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District V on FacebookIn an effort to provide you with current information regarding women’s health, District V has joined Facebook. We are updating our page regularly with news specifically relevant to District V members. You can find us at facebook.com/ACOGDistrictV.

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Chair’s report

Dr. Donald K. BryanDonald K. Bryan, MD

The Annual District Meeting this year is a special one. It is one of the first efforts on District V’s part to be involved in a large combined district meeting. The meeting will be held at the Grand Wailea in Maui, HI, September 26–28. I am told that the hotel is a spectacular place for a meeting and for family activities. 

Tod C. Aeby, MD, the meeting program chair, is from Hawaii. He is planning valuable, unusual, and interesting sessions and events. There will even be a program designed to help Junior Fellows in practice with board certification and Fellows with Maintenance of Certification and recertification. View the preliminary program.

It is anticipated that this meeting will be quite large. Room space is already being expanded. Please join us for a truly wonderful experience this September in Maui. Register today!

 

 

Junior Fellow news

Dr. Tanya E. FranklinTanya E. Franklin, MD, District V Junior Fellow chair

The 2013 Junior Fellow Day will be held September 10–11 in Louisville, KY, in conjunction with the Kentucky Section Annual Meeting. This event is an opportunity for Junior Fellows to represent their sections with academic submissions. The program includes poster presentations, oral presentations, a surgical video contest, and a “Stump the Professors” session. It’s always fun to see our panel of professors baffled on stage!

There will also be a hands-on workshop in which Fellows, Junior Fellows, and medical students can try their hands at laparoscopic and hysteroscopic trainers, test morcellators, learn how to use manual vacuum aspirators, and practice placing long-acting reversible contraception devices. And the fun doesn’t stop there because there is a social event scheduled at Fourth Street Live, Louisville’s premier dining and entertainment destination, one block from the conference hotel. The social event will be held on the evening of September 10 and will feature food, fun, and socializing for all attendees.

This year’s District V Junior Fellow officers are carrying the torch of innovation and outstanding leadership qualities that make up our wonderful district. Fellows throughout District V have mentored Junior Fellows to the highest leadership potential at our residency programs and in our communities. I’m excited to highlight the district officers nominated by Junior Fellows:   

  • District V Junior Fellow vice chair: Katharine K. Raisler, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • District V Junior Fellow secretary-treasurer: Katherine A. Damm, MD, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI

I’m also excited to announce the energetic officers chosen to represent each section:

  • Indiana Section Junior Fellow chair: Jennifer N. Tinder, MD, St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
  • Indiana Section Junior Fellow vice chair: Paul C. Mayor, MD, Indiana University, Indianapolis
  • Kentucky Section Junior Fellow chair: Nayera R. Attalla Guirguis, MD, University of Louisville
  • Kentucky Section Junior Fellow vice chair: David A. Lovejoy Jr, MD, University of Kentucky, Lexington
  • Michigan Section Junior Fellow chair: Rosalyn E. Maben-Feaster, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Michigan Section Junior Fellow vice chair: Anushka M. Chelliah, MD, Wayne State University, Detroit
  • Ohio Section Junior Fellow chair: Jessica A. Smith, MD, University of Cincinnati
  • Ohio Section Junior Fellow vice chair: Devin D. Namaky, MD, TriHealth, Cincinnati
  • Ontario Section Junior Fellow chair: Amanda R. Cipolla, MD, University of Toronto
  • Ontario Section Junior Fellow vice chair: Mathew Leonardi, MD, University of Toronto  

If you are interested in becoming more active in ACOG, reach out to your section leaders.   

We know that District V’s main asset is its members. District V Fellows have nurtured and encouraged Junior Fellows to become rising leaders in ACOG. I urge you to be a part of ACOG, too, and I hope to see you in Louisville in September.

