“The greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.” ~Jonas Salk
This past Tuesday I was awarded a great opportunity to do more: I became ACOG’s 67th President. As the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women, we have an unprecedented opportunity to do more and be empowered to make a difference in health care.
When I began my presidency, I ventured that we can make a difference in the next generation of health care through three main initiatives: global health, advocacy and new resident education models.
Integral work on this was started under our immediate past-president, Dr. Mark DeFrancesco. His leadership has helped our members adjust to the changing environment of medicine and improve care on critically important issues, including obesity and smoking. I would also like to thank past-president Dr. John Jennings for all of his years of service, forward thinking and guidance. As ACOG president, I vow to continue the work on collaborative care models and efforts to improve physician satisfaction started by our past presidents. Specifically, due to a future with fewer ob-gyns, it is critical workforce issues are addressed by potential changes to our current resident education programs. By researching, studying and developing alternative training and education models, ACOG will be better prepared to meet the needs of future ob-gyns.
My desire to work with global health was inspired long ago when my wife, Melanie, and I served on a medical mission in the Dominican Republic. From there my interest in global women’s health has only grown. Through global partnerships and collaborations, I envision a future of working together to increase the quality of health care provided to women in other countries. We must encourage, enable and empower more residents to receive incredible learning experiences like mine, which will hopefully inspire them to become lifelong advocates for global health care.
I also urge ACOG members to get involved with our legislative and political work, which is another important presidential initiative of mine: All In For Advocacy, a program launched by ACOG’s government affairs team in 2015. By being an ACOG advocate, every member can care for their patients, their practices and the specialty of ob-gyn.
So, let’s continue to make a difference in health care. Let’s empower each other and move into the future of our ob-gyn specialty: The Next Generation of Health Care.