Junior Fellow news

Dr. Holly W. CummingsHolly W. Cummings, MD, MPH, District III Junior Fellow chair

The Sixth Annual Junior Fellow Day will be held Friday, October 25, at the Penn Medicine Clinical Simulation Center in Philadelphia. We learned a lot from District I Junior Fellows at our joint Annual District Meeting in October 2012 and plan to incorporate some of their activities into our Junior Fellow Day.

Notably, District I and III are not planning to send the majority of their Junior Fellows to the 2013 ADM as it is an out-of-district meeting in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Therefore, the Phillip Williams Prize Paper competition will be held during the Junior Fellow Day. From those presentations, we will choose one winner who will then compete for the ACOG Donald F. Richardson Memorial Prize Paper Award.

The afternoon program will again consist of simulation activities as they have always been successful. We plan on replacing the laparoscopic pig lab with a robotic simulation lab. We may also include a “Jeopardy!” session, which District I has used in its Junior Fellow program.

Fellows, please help us make the Junior Fellow Day a success by sending your residents and medical students and/or helping us run a simulation activity. Watch for a call for volunteers later this spring and summer.

Annual Clinical Meeting
Junior Fellow and medical student activities at the Annual Clinical Meeting in New Orleans in May include:

  • Medical Student Workshop #1 Roundtables, Sunday, May 5, 1 to 3 pm
  • Medical Student Workshop #2 Hands-On Skills Session, Sunday, May 5, 3 to 6 pm
  • The John M. Gibbons Jr Medical Student Lecture: Ob-Gyn as a Career—Residency Training and Dimensions of Practice, Monday, May 6, 1 to 4:30 pm
  • The Scott and Nan Hayworth Junior Fellow Course: Preparing for Life after Residency—Transitioning from Training to Practice, Monday, May 6, 1 to 5 pm
  • Medical Student, Junior Fellow Congress Advisory Council (JFCAC), and Young Physician Reception, Monday, May 6, 5:30 to 7 pm
  • Junior Fellow Breakfast Business Meeting, Tuesday, May 7, 7 to 8:30 am
  • Gerald and Barbara Holzman Stump the Professors, Tuesday, May 7, 9:30 to 11 am
  • Ob-Gyn Residency Fair, Tuesday, May 7, 1 to 4 pm
  • Donald F. Richardson Memorial Prize Paper Award Presentations, Tuesday, May 7, 2 to 2:20 pm

Read more about what the 2013 ACM has to offer.

Legislative activities
The District Advisory Council appropriated extra funds for Junior Fellow activities this year. We were excited to use some of that money to send more Junior Fellows to the ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference, The President’s Conference, in Washington, DC, March 3–5.

In addition to Junior Fellows typically funded by the district (Junior Fellow chair and vice chair) and sections (three Junior Fellows each from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and two from Delaware), Lindsey M. Davis, MD, District III Junior Fellow secretary-treasurer; Pranhal H. Desai, MD; and Marcia L. Hernandez, MD, were able to attend. It was an effective use of funds to encourage participation in ACOG and legislative advocacy.

Junior Fellow contributions to ACOG’s federal political action committee, Ob-GynPAC, increased considerably in 2012. All Junior Fellow District Advisory Council members are encouraged to participate in Ob-GynPAC. (You will not be favored or disadvantaged by reason of the amount of your contribution or a decision not to contribute. Contributions from foreign nationals are not permitted.)

Social media
The District III Facebook page continues to be active and updated with information relevant to Fellows and Junior Fellows. ACOG recently launched a medical student Facebook page as well. If you know any medical students interested in ob-gyn, please encourage them to “like” the page. They will get tips on applying to residency and getting involved with ACOG.

The JFCAC Task Force on Professionalism in Technology has been working on a teaching module and video. Junior Fellows should be aware of the American Medical Association policy on professionalism in the use of social media. Bottom line: Know your hospital’s and/or employer’s policy for social media use and behave professionally when you are online. At the same time, everyone recognizes that social media is here to stay and can be a significant asset to your professional life. Read the social media guide issue of ACOG Today for helpful tips and information.

JFCAC meeting
Audrey A. Merriam, MD, District III Junior Fellow vice chair, and I attended the JFCAC meeting in January. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Next Accreditation System was discussed. Concerns regarding evaluation logistics have been brought up to the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Review Committee Junior Fellow representative.

The JFCAC is working on increasing Junior Fellow participation in ACOG. Starting this summer, every new intern will receive an ACOG lanyard with an information packet on ACOG membership. Additionally, a new video introducing interns to ACOG is being produced. Please encourage viewing of the video at your programs when it is released. A JFCAC work group to improve medical student involvement in ACOG has also been formed.

The idea that being active with professional societies such as ACOG and/or legislative advocacy should count as a form of scholarly activity was also discussed at the meeting. This notion has been proposed by various organizations. Most recently, the Council of Review Committee Residents from ACGME published “Defining Scholarly Activity in Graduate Medical Education” in the Journal for Graduate Medical Education, with a proposed rubric for scholarly activity.

Notable accomplishments
Kristin E. Leitner, MD, will start a two-year term as the District III Junior Fellow representative to the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology in May. Maria A. Hy, MD, was chosen to represent District III at the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Congress in May. We look forward to hearing about their experiences.