 

 

Section reports

Dr. Mark E. GentryIndiana
Mark E. Gentry, MD, section chair

The Indiana Section welcomed Kenneth L. Noller, MD, MS, past ACOG president and American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology director of evaluation, to the spring section meeting as the Carl F. Huber Lecturer addressing Maintenance of Certification. ACOG President Elect John C. Jennings, MD, will be one of the lecturers at the fall section meeting on September 18. All District V members are invited to join us. In addition to educational offerings in January and April 2014, we are deep in the planning stages of the 2014 Annual District Meeting under the guidance of Philip N. Eskew Jr, MD, past District V chair, and Jeffrey M. Rothenberg, MD, MS, District V secretary and past Indiana Section chair.

Indiana Section leaders have become more involved in legislative activities, meeting with legislators on the issues of breast ultrasound, lay midwifery, and prescription drug abuse. With assistance from ACOG national, the section worked with the Indiana State Medical Association to modify a lay midwifery bill with protections for Indiana’s women and newborns. Advocacy endeavors continue to be anchored by the tireless efforts of Brownsyne M. Tucker-Edmonds, MD. A retreat was held on June 29 to strategize for the upcoming legislative session.

Finally, the Indiana Section would like to recognize the contributions of Jeanne E. Ballard, MD, who recently moved to South Carolina for a position in medical informatics. Dr. Ballard held all officer positions at the section level and was a great mentor and resource to those of us who followed her in leadership. Her talents and friendship will be missed in Indiana and will be an asset in South Carolina.


Dr. Divya B. CantorKentucky
Divya B. Cantor, MD, MBA, section chair

Staying educated in the field of medicine may seem overwhelming these days as information overload can quickly takeover. There is a plethora of journal articles to read and absorb. How do we manage our public profiling in a timely manner? How do we try to stay ahead of the reimbursement jungle? How do we stay in tune with legislation changes that affect our ability to take care of our patients? How do we do all this and maintain a balance between home and work? How are all these things to happen when cloning ourselves is not an option?

First, I believe we have to know what we don’t know. We should use our resources wisely to learn and become familiar with aspects of health care that we don’t understand. Let’s take health insurance for example. In my new role as medical director of Kentucky for Anthem, I am learning how insurance companies work and developing a deeper understanding of the resources the company puts into its clients (also known as its members) and utilizes for its providers and the hospitals they serve.

There are new reimbursement models coming out that will one day affect specialties across the board. Taking the time to stay in tune with these models is encouraged. Some of the models are process based and have expectations for changes in practice patterns. Process-based examples are the data tracking of whether a patient has had a mammogram and a Pap smear. Reduction in emergency department visits and readmissions are examples of practice behavior changes expected to occur in these new models.

We can stay ahead of these changes by recognizing that for us to take care of the whole patient, which we often do, we cannot ignore the fact that the patient’s pocketbook is part of her. We should arm ourselves with more cost information. Ask your insurance plan representative for that information. Learn what the difference in costs will be when you write one prescription instead of another one.

I encourage you to use your resources to educate yourself on these and other changes coming ahead.


Dr. Jody JonesMichigan
Jody Jones, MD, section vice chair

The Michigan Section continued to face many legislative challenges and opportunities this spring. Members met with representatives about legislation that would have made it mandatory for women to be notified if they have dense breast tissue. Current guidelines were explained and concerns about legislating medical care were expressed. 

Members also testified with Michigan State Medical Society representatives on behalf of expedited partner therapy (EPT). EPT legislation did not pass this session, but we anticipate a vote will be taken in the fall. We continue to be optimistic. The Legislature was preoccupied with determining the fate of the state’s Medicaid program. Despite the governor’s urging to adopt expansion of the program, no vote was taken by the Senate.

At the last section meeting, members discussed scheduling a legislative day in Lansing. We plan to host this event in the fall. Members will meet with key state legislators to lobby for women’s health and ask lawmakers to keep their political agendas from imposing on medical practice (echoing ACOG’s policy on legislative interference). Junior Fellows have expressed an interest in becoming more politically active. Fellows hope that by working together we can better educate our politicians.

