ACOG’s 2016 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting wrapped up on May 17, 2016 with the inauguration of our 67th president, Thomas Gellhaus, MD, the induction of new Fellows, and the annual ‘Stump the Professors’ session. Watch a video of Dr. Gellhaus’ inauguration and stirring speech here. It is a call to action you won’t soon forget.
By all indications, the meeting was a huge success. Attendance far surpassed last year’s meeting and comments were positive. ACOG’s renewed focus on science is paying dividends.
If you attended, please be sure to complete the brief attendee survey that was emailed out on May 17 so we can continue to improve the meeting. There is not much time left—the survey closes on June 3. If you were not able to attend, we hope you will save the date and join us next year in sunny San Diego, California for the 65th Annual Meeting, May 6-9 2017.
Attendees and non-attendees now have a great opportunity to view sessions missed by purchasing the Virtual Meeting conference recordings. The Virtual Meeting provides access to most session recordings after the meeting. It includes synchronized audio and video of all colloquia sessions, clinical seminars, subspecialty sessions, Cutting-Edge Topics in Ob-Gyn, and all postgraduate and hands-on courses. Purchase a subscription to take advantage of this great learning opportunity and view it at your convenience.
Continuing on last year’s success, this year’s Annual Meeting was once again divided into daily themes that reflect the breadth of the practice of obstetrics and gynecology: Menopause (Saturday), Minimally Invasive Surgery (Sunday), High Risk Obstetrics (Monday), and Family Planning (Tuesday).
You may still download the Final Program to get a synopsis of most sessions.
Abstracts of papers on current clinical and basic investigation appear in the May 2016 special supplement of the Green Journal and are available now. A record-breaking 546 unique posters and 26 oral presentations were presented at this year’s meeting.
Three new initiatives in 2016 proved popular:
1. ACOG TV provides behind-the-scenes glimpses of honored institutional partners along with synopses of key talks like the following:
- Trafficking and Misogyny, The Anna Marie D’Amico Lecture, Erin E. Tracy, MD
- Social Media for Communicating Reproductive Health, Jennifer Gunter, MD
- Career Outlook for OB-Gyn Profession, Kasandra Scales, MD
- Burnout, A Constant Threat, Roger Perry Smith, MD
- Financial Planning for Physicians, James Breeden, MD
- Nezhat Live Telesurgery Forum, Cheryl Iglesia, MD
- MOC: Special Session by ABOG, George Wendel, MD
- The Latest on Zika Virus: Ob/Gyn Response in This World of Uncertainty, Green Choice Fund, Laura Riley, MD
- Cutting-Edge Topics in Ob-Gyn, L. Chesney Thompson, MD
ACOG TV is now available on demand to all ACOG members.
2. Attendees and non-attendees tuning in during the meeting enjoyed live streaming of all colloquia sessions and the Inauguration and Convocation. Now you can, too. Log in to view on-demand video of all these thought-provoking talks and key events. Available for members only until June 30.
3. ACOG’s four inaugural Hall of Fame inductees met attendees in the ACOG booth on Sunday and Monday of the meeting for photos, advice, and autographs. Please join us in congratulating the inaugural ACOG Hall of Fame class:
- John T. Queenan, MD
- Jay D. Iams, MD
- Irwin R. Merkatz, MD
- Norman F. Gant, Jr., MD
Dr. Gant was also honored with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Attendees enjoyed their daily copy of ACOG Annual Meeting Daily, the daily newspaper, and you can enjoy the online version, too. Click here to review daily news coverage of all the key talks and events. Recaps of some of the key talks include:
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