The reorganization of the Annual Meeting schedule this year has lead the Council of District Chairs (CDC) to reorganize its traditional gathering.
For the first time, the CDC will hold an “ACOG Town Hall Meeting,” which will take place from 1:15 to 2:30 pm today in Room 103 of the Moscone Center.
J. Martin Tucker, MD, FACOG, chair of the Council of District Chairs and District VII chair, said that the CDC had put together a program of top-flight speakers for this first Town Hall, which will take place during the full schedule of Annual Meeting events.
Dr. Tucker said all who are registered for the Annual Meeting, and their guests, are encouraged to attend.
“We’re excited about being on the main program for the Annual Meeting,” Dr. Tucker said. “Hopefully, we can learn from this meeting about the things we do well and the things that we can improve on for future meetings.”
American Medical Association President Robert Wah, MD, FACOG, will present “Organized Medicine: Amplifying Your Issues.” Dr. Wah, a reproductive endocrinologist, served as national chairman of the Junior Fellows of ACOG and also served on the ACOG Executive Board and Health Care Commission earlier in his career.
Also speaking at the Town Hall will be Michael C. Lu, MD, MS, MPH, associate administrator of maternal and child health for the Health Resources and Services Administration. He also directs the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Dr. Lu’s presentation, “Putting the M Back in MCH,” will include an overview of a national strategy to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity and what can be done to lead states in this effort.
Lucia DiVenere, ACOG director of governmental affairs, will give an update about the All-in for Women’s Primary Care program.
After these speakers, the CDC will present its Service Recognition Awards followed by the premiere of the new video “ACOG: We Are You.”
Dr. Tucker said the video is part of a new grassroots program to help the CDC connect with fellows and junior fellows across the country. CDC developed the video to be shown at presentations that take place at local hospitals or other local meetings.
The Town Hall concludes with a question-and-answer period for the audience. Refreshments will be available.