Notes from the President
Dear SASGOG Colleague,
In a normal year, SASGOG members would have gathered in-person as part of the Annual Meeting to discuss the business of SASGOG. But 2020-2021 was not a normal year by any standard and so I am writing to you to recap our activity for the year. As you can see, with your support, SASGOG has continued to grow and thrive.
I look forward to your involvement as we strive to INSPIRE and EMPOWER the academic generalist.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns or suggestions.
Tony Ogburn, MD
Membership Renewal Year – Jan thru Dec.
This year we transitioned from anniversary-date membership renewal to a January – December membership year. We had heard from many of our members that you wanted us to make this transition and you overwhelmingly renewed your membership in January. Our membership not only maintained but increased over the previous year. Thank you for helping make this transition such a success.
ACOG-CDC Uterine Cancer Project
We were invited to provide 6 SASGOG members to the ACOG-CDC Uterine Cancer Detection and Prevention program. That work is well underway with educational materials and a publication summarizing the project coming soon. We were also invited to provide an additional 6 SASGOG members to participate in the next module in the series of ACOG-CDC sponsored cancer projects on Ovarian Cancer.
Resident and Faculty Awards
We had a record-breaking participation by our Supporting Institutions in our Resident Award Program and Faculty Award Program in 2020 and 2021. The awardees are listed on our website.
We also had a record number of volunteers for SASGOG committees. In fact, we had more than twice as many volunteers as we had committee openings. If you were not selected for a committee, don’t be discouraged. We have lots more work to do and please keep your eyes posted on our social media channels for more opportunities to get involved.
New Website – Social Media Updates
Have you noticed our new website? In mid-April we launched our new website, thanks to the dedicated work of our Communications Committee. Be sure to check out our Jobs Search page.
Research Quarterly Newsletter
Last fall the Research Committee launched the first Research Quarterly Newsletter. It is full of information about ongoing studies, research news and career highlights from other academic Researchers in general obstetrics and gynecology. The May issue explained how to promote your research study to SASGOG members.
Pearls Editorial Board
The Pearls Editorial Board had a productive year this year despite the COVID-19 challenges reviewing and revising 69 existing articles, publishing 4 new articles, and extending their reach to an audience of more than 10,000.
We also wrote a book! Our latest publication, “Surgical Gynecology: A Case-Based Approach” is comprised of more than 80 cases all authored by SASGOG members. Publication is planned for late summer 2021. Discussion is underway about possible new editions of several of our textbooks with additional opportunities for our members to be a contributing author – stay tuned!
As you know, the 2020 Annual Meeting was canceled due to the pandemic. But our first virtual Annual Meeting on April 9,2021 was a big success. The Program Committee under the leadership of Dr. Arthur Ollendorff put together a great program with a mix of didactic presentations and smaller group breakout sessions. We had more than 70 abstract submissions and our Annual Meeting included an Abstract Reception where the audience members were able to watch a video presentation of the abstract and then interact with the author via chat in real time. The feedback on the meeting has been very positive. Despite the success of the virtual meeting this year we are hoping we get to meet in-person next year!
In 2020-2021 we moved forward with other professional women’s health societies to jointly advocate on several women’s health issues of our time. We signed on to multiple joint letters supporting a range of topics including Elimination of HPV related cancers, ending targeting of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and eliminating barriers to mifepristone during the pandemic.
And to ensure we put our efforts behind our advocacy we are leading 1 of 7 Working Groups formed as part of the ACOG Collaborative initiative on DEI that is committed to changing the culture of medicine to eliminate racism and racial inequities that lead to disparate health outcomes. As this collaboration moves forward, we will be forming a SASGOG Task Force to assist our organization and others to make the necessary changes to our system.
Influencing the specialty
SASGOG Member, Denise J. Jamieson, MD, MPH, was elected to National Academy of Medicine and Science (formerly the Institute of Medicine).
“The Green Journal,” Obstetrics & Gynecology, November 2020 issue featured “Contributions, Aspirations and Challenges of Academic Specialist Divisions in Obstetrics and Gynecology”. This publication culminated the work of a SASGOG presidential taskforce. Congratulations to lead author, D. Yvette LaCoursiere, MD, MPH and co-authors James R. Scott, MD, David Chelmow, MD, Amy E. Young, MD, George F. Sawaya, MD, John Delancey, MD, and Lee A. Learman, MD, PhD.
At the CREOG-APGO Annual Meeting in March, SASGOG Members presented “Leading Diversity Equity and Inclusion Efforts as Advocate Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology”. Presenters included Sara Whetstone, MD, as the Keynote Speaker, and Drs. Tiffany Moore Simas and William M. Leininger as the Facilitators.
At the 2021 ACOG ACM, SASGOG Board Members, Drs. William M. Leininger and Christine Robillard Isaacs’ session titled, While You Were Slee(PPE)ing: Women’s Health Updates Beyond the Pandemic’s Priorities, provided highlights of many important Women’s Health Updates of 2020 that occurred while the focus was on the COVID 19 pandemic.
Our Board Members
Amy (Meg) Autry, MD and Mostafa Borahay MD, PhD “retired” from the SASGOG Board of Directors in May 2021 and Shari Lawson, MD and Juan J. Diaz, MD, MBA, FACOG, FACS joined as new Board Members also in May. Thank you to Meg and Mostafa and congratulations to Shari and Juan.
SASGOG financials are in great shape due in part to the vigilance of our Treasurer, Dr. Maureen Farrell, and the Finance Committee. We continue to operate conservatively and be supported by our loyal members. This graph illustrates our assets as of April 21, 2021.
We truly are grateful for the support of our members in a year filled with uncertainty. Thank you to our new members for joining SASGOG and thank you for renewing your SASGOG membership.