Text of the President’s Program remarks made by ACOG President John C. Jennings, MD, who addressed Annual Meeting attendees Saturday morning:
Good Morning Fellows, Family and Guests.
Welcome to the 63rd Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Please be seated.
Welcome to San Francisco!
It is my privilege and pleasure to be with you today as we begin our annual educational and scientific meeting. It is particularly exciting for me to be able to present to you the totally new format of our meeting.
Starting the meeting on the weekend was your request, and we have tried to meet your other requests by adding more up-to-date relevant scientific information throughout the meeting.
Let me share with you what you can look forward to. After todays’ presidential program, you can meet with our speakers to ask them your questions directly. They will be in the Colleague Connection area outside of Hall D. This will begin the interactive education of our meeting, which will continue each morning at 8 am. Stop by Room 102 from 8 to 9 am, and enjoy some coffee while listening to oral research presentations, and have the opportunity to ask the investigators questions.
A new poster format is also available. Electronic posters will display on the Annual Meeting app and are scheduled to be presented by their authors throughout the meeting. You can look for the time the poster meeting of your interest will be presented, and once again ask questions to the investigator directly. They will also be in Room 102.
And how about that app for your phones! It is interactive and tailored to meet your needs. If you need help, visit the App Assistance Desk in the registration area. Be sure to download your schedule.
We also have a new session we are calling “APPY HOUR” at 3:30 on Sunday and Monday. Notice I did not say Happy Hour — it as APPY HOUR, spelled A-P-P-Y. This is a session where you can download and learn to use other apps useful to your practice.
This year, the six-hour and three-hour postgraduate courses, colloquia, clinical seminars, and lunch sessions are available to you every day.
And learning does not end at the formal educational sessions. Learning also continues in the Exhibit Hall, which will open on Monday. Please join us for a complementary lunch as you learn about new products and devices. Also, on Tuesday, there will be refreshments available for you in the Hall during the morning and afternoon breaks.
Thank you to the many people who worked on planning and executing this exceptional program. I appreciate and thank all of the Fellows and Junior Fellows who serve the College and Congress by participating on committees, task forces, in educational courses, and so importantly, through our advocacy efforts. Your role is powerful, and YOU are ACOG.
The theme of this year’s meeting is “Teaming Up for Women’s Health.” During this year, we have organized a presidential tasks force on Collaborative Practice and working groups on Team Leadership, and Practice Transformations. These initiatives are intended to lead us toward integrative, collaborative care which extending over the continuum of a woman’s life. We are not sitting back and watching change, but rather are beginning to direct it, leading in a patient center transformation that places women first.
The presidential task forces that I have initiated have produced documents delineating a multi-disciplinary team approach, which advances our mission through education, advocacy, practice, and research. And, we are promoting this at the local, district, and national levels.
Working together as a team begins with sharing our strategies and hearing your requests. This year, district leaders want to converse with you at a special Town Hall meeting held in Room 104 on Sunday at 1 pm.
I would like to extend a special welcome to the new Fellows from the classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015. Please stand.
Please allow this to be the first of many roles you accept in our wonderful organization.
As ob-gyns, we have many challenges to our field, but together we can overcome them.
Please join me in welcoming our new Fellows.
Our new fellows will be formally inducted into the Congress on Wednesday at the Presidential Inauguration and Convocation. Afterward, you can meet them personally at a reception in their honor in the Exhibit Hall.
They have been given a new member ribbon so you can identify them during the week and welcome them into OUR Congress.
I am sure we will all enjoy our time here. It is a city with energy that abounds and a nightlife that never ends and a place, if you don’t watch it, like the song says, you just might leave your heart in San Francisco.
The Committee on Scientific Program worked all year to put together this new educational program you are about to experience. This year’s chairs are Dr. Dan Breitkopf and Dr. Laurie McKenzie….
There is so much effort that goes into producing this meeting and I want to personally thank you and your committee in advance for the wonderful program we are about to experience.
