Brad Van Voorhis, M.D.
President, Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
As your incoming President, I would like to thank my predecessor, Marcelle Cedars, and the officers and Board for their outstanding leadership and contributions over the past year.
In an ongoing effort to support our practicing members, we offered a retreat just prior to the ASRM Annual Meeting geared to those members who have completed fellowships in the past three to five years. The goal of the retreat was to talk about practice and personal issues that are most important to this young group of physicians. We plan to continue this in the future, both at ASRM’s Annual Meeting but also via regional meetings.
As always, one of our primary goals is the education and support of our fellows. The SREI fellows retreat for first and third-year fellows has been one of our signature activities. Many former fellows comment on what a wonderful networking and bonding experience this was for them during fellowship. We thank Ferring Pharmaceuticals for their continued support of this activity.
The other major fellowship activity is the conference for second-year neonatal, maternal-fetal and REI fellows that has been sponsored by the NICHD. The 2011 conference was held in Chicago and will be held there again this year.
Our traditional educational offering is the SREI postgraduate course. This year’s course focused on the polycystic ovarian syndrome and was led by Kathleen Hoeger. Many thanks to Kathy for her wonderful leadership in this conference which was outstanding. SREI also continues to support ultrasound courses that enhance knowledge and allow attainment of required CMEs for AIUM certification. Next year, we will partner with the Menopause Special Interest Group to offer a course under the direction of Genevieve Neal-Perry on the care of the post-reproductive woman.
In the coming year, we plan to re-vitalize our SREI committees to try and get greater involvement of our members as we pursue projects that will enhance the value of membership in this organization. Please watch for an e-blast that will allow members to volunteer or nominate others to serve.
Your opinions are valuable, and the SREI needs to hear your voice to understand how best to address your needs in our current professional climate. With the beginning of a new year, there are many opportunities ahead to become involved in your Society, from fellowship, to senior clinical practice. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our SREI administrator, Susanna Scarbrough, at email@example.com. I look forward to working with you in the upcoming year.
Brad Van Voorhis, M.D.