Suwan Mehra, MD, District VII Junior Fellow chair
Wasn’t the Junior Fellow Interim Advisory Council Meeting in New Orleans exceptional? We had a sizable turnout of District VII Junior Fellows and medical students. Our preparation for the upcoming Annual District Meeting in San Antonio is in full swing. We are excited to partner with District XI in hosting the joint district meeting. As with previous district meetings, we are anticipating a considerable number of Junior Fellows will attend. I request that all Junior Fellows support the service project being held at the meeting, a clothing drive for women seeking to enter the workforce. Even a few minutes spent raising awareness of this event at your program and in your section will go a long way in helping us serve the community.
The work of ACOG’s political action committee, Ob-GynPAC, is important in ensuring availability, safety, and quality of care for our patients. Opportunity knocks but once! Don’t miss the boat on the opportunity to promote awareness of Ob-GynPAC among Junior Fellows. We hope support of Ob-GynPAC continues to grow so ACOG can have even more influence on Capitol Hill. We are in the process of developing a Junior Fellow state representative who will be responsible for following all state legislative activities pertinent to the practice of ob-gyn.
We are expecting a large group of medical students at the ADM this year. J. Martin Tucker, MD, District VII chair, has been highly supportive of medical student involvement in District VII. I encourage all Junior Fellows to help spark interest in medical students and invite them to the ADM. There will be residency fairs, surgical workshops, and social outings to help engage them with mentors in ob-gyn. The John M. Gibbons Medical Student Award can help alleviate their travel costs. Contact Sophie Barry, District VII manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sara C. Wood, MD, District VII Junior Fellow vice chair, will take over as District VII Junior Fellow chair at the conclusion of the ADM. The election season for section and district officers has begun. More information is available on the ACOG website. We have seen an increase in applications, which shows how much enthusiasm Junior Fellows have to serve within ACOG.
Please visit the Junior Fellow website for helpful resources and information for Junior Fellows in training and in practice. Contact me or any of your Junior Fellow officers with concerns or suggestions on how we can use ACOG as a venue to better serve the community.