The Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics & Gynaecology of Canada (APOG) is a professional non-profit association that provides leadership in the development and promotion of the highest quality clinical care through education & research in academic programs of obstetrics and gynaecology in Canada.
APOG began with informal meetings of university department heads of obstetrics and gynaecology in the late 60's. These meetings led to an agreement to consider the formation of a continuing forum for an expanded group of academic leaders to consider common problems. A planning meeting was held in 1971 and the first formal APOG meeting followed in 1972. Federal incorporation and the first statement of constitution and bylaws were in 1975.
Our organization brings together professors of obstetrics and gynaecology from all seventeen Canadian medical universities involved in both pre and post-doctoral education and continuous medical education. It provides a forum for communication and discussion, collaboration, problem-solving, and policy development.
APOG currently has seven standing committees; Finance Committee; Education and Innovation Committee; Department Chairs Committee; Postgraduate Committee; Undergraduate Committee; Research Committee and the Subspecialties Committee. Each university is represented by one individual on all of the above mentioned committees. The Undergraduate and Postgraduate Committees are charged with the maintenance and improvement of those programs. The Research Committee is similarly constructed and is primarily involved with encouraging and facilitating faculty and resident involvement in research and related scholarly activities. The Subspecialties Committee deals with issues relating to the fellowship programs. The Finance Committee addresses and makes recommendations on all financial affairs of the association and the Education and Innovation Committee serves as a national resource for academic professionals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for the development, content, and evaluation of undergraduate and postgraduate education and research training curricula as directed by the Board. It is composed of one representative of the 5 geographical regions across Canada.
In addition to our standing committees, APOG holds two meetings of the membership per year. The Mid Year Meetings occur in June during the SOGC ACSC and the Annual Meeting takes place in the November – December timeframe in Toronto. The AM includes several skill enhancing courses, an abstract program to showcase educational research, national awards for outstanding achievement, and timely informative sessions to assist the academic community.