ACOG President Mark DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, FACOG, welcomed attendees to the 64th Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on Saturday morning.
Dr. DeFrancesco looked ahead to the variety of offerings at this year’s meeting — including the three President’s Program presentations that followed his speech — but also took a moment to look back at his year as ACOG’s leader. He said that this year’s theme, “Take Charge of Health Care,” reflects ACOG’s leadership role 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,” he said. “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.”
In the last 12 months, ACOG groups have put together toolkits to help practices address tobacco and obesity. Also, the re-designed Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence (SCOPE) for Women’s Health program continues ACOG’s commitment to patient safety, Dr. DeFrancesco said.
A session at 3 pm Sunday in the ACOG Booth in the Exhibit Hall will provide more details about SCOPE.
Member surveys by the Wellness workgroup have analyzed how to improve physician satisfaction and overall practice wellness to help members recognize and adapt to the new realities of health care.
There is great joy in being an ob-gyn, Dr. DeFrancesco said, and ACOG’s goal is to restore that joy.
“It is undeniable that there are many negative things going on today, both in health care and in the world at large. Before we can hope to correct these problems, however, we must understand them better,” he said.
Dr. DeFrancesco saluted the work of the Executive Board and ACOG staff members who worked on the new strategic plan, ACOG2020. He also highlighted the work of the Annual Meeting organizers, led by General Annual Meeting Chair Daniel M. Breitkopf, MD, Scientific Program Committee Chair Sharon T. Phelan, MD, and Committee on Industrial Exhibits Chair Joseph Sanfillipo, MD.
The new Fellows from the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 received special recognition from Dr. DeFrancesco. He invited the Fellows to stand and be saluted while also asking the audience to take a moment this week to welcome them into ACOG.
“Please allow this to be the first of many roles you accept in our amazing organization,” he told the new Fellows. “We are only as strong and as dedicated as is our membership.”