The 2014 Michigan Section Annual Meeting will be held January 30–February 1 at the Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa in Thompsonville. The keynote James Gell Lecture will be given by Elisabeth H. Quint, MD, an expert on pediatric and adolescent gynecology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on management of mullerian anomalies. The meeting format has been changed to allow for more interactive lectures and workshops. We invite all our District V neighbors to join us! Look for updates on the District V Facebook page.

The Michigan Section held its annual Junior Fellow Research Day on May 22 at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development in Lansing. The event was a great success with 90 attendees. The keynote speaker was Dr. Quint. There were 23 Junior Fellow oral research presentations and 16 Junior Fellow poster presentations. Nine different residency programs were represented at the event. Supplies for the City Rescue Mission of Lansing were collected as part of the Junior Fellow annual service project. It was an exciting and educational day for the Michigan Section. View photos from the Junior Fellow Research Day.


Dr. Robert F. FloraOhio
Robert F. Flora, MD, MBA, MPH, section chair

A statewide Ohio infant mortality summit was held on November 26, 2012, at the Columbus Convention Center. More than 900 individuals and stakeholders attended. The Ohio Section was one of the primary sponsors, providing CME through our relationship with the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA).

The summit was used to increase awareness of the growing issue of infant mortality in Ohio. The Ohio March of Dimes plans to host smaller regional meetings throughout the state this summer. The Ohio Section will also be involved in these meetings. Another statewide conference is planned for 2014.

The annual joint OSMA/Ohio Section coding course was held in March at the OSMA headquarters in Hilliard. The course continues to be a well-attended event, with more than 100 attendees this year. An ICD-10 program was also held in May. The relationship between OSMA and our section is advantageous because OSMA assumes all risk and makes all the arrangements for the courses. ACOG members who are not OSMA members can attend these courses at the OSMA member rate.

The section will be hosting a one-day conference with the Ohio Section of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses called “Fetal Heart Monitoring: Current Trends and Case Studies” on September 12 in Columbus. More information will be forthcoming.

In legislative news, the biennial budget was just passed with two items related to abortion. The Ohio Section and OSMA asked the governor to veto these items without success. The first item requires physicians to look for a fetal heartbeat before performing an abortion and to inform women of the heartbeat 24 hours prior to the procedure.

Women must also be informed about the probability of their pregnancy continuing to term. Failure to do so is a first-degree misdemeanor, and each subsequent offense is a fourth-degree felony. The information given to women will be developed by the Ohio Department of Health in consultation with OSMA and our section.

The second item prevents public hospitals and physicians with privileges at these hospitals from entering into transfer agreements with ambulatory surgery centers performing nontherapeutic abortions. Centers must have these transfer agreements in place to comply with state regulations.

A change in leadership will occur after the District V Annual Meeting in September. The new section Fellow officers will be:

  • Chair: Laura J. David, MD, current section vice chair, Cleveland
  • Vice chair: Wayne C. Trout, MD, current section secretary-treasurer, Columbus
  • Secretary-treasurer: Amy M. Burkett, MD, Akron

The current section Junior Fellow officers are:

  • Chair: Jessica A. Smith, MD, University of Cincinnati
  • Vice chair: Devin D. Namaky, MD, TriHealth, Cincinnati

Philip Samuels, MD, Columbus, is the current section Junior Fellow advisor.


Dr. Nathan L. RothOntario
Nathan L. Roth, MD, section chair

At the section meeting in December, section officers selected meetings they would be able to attend through the upcoming year. I attended the Interim District Advisory Council Meeting in Puerto Rico in April.

Ob-gyns in Ontario have been informed that there will be an increase of approximately 3% per year for liability insurance through the Canadian Medical Protective Association. The Ontario provincial government has significant debt and deficit. The minority government signed an agreement of just over a year with a reduction of the fee schedule of approximately 5%. New collective bargaining starts in the fall for resolution in March 2014.

