Take in the latest science, DC culture, and American history in four educational and exciting days at the 2016 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting.
Explore Beyond the Conference Walls
With all hotels and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center walking distance from DC’s best tourist attractions, the 2016 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting is an ideal time to combine business and pleasure. ACOG’s Annual meeting runs from May 14-17, right as spring begins to take hold in the nation’s capital. Springtime in DC is a perfect mix of sunny, cool winter residue with warm breezes urging in the spring. But, before you pack your sunglasses, register for the meeting. Browse the preliminary program, and choose sessions that are right for you. There will be a number of hot topics debated at this year’s meeting, and you can preview a few of them featured here before you go to the meeting.
To facilitate your planning, ACOG Rounds asked your colleagues living in the DC area for their best tips and tricks for getting the most out of your time in the nation’s capital. Whether you come to DC as a solo act or bring the entire family, there is plenty for everyone to see and experience!
See the United States Capitol at Sunset and Visit Bei Bei, the Baby Panda Cub
After spending the day inside, you’ll likely want to get outside for some fresh air!
Jennifer Keller, MD, says “take a walk or run on the National Mall along the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to Arlington Memorial Bridge. Nothing beats the views of the United States Capitol and monuments at sunrise or sunset.” The monuments and memorials in DC are a breathtaking sight that can only be truly appreciated in person. Tamika Auguste, MD, recommends taking a nighttime tour of the monuments to experience the unique history behind each one. She especially recommends the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the World War II Memorial. It is well worth your time to take a walking tour to ensure that you have the opportunity to visit each one.
Bringing the young ones? Dr. Keller encourages you to grab the kids and head to the free Smithsonian National Zoo. Make sure to get there early though, as there will be crowds later in the day clamoring to see five-month old baby panda cub Bei Bei. Dr. Keller says to consider “taking the family to a Washington Nationals game! There is not a bad seat in Nats Park. After the game, stop by the Yards Park where the kids can cool off in the spray park or wading pool.”
Spend Time at Free Smithsonian Museums and Monuments
One thing is for sure. You cannot leave DC without visiting a museum. Entry to most Smithsonian museums is free, and there are so many to choose from! Scott Sullivan, MD, recommends the Smithsonian Museum of American History, because “Where else can you see the Star Spangled Banner exhibit and the desk the Declaration of Independence was written on?”
May Hsieh Blanchard, MD, strongly recommends visiting the National Gallery of Art due to its great collection of artwork and easy access—you won’t have a hard time finding it! Kids will love the life-like animal exhibits at the Museum of Natural History and the enormous collection of space and aircrafts on display all over the Air and Space Museum. Check out other Smithsonian museums located conveniently at or nearby the national mall. The hardest part will be deciding which to visit first!
Wine and Dine Like a DC Native
Make sure to bring an empty stomach—there are plenty of opportunities to get some grub! Brunch is very popular in DC for singles, couples, and families. Try popular brunch locations like Sequoia, or Georgia Brown's. Boqueria, Piola, and District Commons.
Dr. Blanchard emphasizes that, in terms of dinner options, you really can’t go wrong: “There are so many options in DC and Georgetown! We really like to go to the Capital Grille. The DC location really steps it up a notch with their superbly professional staff, attention to detail, and dark wood setting—you can feel the power-brokering going on around you!”
“For a more hip-casual but still absolutely wonderful dinner experience, we like Café Milano in Georgetown for delicious Italian cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere that is great for larger groups, as well as more intimate gatherings…the staff is very accommodating.” Fiola Mare and The Prime Rib are great upscale options for dinner. For a more casual dinner experience, Dr. Auguste recommends City Tap House and Founding Farmers.
Dr. Auguste has it right when she says “The restaurant scene here is amazing. You can get great food both from a casual spot or a more formal spot. There is literally every type of food you could ever dream of. There is always something to see and somewhere to eat!"
Now that you know how to spend your free time in DC, you’re prepared to leave no stone unturned! Getting around DC is easily done on foot, by bus, or by DC Metro. So book your ticket to Washington, DC, and come to the Annual Meeting. Leave with valuable knowledge of the ob-gyn specialty and everlasting memories of DC’s beauty.