The Executive Desk: Serving You

Hal C. Lawrence III, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO

Welcome to the December issue of ACOG Rounds, your monthly member e-newsletter. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season. This year has shown itself to be an important time in women’s health care, and we’re especially proud of the work we’re doing to serve your needs and those of your patients as we strive to improve women’s health care across the nation.   

Now, let’s dive into the issue.

In this month’s blog post, It’s Never to Early to Prepare for an Emergency, ACOG President Haywood L. Brown, MD, reminds us that having emergency protocols in place ensures we are able to restore regular delivery of care quickly and efficiently. Read this blog post to learn how every hospital can evaluate and prepare for disasters and emergencies.

December 1 is World AIDS Day. In the United States, women account for 19 percent of new HIV infections and 25 percent of persons diagnosed with AIDS who die with HIV/AIDS. Women are particularly vulnerable to HIV due to social, behavioral and biological factors. I encourage you to read Women and HIV Website a Useful Resource for You and Your Patients, to learn more about the guidance and resources ACOG has available for you on this critical topic. Also, view our Patient Education Tip of the Month for patient resources on HIV.

With the new year comes a new ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting. The theme for 2018 is “Medical and Surgical Innovations in Health Care.” As such, we’re not only including content on significant innovations in our field, but have also used this theme as an opportunity to revolutionize our meeting! Read 2018 Annual Meeting—TGIF and Other Innovations to see what’s new for 2018. This year’s meeting will be held in Austin, TX, from Friday, April 27 through Monday, April 30.

Other interesting articles I highly recommend include:

And, as always, ACOG Rounds is your go-to source to review all the latest clinical practice guidance documents released in November and December that will keep you practicing at peak efficiency.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you. Please enjoy this issue of ACOG Rounds.

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