Junior Fellow chair’s report

Dr. Abigail A. DelaneyAbigail A. Delaney, MD

District VI Junior Fellows remain active and committed members of our community. At the 2012 Annual District Meeting, we were proud to unveil a mentorship program that will promote unity and education between Fellows and Junior Fellows within our district. We were also proud to have five medical students join us at the ADM: Lauren Gengenbach (Nebraska), Dorian Kristmanson (Saskatchewan), Adrienne Racek (North Dakota), Mary Rysavy (Iowa), and Laura Sienas (Nebraska). These students were recipients of the John Gibbons Medical Student Award, which funded their attendance.

The District VI Junior Fellow Advisory Council has divided its members into five task forces focusing on medical student recruitment, philanthropy and service, mentorship, advocacy, and Junior Fellow wellness and life balance. Junior Fellows in our sections have been active in promoting medical student recruitment, serving their communities through diaper drives, and developing advocacy campaigns for our patients and profession.

Ideally, moving forward, we’d like to dedicate portions of the District VI website to medical student recruitment and Junior Fellow wellness. The medical student portion would feature contact information for ob-gyn residency programs within the district. The Junior Fellow wellness portion would offer suggestions on how to prevent burnout and stress. We’d also like to develop section lobby days and opportunities to educate Junior Fellows on health care policy and advocacy.

The District VI Junior Fellow Annual Meeting will be held October 18–20 in conjunction with the Iowa Section Meeting at the hotelVetro & Conference Center in Iowa City. I hope to see you there!

If you are interested in becoming more involved with Junior Fellow projects, please contact me at adelaney@unmc.edu; Amandeep S. Mahal, MD, District VI Junior Fellow vice chair, at amandeep-mahal@uiowa.edu; or any of your section Junior Fellow officers. Please also read “Opportunities for Junior Fellow involvement” by Paul G. Tomich, MD, District VI Junior Fellow advisor.



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