Academic Council

Following the integration of APOG and the SOGC in January 2018, the Academic Council was created to support the strategic direction and educational and research goals of the SOGC, while incorporating the mission and mandate of APOG. The members of the Academic Council include the chairs of the five ongoing APOG committees – Department Chairs Committee, Education & Innovation Committee, Postgraduate Program Directors Committee, Subspecialties Committee, and Undergraduate Committee – ensuring representation from Canadian Ob/Gyn academic departments.

The Academic Council will evolve into a national voice for women’s health research with a focus on lifelong education from the undergraduate level through to retirement. This council reports to the SOGC Board of Directors.

Current members:

Dr. Graeme Smith (Department Chairs Committee Representative) - Chair
Dr. Jon Barrett (Researcher)
Dr. Jennifer Blake (SOGC CEO)
Dr. Jocelynn Cook (SOGC CSO)
Eve Duchesne (SOGC Director, Accreditation and Education)
Dr. Wylam Faught (Royal College Specialty Committee in Obstetrics and Gynecology Chair)
Dr. Prafull Ghatage (Subspecialty Committee Chair)
Dr. Lynda Hudon (Postgraduate Program Directors Committee Chair)
Dr. Venu Jain (Undergraduate Committee Chair)
Dr. Brent Jim (Indigenous Women's Health Representative)
Dr. Nancy Kent (Education & Innovation Committee Chair)
Dr. Uthra Mohan (Community Ob/Gyn Representative)
Dr. Sarah Smith (Resident Representative)
Dr. Linda Stirk (SOGC President)

Updates from the Academic Council:

February 2019


Funding Opportunities for Researchers

When available, please click the title of each grant for more information.

Grant title Description Application deadline
CIHR SGBA+ Health Policy-Research Partnerships
Effective integration of evidence-based sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA+) requires a thorough review of best available evidence, including consideration and mitigation of potential negative unintended consequences. This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to the following research areas: applying a SGBA+ lens to prescription drug lifecycle management or to medical device lifecycle management. 
September 10, 2019
CIHR Sex and Gender Science Chair
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support in-depth investigations in the field of sex and gender science by promoting a cadre of discipline-specific Chairs to increase visibility and drive innovation in their respective fields. The Chairs will investigate sex and/or gender as a primary research question within the investigator’s field of research, while also building capacity and sharing findings within and outside of their research communities. 
October  8, 2019
 CIHR Operating Grant : Women's Health Clinical Mentorship Grant  The purpose of this funding opportunity is to advance clinical research in women’s health and to build capacity in the next generation of women’s health clinician-researchers. The aim is for trainees, students or residents to be paired with and mentored by a women’s health clinician-specialist on a one year research project with the goal of improving clinical care.  October 22, 2019


Legacy of APOG

The Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (APOG - formerly known as the Association of Professors of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of Canada) began with informal meetings of university department heads of obstetrics and gynaecology in the late 1960s. These meetings led to an agreement to create a continuing forum for academic leaders. APOG was formally incorporated in 1975 with a mission to provide leadership to advance ob/gyn education and investigation and improve reproductive health for Canadian women through:

· advocating for effective academic teaching;
· integrating and translating research education to clinical practice;
· serving as a resource and providing quality services to members; and
· engaging in strategic alliances.

The Association successfully brought together professors of obstetrics and gynaecology from the sixteen Canadian universities involved in medical education across for trainees and physicians with a commitment to enhancing the individual growth and development of its members. APOG’s annual meetings and committee structure provided a forum for communication and discussion, collaboration, problem-solving, and policy development, and its many educational re-sources remain indispensable.

Effective January 1, 2018, APOG and SOGC joined forces to form a united organization with the goal of providing a stronger and more unified voice to improve the health of women and their families in Canada. The alliance will focuses on improved methods for knowledge transfer from the genesis of ideas through to practical application in clinical and social environments; the seamless continuum of lifelong learning along the career spectrum for undergraduate students, physicians from residency to retirement, allied health care professionals; and the ongoing education and advocacy on behalf of the public towards issues related to women’s reproductive health. The legacy of APOG is at the forefront of the SOGC through the work of the Academic Council.