Section Officer Leadership Development Program prepares Junior Fellows
Guillermo Guzman, MD, Idaho Section Junior Fellow chair
Earlier in my career, when I first decided to become an ob-gyn, I envisioned myself helping patients in office and hospital settings. When I first became a Junior Fellow officer in 2012, I was excited at the prospect of being able to help my patients outside of these settings and become an advocate for women in general. But as soon as I had this thought, my next question was: “How exactly am I going to accomplish this?” Then, I learned about the Section Officer Leadership Development (SOLD) Program.
The SOLD Program is a one-day event designed for incoming Junior Fellow vice chairs. The purpose of the program is to help Junior Fellows better understand their roles and responsibilities as section officers. The SOLD Program is held the day before the ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference, The President’s Conference, in Washington, DC. This year, it was held on March 2.
The program had a nice balance between lectures and other organized activities that helped attendees develop leadership skills. Guest speakers included many active and past Junior Fellow officers who shared their experiences.
I enjoyed the opportunity to get to know other Junior Fellow officers from across the US and Canada, as well as Junior Fellows from my own district. By talking to people who have been involved in ACOG leadership for some time, I was able to gain a better understanding of the needs of my section and the resources available to meet them.
At the end of the program, I felt better prepared in my role as a Junior Fellow section officer. I am certain that I now have the proper tools to help women in my community.