Update April 2014

 April 2014 | Volume 29 No. 3    

From the Chair - Eva Chalas, MD, FACOG, FACS
The Safe Motherhood Initiative “bundles up” in Syracuse
Get Connected!
2014-15 NYS Budget Overview
Call for Fellow Section Officer Nominations
Junior Fellow District Officer Elections
Top 5 Web Hits

Fun Facts About:
Chris Glantz, MD, FACOG - Program Co-Chair, 2014 Annual District II Meeting 
Iffath Abbasi Hoskins, MD, FACOG - Chair, Communications Committee 
Laura MacIsaac, MD, MPH, FACOG - Secretary/Treasurer, Section 1 (Manhattan)


From the Chair - Eva Chalas, MD, FACOG, FACS
One of the benefits of being District II Chair is the opportunity to meet with section officers from across the state. I recently had the chance to do just that during our Advisory Council spring meeting, held at the District II offices in Albany. The March 29th gathering was well-attended and featured engaging discussions about a multitude of District II events and activities.

Our special guest was Jay Keller, Esq., Counsel to Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (MLMIC). Mr. Keller’s presentation - Use of Voluntary Binding Arbitration in the Healthcare Setting - led to a lively conversation among council members. This previously unexplored avenue offers the potential of dealing with our professional liability concerns. I encourage you to read the presentation content here.

The day-long meeting included updates from Safe Motherhood Initiative (SMI) Co-Chair Cynthia Chazotte, MD, FACOG - (read about the SMI quarterly meeting further down in this newsletter) - and Legislative Committee Chair Leah Kaufman, MD, FACOG - (click here for District II’s legislative initiatives). We also discussed the upcoming Annual District Meeting (ADM) - October 17-19 in Manhattan. ADM Co-Chair Christine Herde, MD, FACOG walked us through the outline for the preliminary program, sharing ADM highlights including courses in robotics by Arnold Advincula, MD, FACOG, cancer screening with Carolyn Runowicz, MD, FACOG, well-woman exams with ACOG President Jeanne Conry, MD, PhD, FACOG, and a tribute lecture to Murray Nusbaum, MD, FACOG on genome sequencing by Michael Mennuti, MD, FACOG.

The Advisory Council meeting took a fun turn - as I joined several council members for a promotional video shoot. We shared on camera what we are personally looking forward to at the ADM. Special thanks to Nicholas Kulbida, MD, FACOG, Cynthia Chazotte, MD, FACOG, Christine Herde, MD, FACOG, Leah Kaufman, MD, FACOG, Mary Rosser, MD, PhD, FACOG, Joanne Stone, MD, FACOG, Coral Surgeon, MD, FACOG, and Howard Minkoff, MD, FACOG for participating in the shoot. Look for the ADM video promos and preliminary program on the District II website in the coming weeks.

The next in-person Advisory Council meeting will be held just prior to the ADM in October. At that time, we will also hold a strategic planning session - so that council members may have an in-depth discussion about District II’s priorities, goals, and how we may better serve you. We will keep you updated on the outcome of that meeting.

The Safe Motherhood Initiative “bundles up” in Syracuse
Ob-Gyn leaders and experts in the field of women’s health care met on April 4th in Syracuse. This meeting was graciously hosted by Robert Silverman, MD, FACOG, Chairman of the Department of OB/GYN at SUNY Upstate Medical University. The marked enthusiasm from Ob-Gyns and hospital support staff is reflected in our ever growing attendance with participation from over 70 hospital representatives.

SMI Co-Chairs, Mary D’Alton, MD, FACOG, and Cynthia, Chazotte, MD, FACOG kicked off the morning with an introduction and welcoming remarks. The meeting was then turned over to the Columbia University data team who presented the selected quality data measures for obstetric hemorrhage, severe hypertension in pregnancy, and VTE. This presentation allowed for a lengthy open dialogue on hospital data collection parameters. The afternoon was met by Salus Global Corporation who offered a hospital implementation program opportunity and gave an informative overview of the Culture Assessment Survey (CAS), which will be disseminated in May to every maternity care hospital. This was followed by workgroup co-leaders who highlighted the hands-on educational materials for each of the three bundles. Discussion of implementation challenges, barriers, and strategies rounded out the day.

The three maternal safety bundles (also known as management plans) will be rolled out to all maternity care hospitals in June. The bundles aim to enhance communication across the many disciplines in a variety of clinical settings who deliver health care to pregnant women, including Ob-Gyns, midwives, family practice physicians, emergency department physicians, anesthesiologists and nurses.

As we prepare for the next phase of project activities, we are pleased with the over 50 hospital engagement forms received to date. Be on the lookout for correspondence to SMI project core team leads in the coming weeks. The next SMI quarterly meeting will be held in July. Be on the lookout for more details.

