Clinical Seminars Saturday

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10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Pathophysiology of Endometriosis – CS03, Gregory M. Christman, MD

This session will discuss current and promising new and future surgical and non-surgical treatment strategies for endometriosis. Based on the latest breakthroughs to better understand the underlying pathophysiology of endometriosis; the appropriate use of surgery, aromatase inhibitors, progestins, and superovulation/IUI and IVF in the management of patients with pain or infertility will be discussed.

Improving Sexual Function in Postmenopausal Women: A Special Focus on Gynecological Disorders – CS04, Elisabeth A. Erekson, MD, MPH, Elena S. Ratner, MD

Sexuality is an integral part of human expression regardless of age. Sexual function after menopause can be impacted by genito-urinary symptoms of menopause (GSM), pelvic floor disorders, and gynecological malignancies.


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Endometrial Biopsy – CS11, Linda Rosenbaum Duska, MD

This course will expose the participant to common clinical indications for endometrial sampling, the histologic findings associated with endometrial biopsy and interpretation of pathology reports. We will also discuss appropriate management of biopsy results.

Novel Hormone Therapy CS12, James Alan Simon, MD

Traditional menopausal hormone therapies have been out of favor since the original publication of the WHI E+P reports (2002). Newer approaches focusing on an improved safety profile have been in development since that time. This course will review the current state of newer approaches including non-oral delivery of hormonal therapies, non-hormonal therapies serving as hormones, and novel non-hormonal estrogen receptor modulators.


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Improving Postoperative Outcomes in Gynecology: Measuring Quality CS16, Elisabeth A. Erekson, MD, MPH, Samantha J. Pulliam, MD

This course will review the fundamentals of quality measurement in gynecology.  Types of quality measures and their development, use of risk adjustment and predictive models and organizations using nationally recognized quality measures will be discussed.

Emerging Strategies for Cancer Prevention - CS17, Joan Leslie Walker, MD

Course Description Coming Soon


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Key Issues in Identification and Management of Postpartum Hemorrhage – CS01, Paul D. Blumenthal, MD, MPH; Jill Durocher; Rodolfo Pacagnella; Beverly Winikoff

An internationally recognized expert panel will present on a key issue pertaining to maternal mortality - the identification and management of postpartum hemorrhage. They will discuss recent findings from both RTCs and program experience on the efficacy of misoprostol in preventing and treating hemorrhage as well as question current indicators used to determine when treatment is needed.

Preterm Birth – CS02, Uma M. Reddy, MD

The preterm birth rate rose more than 20 percent from 1990 through 2006, but has since declined each year since.  Most of the change in the preterm birth rate over the last two decades has been among infants born late preterm (34-36 weeks), which comprise the bulk of all preterm births.  The risks of perinatal morbidity and mortality decrease with increasing gestational age, with the risk factors for preterm birth to include infection or inflammation, uterine bleeding, stretching of the uterus, the genetics with previous preterm birth being the strongest risk factor.  It is, therefore, not surprising that there are many different treatments for those at risk for preterm birth.  Recently, much attention has been turned to sonographic evaluation of cervical length and there are multiple different treatments for sonographically short cervix depending on the patient's obstetric history.  The goal of this course is to clarify the management of the patient at risk for preterm birth.

Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening: Practical Use in a Clinical Setting for Busy Obstetricians – CS06, Lara Friel, MD, PhD, Jennifer M. Hoskovec, MS, CGC

This course is intended to review the current state of non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS) and related technologies. It will arm providers with important clinical information needed to counsel patients about positive results as well as unusual results. This session will be focused on practical, clinical issues related to NIPS technology and reporting and will not discuss specific test platforms or laboratories.


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Update on Fertility Care for the Busy OBGYN Practice: Ovarian Reserve, Uterine Cavity Assessment, Ovarian Stimulation and Genetic Testing Options for Your Patients – CS08, Erika Beth Johnston-MacAnanny, MD

Course Description Coming Soon

Nulliparous Induction of Labor – CS09, Mary Catherine Tolcher, MD

This session will cover individualizing the risk of cesarean following induction of labor at term, specific challenges for inducing obese women, and recent developments in evidence-based induction of labor.

VBAC to the Future: Review of the Latest Data, Options, and Opportunities – CS10, James Marshall Palmer, MD

This seminar will address the latest updates regarding caring for pregnant women who desire TOLAC.  The seminar will address how the VBAC calculator and the latest research regarding induction and augmentation of labor in women undergoing TOLAC can inform providers so they can safely and accurately counsel their patients.  How VBAC fits into the broader picture of nation-wide quality care improvement and cesarean delivery rates will also be discussed with time for questions and discussion.


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Oocyte Freezing – CS14, Pasquale Patrizio, MD

This course will explain the process of oocyte freezing, the indications, the success rates according to the various indications and how to counsel women of reproductive age about oocyte freezing.

Obstetrical Counseling and Decision-Making at the Limits of Viability – CS15, Brownsyne M. Tucker Edmonds, MD

Periviable delivery management is among the more clinically and ethically complex scenarios we face in obstetrical practice.  Because of the prognosticative uncertainties and value-laden nature of decision-making, it is a clinical setting in which Shared Decision-Making (SDM) is recommended.  However, many clinicians are not knowledgeable or skilled in SDM.  This session aims to introduce obstetricians to definitions and concepts underlying SDM, distinguish SDM from Informed Decision Making, and provide skills, data, and techniques to promote SDM in periviable care.


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

HPV Testing, Vaccination, or Cross Your Fingers? – CS05, Kevin A. Ault, MD

There are new clinical recommendations concerning human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and testing.  A new version of the HPV vaccine could potentially prevent 90% of cervical cancer.  "Primary screening" using an HPV test has recently been approved for the detection of cervical cancer and dysplasia.

Sexuality in the Elder Woman – CS07, Michael L. Krychman, MD

The course will describe the multifaceted approach to the management of common sexual problems in the elderly woman.  Techniques including easy counseling interventions, alternative and complementary medicine suggestions as well as sexual pharmacology will be discussed.  The participant will be aware of assessment, developing a differential diagnosis as well as suggest treatment interventions to address common sexual problems in women.


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Management of Anxiety and Depression in Women – CS13, Lee A. Learman, MD PhD

Using cases and questions, this course will prepare ob-gyn specialists to accurately screen, diagnose, and manage uncomplicated depression and anxiety disorders using innovative behavior health methods.


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Update on Management and Impact of Obesity in Ob-Gyn – CS18, Sherry L. Blumenthal, MD

The course will discuss new ideas on the etiology and treatment of obesity and new information about the morbidity of obesity in OB/GYN. Current management strategies for the obese woman in Obstetrics, general gynecology, and surgery will be presented.


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