Notes from the President

Notes from the President

Dear Colleague,

This spring we have lots of fruit for our labors to report as 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 and encourage you to attend the Annual Meeting in San Diego on May 5 – in person!

Best regards,

Tony Ogburn, MD
SASGOG President

Reunited and It Feels So Good!

Registration for the Annual Meeting in San Diego is open. The one-day, in-person meeting includes yoga on the beach and a great mix of plenary and breakout sessions that will help us recharge our batteries and reconnect with our colleagues. SASGOG registrants also receive a 30% discount on the ACOG ACSM. Once again, we are offering Mentor-Mentee matching as part of the program and an abstract networking reception for all at the end of the day.

Surgical Gynecology: A Case-Based Approach, Cambridge University Press

SASGOG’s latest publication, Surgical Gynecology: A Case-Based Approachis available for purchase. The co-editors are Todd Jenkins, Kimberly Gecsi, Abimbola Famuyide, Lisa Keder and David Chelmow. Check it out! We think it will be the perfect graduation gift for your fellows and residents.

Pregnancy Complications: A Case-Based Approach

We are planning for our next textbook, focused on intrapartum complications. Dr. Peter Schnatz is leading the effort and we anticipate recruiting SASGOG members as case authors in the autumn of 2022.

Committee Volunteers

Soliciting for SASGOG 22- 23 committees has begun. Please consider sharing your ideas, your know-how, and your energy with SASGOG by responding to the call for committee volunteers. It is a great way to broaden your network and stretch your skills. We have accomplished a great deal in our first ten years and our committee members are the ones who make that happen.


Planning for our first Program of the Research in Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences (PROGRESS) Course is well underway. Jeffrey F. Peipert, MD, PhD, Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Indiana University School of Medicine, the PROGRESS Course Director, will be joined by Kristen Matteson, MD, MPH and Emily DeFranco, DO, MS as course instructors. Registration for the course will open in April. The course will begin in August with virtual sessions. The in-person course will take place at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson AZ, October 23 – 27.  This will be an excellent opportunity for OB/Gyn colleagues to develop their research skills.

Quality Improvement/ Patient Safety

Two years ago, SASGOG formed a task force to begin collecting and developing “Pearls” articles of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. In December, the first articles were published on the Pearls website under the category filter of Patient Safety. Congratulations to the Task Force!

DEI Task Force

From its inception as a society, SASGOG members and leaders have hoped that SASGOG would be a diverse, equitable and inclusive professional society. In December of 2021, a DEI task force was formed to establish equity and inclusion as central to SASGOG’s mission and to actively work toward structural change that will support the belonging and promotion of diverse individuals within SASGOG. The task force, led by Co-Chairs Dr. Jody Stonehocker and Dr. Shari Lawson, will guide SASGOG in promoting equity and inclusion in all our activities and develop tools and establish best practices to enable member departments to further equity and inclusion in their home institutions.

SASGOG Resident and Faculty Awards

Do you have a Faculty member who is committed to the ideals of being an academic generalist? Does he/she exhibit excellence in clinical care of women, mentorship and career development of academic specialists, and research/scholarship in general obstetrics and gynecology? Consider nominating him/ her for the SASGOG Faculty Award. We are accepting nominations for the SASGOG Faculty Award through 4/15.

Do you have third- or fourth-year residents who have distinguished themselves academically and demonstrated an interest in a career as an Academic Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology? We encourage all SASGOG Supporting Institutions to nominate candidates for the SASGOG Resident Award.  Nominations are being accepted through 4/15.    

SASGOG Research Newsletter

In February, the 6th edition of the Quarterly Research Newsletter was published.  Did you miss it?  Click here to access the most recent Newsletter.  Be sure to watch the most recent podcast interview with Dr. David Haas, Professor, University of Indiana, on Identifying A Research Niche. Great work by the Research Committee!