The Executive Desk: Crucial Issues Abound

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

Welcome to the March issue of ACOG Rounds, your monthly member e-newsletter.

In this issue, we are pleased to provide information and guidance that we hope will serve you and your patients well.

ACOG leads the way on many crucial issues, and we hope you take this opportunity to get involved too.

Before I give my usual preview of this month’s issue, please indulge me on two items.

  • I would like to personally invite you to register for and attend ACOG’s leading educational event—the 2017 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting in San Diego, California, May 6-9. If you have not attended an ACOG Annual Meeting for a few years, then you don’t know what you are missing. The meeting has been entirely reprogrammed to focus more on providing you with scientific information you can apply to your practice.
  • Second, if you have yet to renew your membership in ACOG for 2017, please take this opportunity to do so today. We are much stronger if we all stand united. I am confident that your access to ACOG’s practice resources, informational products, advocacy efforts, and educational opportunities will serve you and the needs of your patients well in 2017.

Now, back to the issue.

In ACOG ’17 is the Place for Interactive Learning, you’ll get a summary of Annual Meeting courses and talks where your participation is not only wanted, it is crucial!

In his most recent President’s Blog, ACOG President Tom Gellhaus, MD, shows us how ob-gyns can be the secret weapon in the fight against heart disease.

In Expanding Coverage and Reimbursement for Immediate Postpartum LARC, we relay ACOG’s efforts to increase access to long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods, especially in the immediate postpartum period, and provide you with resources to assist in efforts to expand coverage and reimbursement for LARC.

In Promote Patient Safety with Free Teleconferences on Topics in Women's Health, we outline how this program works and how you can get involved. The next free teleconference covers medical trauma and its effect on women and their health care providers.

In OGWH Signs on with USAID ASSIST to Provide Zika Support in Latin America, we review ACOG’s Office of Global Women’s Health's (OGWH) participation in the USAID ASSIST (Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems) Project, which provides technical support services to Zika-related activities in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. 

And, as always, ACOG Rounds is your go-to source to review all the recently released clinical practice guidance documents that will keep your practice humming at peak efficiency and effectiveness.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you. Please enjoy this issue of ACOG Rounds. Your comments are always welcome at

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