Many members may think that past ACOG presidents walk into the sunset after their term and bask in the memories of travel and good times (forgetting all the crisis management and trials they met during their tenure!). When the E-Blizzard asked ACOG Immediate Past President James N. Martin Jr, MD, what he was doing nearly a year after his presidency, he sent a one-and-a-half page, single-spaced “summary” of his five-year goals.
Dr. Martin currently serves on the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) Executive Board, representing ACOG and the US. He is also managing consistency in hypertension in pregnancy guidelines with FIGO, the International Society for the Study of Hypertension and Pregnancy, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Remarkably, Dr. Martin is doing these tasks while practicing maternal-fetal medicine; teaching residents and fellows; organizing telemedicine outreach and expanding maternal-fetal research in Mississippi; and serving as assistant dean for the Graduate School Master’s Program in Clinical Sciences at the University of Mississippi. It’s exhausting just reading his commitments!
We look forward to continued reports from Dr. Martin and know that he will take some of District VII with him as he expands our focus to the world.