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Junior Fellow news

Dr. Audrey A. MerriamAudrey A. Merriam, MD, District III Junior Fellow chair

The Seventh Annual Junior Fellow Day will be held at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, DE, on October 3. The program will feature hands-on simulation and breakout lunch sessions, which have been well received in the past. We’re planning morning presentations on the Affordable Care Act, scientific paper presentations from Junior Fellows, and a debate session, with hot-button ob-gyn topics. Two Junior Fellows from the Dominican Republic will be joining us this year. Please save the date! We would love to break last year’s attendance record of more than 165 Junior Fellows and medical students.

Delaware Lobby Day

Junior Fellows at the Delaware Section Lobby Day

Junior Fellows hope to host a social event at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Annual Pop-Up Garden. We’d like to use the event as a fundraiser for ACOG’s federal political action committee, Ob-GynPAC, and as a way for residents to discover more about ACOG and the PAC. More information on this event will be forthcoming. All are welcome!

The individual sections in our district have been busy. Delaware Junior Fellows are working to support cancer patients by making fleece blankets for the chemotherapy infusion suite at their local hospital. The section also had many Junior Fellows attend its statewide lobby day. Pennsylvania Junior Fellows participated in the Sandy Sprint 5k Run/Walk to raise money for ovarian cancer research. The Pennsylvania Section lobby day was also well attended by Junior Fellows.

Sandy Sprint 5k

Junior Fellows at the Sandy Sprint 5k Run/Walk

In New Jersey, Junior Fellows raised money to supply cancer patients with comfort kits through a bowl-a-thon. They were extremely successful and had a lot of fun in the process. We’re planning on making this a district-wide service project, with each section holding its own bowling event on the same day, September 6. Donations for lane reservations and a percentage of money raised from entry fees will be given to the cause.

I am pleased to announce that the District Advisory Council has approved funding for a Junior Fellow legislative chair. This person will be sponsored to attend Junior Fellow meetings as well as the Congressional Leadership Conference and section lobby days. The application process for this position will start in July.