Leadership Every Day
Leadership Every Day empowers you, as an ACOG member, to lead from where you are today and every day.
The Presidential Focus of Verda J. Hicks, MD, FACOG
Leadership Every Day is a campaign that aims to show obstetric and gynecologic health care professionals that they can practice and demonstrate leadership at every and any stage of their life and career and equip them with the tools and skills they need to lead from where they are.
About the Presidential Focus
Dr. Hicks is passionate about equipping physicians to be leaders within their communities. As the authorities on obstetric and gynecologic health and their patients’ trusted partners in health care decisions, obstetrician–gynecologists are perfectly positioned to serve as leaders for those around them—but often they are not trained to serve as effective leaders. Through the Leadership Every Day initiative, ACOG will gather and share leadership resources that will allow obstetrician–gynecologists to lead any place, any time.
Below are programs, resources, and materials gathered as part of ACOG’s Leadership Every Day initiative and Dr. Hicks’ presidential tenure. Additional resources will be added as they are developed throughout the year.
Frontline Voices is ACOG’s forum to help share and uplift members’ experiences and build community within obstetrics and gynecology professions. The relaunch of Frontline Voices as Frontline Voices: Leadership Every Day centers on elevating stories of leadership from ACOG members who are experiencing successes and struggles both during their leadership and career journeys.
Submit your own essay or other piece of creative writing to ACOG Frontline Voices: Leadership Every Day.
Programs and Resources
The ACOG Cefalo Leadership Institute gives high-potential obstetrician–gynecologists the tools they need to transform obstetrics and gynecology and confront today and tomorrow’s challenges head-on. Through a series of workshops with highly recognized physicians, leadership experts, negotiators, and communications specialists employing cutting-edge leadership assessment instruments, this intensive program will cultivate strong leadership skills for physicians of all experience levels. The program is overseen by ACOG Chief for Education and Academic Affairs AnnaMarie Connolly, MD, FACOG, and is hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
To learn more about the program and submit yourself to be considered for nomination to attend, contact your District manager or chair.
ACOG’s Mentorship Program connects experienced obstetrician–gynecologists with younger physicians, including those new to practice, Junior Fellows, and medical students, through a formal mentor-mentee matching program. Participants in ACOG’s Mentorship Program will create connections among fellow ACOG members, share their knowledge and experiences, and seek information on specific topics. This commitment can be as simple as a single conversation, or the beginning of an enduring relationship. This member benefit is free and available to all ACOG members.
In a special supplement to Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, ACOG members lent their voices and expertise to outline best practice strategies for recruiting, retaining, and advancing women physicians in the workplace. Contributing members also shared their additional insights into how to promote culture change within organizations, how to use metrics to promote equitable work environments, how to support advancement and workforce retention among women, and more. Read the supplements to learn more.
Some may find that bolstering the leadership skills necessary for an obstetrician–gynecologist can provide them with useful strategies and foundations to combat burnout and advance their own wellness. Others may need to take care of themselves before they feel equipped to take on leadership. No matter one’s approach to leadership, it’s clear that wellness is an integral part of being able to step up as a leader. Find resources dedicated to advancing wellness alongside your leadership journey on our website.