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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.

ACOG national is also on Facebook at facebook.com/ACOGNational. If you’re a Facebook member, log in and click on the “Like” button on the ACOG national and District V pages. Then, you’ll be able to comment on and share any updates posted. You’ll also get ACOG national and District V news sent directly to your Facebook news feed.

Anyone can view Facebook pages, but only Facebook members can interact with ACOG national and District V. To become a Facebook member, sign up at facebook.com.

ACOG national is also on Twitter at twitter.com/acognews. To follow its feed, go to twitter.com and sign up as a member. You’ll be the first to hear ACOG news!

 

Chair’s report

Dr. Donald K. BryanDonald K. Bryan, MD

The Annual District Meetings are undergoing significant changes, largely due to the meetings being combined for financial reasons. The combined meetings have created problems that we hope to address, such as being held too far away. Along with electronic CME, the ADMs need to present more practical information rather than information that is purely academic.

The 2014 ADM will be held October 10–12 with District VII in Indianapolis at the JW Marriott. The meeting will give attendees up-to-date information to help with ob-gyn practice. It will also offer information on coding, discussions of current controversies, and help with the increasing confusion surrounding medical practice management.

The recently established Physician Payment Sunshine Act has dissuaded many practitioners from developing relationships with manufacturers, making it more difficult to obtain information on new products, innovations, and medications. We hope to have a variety of exhibitors at the ADM to provide us with information as it relates to our practice. If you know of any exhibitors who wish to contribute, please direct them to the exhibitor prospectus on the District V website. More information on the meeting will be forthcoming. I hope to see you there.

 

Junior Fellow news

Dr. Katharine K. Raisler

Katharine K. Raisler, MD, District V Junior Fellow chair

I’m happy to report we held a successful Junior Fellow Day on September 11 in Louisville, KY. The event had more than 50 attendees, including medical students, residents, young physicians, and Fellows.

The meeting was held in conjunction with the Kentucky Section Annual Meeting, which is held with the Kentucky Medical Association. The theme for the Kentucky Section meeting was “Safeguarding Kentuckyʼs Women,” with a focus on women and drug addiction. In keeping with this theme, we organized a clothing and supply drive for women at The Healing Place, a local rehabilitation center.

The morning was split between simulations and hands-on workshops and a mock oral board presentation. Participants were encouraged to view the excellent scientific posters on display. Luke A. Newton, MD, past Junior Fellow Congress Advisory Council chair, gave an interactive lecture during lunch.

Junior Fellow Officers

District V Junior Fellow officers at the Junior Fellow Day

The afternoon featured three oral presentations, a Stump the Professors session, and our surgical film winner. Mary E. Sterrett, MD, a resident at the University of Louisville, won the oral presentation component of the meeting with her abstract “Pregnancy Outcomes in Opiate Addicts Treated with Acute Withdrawal versus Methadone Maintenance: A Retrospective Analysis of a Case-Controlled Study.”

In other news, District V held its second annual contest for Junior Fellow community service projects, a mini Junior Fellow Initiative Toolkit contest. The winners were:

  • A Pap smear outreach program for Hispanic women in Ohio
  • An easy-care sustainable garden for women living in a maternity home in Indiana
  • A comprehensive sexual health education program taught by residents and medical students in public schools in Ohio

As we start a new year, I’d like to take the opportunity to welcome our excellent new district officers:

  • District V Junior Fellow vice chair: Rosalyn E. Maben-Feaster, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • District V Junior Fellow secretary-treasurer: Marlena N. Mattingly, MD, Indiana University, Indianapolis
  • District V Junior Fellow advocacy chair: Neena T. Qasba, MD, Indiana University, Indianapolis

Junior Fellow Day

Luke A. Newton, MD, past Junior Fellow Congress Advisory
Council chair, gives an interactive lecture at the Junior Fellow Day during lunch.

We are also thrilled to welcome the following section officers:

  • Indiana Section Junior Fellow chair: Paul C. Mayor, MD, Indiana University, Indianapolis
  • Indiana Section Junior Fellow vice chair: Megan K. Stoller, MD, St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
  • Kentucky Section Junior Fellow chair: David A. Lovejoy Jr, MD, University of Kentucky, Lexington
  • Kentucky Section Junior Fellow vice chair: Diogo Torres, MD, University of Louisville
  • Michigan Section Junior Fellow chair: Anushka M. Chelliah, MD, Wayne State University, Detroit
  • Michigan Section Junior Fellow vice chair: Ahizechukwu C. Eke, MD, Michigan State University/Sparrow Health System, Lansing
  • Ohio Section Junior Fellow chair: Devin D. Namaky, MD, TriHealth, Cincinnati
  • Ohio Section Junior Fellow vice chair: Jessica R. Zolton, DO, Summa Health System, Akron
  • Ohio Section Junior Fellow secretary: Abby C. Richards, DO, TriHealth, Cincinnati
  • Ohio Section Junior Fellow advocacy chair: Shannon D. Armbruster, MD, Summa Health System, Akron
  • Ontario Section Junior Fellow chair: Mathew Leonardi, MD, University of Toronto
  • Ontario Section Junior Fellow vice chair: Sonali Lokuge, MD, University of Toronto

I’d like to point out that we have two new official Junior Fellow positions this year: District V Junior Fellow advocacy chair and Ohio Section Junior Fellow advocacy chair. We expect these two energetic and passionate individuals to help involve more Junior Fellows in advocacy activities and are excited to see their contributions.

