Registration for the 2017 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting opens December 5. Members planning to attend should register as soon as possible after December 5 to take advantage of discounted early-bird rates and to ensure the best selection of courses.
The Annual Meeting is undergoing a renaissance, earning rave reviews from attendees the last two years. See the November issue of ACOG Rounds for survey results from the 2016 Annual Meeting.
The 2017 meeting again starts on a Saturday—May 6, to be exact—with a full day of educational and networking opportunities. The meeting concludes on Tuesday, May 9. Scheduling the Annual Meeting over the weekend and two weekdays strikes a good balance for physicians who find it hard to take time away from their practices. You may earn up to 27 CME credits if you attend all four days.
If you have not attended an ACOG Annual Meeting recently or ever, make plans to attend in 2017. Organizers have gone to great lengths to make sure the 2017 ACOG Annual Meeting provides outstanding benefits to practicing ob-gyns.
The Preliminary Program and Meeting Planner will be available on the Annual Meeting website by December 5, so you can peruse the hundreds of available sessions and choose the ones that benefit you most. If you have trouble deciding which sessions to attend, you can always add the “Virtual Meeting” to your registration, which provides you with video recordings of most sessions after the meeting.
Colloquia sessions take place every day. Organizers have kept the popular debate format, designed to spur thinking on obstetrics and gynecology topics of great interest to ACOG members. Debates will cover issues such as:
- Should egg freezing be routine?
- Should we support over-the-counter birth control?
- Pros and cons of robotic vs. laparoscopic hysterectomy
- What are we doing in the areas of cosmetic gynecology and vaginal rejuvenation?
- Should we abandon the diagnosis of cervical insufficiency?
The Annual Meeting has many sessions and events dedicated to surgery. The popular Film Festival takes place Saturday, and will illustrate several different types of surgical procedures, as will several hands-on courses and tutorials. On Sunday, attendees can watch a live telesurgery session highlighting the latest techniques with ample time for questions.
Each day’s clinical seminars have a different theme. The breadth of the ob-gyn specialty is covered each day, but an extra emphasis is given to each day’s theme:
- Saturday, May 6 – Contraception/Family Planning
- Sunday, May 7 – Surgery
- Monday, May 8 – Sexuality and Menopause
- Tuesday, May 9 – Genetics
Hands-on and Postgraduate Courses
One change for 2017 will be the concentration of hands-on (HO) and postgraduate (PG) courses on Monday and Tuesday. Attendees can purchase courses individually or opt for a postgraduate course pass that allows attendees to enroll in three or more three-hour PG courses. Courses provide CME credit, and will cover topics such as:
- Vacuum-assisted forceps
- Removal of large volume specimens laparoscopically
- How to do a vaginal hysterectomy
- Infertility in 2017
- Operative and office hysteroscopy
- ASSESS and ECO
Flip Classroom sessions will continue at the 2017 Annual Meeting. This innovative learning opportunity provides pre-meeting materials for study. About a month before the meeting, registrants of the Flip Classroom sessions will receive a video of the session lecture and other related materials to review before arriving in San Diego. This allows the session itself to concentrate on interactive case discussion. This year, Flip Classroom sessions will cover topics such as:
- Shoulder dystocia
- Use of apps by ob-gyns
- Contraception and coercion
- Handling grief when a baby dies
- Enhanced recovery after surgery
Maintenance of Knowledge
ACOG has made it easier for attendees to find courses on the topics where they require updates. The Official Program—available both in print and through the official meeting app—will be coded and mapped to the blueprint for examinations given by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The courses are then mapped to the various topics covered in those examinations for the convenience of attendees who are studying for those exams.
Coming in the January 2017 issue of ACOG Rounds—Programs for Junior Fellows and Medical Students