Junior Fellow news

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

On October 25, more than 165 Junior Fellows and medical students attended the Sixth Annual District III Junior Fellow Day, held at the Penn Medicine Clinical Simulation Center in Philadelphia. Participants listened to presentations about ACOG and its Ob-GynPAC, as well as research paper presentations from Junior Fellows. Medical students and residents participated in career planning breakout sessions and practiced clinical simulation skills.

Attendees trained with a number of clinical simulations, including vaginal breech delivery; hysteroscopy; hysteroscopic tubal sterilization; endometrial ablation; laparoscopic and hysteroscopic morcellation; laparoscopic salpingostomy; virtual reality laparoscopic hysterectomy; episiotomy repair; estimation of blood loss; Bartholin abscess drainage and Word catheter placement; intrauterine device placement; and manual vacuum aspiration. The highlight was a surgical robot with which all participants were able to practice.

We encouraged attendees to donate to the Ob-GynPAC and held a letter writing campaign to notify our local and federal representatives about important legislative issues, such as preserving graduate medical education funding. We are proud that this event continues to grow each year. As far as we know, it is the largest gathering of Junior Fellows across ACOG! Everyone had a great time, and we look forward to next year’s event.

Junior Fellows in our district are participating in and planning great events, from local legislative advocacy days to community service projects. Keep an eye out for announcements about upcoming events on the District III Facebook page. If you have any updates or announcements you’d like posted on Facebook, contact any of our district leaders with information.