ACOG President John C. Jennings, MD, on Saturday welcomed attendees to the 63rd Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting with this year’s President’s Program, “Teaming Up for Women’s Health.”
The Presidential Program served as the kickoff to this year’s meeting and to the meeting’s overall teamwork theme. The theme will be carried out in multiple sessions throughout the meeting.
“We practice on the basis of improving quality, improving outcomes, and improving access to healthcare for women,” Dr. Jennings said. “The development of high functioning team care is essential to our ability to provide a broad range of quality services to our patients.”
Dr. Jennings said that as 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. (Click here to read the full text of the President’s Program remarks made by Dr. Jennings.)
Dr. Jennings selected the issue of promoting teams for women’s health care because it’s an almost natural evolution into the ongoing health care reform measures and the importance of increasing access for quality health care for women through increasingly effective functioning health care teams.
The teamwork emphasis started in January 2014. In the past year, ACOG has organized a presidential task 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,” he said. “We are not sitting back and watching change, but rather are beginning to direct it, leading in a patient-centered transformation that places women first.”
Before introducing the President’s Program speakers, Dr. Jennings welcomed attendees, thanked the meeting organizers, and outlined many of the changes that are a part of the 2015 meeting.
The meeting’s new format, which includes moving many events to the weekend and increasing the amount of relevant scientific learning, came from requests of ACOG members, he said.