President’s Message

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

– Vince Lombardi

I would like to say, “where has the time gone” but this has been two years that has seemed like ten. It has been an incredible honor to be elected and serve as President of The Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia. It has come with many unforeseen challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed how we provide care to our patients and how we conduct our business at the Obstetrical Society. Like it or not Zoom meetings have become a major part of our landscape. With an uncanny and unintended foresight, we approved electronic voting at the beginning of my term only a couple months before we had to stop in person meetings.

This was only one of the major accomplishments that our Society and Board accomplished in the last two years. We also revamped our website to be technologically up to date. It is now more readable and able to be used on hand-held devices. The website will also handle financial matters more efficiently when we start paying dues and attending in person dinners again. We have worked hard, especially Dr. El-Roeiy, in getting the video archives of our meeting on the website and accessible. The Education Committee has stepped up to provide Resident Day in a virtual way. Please join us on May 7, 2021 for some excellent lectures and to watch the Annual Resident’s Bowl. We have also started an Affiliate Membership category to allow the other members of our OB/Gyn care team to participate in our Society activities and lectures. We look forward to their growing involvement. Finally, the challenges of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has been recognized by the formation of the Equity and Inclusion Committee. This committee is revamping our mission statement to recognize the importance of this issue and provide us with an action plan to make more than just a statement.

These accomplishments could not be done without the hard work of many of our members and I would like to thank a number of people. The first person is our hard-working Executive Secretary, Teri Wisely. She has, as usual, been the glue keeping us all together with her hard work. This work was made even harder by all the demands of her “day job” during the COVID pandemic. I would like to thank the Board Members for their hard work and wise council on many issues over the last two plus years. The Ob Society’s success is guaranteed by this very dedicated and devoted group. I would like to thank the program directors and others that have helped get the word out about our meetings and encouraged attendance. Finally, I would like to thank my family and especially my wife for all her behind the scenes help. She has been my sounding board, proofreader, and all-around support and she has been doing it for over 30 years now!

Please join us for President’s Night on Thursday April 15, 2021 at 7 PM for a talk on “Equity and the Saga of Mr. Potato Head”. This will be a less formal talk in a Zoom meeting format instead of webinar format with a short interactive portion. At the conclusion, I will introduce our next President, Dr. Norman Brest and will leave the meeting open at the end for anyone wanting to visit and chat with colleagues.



Donald Debrakeleer, DO