What a ride this past year has been! As I wind down my time as ACOG president, I’m proud of our accomplishments—we remained a strong and vocal supporter of women’s reproductive rights, made strides in standardization of care and patient safety, and moved forward in communication and technology, including the introduction of the new ACOG app for ob-gyns.
Two main themes during my presidential year have been the essentialness of contraceptive access for all women and the importance of having women in leadership roles. For the “grand finale” of my presidency—the President’s Program on May 6 at ACOG’s Annual Clinical Meeting (ACM) in New Orleans—I’ve assembled a roster of phenomenal speakers that will offer their unique spin on these topics.
I’m happy to welcome Malcolm Potts, MD, chair of population and family planning at the University of California Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Dr. Potts has studied extensively the positive societal changes that come when women can make their own reproductive health choices. In a recent speech, Dr. Potts said “If you’re working in cancer or orthopedics or pediatrics, you make people healthier by trying to relieve pain and suffering. What we’ve done in gynecology is change civilization.” His lecture “Sex, Ideology, and Religion: How Family Planning Frees Women and Changes the World” is one not to be missed.
Next, I’ve invited two exceptional leaders, colleagues, and ACOG vice presidents, Sandra A. Carson, MD, and Barbara S. Levy, MD, to present “Your Personal Path to Leadership: The Road Less Traveled.” They’ll discuss their own not-so-traditional journeys to becoming leaders in our field and the need for diversity in leadership.
Rounding out the program, Gary Chapman, PhD, author of The Five Love Languages, will present his speech “The Five Languages of Apology.” His insightful presentation will discuss the importance of apology in developing, maintaining, and repairing relationships.
Though my year as ACOG president is coming to a close, my involvement will continue. I’m looking forward to supporting our new president, Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, in her endeavors and continuing to be an outspoken advocate for women. I’m also looking forward to more time for family and mountain biking in Nevada! Many thanks to ACOG Fellows and staff for your support and friendship throughout this amazing year.
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