 

 

District V Junior Fellow attends Japan Society of Ob-Gyn Annual Congress

Dr. Suzanna Chatterjee

Suzanna Chatterjee, MD

The Tokyo subway doors opened, and two elderly women in traditional kimonos scurried on and took their seats next to me. As East met West and tradition met modern-day conveniences, I sat in awe of the amazing culture I had the unique opportunity to experience. 

Entering my fourth year as an ob-gyn resident in Michigan, I was selected by District V to participate in the ACOG and Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (JSOG) exchange program. Six Japanese Junior Fellows attended the Annual Clinical Meeting in New Orleans, and six ACOG Junior Fellows attended the JSOG Annual Congress in Sapporo in turn.

After attending the JSOG Annual Congress, I took a few days to explore Tokyo before coming back to the US. Tokyo was bustling and full of culture. Sapporo, a northern popular skiing town, was more relaxed and charming. View photos from Dr. Chatterjee’s travels.

I arrived in Sapporo in early May, just weeks prior to graduating residency and taking the written board exam. I traveled with the Japanese delegation and a few of my American peers. Once in Japan, we each presented on research we had completed during residency or current topics of interest in global women’s health. I stood among peers from Japan, Korea, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Canada, and the US.

As I spoke about my research on pregnancy outcomes among women with a body mass index greater than 50, I could see and feel the shock that resonated in my audience. I was speaking about something Asia has very little experience in handling. Obesity has, fortunately, not become an epidemic there as it has in our country. 

Although I had anticipated that my topic and findings would be surprising, I had not expected the outpouring of questions and fascination with my subject matter. I was excited to share my research results and even more excited to have the honor of receiving the International Session Award. In true Japanese fashion, my award was presented to me in a beautifully designed and intricate origami folder. 

The conference allowed attendees to hear perspectives from a number of countries on topics such as preeclampsia, cervical cancer, contraception, and maternal morbidity and mortality. It was fascinating to compare and contrast the findings, obstacles, and proposed solutions each country faces. On a global level, these topics are not created equal, and each country or region of the world struggles with different complexities of the same diseases.

Hamid Rushwan, MB, BS, MD, chief executive of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), gave a lecture on reducing maternal mortality and achieving the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goal 5, which focuses on improving global maternal health. This talk particularly captivated me. Ob-gyns, and physicians of all specialties, should be exposed to and aware of the issues women face globally. 

Our Japanese counterparts were hospitable and shared local sights, food, and culture with us. We visited traditional Japanese hot springs and temples and were introduced to Japanese delicacies such as soup curry, ramen, Japanese barbeque, okonomiyaki (“Japanese pizza”), hairy crab, sushi, and even dancing shrimp. As the name would suggest, these shrimp arrived at our table alive and were to be eaten as such. 

I will always remember my time in Japan. I experienced a new place and culture and also expanded my knowledge and awareness of women’s health. I was able to share my research with my peers and others who may not be aware of what impact obesity has on women’s health in the US. I am eternally grateful to both ACOG and JSOG for this enlightening adventure.

 

 

District V Ob-Gyn Reporters share 2012 ACM experiences

This year, four residents from District V participated in the Ob-Gyn Reporter Program for the 2013 Annual Clinical Meeting in New Orleans. The program allows each ACOG district to select second- or third-year residents to take part in the program. The reporters were funded through an educational grant from Teva Women’s Health Inc that covers all reasonable expenses.

The District V 2013 reporters were: Jamie M. Bishop, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Roohi Jeelani, MD, Wayne State University, Detroit; Rachel G. Sinkey, MD, TriHealth, Cincinnati; and Mary E. Sterrett, MD, University of Louisville, Kentucky.


Jamie M. Bishop, MD
I arrived in New Orleans on Saturday, May 4, at the Ob-Gyn Reporters’ hotel and immediately began meeting people from all over the country who were participating in the program. It is always helpful to hear how things are done and how problems are solved at other residency programs across the country. I will be one of the administrative chiefs next year at my program, so I'm particularly interested to learn what works and what doesn't work for others.  

