Chair’s report

Dr. Haywood L. BrownHaywood L. Brown, MD

The 2013 Annual Clinical Meeting will be held May 4–8 in New Orleans. All ACOG members are invited to attend the Congress Advisory Council (CAC) Meeting and Research Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 5. The ceremony begins at 2 pm, and the meeting begins at 3 pm. There will be a short break in between.

This year’s CAC meeting topic is “Leadership in the 21st Century.” ACOG President James T. Breeden, MD, and Thomas F. Arnold, MD, Council of District Chairs (CDC) chair and District VI chair, developed the meeting’s program.

District IV will be honored at the awards ceremony with a CDC Service Recognition Award for its Perinatal Data Project. Read more about the project and its recognition.

Also at the ACM, I will be speaking at the Ninth Annual Young Physicians Breakfast Forum on “Mentorship from a University Perspective.” The forum will be held Tuesday, May 7, from 7:30 to 8:30 am. All young physicians are encouraged to attend.

This year’s forum topics are mentorship and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Laura A. Dean, MD, District VI vice chair, will be speaking on “Mentorship from a Private Practice Perspective.” Nevena Minor, ACOG director of federal affairs, will give an update on ACA. View more information on the 2013 ACM.

Women’s health
Dr. Breeden is working on two main areas related to contraception and women’s reproductive rights: maintenance of the patient-physician relationship and access to contraception, including recommendations for over-the-counter access to oral contraceptives. Close to 700 laws interfering with the patient-physician relationship and contraceptive access were proposed in 2012, and many passed.

Last summer, Dr. Breeden wrote letters to the editors of USA Today and The New York Times making it clear that politicians should not interfere with the practice of medicine or the doctor-patient relationship. His letters received positive feedback and many references in articles, blogs, and tweets.

In October, the New England Journal of Medicine published an important opinion piece, “Legislative Interference in the Patient-Physician Relationship,” authored by ACOG Executive Vice President Hal C. Lawrence III, MD, and leaders from the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American College of Surgeons.

Globally, Herbert B. Peterson, MD, has been working with leaders in several countries on projects to improve women’s health. ACOG held a meeting on global initiatives in December with representatives from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and 15 academic institutions.

ACOG’s Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence for Women’s Health Program (SCOPE) is doing well, with more than 120 participants and several applications in progress. All 10 of the program’s pilot-tested offices have achieved SCOPE certification. Several multi-office practices have also expressed interest in the program.

2013 ADM
The 2013 Annual District Meeting will be held October 11–13 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. It will be a joint meeting with Districts I and III. Read more about the 2013 ADM. I hope to see you there.



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