November 2019 e-Bulletin

The APGO newsletter is getting a refresh, and we want your help! That’s why we’re holding a contest to come up with a new name. The winner will get an APGO swag bag, bragging rights and the satisfaction of seeing your idea in action each month, so get your thinking caps on and give us your best ideas!

Deadline: December 9, 2019.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Get Creative: the catchier the better
  • Be Specific: we’re looking for a name indicative of or related to ob-gyn and medical education
  • Make Sure it’s Safe for Work: no profanity or explicit content
  • Submit Your Original Work Only

Visit the APGO website and fill out the form to enter.

Tuesday, December 3 is #GivingTuesday, which marks the kickoff of the charitable giving season. And what better way to get involved in this global giving movement than with a gift toward your passion? This #GivingTuesday, APGO invites you to join the global movement by making a gift toward improving women’s health care.

As we celebrate your passion for women’s health education this #GivingTuesday, we’re asking you to share your med ed superpower. What is your strength in academic medicine? What inspires you and keeps you going? Whether you rally around physician well-being, have a low-fi simulation hobby, schedule scholarship into your day or know the best life hacks for busy physicians, we want to hear from you. Tells us your med ed superpower on Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #myAPGOsuperpower and you might win an APGO swag bag to share with your colleagues and students.

Learn more and donate.

The new Donna Wachter Clerkship Administrator Award acknowledges excellence in the position of Ob-Gyn Clerkship Coordinator, and is designed to recognize an outstanding Ob-Gyn Clerkship Coordinator as nominated by the Department Chair.

The Clerkship Coordinator is an essential member of the ob-gyn clerkship team. Exemplary coordinators possess excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to problem solve discretely and diplomatically. Commendable coordinators work well independently but know when to seek direction from supervisors and faculty. The Ob-Gyn Clerkship Coordinator exemplifies the institutions’ mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with its policies and procedures.

Visit the APGO website to learn more, including eligibility, criteria and more. Award submissions are now open, so make a nomination today!

Nomination deadline: Monday, December 2.

Registration is now open for the 2020 APGO Martin L. Stone, MD, Faculty Development Seminar! Held January 11-14 in Bonita Springs, Florida, this year’s theme is APGO 2020: A Clear Vision for the Future. Visit the APGO website to learn more about the program, CME, speakers, travel and more.

Register now!

APGO will host two Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) sessions in conjunction with the 2020 Faculty Development Seminar, which will count toward earning a MERC Certificate.

Searching and Evaluating the Medical Education Literature
Facilitator: Larry Gruppen, PhD
Monday, January 13, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Scholarly Writing: Publishing Medical Education Research
Facilitator: Larry Gruppen, PhD
Tuesday, January 14, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn more and register now.

Fitness Fiesta Fundraiser
After a full day of expanding our minds at the Faculty Development Center, let’s turn our attention to our well-being. Join us for a fitness conditioning class for all ages, levels and abilities, led by the founders of Beyond Motion® (, Rick and Amy Lademann. After, the fiesta continues with networking, music, light hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and our famous APGO raffles. Plus, don’t miss the chance to dunk APGO leaders and staff to raise money for the APGO Medical Education Endowment Fund.

Learn more and buy your tickets today!

Susan M. Cox, MD, Clerkship Directors’ School 101 & 201
Are you a new clerkship director, or interested in improving your program? Join your fellow clerkship directors and APGO leaders for the APGO Susan M. Cox, MD, Clerkship Directors’ School, 101 & 201, on Saturday, January 11, 2020, before the start of the FDS program. The course includes large group discussions of high-yield topics, small group discussions for more personalized advice, plus the interactive Innovation Station session to introduce participants to low-fidelity simulations, aids and handy tools that can be implemented in the clerkship.

Learn more and register.

Earlier this year, APGO released a statement on teaching pelvic exams to medical students, which was supported by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), and endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG), and the American Urogynecologic Society.

Building on this, the task force that drafted the statement has now authored a paper, “Consent for the Pelvic Examination Under Anesthesia by Medical Students: Recommendations by the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics” which has been published in the Green Journal and is available as an Open Access article.

Visit the Green Journal to read the article.

Do you have an idea for a plenary talk that would benefit the APGO membership? The 2021 Martin L. Stone, MD, Faculty Development Seminar might just be your chance! In the spirit of elevating scholarship opportunities for APGO members, for the first time, APGO’s Undergraduate Medical Education Committee is extending an invitation to APGO members to submit a proposal to for a 50-minute plenary session at the 2021 meeting.

For more information, including proposal instructions, submission guidelines and more, visit the APGO website.

Proposal deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020.

The fifth educational supplement to Obstetrics & Gynecology is now available! This online-only supplement and features work presented at the 2019 CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler Let the Good Times Roll: Unmask Your Potential in Medical Education.

Access it now at of the Green Journal App.


Looking for an academic position? Visit APGO’s online Academic Positions Report for open academic ob-gyn positions from around the country.

Please note: academic posting is a benefit of Department Membership.