All three lectures in this year’s program, which starts at 9 am Saturday, May 2, connect with the theme of this year’s Annual Meeting, “Teaming Up for Women’s Health.”
“I chose the issue of promoting teams for women’s health care because it’s almost a natural evolution into the reform measures that we’re currently dealing with and how important it is to increase access for quality health care for women through increasingly effective functioning health care teams,” said ACOG President John C. Jennings, MD.
Dr. Wah will give this year’s Hale Lecture, “Improving Women’s Healthcare with Organized Medicine and Technology.” An obstetrician-gynecologist and reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Wah 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.
He has been a leader in the idea of tying healthcare systems together and integrating electronic tools into health care. During the lecture, he will discuss the power, promise and pitfalls of these concepts.
“That’s a big part when creating teams that communicate effectively and that have the ability to quickly respond to needs of patients by using the proper communication tools,” Dr. Jennings said.
The Anna Marie D’Amico Lecture, “Leading a High Performing Women’s Healthcare Team: Your ‘How To’ Checklist,” will be delivered by another ACOG Fellow, C.M.A. Max Rogers, MD, FACOG, from Mobile, Ala. Before going to medical school and entering private practice as an obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Rogers served in the Marines as a fighter pilot.
In his second career, he took his experience of how crews work together in the military to accomplish a mission and applied the same principles to improving patient safety and overall healthcare quality. The lecture will talk about the root causes of medical errors and what part the physician must play in a health care team to get highly reliable results.
“Aviation safely, especially in the military, is truly a fine art because these people are highly dependent on their crews to make sure the plane is ready to go, sometimes on a moment’s notice,” Dr. Jennings said. “That’s the way medicine works. You never know what’s going to hit you in the face in terms of a medical emergency or difficult medical problem.”
C.O. Granai III, MD, FACOG, will give The Jim and Midge Breeden Lecture, “The Good Fight,” to wrap up the Presidential Program. Dr. Granai, program director of the Program in Women’s Oncology and an Associate Professor at Brown University, will discuss how the public perception of physicians differs from how physicians view themselves, why it matters for physicians to understand how the public feels, and how to work closely with team members to deliver health care that works for patients.
After a 30-minute break, all three presenters will take part in a question-and-answer session.
“We’ll get some good questions because all of the lectures will be very provocative lectures,” he said.
The Presidential Program serves as the kickoff to this year’s meeting and to the meeting’s overall teamwork theme, and the theme will be carried out in multiple sessions throughout the meeting.
The teamwork emphasis started in January 2014 with different teams looking at issues such as team leadership in women’s health care at the student, resident and practicing physician level and practice transformations as health care evolves into a quality/value-based system.
“It’s a continuum. It’s not ending in May,” Dr. Jennings said. “It’s something that’s going to be embedded in our system.”