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Largest Gathering of Women's Health Providers Meet in San Diego for ACOG's 2017 Annual Meeting

May 6, 2017

San Diego, CA – As women’s health care issues take center stage in politics and news outlets across the country, women’s health physicians and professionals from the United States and abroad will gather in California at the San Diego Convention Center to discuss medicine’s most cutting edge topics, including the latest advances in science and research. Nearly 5,000 attendees are expected to participate in the 2017 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting held by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), marking the 65th meeting for the association which ends on May 9. This year’s theme, “Next Generation of Health Care,” will focus on how to prepare ob-gyns to meet the challenges ahead.

“For months, women’s health issues have been making headlines in both national and regional news and have called attention to the need for ob-gyns to have a prominent voice on issues that impact our practice and our patients,” said Thomas M. Gellhaus, M.D., president of ACOG. “Everything from long-acting reversible contraception and maternity care to abortion and screening for breast and cervical cancer have been debated and contested on Capitol Hill and in our communities. So, I believe our annual meeting has come at a perfect time because it gives us an opportunity to come together and remind ourselves just how important the ob-gyn’s role is in making sure that science and evidence-based medicine prevail.”

In keeping with the three big initiatives laid out by Gellhaus last year at the start of his term—advocacy, global health, and workforce development—this year’s President’s Program includes the following presentations: “Health and Well-Being for All: Delivering on the Promise for Those We Serve” by Herbert B. Peterson (The Hale Lecture); “System Complexity and the Challenge of Too Much Medicine” by Neel T. Shah, MD, MPP (The Anna Marie D’Amico Lecture); and “The Science of Healing Thyself” by Guy Winch, PhD (The Jim and Midge Breeden Lecture).

The annual meeting is divided into daily themes that reflect the breadth of the practice of obstetrics and gynecology and the role of ob-gyn care throughout a woman’s life: contraception/family planning (Saturday), surgery (Sunday), sexuality and menopause (Monday), and genetics (Tuesday). However, with a broad range of topics in the field of women’s health, sessions are offered every day addressing a variety of content.

There will be more than 700 ePosters and research abstracts, as well as in-depth debates on topics including: routine egg freezing; the medical ethics of over-the-counter birth control; robotic vs. laparoscopic hysterectomy; U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines for breast cancer screening; cosmetic gynecology-vaginal rejuvenation; botox; surgery vs. medical management for pelvic pain; and diagnosis of cervical insufficiency.

“This is both an exciting and challenging time to be an ob-gyn given all the complexities of our field and the many changes occurring in health care,” said Gellhaus. “What is constant is our eagerness to continue to learn, our ability to adapt when necessary, and our desire to advance women’s health in service to our patients.”

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 58,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org

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