As ACOG President, I feel a great responsibility to help our members and our specialty lead and evolve in these changing and often challenging times. To do so, we must focus on building a strong foundation upon the rigorous standards of excellence that guide us every day. One of the things I most enjoy about membership in ACOG is the community. With a central goal at hand, superior care for women and families, we come together to learn from, support, and develop alongside our peers. As we face more constant, direct, and often negative forces beyond our exam rooms, our community has another imperative: advocacy.
By cultivating the knowledge and capability of our existing and newest members, we ensure the future of our profession and the patients we serve. In part, this requires legislative and political advocacy by all of our Fellows and Junior Fellows. We must lend the diversity and depth of our community’s knowledge and expertise to help reach safe and sustainable outcomes on issues regarding women’s healthcare.
There are a lot of ways to become an advocate for our field, beginning with staying up to date on the most pressing political and legislative issues at hand through ACOG’s Government Affairs Newsletter. I hope you’ll also join me in one of my primary presidential initiatives, ‘All in for Advocacy Campaign,’ an initiative to increase legislative and political advocacy in every state, by every ACOG member. This initiative is just getting underway, but below I’ve outlined the key components.
- Grand Rounds Initiative: I want to speak to every ob-gyn residency program in America about the importance of advocacy! Are you a residency program director/instructor or a current resident? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your Grand Rounds presentation!
- Calls to ACOG Members: I am reaching out weekly to a randomly selected group of ACOG Fellows and Junior Fellows. I want to hear from you to gain a better perspective on what drives ob-gyns across the United States!
- Promoting Advocacy at ADMs: ACOG’s legislative and political advocacy will certainly be on the agenda at our Annual District Meetings – offering another great opportunity to get ACOG Members involved in our legislative work in DC and the State Houses. I plan to be at most ADMs to lead these important discussions.
- Get Out the Vote: The easiest and most important way to participate in the political process is to VOTE. Watch for ACOG Voter’s Guide highlighting the most important issues impacting ob-gyns this election year!
- ACOG Section Lobby Days: Your ACOG Section may have a state legislative action day at your state capitol this year. As ACOG President, I will join as many as possible, calling on state legislators to act on
The stakes are high, and I encourage each of our members to sign up and advocate on behalf of our profession and patients. We must fully engage in the political and legislative process and advocate for the highest and safest standards of care for women and families.