From the editor

Dr. Stella M. DantasStella M. Dantas, MD, District VIII secretary

It was so great to see many of you at the Annual District Meeting in September. What a wonderful meeting! Thank you to program co-directors Paul A. Gluck, MD, and John P. Keats, MD, for their impressive meeting agenda. 

I would also like to thank Laura A. Dean, MD, District VI vice chair and program chair, for combining an excellent educational experience with networking, mentorship, and even a dance competition (during which I am happy to say I competed with a fantastic group of Junior Fellows).

District VIII once again had a number of medical students attend the ADM and continued its support of medical student recruitment. A total of 35 medical students registered for the ADM, 29 of whom were from District VIII. Eight District VIII students received housing support, 13 received stipends from their sections, and a remaining 10 students funded themselves solely. 

Devon Rasmussen, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program, University of British Columbia, wrote about his experience for this issue of the Gazette. Reading his article, “2012 ADM: Medical student perspective,” should make you feel proud of District VIII’s efforts to encourage the best and brightest to choose our specialty.

The sections in our district continue to be at the forefront of legislative initiatives, patient safety and protection, cultural awareness, and education. British Columbia is working on a campaign to help address increasing cesarean delivery rates. Read about the “Power to Push Campaign in British Columbia” from Nicole J. Todd, MD, University of British Columbia resident. The campaign is an educational initiative empowering women with information to help them chose the safest birthing options.

Another University of British Columbia resident, Flora F. Teng, MD, shares her experiences from a one-month medical rotation in China in this issue of the Gazette. Learn about her illuminating journey into a foreign ob-gyn culture and how one must have “cultural humility” in “Junior Fellow shares lessons learned from rotation in China.”

Maternal mortality in the US continues to be a concern. As measured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the aggregate US pregnancy‐related mortality ratio was 14.5 per 100,000 live births for the eight-year period 1998–2005—higher than any other period in the previous 20 years. In response to this increase, sections are working on developing or resurrecting a formal process for maternal mortality review. William J. Peters, MD, past District VIII chair and past Montana Section chair, reports on Montana’s legislative work on this issue in “Saving moms in Montana: A maternal mortality review initiative.”

For more on legislative initiatives in our sections, read “Government Relations Committee: State legislative update” by Tony Ogburn, MD, District VIII legislative chair.

In Utah, Fellows are increasing education in their state on patient safety. Read “Utah Section reaches out to rural hospitals” by W. Lawrence Warner, MD, Utah Section vice chair, to learn more.

Also, do not forget to mark your calendar for the 2013 ADM at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui on September 26–28. Read “2013 ADM: Interactive learning in Maui” by Tod C. Aeby, MD, District VIII program chair, for more information.

Lastly, learn all you need to know about the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s “Maintenance of Certification: Part three­—cognitive expertise test” from Larry C. Gilstrap lll, MD, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology executive director. This test will be a new experience for everyone, and Dr. Gilstrap kindly agreed to explain the process.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, comments, or ideas at maddogcoutu@yahoo.com. The Gazette is your publication, and feedback is always appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you, and I hope to see you all in 2013 at either the Annual Clinical Meeting or ADM.