The Executive Desk: Washington, DC Welcomes Women’s Health Care Experts in May

Hal C. Lawrence III, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO

On behalf of the Executive Board and staff of ACOG, I would like to cordially invite you to join us at the 2016 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, May 14–17, in Washington, DC. Register before April 8, 2016 to take advantage of low advance rates.

The ACOG Annual Meeting is the foremost gathering of women’s health care professionals, and we certainly want to count you among the attendees. ACOG’s Committee on Scientific Program, along with our Education Department led by Dr. Sandra Carson, have put together a stellar program designed to optimize your learning experience. 

If you don’t have four days to spend away from your practice, we wholeheartedly recommend you spend Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, with us. Washington, DC is easy to get to from just about anywhere in the United States. Plus, all hotels are within easy walking distance of the Washington Convention Center, so you’ll have no wasted time. Bring your family for a quick getaway. Washington, DC is beautiful in May. We have plenty of family-oriented activities planned. 

In an article titled Four Perfect Educational Days in Washington, DC at the Annual Meeting, we have put together a robust sample itinerary for the busy ob-gyn to show you the breadth and quality of information available to you at the Annual Meeting. I encourage you to consider this plan, and you'll be surprised at how much you can be exposed to in four short days. 

ACOG has made it easy for you to find courses on the topics where you require updates. The Official Program—available both in print and through the official meeting app—will be coded and mapped to the blueprint for examinations given by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The courses are then mapped to the various topics covered in those examinations for the convenience of folks like you who may be studying for exams.

Of course, you can expect updates on cutting-edge topics by sub-specialty leaders that have arisen since the program was put together. For example, there will be a course covering the Zika virus and how to best handle patients who might be concerned about the Zika virus.

In previous issues of ACOG Rounds, organizers have written evocatively about all of the best features: surgical tutorials and a live telesurgery event, colloquia talks featuring thought-provoking debates, sub-specialty sessions, daily focus areas, postgraduate and hands-on courses, flip classrooms, and lunch with the experts. If you are new to the meeting, veterans will orient you with a navigating the Meeting session each morning. There is truly something for everyone at the meeting.

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Also in this issue of ACOG Rounds, you’ll find a recap of this year’s Congressional Leadership Conference, which recently completed its largest and most successful event, new features of the Green Journal that will aid in your education, training and clinical guidance covering opioids, and information on our very successful, freestanding postgraduate course on quality and safety.

And finally, if you are in private practice in an office setting, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with our re-engineered SCOPE program. SCOPE stands for Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence. Earning this voluntary certification provides your office with a safety practices “stamp of approval” by ACOG that you can proudly show off. It has also been shown to enhance patient safety outcomes, reduce risk, and improve teamwork, communication and morale in ob-gyn offices. Fees for SCOPE certification have been markedly reduced and the application process streamlined because we want all practices to earn this certification. More than 70 of your peers have earned this distinction already in just a few short years. You can even earn ABOG MOC Part IV credit by completing SCOPE certification. I highly encourage you to consider going for this safety gold standard by visiting You can also send an email to or call us at 1-800-266-8043 for more information.

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