The Executive Desk: Trying Times & the Ways We Make a Difference

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

Welcome to the September issue of ACOG Rounds, your monthly member e-newsletter. First, I’d like to address Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Along with the massive flooding, the hurricane has public health implications for our Texas-based members and our patients. Women continue to give birth and need medical care in the middle of a hurricane, and we at ACOG are monitoring the situation closely and looking for ways we can help. Please read this Special Message from ACOG President-Elect Lisa Hollier, MD, based near Houston, on ways you can make difference.

I would also like to thank Haywood L. Brown, MD, for his timely President’s Blog post on Charlottesville, which focuses on the biases we encounter in medicine and society—and how to overcome them. In the blog post, Dr. Brown discusses his own experiences with bias and asks the important question: “How can we ever achieve gender equity without ensuring women’s right to control their own reproduction in the United States and globally?”

Another alarming trend is the growing opioid epidemic, which affects our pregnant patients. ACOG is proud to be a leader working with other organizations to develop resources to combat this problem. A new patient safety bundle, Obstetric Care for Women with Opioid Use Disorder provides a broad framework for incorporating opioid use disorder screening, intervention, treatment, and follow-up into maternity care practice across health care settings. This bundle was developed as part of the combined work of the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) and the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care. Learn more about this opioid bundle in Rounds

In the article Early Indicated Delivery? ACOG Has an App for That! we introduce a new tool that offers timing of delivery suggestions for select conditions. This beta-tested calculator is part of the ACOG app and is based on ACOG guidance, including Committee Opinion 560: Medically Indicated Late-Preterm and Early-Term Deliveries

As always, this month’s Rounds includes educational information to help you stay clinically up to date on the latest research and guidelines. Along with the list of August/September Practice Updates, we also have an article about exciting new features in PROLOG. Read the article Have You Seen PROLOG’s New Features? to learn more. 

Finally, I’d like to address an important issue that is all too familiar to ob-gyns: physician burnout. With physicians 15 times more likely to suffer from burnout than any other employee in any industry, it’s no wonder 73 percent of physicians recommend their children follow a different career path. In the article Rising from the Ashes: Three Ways to Combat Occupational Burnout, we tackle things you can do to help alleviate stress.

Thank you for your dedication to our profession and women’s health care. Please enjoy this issue of ACOG Rounds.


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