Message from the President

Summer Greetings to our ACOOG family:                         
It is hard to believe that we are already entering the ‘dog days’ of summer and that it has been three months since I was honored to be inducted as your ACOOG president.  I hope you have some personal-family time planned for this summer. I would like to thank our immediate past-president, Dr.  James Perez for his leadership over the past year, and to thank the administrative staff at ACOOG who work to advance the goals and strategies of our organization. It is my honor to serve our college as we continue to forge our way through the many changes and challenges of the single accreditation system, CME, & the process of continuing certification.  Most of our AOA/ACOOG Ob-Gyn residency programs are moving forward into the ‘single accreditation system.’   As president, I will continue to advocate for our students, our college, and our continued identity of osteopathic distinctiveness.
During my presidential address at the ACOOG convention in Palm Springs, CA. I spoke of the importance of our continuing advocacy for the National Student Society (NSS) of ACOOG and creating mentoring opportunities for osteopathic students to interact with Ob-Gyn mentors in their geographic regions.  I addressed challenges and opportunity----drawing comparisons between the social changes the baby boomer generation faced in the 1950’s and ‘60’s with the changes our millennial generation graduates face today.  These include challenges in health care delivery and costs, the single accreditation system and its impact on AOA training programs, maintenance of certification and upcoming changes in CME---all of which may affect the future of ACOOG and AOBOG.  We must adapt to these changes together.  As Theodore Roosevelt once stated, “I believe that the more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future.”  In regard to social and political challenges our country faced in the 1960’s, in John F. Kennedy’s famous ‘We choose to go to the moon speech’, he espoused the idea of ‘working together to be the very best at what we do, to achieve the seemingly impossible, the impossibly hard, for the common good’.  I believe his quest applies to the challenges we face today as osteopathic physicians in women’s’ health care.  We did not choose women’s health care because it is easy, but rather out of a passion to improve and advance health care for the patients we serve.  Likewise, we chose osteopathic medicine for our belief in the osteopathic tenets of A.T. Still and must not lose sight of this during the transition to the single accreditation system.
Since the Spring ACOOG meeting in March, I have begun working with the leadership of the NSS to plan for activities to further facilitate our opportunity to provide mentorship to students in the Osteopathic colleges.  Also, at the upcoming ACOOG convention with OMED this October in Philadelphia, we will continue to provide a program for NSS as well as an opportunity for the NSS to interact with our residents.  On Friday evening, Oct.  6, there will be a ‘mixer’ to allow for engagement and interaction between osteopathic Ob-Gyn residents and NSS students in attendance.  We are also working to develop a directory of Ob-Gyn mentors around the country that the students can reach out to as well as planning on an interactive session(s) by webinar to allow direct interaction with our NSS members.  ACOOG will also continue the popular “visiting professor program” to NSS chapters at osteopathic medical schools.
This past January the ACOOG Strategic Planning Committee met to review and update the Strategic Plan (last updated in 2012) for our college.  Our Mission Statement (which identifies our organization’s purpose), our Vision (aspirational goals for the success of our members), our Values (guiding principles) and our Goals (with strategies to achieve our goals) were carefully reviewed and updated. You will find more details regarding these changes within this newsletter, and I encourage you to review the new Strategic Plan, as we continue to address our ability to adapt to the changes referenced above.  To implement these goals, our committee chairs and members will work towards this end, and this will serve as a springboard to the future.  Progress will be monitored by the Board of Trustees.
As we navigate through the health care changes & challenges facing us, we should keep in mind the tenets of Osteopathic Medicine and the heritage of ACOOG.  We, as members of ACOOG, have much to be proud of, and we should use our past principles to guide us in maintaining our osteopathic heritage, philosophy, and uniqueness.  As I stated in my presidential address in Palm Springs, CA, 
FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION!”I look forward to sharing collegiality and friendship with members of our ACOOG family at the fall CME meeting being held in conjunction with OMED-17 in Philadelphia, October 7-10.  Our program chairs, David Jaspan, DO and Susan Janeczek, DO have an excellent multidisciplinary program planned with some of our different osteopathic specialties. 
In addition, ACOG-District-3 members have been invited to attend the CME activities on Saturday, Oct. 7 and there will be a social event for ACOOG and ACOG-District-3 members that evening.  Please refer to the details of this upcoming conference found in this newsletter as well as on the ACOOG website.Please feel free to contact me directly over the course of this year as I look forward to serving our college.  Have a great summer. I hope to see you in Philadelphia in the fall.



David J Boes, DO, FACOOG (Dist)
President 2017 - 2018


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