At the Welcome Reception, then-ACOG President James T. Breeden, MD, reminded residents that we are the future of ACOG. He explained some of the challenges ACOG has in bridging the demographic gap between its young constituents and the current leadership. I never realized before how challenging it may be for a predominantly male, older leadership to stay connected and provide mentorship to an upcoming cohort of young women. It was meaningful to hear that “we are ACOG” and the future of the organization and that the ob-gyn profession will be shaped by us.

On Monday evening, I attended a networking event for Junior Fellows. While I learned a great deal from the meeting’s scientific program, I was most impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the Junior Fellow district officers. Their selflessness in trying to further the education of and opportunities for residents in their districts while juggling their resident and faculty responsibilities is inspiring. It gave me a sense of the bigger picture of our responsibility to our patients and to each other as colleagues.

The next day, I participated in a session on mastering the tools of evidence for practice. It was a good review of basic statistical concepts, such as confidence intervals and heterogeneity in meta-analyses. It also addressed performing efficient literature searches and understanding different levels of evidence (expert opinion vs. randomized control trial vs. meta-analysis). The speakers took us through several case vignettes and asked attendees to answer clinical questions using evidence-based medicine. Overall, I think this was a well-designed, very useful session. However, I think most residents are well equipped with these skills by the time they enter residency.

The Opening Ceremonies were astoundingly good. Malcolm Potts, MD, gave the Samuel A. Cosgrove Memorial Lecture, “Sex, Ideology, and Religion: How Family Planning Frees Women and Changes the World.” This was perhaps the best lecture I have ever heard in my entire life. He was an eloquent speaker with a very thoughtful and well-researched topic. The ability for women to plan their families has a huge impact on the world at large and offers the opportunity to “save the world.”

“The Five Languages of an Apology” lecture by Gary Chapman, PhD, was also useful, not only professionally, but in life. I think we, including myself, could all be better about admitting when we’re wrong and developing the art of saying we’re sorry. As physicians, we’re only human, and we will make mistakes. We have to know how to learn and grow from these mistakes and how to apologize when we make them.


Dr. Roohi JeelaniRoohi Jeelani, MD
I was honored to attend the Annual Clinical Meeting as an Ob-Gyn Reporter this year. I knew it was a rare opportunity to meet the leaders in our field. When I received my schedule a week before the meeting, I was amazed at the variety of lectures I would be attending. I am thankful that I was chosen to represent my residency program and district.

Meeting other residents and ACOG members at the Welcome Reception was one of the most memorable moments for me. I connected with so many of my peers and made friendships that will last a lifetime. After the reception, I was lucky to participate in a tour of local landmarks led by a New Orleans resident.

The breakfast forums were a great way to get the day started at the ACM. They truly exemplified how important the educational program was to everyone. I would have thought fewer people would be paying attention at 6:30 am, but as I scanned the room I could see that everyone was attentive and ready to learn.

I attended a breakfast forum on domestic violence. Learning about residency programs that screen women to help keep them safe was eye-opening. Screenings for domestic violence should be a part of every ob-gyn residency program. From the minute the session started, I felt the connection between the topic and the residents in attendance. In particular, there was an Ob-Gyn Reporter there who has been involved in starting a domestic violence screening program at her residency. It was wonderful to hear her perspective.

All the lectures I attended featured current, relevant topics and information. They covered everything from basic concepts to recent evidence-based practice. When I saw that I was going to a lecture on fetal anomaly in ultrasound, I thought “Oh, I know this information already.” However, as the lecture progressed, I was shocked to find there was much more to learn in addition to what I already practice. I brought the information I gained back to my colleagues to enlighten them as well.

My residency program is concentrated on obstetrics, so I also thought the prevention of preterm birth lecture I attended would be more of a refresher course. I was wrong again! It was great to see how other institutions handle such complications. I enjoyed learning about their protocols and listening to the great discussion with leaders in this area.

