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2017 Year-End Message

The holiday season is a time for reflection and gratitude. As 2017 draws to a close, SOGH is aware it has much to be thankful for. First and foremost, we are thankful for our growing and supportive members, without whom we would not exist; for the tireless volunteers who work on our behalf throughout the year; and for our remarkable partners within the medical and business communities. Whether involved in research, learning, teaching, treating patients or providing support, we are all dedicated to a common cause of improving outcomes for hospitalized women.

We at SOGH extend our warmest wishes to you this holiday season. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable time with family and friends, and a new year filled with health, happiness, and success. 

A MESSAGE FROM SOGH'S NEW PRESIDENT

Dear Colleagues, 

As the first non-founding board member to serve as SOGH President, I am humbled and honored to assume this leadership role.  Having been an engaged member of SOGH since the beginning (I’m proud to say I was one of 40 physicians in attendance at the first Annual Clinical Meeting in 2011), I’m deeply grateful to my predecessors whose vision, leadership, and countless hours of hard work put SOGH on the map.  Now in our 8th year, SOGH is well positioned to advance its mission to improve outcomes for hospitalized women and support those who share our mission, and I could not be more excited for the months ahead. 

The specific means by which we will carry out our mission are described in the SOGH Strategic Plan Vision 2020 which is available to SOGH members on our website.  I consider this outline for our future to be the roadmap for my Presidency, and hope you find it as inspiring as I do.  A few Vision 2020 objectives that I hope to impact during the year include:

Increase paid SOGH member from our current 550 to 1000 by 2020.   Your membership is vital to our mission, and I will continue to seek ways to enhance the value of your membership.  Please contact me with your thoughts, feedback, and ideas so I can be sure we are meeting your needs.

Engage at least 10% of SOGH membership as volunteers within the organization.  Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and we could not accomplish all that we do without you.  A sincere thank you to all of our veteran committee members, and an enthusiastic welcome to those who are just coming on board.  SOGH recruits new volunteers during the fourth quarter of each year, beginning at our Annual Clinical Meeting in September. If you were unable to see us in New Orleans this year and want to volunteer, please review our working committees and other available volunteer opportunities and reach out by 12/31/17.

Develop Core Competencies.  Core competencies will define the OB/GYN hospitalist specialty and establish a framework for curriculum development and training of current and future hospitalists.  This exciting work is well underway with a great steering committee of SOGH members collectively pitching in to shape our field.  We will be recruiting authors in the next few months so please watch for more information coming soon.

Continue to establish a presence with the Annual Clinical Meeting and increase attendance.  The SOGH Annual Clinical Meeting continues to be, in my opinion, the best CME value in OB/GYN, known for exceptional faculty, a curriculum chock full of high-yield topics, and an ideal balance of hands-on simulation courses with didactics to engage learners in many domains – all at an unbeatable price.  Plan to attend the SOGH ACM next year in Cleveland, OH September 26-29!     

Increase our visibility with other national organizations.  Through speaking engagements, committee participation, and the overall exchange of ideas, we aim to lend the voice of the hospitalist to conversations, programs, and projects related to improving healthcare for hospitalized women.  We are fortunate to be participating in several projects currently with ACOG, ABOG, and other leaders in women’s health, and look forward to more opportunities to collaborate in the future.

These are just a few of our goals for the near future.  While they are aspirational, they are achievable with your continued support – both through your membership and your engagement in the organization.  Through our combined efforts to accomplish this important work, SOGH and the hospitalist model will continue to thrive, and our patients will be all the better for it.

Very best wishes,

Tanner Colegrove, MD
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