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OCTOBER 2016 VOLUME 10, NUMBER 5

OBGyn NewsPROMOTING EXCELLENCE IN WOMENS HEALTHCARE in GEORGIA

in this issue An Annual Meeting Worth Attending ..........1

Zika Virus Resources .........3

Legislation Day 2017 ..........5

Annual Meeting Highlights .......6-7

Re-entry to OB Not Impossible ..........8

News from Around the State ... 10-11

Journal Watch ........ 11

Administrative Office2925 Premiere Parkway, Suite 100

Duluth, GA 30097Telephone: 770 904-0719

Fax: 770 904-5251www.gaobgyn.org

Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, Inc.

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Once again, I have the pleasure of sharing my experience of the GOGS Annual Meeting with you, via this column. The knowledge and camaraderie shared between colleagues and friends during this event is something I now look forward to every summer. This year, we returned to Sea Island, Georgia for the Annual Meeting. As guests, we received star treatment from the minute that we entered The Cloister property. The establishment recognized each of us by name and rank. It was as if we were high-level dignitaries or international celebrities. I must say that I rather enjoyed the attention! Seriously, I have experienced no other meeting venue, to date, that provides better hospitality than The Cloister. The GOGS Board convened on Thursday morning prior to the official start of our Annual Meeting. This

diverse group of talented professionals discussed accomplishments of the current year, in brief, before setting the agenda for the upcoming year. This collection of gifted minds is the go-to group for all Georgia legislative officials seeking consultation on issues of womens health and welfare in our state. I choose to believe no vote is cast in any state legislative assembly, relative to said issues, without input from this Board. The official meeting began at 1:30pm on Thursday afternoon, with hands-on simulation lab activities. Participants had the opportunity to learn new skills, hone old skills, or practice new surgical techniques. It was a great way to officially kick-off the meeting. I might add that it was significant enough to warrant the awarding of MOC credit for those who participated. You can thank Drs. Bonk and Wendel (ABOG) for this feat. The Opening Reception was the

Dr. Huh (UAB) updated participants on HPV vaccine and cervical cancer screening; and the pitfalls and complications of robotic surgery during two excellent presentations. As relates to cervical screening, co-testing with Pap and HPV should continue to be the gold standard. However, it is imperative we, as gynecologists [aided by The College], continue to educate our patients that a Pap smear is not synonymous with an annual exam. This is particularly true as our profession transitions from specialist to a more primary care role. Relative to our profession, the shortage of Ob/Gyns in the state of Georgia is currently being addressed in several innovative ways. In the meantime, however, the effects of this dearth [of doctors] are being felt throughout the state, especially in the more rural areas and where socio-economic conditions fall well below the national average. According to Dr. Zertuche, the shortage of Ob/

An Annual Meeting Worth AttendingAl Sermons, MDEditorAtlanta, GA

highlight of the evening. We ate. We drank. We mingled. On Friday morning, Dr. Wendel (ABOG) spoke informatively about the current MOC program and the ongoing effort to make MOC user-friendly. He emphasized the need to remain self-regulatory, rather than succumb to forced regulations from big government. Particularly, he confirmed that the pilot program is set up to allow physicians to opt-out of the MOC exam, based on annual test scores of 86% or above for six consecutive years. He noted this initiative could become a permanent part of the MOC program, if successful. I made a mental note to check my own scores for the past two years, and vowed to make at least 87% for the next four! I left Dr. Wendels presentation with a better understanding and appreciation of the MOC program.

Giving to the Georgia OBGyn Foundation

The Georgia OBGyn Foundation received $2,400 at this years Annual Meeting! Thank you to all of you for your continued support to improving womens health in Georgia. Did you know that the Georgia OBGyn Foundation is on Amazon Smile? Next time you shop on Amazon.com, go to www.smile.amazon.com and create a Smile account. Select the Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology Foundation as your charity of choice. Any time you shop for items on Amazon, be sure you are logged in to Amazon Smile, and .5% of the money spent on purchases will go to the foundation. Its a win-win!

CDC Communications Zika Virus Microsite: Public Health Media Library offers a link for pulling mini sites of information into your practice website through an embed code. https://tools.cdc.gov/medialibrary/index.aspx#/collection/id/234559 Zika Widget: The widget (pictured right) can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/widgets/zika/index.html

Other CDC Resources Zika Videos: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/comm-resources/video.html Zika Infographics: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/comm-resources/infographics.html Zika Print Resources: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/fs-posters/index.html Zika Communication Toolkits: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/comm-resources/toolkits.html

March of Dimes Zika Site http://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/zika-virus-and-pregnancy.aspx

Department of Public Health Main Zika Site: https://dph.georgia.gov/zika Infographics: https://dph.georgia.gov/zika-virus-awareness-campaign

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