Section Updates - November 2019


The Alabama Section had a very successful Annual Meeting with Mississippi and would like to thank all who attended. Our Section officers are continuing to support the state Maternal Mortality Review Committee. Immediate Past Section Chair, Dr. Lynda Gilliam, recently met with Alabama Senator Doug Jones and other public officials to present the new MFM Telemedicine Program with the Alabama Department of Public Health, University of South Alabama, and UAB. She is also participating in the statewide Governor Opioid Council. Liaison members from Family Practice-Obstetrics and Certified Nurse Midwifery were appointed to the Section Advisory Council and will report annually to help align the work we do.



Our Section is expanding the number of council members from four to nine to help address the needs of ob-gyns in the state. We are focused on having representation from all four legislative districts and one at-large member, in addition to the existing four ACOG Section officers. For the past several years we have held a four-state meeting with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. We are exploring opportunities for local interaction such as regional dinners and social gatherings. The goal is to meet members where they are to give updates on ACOG Section, District, and National activities and accomplishments. This approach will also create opportunities for networking with colleagues.  



The Kansas Section enjoyed a successful joint meeting with Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Thank you to all who joined us at Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Missouri! We also had our second annual Section Lobby Day. It was attended by many Junior Fellows and provided a great opportunity to get the two residency programs in our state together.

The nature of a living in a largely rural state is that it can be difficult to get members together. To address this, we are increasing the number of opportunities for members to engage virtually with Section leadership. We hope you will join one of our meetings so we can provide support and resources for physicians practicing in rural areas.



Louisiana’s 2019 Section Meeting was held at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama. In the future, we will transition to a town hall meeting format hosted in different cities across the state. Our Section leadership is involved in different issues impacting physicians and patients. Five Fellows sit on our active maternal mortality review committee, and four Fellows are members of the Louisiana Perinatal Commission whose mission is to improve the health of women and children across our state.



En la pasada Reunión Anual de Distrito IV, VII y XI celebrada en New Orleans, septiembre 27–29, nuestra Sección México cambio su mesa directiva: Sergio Fajardo-Duenas, MD, como chair; Zamora Escudero Rodrigo, MD, como vice chair; y Jose Tiran Saucedo como secretario-tesorero, teniendo como objetivo principal en esta nueva gestión ingresar a más Fellows, reintegrar a los que no están activos, además de, apoyar y fortalecer a los Junior Fellows a que se inscriban al Colegio mediante becas otorgadas por la Industria NESTLE.

Trabajaremos impulsando las actividades académicas del ACOG con nuestra Federación Mexicana de Colegios de Obstetricia y Ginecología, en el Consejo Mexicano de Ginecología y Obstétrica, y en otras federaciones como la Federación Latinoamericana de Sociedades de Obstetricia y Ginecología.

En el pasado 69 Congreso Mexicano de la Federación Mexicana de Colegios de Obstetricia y Ginecología en Querétaro, octubre 13–17, nos distinguió la presencia del Presidente Ted Anderson, MD, participando como profesor en dos conferencias: como controlar las complicaciones de sangrado en cirugía laparoscópica y en histerectomía en pacientes con alto riesgo para hiperplasia y cáncer endometrial. Participamos además con un simposio sobre obesidad y diabetes en obstetricia. Se tuvo un stand de ACOG en donde se hizo la promoción a pertenecer al ACOG.

Se tiene programado participar para el año 2020 en el programa académico del Colegio Mexicano de Obstetricia y Ginecología con un simposio sobre perlas en obstetricia y en el Congreso Mexicano de Obstetricia y Ginecología con un curso sobre el impacto de la obesidad en ginecología y obstetricia. 


Finalmente, se tuvo la perdida lamentable de un miembro extraordinario y distinguido de nuestra sección México y quien además fue chair de la misma. Jesús Lozano de la Garza, MD, de la ciudad de Monterrey, falleció el pasado 13 de octubre de este año.




Our Section employs a lobbyist to bring the concerns of our membership to the capital. Thanks to their efforts, we continue to have excellent representation with key state committee chairs. The Mississippi Maternal Mortality Review Committee is active and functioning in a way that benefits ob-gyns and their patients.  

Our Section leadership has a strong relationship with the UMMC Obstetrics and Gynecology Student Interest Group to help encourage interest in our profession. We provide financial support for educational and hands-on events throughout the academic year. Sponsored students provide a written report of activities and future interests annually. Additionally, we support medical student attendance at our joint meeting with the Alabama Section each spring. Junior Fellows and Young Physicians are invited to participate in and attend local functions as well as the Annual Spring Meeting.



Missouri members participated in White Coat Day in Jefferson City this year as part of our ongoing efforts to engage with state legislators on women’s health issues. Key areas of focus are the “fourth trimester,” prescription drug monitoring programs, and maternal mortality and morbidity. Section leadership is working with ACOG National to oppose intrusive legislation that would interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.

There has been increased Section participation in statewide initiatives including the State Maternal Morality Review Board, the AIM Program, and the Learning Action Network. We would like to remind members that the Missouri Telehealth Network, provider of the Show-Me ECHO programs, has developed an incentive for the HOPE and CROWN ECHO programs.

In June, we met with Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma for the four-state Section meeting at Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Missouri. Our Section held its first Town Hall Meeting in conjunction with the Missouri State Medical Association’s meeting in Kansas City in April. Thank you to all who attended and watch for invitations to future Section events!



Our inaugural Oklahoma Section Advocacy Day was held in March. The program included education, lobbying at the capitol, and interaction with local legislators. We received positive feedback from attendees and the event resulted in the passing of HB 2334 by Roberts, S. & Quinn (Maternal Mortality Review Act). We will hold another lobby day in 2020 to address continued attacks on women’s health, improving health care in our state, and Medicaid expansion. Members will receive information and event details as they are available.



The Tennessee Section thanks all those who worked hard to organize and conduct the ADM in New Orleans. It was a great meeting!

We have recently been working on improving our partnership with members of the TN Department of Health. We have established a liaison between our Maternal Mortality Review Committee and the Section officers. We also had a productive initial meeting with the Chief Medical Officer of TennCare and his staff. We discussed how to better collaborate to serve our patients and Tennessee’s Medicaid block grant proposal.

Our West Tennessee regional meeting occurred earlier in October in partnership with the Memphis OB/GYN Society. ACOG president, Dr. Ted Anderson, conducted a Town Hall style discussion after dinner. This was well received and many in attendance expressed their appreciation. Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee are planning similar meetings to be held in January.


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