Now I would now like to next introduce an individual who has also worked very hard to ensure that we are acquainted with the most up to date advances in technology, and other innovative advances in ob-gyn.
Dr. Marc Landsberg is the Chair of the Committee on Industrial Exhibits and was the prime mover in recruiting our exhibitors and product theater participants.
Please join me in thanking all the committee chairs for their tireless efforts on our behalf. AND—don’t forget to visit the exhibit hall where learning also takes place.
I now have the honor of introducing the National Officers of the College and Congress.
They, along with the entire Executive Board, have the responsibility to ensure that the mission and the priorities of the College and Congress are accomplished.
Please stand when I introduce your name and continue standing until each group is introduced. Please hold your applause until all have been introduced.
Dr. Mark De Franscesco is the President Elect.
Dr. Jeanne Conry is the Immediate Past President.
Dr. Scott Hayworth is the Treasurer.
Dr. Ben Cheek is the Secretary.
Dr. Lisa Hollier is the Assistant Secretary.
Please join me in thanking your national officers.
It is now my pleasure to introduce with great pride and gratitude our Vice Presidents of the College and Congress. …
Dr. Hal Lawrence is the executive vice president and CEO.
Dr. Lawrence is an agent of change, from redesigning our Washington DC office to fostering collaborations with partner organizations. He directs and collaborates with a brilliant team of vice presidents within ACOG.
Dr. Albert Strunk is the Deputy Executive Vice President and Vice President of Fellowship Activities. Dr. Strunk’s division has played a critical role in our medical liability work and in supporting our Fellows in their practice negotiations. Dr. Strunk will be retiring in June of this year. We will miss you, Al.
Richard Bailey is the chief financial officer and vice president of finance. Mr. Bailey is an appropriately stingy CFO who constantly watches our budget and keeps us on financially viable.
Dr. Sandee Carson is the vice president for education. Dr. Carson directs the Educational Division, whose staff is responsible for the planning of this meeting. Her division is also responsible for the district meetings and resident education through CREOG.
Literally, this division is responsible for education over the continuum of our careers.
Dr. Gerald Joseph is the vice president of practice activities. Dr. Joseph and his division develop our important clinical guidelines and committee opinions that help each and every one of us in our practices. Dr. Joseph will be transitioning from the vice president of practice activities to the vice president of fellowship.
And welcome our newest addition. Dr. Christopher Zahn who is now the vice president designate of practice activities and will assume Dr. Joseph’s role later this year.
Dr. Barbara Levy is the vice president of health policy. Dr. Levy is overseeing our global health agenda and navigating the complex arena of medical economics.
Penny Rutledge is our general counsel and vice president of legal affairs.
She not only provides legal counsel to all of our departments, but she also in an integral part in our advocacy efforts.
I am delighted to introduce the editor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Nancy Chescheir, and also take the opportunity to thank her vast company of volunteers who make the Green Journal the premier journal of our specialty.
Please join me in thanking our vice presidents, and Dr. Chescheir.
It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I introduce this year’s Presidential Program. Teaming up for Women’s Health. It emphasizes the role of efficient team care in providing the best we have to offer in obstetrics and gynecology.
We are the exclusive specialists in women’s health care. We offer women advice and treatment on the best health care choices with the intent of improving their lives and those of future generations.
We practice on the basis of improving quality, improving outcomes, and improving access to healthcare for women. The development of high functioning team care is essential to our ability to provide a broad range of quality services to our patients.
ACOG works to assure that women will have the healthcare they deserve.
Today I would like to paint a vision for our future directions in obstetrics and gynecology.
We have assembled an outstanding group of highly respected experts and innovators to address challenges impacting our specialty and women’s health care, here and around the world….
Please join me in thanking all of today’s speakers for their exceptional presentations and their dedication to education. Don’t forget, our speakers will be available for questions in the Colleague Connection Area just outside of Hall D.
I hope that you find this year’s Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting and San Francisco welcoming, exciting and inspirational.