The President’s Party felt like the grand finale of the ACM. It was a fantastic event, organized in careful detail from top to bottom. The party helped solidify existing bonds between colleagues. I can’t think of a better conference than the ACM to attend in the coming years. It brought back the bounce in my step at work as it gave me new ways to look at treatment and management of everyday conditions in my patients. Most of all, it made me want to be an advocate for my patients. I hope to take part in an ACOG leadership role in the near future. I would like to thank everyone who made ACM attendance possible for many others and me.


Dr. Rachel G. SinkeyRachel G. Sinkey, MD
New Orleans was the perfect host city for the Annual Clinical Meeting. The great weather and famous food were wonderful accompaniments to the meeting’s esteemed speakers and camaraderie between the attendees. The quality and variety of educational sessions was exceptional.

On Sunday, I attended a postgraduate course on the management of breast health for the generalist. The speaker reviewed screening recommendations and basic management algorithms. The clinical pearl from his talk was that of all the callbacks for mammography, only 3 in 100 result in a diagnosis of breast cancer. This is an important piece of information that would be easy to include in our script when we counsel patients before their mammogram. Knowing this statistic could save patients a tremendous amount of worry.

On Monday afternoon, I attended a session on preparing for life after residency. An experienced health attorney discussed tips for negotiating contracts and the importance of knowing the specifics of medical liability policies. Additional speakers focused on preparation for written boards, the collection of cases for oral boards, and advice for the job and fellowship application process. This session ran concurrent to a medical student session. During a session break we met with medical students from our districts. The 2013 ACM had the most medical students in attendance to date, which highlights the interest and enthusiasm we have in our upcoming ob-gyn resident candidates.

The last lecture I attended on obesity was timely and informative. Several pertinent facts were discussed, but one practical point rang home: the importance of giving intravenous, not intramuscular, Rho(D) immune globulin to our obese patients. Rh sensitization in patients who have prenatal care should only be historical, which correct administration of Rho(D) immune globulin can ensure. The speaker also questioned current weight gain recommendations by presenting data from Kaiser Permanente that showed patients in each body mass index category keep additional weight on postpartum.

What does the upcoming year hold for ACOG, its members, and, most importantly, our patients? ACOG President Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, answered this question in her inaugural address. She presented a new national maternal health initiative sponsored by ACOG and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine aimed at reducing maternal morbidity and mortality in the US by 50%, as well as reducing racial and ethnic maternal health disparities. The initiative emphasizes that maternal mortality in our country is too high. As Dr. Conry stressed, this is the year of the woman. And the ACM was a great start to this year.


Dr. Mary E. SterrettMary E. Sterrett, MD
The Ob-Gyn Reporter program gave me an opportunity I wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise. I got to attend the annual meeting of the most innovative, focused, and hard-working leaders in the field of ob-gyn. The program was designed to remove the financial boundaries intrinsic to most residents and allow those chosen by their district to attend the Annual Clinical Meeting to, for lack of a finer phrase (and a nod to Kentucky), get a fire lit under their horse. Needless to say, I was excited and proud to have been selected as one of District V’s reporters.

Far more stands out at the ACM than simply the location, although stellar, and the exhibitors, although intriguing, or even the flow of lectures. What I enjoyed specifically about the ACM was how it could be tailored to each level of member participation.

I found the session on preparing for life after residency to be invaluable. It began with an overview of how to negotiate our first job contracts and went on to cover selecting and formatting our case lists for oral boards. My personal highlight was the roundtable discussion with ACOG Fellows. Their insights helped give structure to the application schedule and the importance of application material for my own journey.

Tuesday began with a Junior Fellow breakfast, which was followed by a rousing “Stump the Professors” session. No matter where I went during the meeting, I was welcomed with open arms by ACOG leaders, including Executive Board members and district chairs and vice chairs. Each day was filled, from 6:30 am until 8 or 10 pm at night, with educational and networking activities.