If your hospital is interested in being part of the SMI, or if you would like further information, please contact Kristin Zielinski, Medical Education Director, at 518-436-3461 or at

Get Connected!
District II is happy to provide you with a new Membership Webpage, featuring access to a wide range of ACOG information - including a brief video overview of the district. This is part of a new membership outreach effort to new and existing members of District II. We have also launched a new Advisory Council Webpage. Meant as a resource for incoming and existing section officers, the page features useful resources, facts and data. Remember - District II has a full staff in Albany, NY ready to serve you. If you have a question or want to get involved in district activities, let us know: - or (518) 436-3461.

2014-15 NYS Budget Overview
On March 31st New York State achieved an accomplishment not attained for almost 40 years, the passage of a fourth consecutive on time budget. Overall ACOG DII’s lobby efforts proved successful in the 2014-15 enacted budget with excess liability coverage being maintained at $127.4m; $55m allocated for continued development of the State Health Information Network of New York(SHIN-NY) which is aimed to create an interconnected information highway for electronic health records throughout the state; preventing the establishment of retail clinics owned by publicly traded corporation; an acceptable compromise of the out of network provisions; and the continuation of a required collaborative agreement for nurse practitioners.

For additional information about these and other health related topics included in the 2014-15 Budget, the following are provided: Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried’s Healthcare Update and MSSNY’s Budget Overview. For highlights from the entire budget review Governor Cuomo’s press release announcing the passage of the 2014-15 New York State Budget.

Call for Fellow Section Officer Nominations
District II is currently accepting nominations for the following District II Section positions: Section 1 (Manhattan) Chair and Vice Chair; Section 4 (Long Island) Chair; and Section 7 (Hudson Valley) Chair. The terms of office are three years, beginning in November 2015 and ending October 2018. To become a candidate for office, your official address must be within the section in which you are running for office. Interested Fellows must submit the following materials electronically to  by June 1, 2014:

  • A letter from you stating the office or offices for which you would like to be a candidate
  • A one-page, single-sided, summary statement of your CV
  • A complete curriculum vitae

In addition, please remember that even if you are currently an officer, moving into another position is not automatic; therefore, you are required to submit candidate materials.

Junior Fellow District Officer Elections
District II is seeking interested and qualified Junior Fellows for the Junior Fellow District Vice Chair and Secretary-Treasurer positions for the 2014-2015 term. The Junior Fellow District Vice Chair serves a three-year term: one year as the Junior Fellow District Vice Chair, one year as the Junior Fellow District Chair, and one year as the Junior Fellow District Immediate Past Chair. The Junior Fellow District Secretary-Treasurer serves a one-year term. Terms begin at the conclusion of the 2014 Annual District II Meeting. Click here for complete information. Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2014.

Top 5 Web Hits:
Want to know in what your colleagues are most interested? Here are the top 5 visited District II webpages for March 2014:
ACOG District II Home Webpage
Changes in Depo Provera Coding
ICD-10 Preparing for the New World of Coding Workshop
Training, Self-Assessment & Certification (from the EFM eToolkit)
Update eNewsletter, April 2012 (Dr. Richard Berkowitz wins the
2012 King Faisal International Prize for Medicine)

Fun Facts About:

Chris Glantz, MD, FACOG
Program Co-Chair, 2014 Annual District II Meeting
Where do you practice? (hospital/location): University of Rochester Medical Center - Rochester, NY
Favorite quotation: “I cried because I had no eyes, until I saw the happy man who had no head.”
Hobbies & interests: Music, travel, cooking, reading
Pets: Two cats
Favorite vacation destination: Caribbean cruise
Favorite movie(s) of all time: Apollo 13
Favorite food(s): Raisins
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? Loved obstetrics for all of the usual reasons

Iffath Abbasi Hoskins, MD, FACOG
Chair, Communications Committee

Where do you practice? (hospital/location): NYU - New York, NY
Favorite quotations: “Less is more - more is essential!”
Hobbies & interests: Reading, movies
Favorite sports team: Cricket teams in Pakistan
Pets: None - except my grand-dogs Riley and Bark
Favorite vacation destination: Amelia Island, Florida
Favorite movie(s) of all time: Mayerling (Omar Sharif) and Gone with the Wind
Favorite food(s): Curry and rice and McDonalds!
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE pregnant women!

Laura MacIsaac, MD, MPH, FACOG
Secretary/Treasurer, Section 1 (Manhattan) 
Where do you practice? (hospital/location): Hospital based practice - Mount Sinai Health System, Manhattan, Beth Israel
Favorite quotations: Malcolm Potts: “In pediatrics or orthopedics we reduce suffering and prevent disease. In gynecology, we’ve changed civilization.”
Hobbies & interests: Yoga, basketball
Favorite sports team: NY Knicks
Favorite vacation destination: Caribbean
Favorite movie(s) of all time: Casablanca
Favorite food(s): Sushi
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? To be in a surgical field to empower women to live most fully



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