornton, MD of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The winning research selected, "Magnetic Resonance Imaging Defecography Reveals More Advanced Pelivc Organ Prolapse than Clinical POP-Q Exam," was presented by Dr. Cheruba Prabakar. Dr. Prabakar receives a $1,000 travel stipend from the John Burch Endowment Fund Travel Award to attend the 2013 Annual Clinical Meeting.

The Martin L. Stone, MD Scientific Poster Session Contest featured over forty research posters. The winning research poster was selected by the Junior Fellow Task Force on Awards based on originality, significance, methods, and presentation guidelines. This year's poster session winner is Niraj Chavan, MD, MPH of Flushing Hospital Medical Center for his research entitled "Clinical and Demographic Predictors of Response to Induction of Labor in Nulliparous Women." Dr. Chavan receives a $1,000 cash prize generously donated by the Martin L. Stone, MD Foundation.

2012 Donald F. Richardson, MD Memorial Prize Paper Award
Jyothshna Bayya, MD of Maimonides Medical Center has been selected by the District II Junior Fellow Task Force on Awards as the District's Donald F. Richardson, MD Memorial Prize Paper Award finalist. Dr. Bayya's research paper, "Obstetric Orientation Simulation Program: Transition from Medical School to Internship," will be submitted in this ACOG national contest as District II's sole entrant. As part of the submission criteria, Dr. Bayya presented her research to attendees during the Annual Meeting. We wish Dr. Bayya well in her quest to win this prestigious research paper award!


Annual District II Meeting Photos




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