Notes from the President

Dear SASGOG Colleague,

Despite the ongoing challenges we all have faced in 2021, SASGOG continues to move forward to support you as an academic specialist and your institution.

Let me take a moment to catch you up on some of our activity.

Best regards,

Tony Ogburn, MD
President, SASGOG

Join us May 5th in sunny San Diego!

Our 10th Annual Meeting will be held in person in San Diego, CA on May 5, 2022. The Program Committee, headed by Dr. Makeba Williams, reports that many of our favorite features will be back including mentorship matching, Resident Reporters, small group breakout sessions and lots of opportunity for socializing. Registration and hotel information will be coming soon.  Be sure to SAVE the DATE!

A Call for Abstracts is underway.

PROGRESS Research Course

In the fall of 2019, the Exxcellence Foundation for Women granted SASGOG a small grant to explore reinvigorating the Exxcellence Research course, formerly known as the “Berlex” course and directed by Doctors David Grimes and Ken Schulz.

SASGOG formed a task force of national leaders to review the prior curriculum, budgets, and evaluations of the Exxcellence course. From our review of the materials, and interviews with key stakeholders, we believe that the Exxcellence course provided countless specialists and subspecialists with the expertise and the network needed to promote their research careers. We believe that SASGOG can create a fiscally sustainable course that achieves similar objectives. We further believe that we can incorporate contemporary adult education principles and instructional design and thus further innovate and make more impactful what was a superb course. We will also prioritize and retain the network-development component that was critical for and important to early career faculty and fellows.

Planning for this new course, an interdisciplinary Steering Committee for the PROGRESS Course (Program for Researchers in Obstetrics Gynecology and REproductive ScienceS) has been formed. We have solicited collaboration with other women’s health societies in curriculum content and design and have received enthusiastic responses.

We are pleased to announce Jeffrey F. Peipert, MD, PhD, Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Indiana University School of Medicine, will be the PROGRESS Course Director. Dr. Peipert is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and has a doctorate in epidemiology.  He has a long continuous track record of federal and foundation funding having conducted numerous randomized trials.  Dr. Peipert is well known for his Principal Investigator leadership on the Contraceptive CHOICE Project, which recruited 9,256 women and successfully followed them for 2-3 years for contraceptive effectiveness, satisfaction, and continuation rates. Dr. Peipert is well suited to lead the PROGRESS course as evidenced by his leadership in career-development award programs, leadership of research divisions and programs across multiple institutions, and leadership in and for numerous professional societies and governmental organizations including but not limited to SASGOG, ACOG, IDSOG, and the USPSTF. In addition to decades of mentoring experience, Dr. Peipert’s editorial and grant review experience is extensive and eclipsed only potentially by his personal publication record of over 260 peer-reviewed publications. Throughout his career he has been a consummate educator and mentor.

This is a great opportunity for SASGOG, the Steering Committee, and Dr. Peipert as course director, to take a leadership role in developing a course to provide the foundation necessary for successful research careers in academic medicine. Stay tuned…

Publications and Pearls of Exxcellence

A new book – In early 2020 we began soliciting authors for Surgical Gynecology: A Case-based Approach our latest SASGOG publication. The work is nearly completed, and the release is planned for December 2021. (Put it on your holiday shopping list!)

A merger – As the work on the book wrapped up, we recognized that there were many commonalities between the work done by the Publication Committee and the Pearls Editorial Board. To optimize the benefit of the work being done, the two teams have been merged into a single Committee: The Pearls-Publication Committee.

A new charge – The new committee, led by Drs. Ola Famuyide, Elizabeth Ferris-Rowe and Peter Schnatz, has the responsibility to investigate and advise the Board on external publication opportunities (e.g., the books produced in conjunction with Cambridge University Press).  The committee will also nominate SASGOG members to serve as editors on the external publications the Board of Directors decides to pursue.  The committee will continue its outstanding work on the Pearls including expansion of topics such as Quality and Safety.


SASGOG has recently joined ACOG and other leading physician organizations in signing on to two amicus briefs.


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