I am honored to serve in the role of President of the Foundation of the AAGL (FAAGL) for 2023. I am joined by a tremendously dedicated team, the FAAGL Board and staff. I give them my sincere thanks for their tireless efforts and commitment to developing the FAAGL and improving healthcare for women throughout the world.
The FAAGL exists to provide resources that support the AAGL by funding education, mentorship, global outreach, patient advocacy, and other initiatives that promote progress in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and ultimately improve women’s health.
This is an exciting time to support and be involved with the Foundation. In the upcoming year, we will continue to team up with industry, academia, individual donors, and various business partners from around the world to build this great Foundation and extend the reach of our impact. The Foundation Board will be meeting soon to finalize our strategic plan, thereby solidifying our culture of philanthropy and maximizing the full talent and diversity of the board to support the mission of the FAAGL. I am excited for what the future will bring as the Foundation moves forward with strong purpose and commitment.
None of these endeavors are possible, however, without the tremendous generosity of our AAGL members and donors. Through your donations, more scholarships and training opportunities are awarded to OB-GYN residents, AAGL Fellows, Young Alumni, and AAGL members every year. In 2022, the Foundation provided $30,000 in awards to residents, fellows and practicing physicians from around the world to recognize those who are empowering progress in MIGS. We also provided over $300,000 in FMIGS fellowship grants to support the education of the MIGS of tomorrow.
Your contribution fosters progress in MIGS education, mentorship, global outreach, and patient advocacy. In the years to come, we plan to expand our resources and further the FAAGL’s support of innovative research and patient education. Put simply, through your generous contributions, you are creating opportunities that develop MIGS and therefore improve women’s health.
Together, and with all of you, our donors and supporters, we will continue to make a difference by empowering progress in MIGS worldwide.
Charles E. Miller, MD
President, The Foundation of the AAGL