The 2016 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC built upon significant changes that were implemented at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Of course, the most notable change has been the dramatic increase in scientific content presented at the meeting.
There is no better measurement of the success of these changes than the 2016 Annual Meeting attendee survey. According the results, satisfaction is at an all-time high.
On May 17, 2016, the final day of the 2016 Annual Meeting, a survey was emailed to roughly 3,500 attendees with usable email addresses. After three weeks, a total of 797 attendees responded for a response rate of 22.8 percent.
A Highly Valued 2016 Annual Meeting
The value and utility of the Annual Meeting is definitely headed in the right direction:
- 90 percent are satisfied or very satisfied with the overall Annual Meeting. This compares to 84 percent in 2015.
- 95 percent claim their main objective for attending the Annual Meeting was met. This compares to 86 percent in 2015. The top objectives include gaining knowledge, networking with colleagues, earning CME, and learning about new products and services to improve care.
- 82 percent say the Annual Meeting is better than similar meetings they attend. This is the same as in 2015.
- 85 percent are satisfied or very satisfied with starting the meeting on Saturday. This compares to 80 percent in 2015.
- 79 percent are satisfied or very satisfied with the daily concentration of topics. This compares to 73 percent in 2015.
- 82 percent are satisfied or very satisfied with subspecialty courses. This compares to 74 percent in 2015.
- 70 percent are satisfied or very satisfied with live telesurgery. This compares to 65 percent in 2014.
- 88 percent say they will recommend the Annual Meeting to others. This compares to 86 percent in 2015.
Looking Ahead to 2017
What’s in store for the 2017 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting?
The meeting is scheduled for May 6-9 in beautiful San Diego, California. Early bird registration opens on December 5, and potential attendees can save substantially by registering early.
Each day of the meeting will feature a variety of educational topics, plus a daily concentration of presentations for focused learning:
- Saturday, May 6 – Contraception/Family Planning
- Sunday, May 7 – Surgery
- Monday, May 8 – Sexuality and Menopause
- Tuesday, May 9 – Genetics
Saturday remains the start day for the meeting, and the meeting spans four days. This is down from five days just two years ago. The Committee on Scientific Program has put together an outstanding program.
On Saturday, 2016-17 ACOG President Thomas M. Gellhaus, MD, will provide opening comments and a health check on the ob-gyn profession. He will introduce the President’s Program, which is comprised of three top-level talks from luminaries in the field: Herbert B Peterson, MD; Neel T. Shah, Jr, MD; and George A. Winch, MD.
Engaging debate sessions over all four days will cover controversies in over-the-counter birth control, guidelines for cancer screening, egg freezing, cystoscopy, cosmetic gynecology, robotic and laparoscopic hysterectomy, and cervical insufficiency.
The convocation and inauguration of ACOG’s new president will be held on Monday. Haywood Brown, MD, will take ACOG’s reins at this time and put his stamp on the profession and ACOG by outlining his vision for the future in his inaugural address. Monday is also the day for the popular Nezhat Live Telesurgery Forum.
Brand new this year, most three- and six-hour postgraduate courses will be offered on Tuesday, the final day of the meeting. You no longer have to worry about missing other programming. Be sure to sign up for courses of interest when you register for the best rates.
Other popular 2017 Annual Meeting programming includes:
- Subspecialty society sessions, presenting breaking science in subspecialties and promote collaboration and consultation
- A special session by ABOG leadership on maintenance of certification
- Surgical tutorials that use slides, video, case-based formats, and interactive demonstrations to sharpen skills
- Flip Classroom sessions that flip the learning experience by sending lecture notes and slides beforehand, so the course is focused on cases, questions, and interactive group work
- Lunch with the Experts sessions, now called “Lunch Conversations”, that promote stimulating, professional exchanges in small groups over a box lunch
- Interactive oral presentations and ePoster sessions that will be delivered each morning and throughout the meeting, respectively, and will allow plenty of time for Q&A
The Annual Meeting is not just about education and learning, of course. A myriad of social events are built into the meeting to allow for networking opportunities.
You can also catch up on content you missed after the meeting. The Virtual Meeting provides attendees with videos and slides of all participating talks after the meeting concludes. Purchase the 2017 version when you register for the meeting at discounted rates!
Virtual Meeting from the 2016 meeting is still available for purchase. See what you missed last year now.