The comments of ACOG President Mark DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, FACOG, who spoke Saturday morning at the annual President’s Program:
Good Morning Fellows, family and guests.
It is my privilege and great pleasure to welcome you all to the 64th Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Welcome to Washington, D.C.. Of course, this city belongs to all of us and needs no introduction. You are here to enjoy a fabulous scientific program, and hopefully some personal renewal time away from your busy practices and clinical obligations.
Thank you to the many people who worked on planning and executing the exceptional program that you will see this week.
“Take Charge of Health Care,” the theme of this year’s meeting, reflects the leadership role ACOG plays in women’s health. One year ago, when I assumed this office, I talked about things we needed to do for our patients, for our specialty and for ACOG, our organization. We’ve made great progress. For example, the first three “safety bundles,” for hemorrhage, hypertension, and thromboembolism, have been delivered to hospitals and are taking root. These were begun under Jeanne Conry’s presidency and are making a difference.
ACOG continues to advance patient safety with the launch of the re-designed Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence (SCOPE) program. The SCOPE application process has been streamlined, fees have been reduced and Fellows who achieve SCOPE certification will receive MOC Part IV credits.
Dr. John Keats will present more details on Sunday at 3 pm at the ACOG Booth (#610) in the Exhibit Hall, and staff will also be on hand on Sunday and Monday to answer questions.
This past year, our work groups have put together toolkits to help our practices address two major population health issues: Tobacco and obesity. These are all great things that we are doing for our patients.
For our specialty, our Wellness work group has surveyed our members and are helping to analyze what can be done to improve not only physician satisfaction, but the wellness of our practices. There is great joy in being an Ob-Gyn, and we want to restore that joy. Recognizing changes in the healthcare environment, and helping our members adapt to the new healthcare realities will also help us Take Charge of Health Care again. We need to lead the change.
And for ACOG, we have just about completed a new strategic plan. I want to thank the entire Executive Board, as well as the many ACOG staff members who worked throughout the year to complete ACOG2020. Because of your work, we will arrive in 2020 being the organization we need to be… and will remain so for many years to come.
I also appreciate and thank all of the Fellows and Junior Fellows who serve the College and Congress by participating in committees, on task forces, in educational courses, and SO IMPORTANTLY, by expanding advocacy efforts. Your role is powerful, and YOU are ACOG.
A special welcome to those new Fellows from the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016. You will walk across the stage in a few days to receive your certificate after you take the Oath of Fellowship. Please allow this to be the first of many roles you accept in our amazing organization. We are only as strong and as dedicated as is our membership.
Will all of those who are soon to be Fellows please stand.
Whenever you see someone with this “NEW FELLOW” ribbon, take a moment to welcome them into ACOG. Take a photo with them! Please join me now in welcoming our new Fellows.
The Scientific Program Committee worked all year to put together the program you are about to experience under the leadership of Committee General Chair, Dr. Dan Breitkopf and Program Committee Chair, Dr. Sharon Phelan.
Another learning experience is in the exhibit hall, which is open on Sunday and Monday. Please join us in the Exhibit Hall for coffee breaks in the morning and afternoon on Sunday and again for complimentary lunch on Monday.
Dr. Joseph Sanfillipo is the Chair of the Committee on Industrial Exhibits and was integral in recruiting our exhibitors and product theater participants.
Thank you very much Joe!
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.
Before proceeding with the program I want to tell you about an engaging new project that allows all members to be a part of the new ACOG national headquarters. On the bridge in the convention center is a mural that has been painted by world-famous artist, Joanie Rothenberg. The painting is a background for a glass mosaic which you will actually create! Please come by, choose a glass piece and glue it on the painting. The glass pieces were made by her husband, our own Dr. Jeff Rothenberg, and there are thousands of them, so join in, help us and leave your legacy at ACOG!
It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I introduce this year’s Presidential program: “Take Charge of Health Care.” It is undeniable that there are many negative things going on today, both in healthcare and in the world at large. Before we can hope to correct these problems, however, we must understand them better.
So today, we have assembled an outstanding group of highly respected experts to address the challenges that impact 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.
I hope that you find this year’s Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, and Washington DC welcoming, exciting and inspirational.