Message from the President
Dear ACOOG Family,
It is a great honor to be able to represent The ACOOG as your new President. I do not take this responsibility lightly. At the outset I would like to recognize the exceptional leadership at The ACOOG and The AOBOG and thank Past Presidents, Dr. Eric J. Carlson (for his outstanding Presidential leadership over the past year) and Dr. Steve Buchanan ( for his wisdom, excellent direction, mentorship and mostly for his friendship). To be complete thanks and admiration must go to Valerie Lile, the staff at The ACOOG and to our new Executive Vice President Dr. Mike Geria. Simply said…Our College is in very good hands.
As this years’ Annual convention in Fort Lauderdale was coming to completion a few of us took one last opportunity to stare at the ocean and to admire that distinctive logo of ours so artfully imprinted in the sand. To our dismay we noticed that an ‘O’ had been removed from our ACOOG. A ‘dastardly deed’ I said…but then a smile slowly came to our faces…the wrong ‘O’ had been removed. It made me understand all the more how important we are to each other and how special and enduring The ACOOG is. We are Family. We are unique and we are valued. We bring the kind of spark to medicine that would have made A.T. Still smile.
Many new changes are now facing us. By comparison to the ones on a global scale, they may seem trivial but they are historic. This AOA / ACGME unification brings great opportunity and, yes, some change. Our culture and identity will remain with the potential to grow and prosper. The only roadblock will come from us if we choose assimilate and disintegrate. In discussions with Dr. Tom Gellhaus,the new ACOG President (and no..he had nothing to do with the disappearing ‘O’), there has been a great deal of excitement regarding this direction of developing a stronger and more intimate relationship between The ACOOG and ACOG. Remember that it was A.T.Still’s dream that the Osteopathic philosophy and the holistic approach would ‘revolutionize’ medicine. To that end this is ‘our’ time to regrow our roots. To live each day “as an Osteopathic Physician should”. As I stated in my Presidential address, “We are at a fork in the road to higher evolution”. The path that will get us all there is the one marked “Service to others” (and not service to self). Learn to Meditate (and the key is to ‘Transcend’ during the practice), make decisions like a loving Grandparent and help grow ‘The Family’.
I hope to see you all in Cleveland Ohio for the Fall ACOOG Meeting . There will be great education, time to reunite and most importantly….time to see and visit with each other and ‘HAVE A GREAT TIME’. Love to you all…. I remain in your service.
James J Perez, DO, FACOOG (Dist)
President of ‘The ACOOG’ 2016 - 2017