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SMFM President's Message

February 2017


It is my honor to write my first letter as SMFM president and I am indeed humbled to serve in this role and to help guide this great society for the upcoming year. I have been involved in the governance of SMFM for the past 10 years as a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. I have been enamored by passionate members, dedicated staff, and an awesome mission. I stand on the shoulders of many presidents before me who shaped the Society to what it is today. I am indeed privileged to follow in their footsteps. 

This is an important year for SMFM, as the Board will be approving a new strategic plan that will set the Society's path for the next three to five years. We have engaged consultants to help us in this process and are glad to report that we had a very productive Board meeting on this issue in Las Vegas. A detailed list of initiatives will be presented to the Board for discussion during the summer retreat and the strategic planning process will be finalized by the end of the summer. As part of this process, you will receive an important SMFM email survey this spring that will help us understand your needs. It is instrumental to our planning. We are sensitive about the barrage of emails that you get every day, this one though is quite important and I encourage you to respond. 

I have an open style of communication and will update you throughout the year on the progress of the strategic planning and other important SMFM initiatives. You can always reach me through my email at abuhamaz@evms.edu or by phone at (757)446-5283. 

Thanks again for your vote of confidence in me and I look forward to an exciting and productive year. 

Alfred Abuhamad, MD
2017 President

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