With apologies to those great United Airlines in-flight magazine articles, “Three Perfect Days in Rio, Paris, London, etc.”, if you can find the time to attend the 2016 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, you will not soon forget the experience over four action-packed days. From the great educational sessions on a wide range of topics to enjoyable social events and innumerable networking opportunities, you are sure to come away thrilled and exhausted, but highly informed.
There is still time to register at advance rates, but not much. Advance registration ends on April 8.
To help you get the most out of your four days at the meeting, ACOG Rounds has put together the following sample itinerary.
Friday, May 13
Arrive in Washington, DC, and check into your hotel, which is just a short walk to the Washington Convention Center. Of course, all the hotels are within walking distance—no need for shuttle buses at this meeting! DC is so gorgeous in May. And, you will look forward to your morning amble over to the convention center.
Day 1: Saturday, May 14 Make sure you get to the convention center early, there is lots to do.
8:00 am Opening Ceremonies
Settle in to enjoy the Opening Ceremonies, led by ACOG President Mark DeFrancesco, MD. Dr. DeFrancesco is a practicing ob-gyn, too, so you’ll appreciate a succinct update on the profession and all the happenings at ACOG that can affect your practice.
8:30 am to 10:15 am President’s Program
Next is the President’s Program, comprised of three thought-provoking keynote talks: female trafficking and misogyny, the “Power of One”—how one person can make a major difference, and “The Four Horseman of the Medical System Apocalypse.” We won’t spoil the suspense by telling you what that last one is about.
10:45 am to 11:45 am “HPV Testing, Vaccination, or Cross Your Fingers?”
Following a short break, head over to an informative clinical seminar. You may choose “HPV Testing, Vaccination, or Cross Your Fingers?” over many other talks, because you’ve recently had many patients asking for the latest information on HPV.
12:15 pm to 1:30 pm “Laparoscopic Pearls” Lunch Seminar
It’s lunchtime, so you maximize your learning with the Lunch Seminar. “Laparoscopic Pearls” is a great option, because you can always use the latest tips on laparoscopic surgery.
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Session on Zika
After lunch, take part in a subspecialty society session. It’s three hours long, but today’s session focuses on recent concerns regarding the Zika virus. Information regarding the current state of knowledge regarding risks and updated recommendations will be reviewed.
6:00 pm Welcome Reception
Head over to the Welcome Reception at the Marriott Marquis for music, great cuisine, and conversation. Catch up with colleagues that you haven’t seen for a while. Where did the time go?
8:00 pm Dinner with Colleagues
The perfect time for a late dinner with colleagues at Tortino, an elegant Italian place just west of the convention center. Regardless of where you eat, you really can’t go wrong. DC has become one of our nation’s top culinary centers with the hottest chefs cooking in the best restaurants. You’ll find just about any type of cuisine you can imagine.
Day 2: Sunday, May 15
7:45 am to 8:30 am McCain and Gellhaus Fellows Breakfast
Start your day off connecting with colleagues over morning treats.
9:15 am to 10:15 am Colloquia Debate – “Complex Atypical Endometrial Hyperplasia”
After a filling breakfast, head over to the Sunday morning Colloquia Debate that just might change the way you think.
10:15 am to 10:45 am Coffee Break
You take advantage of this time to peruse the Exhibit Hall, marveling at all the new equipment on the market.
10:45 am to 11:45 am “Fundamentals of Electrosurgery for the Gynecologic Surgeon”
It’s time for another clinical seminar. This talk is a great addition, keeping to your surgery theme.
12:15 pm to 1:30 pm “Workplace Team Building” Lunch with the Experts Session
These “Lunch with the Experts” are small roundtable sessions, limited to nine people and a facilitator. You’ll enjoy a stimulating discussion on workplace collaboration with your box lunch.
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Postgraduate course on “Clinical Management of the Obese Patient in Ob-Gyn”
Attend your pre-selected three-hour postgraduate course, because obesity is becoming a more prevalent topic at your office.
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Mix and Mingle Alumni Reception
Meet up with old pals and a few new ones for drinks at the fun-filled event. Exchange snacks and war stories, and make plans with friends for dinner.
8:00 pm Dinner at Ethopic
You may choose to head over to Ethiopic, an Ethiopian restaurant just northwest of Union Station and a short cab ride away. It’s a good idea to make reservations for dinner from the comfort of the convention center, so you can breeze right in and enjoy the rest of your evening.
Day 3: Monday, May 16
8:00 am to 9:00 am ABOG on Maintenance of Certification
After a quick breakfast in your hotel, head to the convention center for your first session of the day. This important Colloquia talk is a must on your list.
9:00 am to 10:00 am Career Fair
Even if you’re not currently looking for a job, it doesn’t hurt to check out what's available, right? For no additional charge, register for the Career Fair ahead of time, so you can walk right in.
9 am to 12 pm Live Telesurgery Forum
You still have time to check out this very popular session, which starts at 9:00 am. During this intense and exciting live demonstration, you’ll see a selection of cases from simple to advanced, with and without robotic assistance. There is plenty of time for audience participation so you get all your questions answered.
12:15 pm Complimentary Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Enjoy some downtime as you grab a quick lunch on your own or with colleagues. After lunch, you have some time to follow up on a few key connections you’ve made with low-pressure suppliers. Don’t forget to spend a little time perusing ePosters. There are over 400 to choose from this year. Make notes to follow up with a few authors whose posters look interesting.
3:00 pm to 4:45 pm Cutting-Edge Topics in Ob-Gyn”
Finish up your day with this special session,a roundtable discussion held among leaders of several subspecialty societies. You will leave feeling completely caught up on what’s hot in the specialty.
6:00 pm Dinner and Tour Washington, DC
After two nights of receptions and late dinners, you are glad tonight is a free night. Take advantage of your time in our nation’s capitol with a quick tour of the sights. There’s plenty of daylight left, so find a “hop-on bus” and take a relaxing sight-seeing tour of all the monuments and museums, and grab a quick dinner near one of the museums. Once you get back to your hotel, it will be a good time to start packing for your flight home the next day.
Day 4: Tuesday, May 17
9:00 am “The Evolution of Prematurity”
You don’t have much time before your afternoon flight home, but you have just enough time for this Tuesday morning Colloquia talk.
10:45 am Inauguration and Convocation
You also don’t want to miss the Inauguration of the new ACOG President and Convocation of new ACOG Fellows. The festivities include a welcome to the 67th ACOG president, Thomas M. Gellhaus, MD, who addresses the audience with his vision of the profession and plans for his presidential year. Next, new ACOG Fellows are welcomed to the stage in a stirring ceremony followed by a reception. As you rush to catch a cab to the airport, you’ve never felt prouder of your profession.
There you have it. Four exhausting, but irrefutably valuable days at ACOG 2016. You’ve earned yourself at least 30 CME credits for attending all four days, but more importantly, you feel completely up to date and even more confident in your clinical expertise. Plus, you’ve earned a lifetime of memories and good fellowship.
There’s no doubt about it. After coming just once to the ACOG Annual Meeting, you will make a promise to yourself to never miss it again. Follow the ACOG Annual Meeting on Twitter, and make plans now to attend the 2016 ACOG Annual Meeting. Register and Reserve Housing before the April 8 deadline.