In my role as ACOG President, I have the opportunity to work with many talented and dedicated people who serve on the Executive Board. The Board consists of national officers, district chairs, members at large, subspecialty representatives, and a public member. Our purpose is to carry out the objectives of ACOG by conducting the general management of the organization.
The recent meeting on July 12-14 was particularly productive.
The Board accepted the soon-to-be-published report from Immediate Past President Dr. Jeanne Conry’s Women’s Wellness Task Force. The task force worked to update and define key components of the well-woman visit, including age-specific recommendations for screening studies and other preventive health measures. The report also supports the value of offering pelvic examination as a component of the well-woman visit. This thoughtful and scientifically-based report supports the important role that obstetricians and gynecologists play in health care throughout a woman’s lifetime.
The Board also approved a strategic action plan for promoting global women’s health. The Global Operations Advisory Group was initiated by past president Dr. Jim Martin and has made remarkable progress since 2009. This new strategic plan is designed to organize and strengthen resources for health care efforts in other countries. ACOG members interested in global health affairs will have better opportunities to serve and learn from these structured programs. ACOG is the premier organization for women’s health and the Board’s support for global operations is a source of pride for all ACOG Fellows.
Another important responsibility of the Board is to approve and reaffirm policies of the organization. In an effort to insure transparency of all ACOG policies, the Board voted to provide access to policies through the ACOG website. This will let the public as well as members know where ACOG stands on important issues.
The Board is busy in many other areas as well. We received reports from working groups assigned to address needs of our Fellows related to practice transformation associated with health reform, and to promote leadership of women’s health care teams. Additionally, the Council of District Chairs is exploring ways to expand direct communications with our membership.
It was an honor to preside over this meeting. The Executive Board and all of our leadership are working hard to meet the needs of our Fellows and the women we serve!