Notes from the President

September 15, 2020

Dear SASGOG Colleague,

Who could have predicted the course 2020 has taken for all of us?  Despite the challenges we all have faced, 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 a few recent and upcoming activities. 

Membership Dues Renewal – You spoke. We heard…

We know that remembering to renew your SASGOG membership on your membership anniversary is a budgeting challenge. Many of our members have asked us to move to a single annual renewal date for all members with January through December being the most requested time frame. We also know that 2020 has been challenging financially for many of our members and institutions. Your discretionary budget may have been frozen or eliminated.  Know that the SASGOG Board is cognizant of these challenges and is working diligently to be as fiscally responsible as possible to ensure your SASGOG dues provide the most value to you and your institution.

To address both issues, SASGOG is moving to a uniform membership renewal period. All memberships will renew in January for the calendar year January to December. To make this transition equitable to all, discount codes will be provided to those who have already renewed their membership in 2020 giving credit for dues paid toward the 2021 calendar year.  

We hope that the calendar year approach will make it easier to budget for your SASGOG membership and you will continue to support the important work and value that SASGOG membership offers during these challenging times.

ACOG Joint Statement 

SASGOG joined ACOG and 19 other women’s health professional organizations in releasing a statement with a collective action plan to address racism in healthcare and specifically in women’s health.  As outlined in the statement, SASGOG is committed to changing the culture of medicine, eliminating racism and racial inequities that lead to disparate health outcomes, and promoting equity in women’s health and health care.  You can read the full statement here

Our leadership team is committed to actively leading change in academic Ob/Gyn departments and will use the objectives and action outlined in the statement to guide our efforts.

ACOG/CDC GYN Cancer Project

SASGOG is participating in CDC-Sponsored ACOG project to develop series of online provider courses to address gaps and disparities in gynecologic cancers.  SASGOG provided six members to populate an expert panel who will work with ACOG/CDC to develop the first of three educational modules on the prevention and early detection of gyn cancers.  Look for requests for nominations for panelists for the next two expert panels in the upcoming year.

Virtual Exchanges

Many of you participated in our spring Virtual Exchanges.  It was great to connect with each other albeit, virtually.  The Program Committee is planning additional Virtual Exchanges later this autumn.  Stay tuned.

Annual Meeting

Our Program Committee is hard at work planning our Annual meeting for this Spring.  As you know, there is still much uncertainty around travel and in person meetings.  We are currently considering a hybrid meeting in conjunction with the ACOG meeting in Washington, DC with the ability to move to fully virtual if necessary.  Stay tuned for more information in the near future.

I look forward to your continued involvement as we strive to INSPIRE and EMPOWER the academic generalist.  I welcome your comments and suggestions about how we can best accomplish our mission.

Tony Ogburn, MD
President, SASGOG