As I write this update from JPAG, Thanksgiving 2023 is in the rearview mirror.. As usual, my family gathered at our home, and there were adult kids, a grandchild, the outlaws (daughter-in-law’s parents), and friends who for various reasons will join our gathering. There was much to be grateful for this year, and Thanksgiving Day allows us the tradition of a day honoring gratitude. We are healthy, we have plenty, we are together. The bounty of our home garden once again supplied side dishes of spinach, lettuce, persimmons, apples, various fruit jams and jellies, pickled beets, pickled peppers, and even some tomatoes fresh from the vine. I’m grateful that hubby cooked the turkey. We live in beautiful California, where our Thanksgiving day included high temperatures near 70 degrees; we ate outside All reasons to give thanks. We are reminded by near-tragedies that we are grateful for the safety of relatives who lost their beautiful home and all their possessions this year to a wildfire.

I am immensely grateful to the amazing JPAG Associate Editors (Andrea Bonny, Veronica Gomez-Lobo, and Eveline Roos) who are hardworking, knowledgeable, and wonderfully collegial. I am grateful to the many PAG folks who agree to review manuscripts for JPAG. Without their peer reviews, JPAG would not be thriving. I am grateful for JPAG’s immensely competent, organized, kind and patient Managing Editor, David Newcombe. I am grateful for JPAG’s Elsevier publisher, Andrea Boccelli, who has always been available and helpful, and who is a good friend of NASPAG. I am grateful to the many scholars who contribute manuscripts to JPAG that add to our knowledge about the gynecologic issues that affect our patients. I am grateful for their scientific curiosity, creativity, and vision.

For 2024, I am looking forward to having additional time to devote to my JPAG Editor-in-Chief activities, as I am planning to fully retire from my academic position at Stanford. I am also looking forward to a future where PAG clinicians continue to contribute to the sexual and reproductive health as well as the well-being of young girls, adolescents, and young adults.


~Dr. Paula Hillard

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