We look forward to working to serve you in the coming year. Please “like” the District V Facebook page to stay up to date on Junior Fellow events and issues. Do not hesitate to contact your Junior Fellow officers with any questions or concerns. 

 

Section reports

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

The Indiana Section expects a busy year in 2014. Foremost on the list of activities is hosting the District V and VII Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, October 10–12. I am convinced that you will be challenged by the scientific program and impressed by the accommodations at the JW Marriott, which was the headquarters of the 2012 Super Bowl. Downtown Indianapolis has many cultural opportunities, all within walking distance of the hotel. We Hoosiers hope you will join us.

The section continues to hold three traditional education meetings per year. The Section Advisory Council has started videoconferencing these meetings to distant cities in our state in an effort to provide more tangible educational value to members who find it difficult to travel to the meetings.

Two sites are currently participating in the videoconferencing, with more showing interest. We hope to provide this offering to many members in the future. If your city or hospital is interested in hosting a videoconference, please contact me at megentrymd@gmail.com or James E. Sumners, MD, section vice chair, at jesumner@stvincent.org.

The current political landscape in Indiana centers on prescription drug abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome. Emergency rules have been enacted by the attorney general and will become permanent in December 2014. The Legislature is considering a bill that would help assess the prevalence and severity of intrauterine exposure to narcotics through data tracking. Dr. Sumners invited a physician who was instrumental in the formation of the emergency rules to our January meeting to update members on the new rules.

Brownsyne M. Tucker-Edmonds, MD, continues to lead our political and advocacy efforts in Indiana and is involved with our state medical association, state department of health, and ACOG national. Each of these organizations has proven to be a supportive partner in efforts to improve and protect the health of women in our state. As we move forward, we hope to be more involved in the legislative process and be more proactive rather than reactive to legislation of importance.

Once again, I hope you will join us at the combined District V and VII Annual Meeting. While Indiana is not known for being a destination site, I think you will find that our weather is beautiful in the fall, our best season, and the venue will be to your liking. Meeting information will be posted on the District V website as it becomes available.

 

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

The 32nd Michigan Section Annual “Snow Meeting” was held January 30–February 1 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. The Section Advisory Council meeting started off the event. We were happy to have Donald K. Bryan, MD, District V chair, in attendance. The educational program followed and, as per tradition, each speaker donned the famous Snow Meeting hat.

The James Gell Lecture, our endowed lectureship, was titled “Congenital Mullerian Anomalies from Agenesis to Didelphis” and given by Elisabeth H. Quint, MD, professor of ob-gyn and director of the pediatric and adolescent gynecology program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The program also featured a long-acting reversible contraception seminar and speakers on minimally invasive surgery, practice management, hypertensive disease in pregnancy, and treatment of opioid dependence.

Attendees enjoyed perfect ski conditions at Crystal Mountain, with a snow base of more than 120 inches. On Friday evening, colleagues from all over the state joined each other at a group dinner. We welcome all Fellows and Junior Fellows, and extend a special invitation to our neighbors in District V, to attend the 33rd Annual Snow Meeting, tentatively scheduled for January 29–31, 2015.

The Michigan Section continues to have a busy legislative agenda. We are working diligently to encourage our state Senate to pass a bill permitting expedited partner therapy, which has seen complete non-partisan support in the House. Other initiatives include sponsorship of legislation regarding mandatory reporting of maternal deaths in the state.

Cheryl Gibson-Fountain, MD, section secretary, led a five-member delegation at the ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference, March 2–4, in Washington, DC. We plan to host a State Legislative Day on March 12 with our Junior Fellows so we can further engage with legislators.

Save the date for the Junior Fellow Research Day, scheduled for May 21, in East Lansing. The Section Advisory Council will meet again following this event. 

 

Dr. Laura J. DavidOhio
Laura J. David, MD, section chair

The Ohio Section has been active with its usual assortment of projects over the last five months. The Section Advisory Council met on February 21 at the Ohio State Medical Association headquarters in Columbus. The section has a Lobby Day planned for April 1 at the Ohio Statehouse.

A wide range of legislative issues continues to dominate our agenda. There are multiple bills in the state Legislature that threaten the patient-physician relationship and patient decision-making. We are working with physicians and other health care organizations in monitoring these bills and lobbying for the preservation of physician autonomy and patient’s rights and privacy, particularly when it comes to reproductive health issues.

Under the leadership of Wayne C. Trout, MD, Ohio Section vice chair and legislative chair, and section lobbyists, we are also involved in legislation regarding dense breast notification and expedited partner therapy for sexually transmitted infections. The section had eight representatives at the ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference, March 2­–4, in Washington, DC.

