American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)

by Dr. Gary Helmbrecht

As founding partner and co-owner of the Prenatal Diagnosis Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, I provide comprehensive array of maternal fetal medical services, including diagnostic ultrasounds, genetic evaluations, and fetal surgeries. I am also a spokesperson for the nonprofit American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), providing information regarding various women’s health issues to the media. Founded in 1951, the Washington D.C.-based ACOG has over 52,000 members and stands as the nation’s leading U.S. women’s health care professionals group. ACOG advocates quality health care for women above all else, promoting patient and professional education and advocacy initiatives. ACOG’s mission centers on research and education, and it works in tandem with industry each year in providing medical science research scholarships to Fellows and Junior Fellows. Every spring ACOG holds an Annual Clinical Meeting in Washington D.C., including a residency fair, hands-on workshops, and a course designed for medical students. ACOG also oversees the American Residency Coordinators in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a communication tool for residency program coordinators fostering high standards in residential education and practice. Another important part of ACOG is its Government Relations Committee, which sets legislative priorities at the beginning of each year. ACOG holds an annual Congressional Leadership Conference in February, providing new and seasoned participants with two days of advocacy training before seeking legislative action on important issues. Prospective OB/GYN advocacy leaders are groomed through the Gellhaus Resident Advocacy Fellowship, which allows one senior OB/GYN resident per year the chance to explore the policy and politics involved in women’s health practice issues. An additional ACOG members’ political resource is the weekly email newsletter, ACOG Legislative News, which provides timely updates on Capitol Hill issues of interest to women’s health practitioners and their patients. I highly recommend visiting the website and getting involved with this important organization for practitioners in the field.

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