John P. McHugh, MD, District IX newsletter editor and Section 7 chair
District IX members are getting excited about the upcoming Annual District Meeting in Maui, HI, September 26–28, with Districts V, VI, and VIII. District VIII is the meeting’s host district, and I had the pleasure of speaking with Susan M. Lemagie, MD, District VIII chair, about what this meeting will have to offer.
Dr. Lemagie, what can you tell our members about the upcoming ADM?
John, it is going to be a fantastic meeting. Let’s start with the group. Districts V, VI, VIII, and IX are participating, which means attendees will be coming from 26 states and territories in the US, seven provinces and territories in Canada, and all of Central America. The meeting should have a good turnout with a great mix of people.
Yes, it will be a great chance to see colleagues. Can we talk about Maui for a minute?
The meeting is being held at the Grand Wailea Resort, which is a Waldorf Astoria hotel. It’s one of the great hotels on the island at an unbelievable rate. The grounds are amazing, featuring gorgeous beaches and world-famous pools. Who wouldn’t want to stroll outside after a session right onto the sand and jump into the beautiful waters of the Pacific? There are also plenty of activities for families and members who enjoy dining, nightlife, and culture.
OK, we got that out of the way. Now, what will we learn at the meeting?
There are so many great topics! Amy B. Tuteur, MD, a practicing ob-gyn in Boston, will be addressing everything ob-gyns need to know about home birth. Doctors should educate themselves about what is going on in their communities. Rosanne M. Kho, MD, a robotic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, will speak about the benefits of robotic and vaginal hysterectomy.
The meeting will feature a series of talks called “Maintenance of Confidence” that will update attendees on important issues within the ob-gyn specialty. We will also have a number of lectures on controversies in ob-gyn. The final topics of these lectures will be selected based on suggestions from members.
What is all this talk about oral boards? In Maui?
The rumors are true. We are hosting mock oral boards. Yes, in Maui. The boards are open to Junior Fellows who would like to practice and mentors who would like to be mock examiners. It will be a great opportunity for all involved. Ralph W. Hale, MD, past ACOG executive vice president, is also hosting a session on leadership training for Junior Fellows and young physicians.
OK, let’s talk about fun. Are there any social activities scheduled?
We have another Dancing with the Docs competition planned for this meeting. Last year, the District VIII Junior Fellows showed some great skills on the dance floor and won the competition. This year, I'm hearing they may have serious competition! If you want to take in some of the natural beauty of Maui, an astronomy talk will be held at the Haleakala Observatory.
Should we register now?
Absolutely! The room block is limited, and about half the rooms are already gone. Oh, and by the way, the rate is available three days before and after the meeting dates. Online registration is available now!