Young physician report

Dr. Nicole E. MarshallDr. Sarah W. PragerNicole E. Marshall, MD, and Sarah W. Prager, MD, District VIII young physicians

The 2013 Annual District Meeting in Maui was great. Innovations suggested by young physicians to make meetings more family friendly were met with appreciation. The conference hall included a breastfeeding area and a kids’ row in the back of the meeting room. The biggest success for young physicians was the introduction of mock oral boards. Participants were grateful for the experience, requesting the session earlier in the conference and with more examiners.

Planning is already underway for the 2014 ADM. If you haven’t planned your trip, the meeting will be held at the Silverado Resort in Napa, CA, September 5–7. It is a combined meeting with Districts VI and IX. There will be a number of events specifically for young physicians. We plan to repeat the mock oral exam session and hope to offer it on Friday to allow more examiners to participate. If anyone is interested in helping with this session, please contact us

We’re also planning another mentorship luncheon for medical students and residents. We hope to have one young physician and one more senior Fellow to provide mentorship at each table. Again, if you’re interested in participating, please let us know. 

We still want to incorporate some changes to meetings that are reflective of the lifestyles of our younger ACOG membership. Some of the issues we have identified are listed below. If you have other suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Annual District Meeting suggestions

  • Choose locations with family-friendly activities
  • Time meetings around school schedules
  • Provide child care options during main sessions
  • Offer a back row in meeting rooms for parents with children
    • Provide coloring supplies, books, quiet toys, etc
  • Consider a separate play room in which lectures are broadcast
  • Provide breastfeeding rooms at all large meetings
  • Offer scheduled play group activities for parents to network
  • Provide openings in the schedule to allow for family time and activities during meetings
  • Encourage family participation with low-cost child registration fees and child-friendly food options
    • Make it clear that we welcome and encourage family participation
    • Engage children and parents to promote future attendance at other ACOG meetings

Interim District Advisory Council Meeting suggestions

  • Choose locations with family-friendly activities
  • Time meetings around school schedules
  • Provide child care options during main sessions
  • Offer low-cost child registration fees and child-friendly food options
  • Minimize guest costs, especially for Junior Fellow guests
  • Make it a “no-frills” meeting
    • Choose locations with easy transportation
    • Streamline meetings to minimize time away from family and practice
    • Encourage members to come early or stay late if additional vacation time is desired
  • Combine with the Annual Clinical Meeting, especially when it’s in a family-friendly location

I think we’ve addressed or started to address some of these elements, and we’ll keep striving toward the others as long as they are endorsed by the young physician contingency. As your young physician representatives, we want to continue to increase young physician and Junior Fellow involvement in ACOG, create room at the table for all constituents, and serve as a model for all ACOG districts. 

Don’t forget to check out the ACOG Young Physician website for additional helpful resources. If any young physicians have issues to bring forward, or if anyone has issues pertaining to young physicians, please don’t hesitate to contact us.