Sara C. Wood, MD, District VII Junior Fellow chair
Finally, it appears spring is here, which means the Annual Clinical Meeting is just around the corner! Two new Junior Fellow programs will be held on Sunday, April 27. A seminar by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology leaders will be followed by an afternoon dedicated to discussions on life after residency, or transitioning from training to practice. If you are in residency, a fellowship, or have yet to pass your oral boards, please come to these programs for valuable information.
I hope many of you will be able to attend the ACM. It’s always an educational, fun meeting. If you’re available, please stop by our District VII gathering and meet Fellows and Junior Fellows from across our district. The time and place will be available in the ACM final program.
District VII leadership continues to plan and prepare for the upcoming academic year and our joint Annual District Meeting with District V in October. We have several events planned, including a leadership course for Junior Fellows, a residency fair for medical students, and a community service project that will “exercise” all our skills—a fun run! The meeting is a great place to share your resident and fellow research projects. I recommend submitting your research for a presentation. More information will be available on the District VII website soon.
One of the greatest efforts from the Junior Fellow leadership this year will be to strengthen and connect Fellow and Junior Fellows across the district through social media. Kayla R. Fontenot, MD, District VII Junior Fellow vice chair, has been posting quite a bit on the District VII Facebook page. Please “like” the page now if you haven’t yet already. Future plans for the page include posts about residency programs and ACOG leaders in our district. We hope to engage members and inspire everyone to become more active in ACOG.
ACOG offers more opportunities to members than I can describe in this article. Many of you are aware of the educational papers, meetings, and other benefits we receive. However, I would say the greatest gifts ACOG has provided me are the mentors I have in our district and the advice they’ve given me. District VII Fellows are committed to the engagement and opinions of Junior Fellows and continue to embrace the ideas and opportunities we brainstorm. It is through their encouragement that each of us is able to grow as a leader, physician, educator, and surgeon.
Today, go find your mentors, and thank them. Let them know how they have impacted your career, your goals, and your desire to be a women’s health care advocate. As you move from residency or fellowship, look to your district or section leaders, and seek out new mentors. No matter what our subspecialties are, we are all united as ACOG members and ob-gyns.