In other news, I was appointed to the Medicaid Perinatal Clinical Advisory Group as a part of a team of clinicians and specialists asked to aid Gov. John R. Kasich’s Office of Health Transformation. Devin D. Namaky, MD, section Junior Fellow chair, was appointed by Gov. Kasich to the Maternity and Newborn Advisory Council.

I was invited to speak as part of a panel presentation, along with Ohio Planned Parenthood executives, at the November 13 meeting of the Cleveland chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. The presentation focused on women’s health legislation and reproductive rights.

The section will continue to focus on building our leadership team and advisory council membership, supporting legislative efforts and collaborating with other organizations, and serving the needs of our colleagues throughout the state.

 

Legislative update

Dr. Connie G. WhiteConnie G. White, MD, District V advocacy chair and Kentucky Section chair

The ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference (CLC) was held March 2–4, in Washington, DC. District V was represented by 24 participants from its five sections. Legislation regarding reproductive health issues, expedited partner therapy, lay midwifery practice, and the patient-physician relationship are just a few of the issues we’ll grapple with in the coming year. Our patients and our specialty need our advocacy!

District V held its Annual Legislative Coffee Time prior to the opening session of the CLC on Sunday, March 2. This event was initiated in 2012 to give our attendees an opportunity to discuss common difficulties and develop support networks. Kathryn Moore, ACOG director of state legislative and regulatory affairs, was on hand to guide both newcomers and seasoned advocates through the legislative process in District V. If you have never been to the CLC, consider adding it to your 2015 schedule. The dates for the 2015 CLC are March 8–10.

Donald K. Bryan, MD, District V chair, worked with the District V Advisory Council to develop the new positions of district advocacy chair and Junior Fellow advocacy chair. I was elected District V advocacy chair and will be an invited guest of the District V Executive Committee. Dr. Bryan and I will work with Barbara Levy, MD, ACOG vice president of health policy, to ensure the role of district advocacy chair encompasses all the areas in which ACOG works to advocate for our patients. I will be contacting section chairs to identify members who can help lead local advocacy efforts.

Neena T. Qasba, MD, was elected District V Junior Fellow advocacy chair and will work with Junior Fellow leadership to define that role. Additionally, the Ohio Section has designated Shannon D. Armbruster, MD, as its Junior Fellow advocacy chair.

 

Ob-GynPAC needs your support

Dr. Laura J. DavidLaura J. David, MD, District V Ob-GynPAC representative and Ohio Section chair

Ob-GynPAC, ACOG’s federal political action committee, continues to be vigorously active as we head into the 2014 elections and anticipate an increasing amount of federal and state legislation affecting the day-to-day interaction between patients and physicians. Contributions to Ob-GynPAC are vital so the PAC can lobby Congress about important issues, such as preserving the sanctity and privacy of the patient-physician relationship and ensuring funding for health prevention programs for women and their families.

Over the last two years, Ob-GynPAC has raised more than $1 million, which places it at the same level as the most active physician specialty groups on Capitol Hill. The PAC had its best year of fundraising in 2013, with $580,000 in contributions.

This year, ACOG provided space on its annual dues statement to indicate a PAC contribution. The efficiency of this all-in-one billing and payment form resulted in an excellent start to 2014. More than $110,000 has been raised nationally from this effort. However, we still have a long way to go before the fall elections. We must continue to consider how we can make our voices heard at the state level.  

Ob-GynPAC is bipartisan. In 2013, it contributed to 66 Democratic candidates and 57 Republican candidates, with the total monies spent virtually equally between Democrats and Republicans. It considers candidate races and issues individually and with wide input from members of the Ob-GynPAC Governing Committee and the Committee on Government Affairs, along with the ACOG Government Relations and Outreach department.

In 2013, District V members contributed more than $31,000 to the Ob-GynPAC. However, just 5.9% of our members were responsible for this contribution. In comparison, among the other 10 contributing districts, 9.6% of members on average participated.

We know that there are many issues concerning women’s health within Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio, and the work that Ob-GynPAC does at the state and federal levels and its assistance and legislative resources are invaluable to us all. Junior Fellows alone raised $39,000 for Ob-GynPAC last year. Let’s join them in our commitment to the future of medicine and ob-gyn. 

Any amount of contribution is welcome. Visit the Ob-GynPAC website for more information. (You will not be favored or disadvantaged by reason of the amount of your contribution or a decision not to contribute. Contributions from foreign nationals are not permitted.)

 

Calendar of events

2014

April
1
Ohio Section Lobby Day
Columbus
Contact: Laura J. David, MD,
ljdmd78@aol.com

26–30
Annual Clinical Meeting
Chicago
acog.com/acm

October
10–12
Annual District Meeting (with District VII)
JW Marriott
Indianapolis
Contact: Katherine Miller, 202-863-2532 or 
kmiller@acog.org

 

2015

January
29–31
Michigan Section Annual Meeting
Crystal Mountain Resort
Thompsonville
Contact: Jody Jones, MD,
jody_jones@ihacares.com

March
8–10
Congressional Leadership Conference
Washington, DC
Contact: Stacie Monroe, 202-863-2505