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An Organization for Academic Specialists: The Time Has Come

Thompson, L. Chesney MD; Chelmow, David MD; Hitt, Wilbur MD; Learman, Lee A. MD, PhD; Ogburn, Tony MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000341
Contents: Current Commentary
Abstract

The Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology was recently formed to meet the professional needs of general obstetrician–gynecologists (ob-gyns) in academic settings. Historically there has been little communication and poor networking among this group, largely as a result of lack of infrastructure. Until the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology, there has been no common venue to unite academic specialists nor a means to identify colleagues and develop professional relationships. The Society is creating avenues for communication and collaboration among general ob-gyn faculty across institutions. The Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology is hosting national meetings, conducting workshops and webinars, and developing other media to promote research training, share administrative skills, and help members to become more effective educators. One major focus of the new organization is to provide resources to facilitate faculty development. Formation of the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology is particularly timely given that ob-gyns, without subspecialty fellowship training, have assumed major roles in academic departments. Their contribution to educational, scholarly, and clinical responsibilities is a significant benefit to the well-being of the departments of obstetrics and gynecology. In turn, the role of educator and scholar is of value to the general academic ob-gyn. The Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology will help academic faculty and their institutions by filling current gaps in professional and career development, which should improve scholarship, enhance retention, and improve the ability for academic departments to fulfill their educational and clinical missions.

In Brief

The Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology is a new organization designed to meet important needs for academic obstetrician–gynecologists.

Author Information

Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana; and the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Corresponding author: L. Chesney Thompson, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 12631 E 17th Avenue, Mail Stop B-198-2, Aurora, CO 80045; e-mail: Chesney.thompson@ucdenver.edu.

Financial Disclosure The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

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