Meeting Recap: The 2020 APGO Martin L. Stone, MD, Faculty Development Seminar

APGO kicked off the new decade with the 2020 APGO Martin L. Stone, MD, Faculty Development Seminar (FDS). The meeting at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida had 235 attendees, and the theme was “APGO 2020: A Clear Vision for the Future.”

Plenary Sessions
At the opening session, the Martin L. Pernoll, MD, Educator Plenary, Gary Dunnington, MD (Professor and Chair of Surgery, Indiana University Schoolof Medicine), started the meeting with his talk, “Changing Educational Culture.” Idahlynn Karre, PhD (CEO & President, The Council for Healthcare Leadership), delivered Sunday’s second plenary talk, “A Clearer Vision for 2020: Your Strengths, You Leadership.” Sunday also included thepopular Lunchtime Learning Session, which allows participants enjoy an entertaining and insightful presentation over lunch. This year’s talk was “Leading at the Edge: The Journey of Effective Leadership in Health Care,” from Eddie Erlandson, MD (Director of Leadership and Coaching and Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School).

Monday’s keynotes included the APGO President’s Breakfast with Maya Hammoud, MD, MBA (Associate Chair for Education and Professor, University of Michigan), “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: What is My Professional Identity After All?” Renée Gosline, PhD (Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management), presented “Applying Branding Principles for Authentic Leadership,” Marc Nivet, EdD, MBA (Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center) presented “Diversity 3.0: Staying the Course.” The final plenary talk of the meeting was given by Dee Fenner, MD (Bates Professor and Chair, University of Michigan), titled “Ob-Gyn Surgical Training: Where are We Now and Where Are We Going?”

Awards and Scholarship Recipients
To start the meeting, APGO recognizes junior faculty who exhibit a bright future in women’s health education with the William N.P. Herbert, MD, Promising Educator Award. This year, APGO recognized Laura Mercer, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, for her demonstrated potential as a future academic ob-gyn leader. Each year, APGO provides financial assistance for international faculty members to attend and present at the Faculty Development Seminar through the APGO International Scholarship Program. This year, APGO welcomed two international scholars: Rebecca Bolade Ibine, MD, from Family Health University College of Medicine in Ghana, and Diomede Ntasumbumuyange, MD, of the University of Rwanda.

Fitness Fiesta Fundraiser
While the program was packed with educational sessions and abundant learning opportunities, FDS attendees also enjoyed some time to have fun and work up a sweat. First, participants at the Fitness Fiesta Fundraiser felt the burn during a fitness conditional class led by Rick and Amy Lademann of Beyond Motion®. Then, a few brave volunteers got a literal cool down in the dunk tank! APGO would like to thank everyone who attended the fundraiser and supported the APGO Medical Education Endowment Fund.

Clerkship Directors’ School
Before the start of every Faculty Development Seminar, APGO holds the first two sessions of the three-part Susan M. Cox, MD, Clerkship Directors’ School. Developed and directed by the APGO Undergraduate Medical Education Committee (UMEC), the program helps new and established clerkship directors prepare for the role and brush up on teaching and administrative skills. The interactive Innovation Station was held during the program. During this session, participants were introduced to low-fidelity simulations, aids and tools that can be implemented into the clerkship at their home institutions. The third part of the course, which features more advanced content, is held each year at the CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting in February/March.

APGO Academic Scholars and Leaders Program
The 2020 graduating class of APGO Academic Scholars and Leaders Program held their first meeting prior to the start of the seminar. Course participants will meet for several more didactic sessions during the 15-month program which is designed to develop outstanding ob-gyn educators and administrators. This group of scholars marks the 23rd class of the APGO Academic Scholars and Leaders Program.

For the second time at FDS, table-top exhibitors were invited to the meeting. APGO would like to thank CooperSurgical and Paradigm Medical Systems for sharing information about educational tools, equipment and resources to enhance the medical education curriculum.

APGO would like to thank the 2020 meeting faculty for sharing their ideas and wisdom in thought-provoking and entertaining presentations, and for inspiring attendees to advance APGO’s mission of improving women’s health care through education. A special thanks to Program Co-Chairs Margaret McKenzie, MD, MS, Elise Everett, MD, and Christopher Morosky, MD, MS, as well as the entire UMEC committee for thoughtfully planning the meeting.

2021 APGO Martin L. Stone, MD, Faculty Development Seminar
The 2021 Faculty Development Seminar will be held January 9-12, 2021 at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. APGO will announce the call for abstracts in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we invite you to watch our short video on how to write an educational workshop abstract.

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