Donna Brown, MD, District IV Junior Fellow chair
We had excellent Junior Fellow attendance at the Annual District Meeting in Charleston, SC. Task forces were coordinated among Junior Fellow district and section officers in Districts IV and V to promote medical student and Junior Fellow involvement at the ADM and to organize a larger, more comprehensive Junior Fellow program.
Six Junior Fellows delivered oral presentations at the ADM, in addition to the many intriguing Junior Fellow poster presentations. Junior Fellows hosted a “Stump the Professors” session and an extremely popular skills lab and residency fair, which had approximately 80 participants. The skills lab included interactive skills stations on long-acting reversible contraception insertion, knot tying, cervical examinations, vaginal deliveries, and laparoscopic training. View photos from the ADM skills lab and residency fair.
District IV sections worked hard to encourage and fund medical students’ participation. Thanks to their concerted effort, 46 medical students received the John Gibbons Medical Student Award, funding their attendance. The Georgia and South Carolina sections were honored for recruiting and sponsoring the most medical students (nine each).
Junior Fellows also held a diaper drive at the meeting and a raffle that raised $348 for a local women’s shelter.
Junior Fellow activities
Section Junior Fellows have been busy with community service projects, medical student recruitment, and educational endeavors:
- District of Columbia Junior Fellows are supporting ob-gyn involvement in the HEALing Clinic, a volunteer clinic operated by students at George Washington University
- Georgia Junior Fellows are encouraging medical student interaction with ob-gyn interest groups
- Maryland Junior Fellows are promoting participation from all programs in a resident research day and gathering medical students for an ob-gyn career night
- North Carolina Junior Fellows resurrected a medical student interest group that had been inactive for the last four years. They also continue to host a medical student ob-gyn skills fair
- Puerto Rico Junior Fellows are working to educate patients on contraception and domestic violence. They also started an ob-gyn interest group and are trying to unite their residency programs
- South Carolina Junior Fellows are hosting question-and-answer sessions with attendings, encouraging medical student involvement in ob-gyn, and working with a women’s shelter
- Virginia Junior Fellows held a successful annual meeting in September and are working with a women’s shelter
- West Indies Junior Fellows arrange a successful clinical symposium each year
- West Virginia Junior Fellows won a diaper drive competition among the District IV sections. They also sponsor medical student orientation, with one-third of their medical students choosing ob-gyn
Each section will be encouraged to develop at least one project for the Junior Fellow Initiative Toolkit Contest. These projects will be submitted to a district-wide contest, and the best projects will be submitted to the national contest.
Junior Fellows will maintain their promotion of medical student participation in ACOG activities this year. We also plan to focus on reengaging residents with small contests among sections to get more residents involved in ACOG. Please visit the District IV Junior Fellow website for more information on opportunities and events.