The last, but most important, information I gleaned from the meeting was the structure and involvement of ACOG as an organization. Prior to attending, the process of becoming a Fellow and what that meant within ACOG was a mystery. I hadn’t been sure what the Junior Fellows in my district did or what their role was in the greater collective. I see now that Junior Fellows, Fellows, and members of the Executive Board compile the committees that formulate our national political stances, advance us with new practice guidelines, advocate for women’s health care across the globe, and, more specifically, lead our individual communities and populations.

Overall, my participation in the Ob-Gyn Reporter program whetted my appetite to become more involved. I had always intended to pursue fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine to gain access to an underserved and academically stimulating population on a global scale. The ACM shifted my focus through the people and information gathered there. I now feel that large-scale interventions and improvements are more pronounced from policy change and education, as well as individual empowerment and choice. I’m beginning to see ACOG as an avenue for ob-gyns to push for social change, present influential research, and congregate the medical, legal, and business minds to propagate improvements in women’s health care. As much as I enjoyed the 2013 ACM, I’m more excited about being involved with ACOG throughout my career.

 

 

Outstanding District Service Award winner: Dr. Robert P. Lorenz

Dr. Robert P. LorenzRobert P. Lorenz, MD, immediate past District V chair, was awarded an ACOG Outstanding District Service Award at the 2013 Annual Clinical Meeting in May. The award is given to individuals who have made notable contributions to their district.

Dr. Lorenz is past vice chair of obstetrics and director of maternal-fetal medicine at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. He is on the faculty of the ob-gyn department of the Oakland University, William Beaumont, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University medical schools. Dr. Lorenz received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Within ACOG, Dr. Lorenz served as Michigan Section chair for District V. He then served as District V treasurer, vice chair, and chair. While district chair, he served on the Executive Boards and the Council of District Chairs. He currently serves on the editorial board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and is a reviewer for the Voluntary Review of Quality of Care Program. Dr. Lorenz also served as a member of the committees on Practice Bulletins-Obstetrics, Credentials, Ethics, and Nominations.

Dr. Lorenz is past chair of the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, past chair of the Michigan State Medical Society Committee for Maternal and Perinatal Health, and a member of the Michigan Maternal Mortality Surveillance Committee. He has served two terms on the Executive Board of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He aided in post-tsunami medical relief in Indonesia in 2004 with Project HOPE aboard the US Navy hospital ship, Mercy, and returned with that group the following year.

Dr. Lorenz twice received the Award for Excellence in Resident Education from the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has written numerous publications on high-risk pregnancy and related areas.

 

 

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Join us in the heart of the Big Apple for the Annual District II Meeting! Bring your family and experience all New York City has to offer—from museums, Broadway shows, and sports venues to dining and shopping.

This year’s ADM will feature special sessions focused on the business of medicine and obstetrics and gynecology. The exceptional two-and-a-half day program will provide you with up-to-date, cutting-edge information presented by experts from around the country.

The Grand Hyatt is easily accessible from LaGuardia and JFK airports and is ideally located amid the bustling Midtown Manhattan attractions.

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Calendar of events

2013

September
10–11
Kentucky Section Annual Meeting
Hyatt Regency Louisville
Contact: Divya B. Cantor, MD, MBA, divya.cantor@gmail.com

10–11
Junior Fellow Day (in conjunction with the Kentucky Section Annual Meeting)
Hyatt Regency Louisville
Contact: Tanya E. Franklin, MD, tanya.franklin@louisville.edu

18
Indiana Section Fall Meeting
Contact: Mark E. Gentry, MD, megentrymd@gmail.com

26–28
Annual District Meeting (with Districts VI, VIII, and IX)
Grand Wailea
Maui, HI
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Reserve a hotel room
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Contact: Katherine Miller, 202-863-2532 or kmiller@acog.org 


2014

January
30–February 1
Michigan Section Annual Meeting
Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa
Thompsonville
Contact: Jody Jones, MD, jody_jones@ihacares.com