Events & Meetings: Your Schedule for Four Great Days at the Annual Meeting

If you can find the time to get away to the ACOG 2017 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting for four days in May in San Diego, you will not soon forget the experience. The Annual Meeting is ACOG’s crown jewel and an event you will be proud of. Actually, you don’t even need four days. The meeting begins conveniently on Saturday, May 6 and ends on Tuesday, May, 9. If you can spare two or three days over one long weekend, you will agree it is time well spent.

From the great educational sessions on a wide range of topics to enjoyable social events and innumerable networking opportunities, you are sure to come away thrilled and exhausted, but highly informed and educated. There is still time to register at advance rates, but not much! Advance registration ends April 7.

To help you get the most out of your four days at the meeting, ACOG Rounds has put together the following draft schedule so you can see what your days might be like. Of course, you can easily build your own schedule with the convenient online planner.


Friday, May 5

You arrive in San Diego and check into your hotel, which is just a short walk from the San Diego Convention Center. ACOG Advance Room Rates are still available at these great properties near the center. On Friday evening, catch up with friends, and enjoy great music and cuisine at the Welcome Reception, which begins at 6:00 pm on the lawn just outside of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, south of the convention center.


Day 1: Saturday, May 6

Make sure you get to the convention center early, there is a lot to do and see!

8:00 am – 8:30 am: Opening Ceremonies

Settle in to enjoy the Opening Ceremonies, led by ACOG President Thomas Gellhaus, MD. Dr. Gellhaus will provide a succinct update on the profession, the environment we practice in, and all the happenings at ACOG that can affect your practice.

8:30 am – 10:00 am: President’s Program

Next is the President’s Program, comprised of three important and timely keynote talks hand-picked by Dr. Gellhaus. You’re excited about these talks, as they cover health and well-being for all women, the challenge of too much medicine, and the science of healing thyself.

10:15 am – 11:15 am: Colloquia Debate - Should Egg Freezing Be Routine?

After a short break, you attend a lively debate on egg freezing. You’ve had a few patients ask about this procedure lately.

11:30 am – 12:45 pm:  Lunch Seminar - Exercise in Pregnancy: Counseling Your Patients

It’s lunchtime, so you maximize your learning with a Lunch Seminar. Exercise in Pregnancy is a great option, but there are several others you can choose from. Please note that Lunch Seminars cost a little extra, but you paid ahead of time so you are good to go.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Debate - OTC Birth Control

After lunch, you decide to take in this debate on a controversial issue lead by two of ob-gyn’s brightest stars—Jennifer Ashton, MD, and Eve Espey, MD.

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Film Festival

After the birth control debate, you are ready to sit back and watch some short films on topics such as Avascular Planes of the Pelvis, A Novel, Safe, Low Cost Approach to Bilateral Salpingectomy at Cesarean Section, and Caring for the Caregiver: Psychological First Aid for the Ob-Gyn.

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Major League Baseball

It was a long but invigorating day. It is such a nice evening and the San Diego Padres baseball team is in town so you decide to head out with a few colleagues for hot dogs, beer, and baseball under the lights at nearby Petco Park. A picture-perfect end to the first day.


Day 2: Sunday, May 7

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Clinical Seminar - Pain Management of Common Office-Based Gynecological Procedures

After a relaxing night and quick breakfast on your own, you decide to start your day with a clinical seminar that looks promising and is the most applicable to your practice. 

8:30 am – 11:30 am: Live Telesurgery Forum

You are a little bit late, but the Live Telesurgery Forum looks too good to pass up. You are excited to see some of the latest techniques in hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery. Some are robotic-assisted and some are not, but all are led by an impressive group of surgeons from New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Northside Hospital in Atlanta.  There’s plenty of time for questions and answers afterwards, too.   

11:30 am – 12:45 pm: Complimentary Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall opens today so you head over to peruse the offerings of over 200 exhibitors, making a mental note to return later to try out some new office equipment that caught your eye. After a quick complimentary lunch with colleagues, you have a little time to review some ePosters. There are over 700 to choose from this year, which is more than double two years ago. You make a note to follow up with a few authors whose posters look interesting. 

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Subspecialty Session (AUGS, SMFM, SGS)

After lunch, it is time to go to a key subspecialty session. This one features leaders from the American Urogynecologic Society, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Society of Gynecologic Surgeons presenting up-to-date clinical research you can apply in your practice. 

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Colloquia Debate - Surgery vs. Medical Management for Primary Approach to Pelvic Pain

You leave the subspecialty session a little early to catch this debate on an issue that has stumped you over the years. You are hoping that two experts on this topic will clarify the way you think about this issue.   

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:  Special Session on MOC by ABOG

This one is a no-brainer as you want to see what ABOG has up its sleeve in the coming year. We all have to maintain our certification, right?

