Donna Brown, MD, District IV Junior Fellow chair
District IV Junior Fellows recently convened at the Annual Clinical Meeting in New Orleans in May. We have been excitedly preparing for the Junior Fellow program at the Annual District Meeting in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, in October.
Abstracts are being collected for three Junior Fellow oral presentations. Interesting and complex cases are being thought up for the Stump the Professors session, which is always the highlight of our program. Three lucky residents will present their cases at the ADM.
Junior Fellows are also preparing for a children’s book drive competition among the sections in September. The project expands on the success of a diaper drive competition last year, which West Virginia Section Junior Fellows won in a close race with District of Columbia Section Junior Fellows. Each section will collect children’s books to be distributed to low-income patients and local shelters.
Several exciting service projects are already underway in the sections. Maryland Section Junior Fellows arranged a dinner at the ACM to welcome medical students. They also hosted a panel in Maryland to discuss adolescent health issues with at-risk girls.
North Carolina Section Junior Fellows are working with their state legislature to address issues related to women’s health. They started a month-long advocacy fellowship for residents, similar to the national Gellhaus Resident Advocacy Fellowship.
Georgia Section Junior Fellows raised nearly $10,000 for breast cancer research. West Indies Section Junior Fellows arranged an infertility workshop and symposium, which was well received. District of Columbia Section Junior Fellows are working on a fundraiser for a local women’s shelter. Puerto Rico Section Junior Fellows held a resident workshop on medical liability and are working on welcoming everyone to their beautiful island for the ADM.
I continue to be inspired by our Junior Fellows’ enthusiasm and dedication to their patients, communities, and colleagues.