Stacy E. Wilson, MD, District IX Junior Fellow chair
District IX Junior Fellows thrived in 2013. Section leaders gave “Introduction to ACOG” presentations to the residency programs in their geographic locations. This initiative has improved resident involvement in ACOG activities and publicized the invaluable educational resources ACOG offers to students and residents in training.
District IX Junior Fellows were well represented at the Annual District Meeting in September. Several Junior Fellow activities took place at the meeting, including a young physician mentoring and leadership forum, Junior Fellow vs. Fellow trivia competition, and personal oral case list review session. Katherine A. Hartzell, MD, a fourth-year resident at the University of California, San Diego, won the District IX Junior Fellow Prize Paper Award, after delivering a stellar oral presentation.
Advocacy in women’s health and medicine is a top priority for Junior Fellows in California. District IX Junior Fellow section vice chairs attended the Junior Fellow Section Officer Leadership Development Program on March 1, prior to the ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference, March 2–4, in Washington, DC.
The District IX Executive Committee recently approved our proposal to create a Junior Fellow legislative chair position. We are pleased to welcome Yen Truong, MD, to the Junior Fellow Advisory Committee to fill this role. In addition to helping plan and support resident attendance at our Lobby Day in May, Dr. Truong will participate in weekly legislative calls and serve as an expert to lobbyists as needed.
Looking ahead to the upcoming year, District IX Junior Fellow leaders will remain committed to supporting medical student recruitment and promoting ACOG initiatives. We plan to highlight the Junior Fellow Congress Advisory Council’s Social Media and Professionalism in the Medical Community video in future “Introduction to ACOG” presentations to educate young physicians about how easy it is for a simple social media overshare to be considered a serious HIPPA violation.
District IX Junior Fellow section leaders will continue to investigate and report on local program success stories, including resident research publications, robotic training opportunities, international health rotations, contraception outreach programs, community service projects, and career-planning seminars. One goal for 2014 is to design a district-wide service project that will help support local communities in women’s health education as well as promote resident and medical student involvement in ACOG.
For more information, please visit the District IX Junior Fellow website.