Membership & Fellowship: Junior Fellows Begin 2017 with Ample Resources for Success

Kristen P. Zeligs, MD, Chair of the Junior Fellow Congress Advisory Council

ACOG Junior Fellows are starting 2017 with a bang, beginning with the welcoming of our new District Junior Fellow vice chairs in early January and the Junior Fellow Congress Advisory Council (JFCAC) Interim meeting, which resulted in lively and productive discussions regarding upcoming Junior Fellow initiatives. We appreciate the invaluable information, advice, and support provided by ACOG leadership and staff.

Junior Fellow Programming at the 2017 ACOG Annual Meeting

District I Chair Andrea Desai, MD, and District IX Junior Fellow Vice Chair Shilpa Mathew, MD, co-chairs of the JFCAC Contests and Meetings workgroup, are gearing up for the 2017 ACOG Annual Meeting, May 6-9, 2017, in San Diego.

This year’s Junior Fellow Day will take place May 7, 2017 from 8:00–5:00 PM and will include:

  • ABOG information for taking the oral and written exams
  • Do’s and Don’ts for Case List Preparation
  • Pathways to ACOG Leadership
  • The Dr. Scott and The Honorable Dr. Nan Hayworth Junior Fellow Course: Life After Residency…Transitioning from Training to Practice, with:
    • Contracts and business of medicine
    • Financial planning for Junior Fellows
    • Curriculum Vitae and Interview Planning

Look forward to the return of the Gerald and Barbara Holzman “Stump the Professors” program on Monday, May 8, 2017. Back by popular demand is the Jenny and Keith White “Are You Smarter Than a Junior Fellow?” session on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Additionally, we will hold our third annual Ob-Gyn Career Fair on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Physician Wellness

Mireille Truong, MD, District IV Junior Fellow chair, and Emily Penick, MD, District X Junior Fellow vice chair, are both chairs of our JFCAC Physician Wellness workgroup. They are preparing for our upcoming 2017 Ob-Gyn National Physician Wellness Week this spring, and are excited to announce the focus on physician wellness at the Section Officer Leadership Development (SOLD) Conference. Join us in recognizing the importance of wellness at the trainee level during this designated week.

Junior Fellows: Get Involved in Legislative Activities

District VI Junior Fellow Chair Carley Jo Zeal, MD, and District VI Junior Fellow Vice Chair Evelyn Hall, MD, co-chairs of the JFCAC Legislative Advocacy workgroup, are working with District XI Junior Fellow Chair Bailey Wilson, MD, and District XII Junior Fellow Vice Chair Shannon Schellhammer, MD, to finalize our program for our third annual Advocacy Brunch prior to the SOLD meeting and the Congressional Leadership Conference (CLC). This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of legislative advocacy and how to get involved.  We are excited for our anticipated record attendance this year!

Junior Fellow participation at the CLC continues to increase exponentially each year. Over the past 10 years, we have seen a six-fold increase in Junior Fellow participation at the CLC, and Junior Fellows now comprise almost half of the attendees at CLC. If you know a Junior Fellow who is interested in advocacy, please encourage him or her to attend the CLC this year!

Additionally, Junior Fellows continue to impress with their generous contributions to the ObGynPAC. In the 2015-2016 cycle, over 1,350 contributions came from Junior Fellows, totaling over $90k.

If you haven’t used our online advocacy modules that were designed in partnership with the CREOG Education Committee, make sure you check them out on the ACOG Junior Fellow website. The modules offer varying levels of engagement, ranging from individual resident self-study activities to longitudinal exercises best paired with faculty participation and group reflection and PowerPoint presentations that can be given as grand rounds.

We are also happy to announce we have increased our AMA activity and now have a resident/Fellow representative from each district! Additionally, many districts have incorporated a Junior Fellow district legislative chair position to help Junior Fellows at the district level get involved in advocacy. 

ACOG Awareness and Medical Student and Recruitment Initiatives

District V Junior Fellow Chair Katie McHugh, MD, and District VII Junior Fellow Vice Chair Kate Arnold, MD, encourage you to check out our six-minute, narrated Prezi presentation titled “What does ACOG do for me?” to learn about the many benefits of ACOG Junior Fellow membership. 

Junior Fellows from District I have worked tirelessly to create medical student PowerPoint presentations that are available on the medical student and District I Junior Fellow webpage. They, along with a few other districts, have started a countdown to CREOG series which includes an online question bank based on ACOG Practice Bulletins in preparation for CREOGs, which are also available on the ACOG Junior Fellow website.

Section Officer Leadership Development Conference

All incoming Junior Fellow section vice chairs are welcome to attend the SOLD Conference in Washington, DC, March 11, 2017! It’s going to be a great program with wonderful guest speakers on physician wellness!

As always, Junior Fellows remain dedicated to women’s health, and to designing programs and initiatives to support residents, fellows, and new ob-gyns.

Please feel free to reach out to me at any point with questions or comments at

I look forward to seeing you in San Diego for the 2017 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, May 6-9, 2017! 

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