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Mix and Mingle Alumni Reception

Meet up with old friends and a few new ones for snacks and drinks at this fun-filled event. Exchange office gossip and make plans for dinner.

8:00 pm: Dinner in Little Italy

Time for dinner and you decide on Little Italy, just five minutes from the convention center.  But, where should you go? There is a plethora of can’t-miss choices. You buckle down and decide on Juniper and Ivy. But there are other great options including Buon Appetito, Bencotto, Davnati Enoteca, and Herb and Wood. The official San Diego Attendee Guide provides lots of ideas.


Day 3: Monday, May 8

9:00 am – 11:15 am:  Inauguration and Convocation

After sleeping in a little, you make it just in time for the Inauguration of the new ACOG President and Convocation of new ACOG Fellows. The festivities begin with the inauguration of ACOG’s 68th president, Haywood L. Brown, MD, who addresses the audience with his vision of the profession and plans for his presidential year. Next, you enjoy the convocation of Fellows. New ACOG Fellows are welcomed to the stage in a stirring ceremony followed by a reception. You are not so new anymore, but if you were in your first, second, or third year of fellowship, you would be welcomed to the stage, too.

11:40 am – 11:55 am:  ACOG’s Education Arcade in Sails Pavilion

You’ve heard a lot about these fun new games your colleagues are playing while enhancing their ob-gyn knowledge, so you decide to see for yourself.  Over in the Sails Pavilion, you join in for a rousing game of “Squares.” It’s like musical chairs, but in this version players move around the room to answer questions correctly and the last person standing wins. You don’t win this time, but you had fun and learned a few things you didn’t know. You pledge to try out a few other games in the Education Arcade the first chance you get.  More games can be found in the ACOG booth in the Exhibit Hall.

11:30 am – 12:45 pm:  Lunch Seminar

You are a little late from having so much fun in the Education Arcade, but you pick up your box lunch and slide into your seat for a talk on Menopausal Management, the lunch seminar you selected when you registered and paid $55 extra. It’s worth it, as both the lunch and information provided is filling. You marvel at the fact that ACOG packs information and education into each minute of the day.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm:  Cutting Edge Topics in Ob-Gyn

This special session features a roundtable discussion held among leaders of several subspecialty societies. You will leave feeling completely caught up on what’s hot in both REI and general ob-gyn.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm:  Stump the Professors Session

It’s time for a little more fun while learning, and the perfect recipe is this lively session sponsored by Gerald and Barbara Holzman. Four cases are presented by selected residents while top medical professors try to make the correct diagnoses after thoroughly grilling the residents for more information. You hope the professors make a good showing and put those young residents in their place!

6:00 pm: Dinner and Tour of San Diego

After two nights of receptions, baseball, and late dinners, you are glad tonight is a free night. You decide to enjoy this beautiful, sun-drenched metropolitan area with  a quick tour of the sights. There’s plenty of daylight left, so find a trolley and hit the town.  See “ACOG ’17 Comes to Paradise” in a previous issue of ACOG Rounds for lots of great ideas on what to see and do.


Day 4: Tuesday, May 9

There are just a few things on your agenda today as you have to get ready for your red-eye flight back home.

8:00 am – 9:00 am:  Career Connection Live and Career Fair

You make time to check out industry trends and possible new jobs (not that you are looking!) at ACOG’s Career Connection Live and Career Fair. At the Career Connection Live booth, you have your CV reviewed by other health care professionals and get valuable pointers.  At the Career Fair, you are able to chat with several of the many employers onsite to see what their needs are. You never know, so it is good to keep your options open.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm:  3-Hour Postgraduate Course

You settle in for your pre-arranged postgraduate course on Infertility in 2017.  This is becoming a more important issue in your practice, and you’d like to keep up with the breaking information to share with your patients. The postgraduate courses are clinically oriented, taught by experts, and provide extra CME credits.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm:  3-Hour Postgraduate Course

After lunch in the convention center food court, you finish up your stay in San Diego and ACOG ’17 with a course on Prevention, Recognition, and Management of Complications from Gynecologic Surgery.

5:00 pm: Time to head to the airport!


There you have it—four exhausting, but extremely valuable days at ACOG 2017.

You’ve earned 27 CME credits for attending all four days and several more by attending two postgraduate courses. But more importantly, you feel completely up to date and confident in your clinical expertise. Plus, you’ve earned a lifetime of memories and good fellowship.

After this meeting, you promise yourself to try to attend as many as possible ACOG Annual Meetings in the coming years. Follow the ACOG Annual Meeting on Twitter, and make plans now to attend the 2018 ACOG Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. 

But before all that, be sure to register and reserve housing for the 2017 meeting before the April 7 deadline.

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