The Executive Desk: Our Meeting and Our Responsibility

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

As ob-gyns, it is our responsibility to stay current on the latest cutting-edge science and research. The best way I know to do this is through the 2016 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, May 14-17, in Washington, DC. I am proud of the robust scientific program ACOG has put together for this year's meeting. Through various session types that include debates on hot topics, surgical tutorials, and clinical seminars, the 2016 Annual Meeting offers attendees important scientific information and clinical best practices.

You can certainly find other venues that touch on the breadth and depth of information presented at the ACOG Annual Meeting, but you will not find it all together in one place, neatly packaged for your efficient consumption. This is the specialty we love and have made our life’s work. It is critically important that we learn from each other and leading experts over these four days in May, for the sake of our patients. You can still register for all four days or select the one or two days that work best for you. Single day rates are available and we welcome your attendance.

Want the latest on Zika? 

The Annual Meeting features a late breaking lecture titled “Ob/Gyn Response in This World of Uncertainty” by Laura E. Riley, MD, that will provide guidance on prevention, screening, and treatment. Representatives from the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine will also provide their viewpoint in a subspecialty talk. And, a ‘Lunch with the Experts’ session featuring Denise J. Jamieson, MD, will cover Zika, Ebola, and other outbreak responses at the CDC.

Would you like a 2016 update on a breadth of topics? 

Take a look at this list of sessions and speakers designed to keep you current on breaking science in 2016:

  • Immunization: Clinical Updates for 2016, John Yeh, MD
  • Endometrial Hyperplasia in 2016, Joel Sorosky, MD
  • Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) 2016: Overview and UpdateLorraine Dugoff, MD
  • Infertility in 2016Keith A. Hansen, MD, Tiffany Ann Von Wald, MD
  • LARC in 2016: Getting the Most from Intrauterine Devices and ImplantsRameet Harpal Singh, MD
  • Colposcopy Update 2016: New Guidelines for Screening, Terminology, and Management, Alan Garlett Waxman, MD, MPH, Teresa M. Darragh, MD, Lisa C. Flowers, MD
  • Contraception: What You Need to Know in 2016Eve Espey, MD, MPH
  • Ultrasound 2016: what the generalist should know, Jacques S. Abramowicz, MD

Want to focus on updating your surgical skills? Look at this line up:

  • The Nezhat Live Telesurgery Forum, Canran Nezhat, MD, Farr Nezhat, MD, Ceana Nezhat, MD, Cheryl Iglasia, MD, Jim Robinson, MD, Andrew Sokol, MD
  • MRI-Based Pelvic Anatomy, Lennox P. John Hoyte, MD
  • Optimizing Robotics and Conventional Laparoscopy in Minimally Invasive Surgery, Arnold Patrick Advincula, MD
  • Techniques in Abnormal Wound Closure (Including the Obese Patient), Joel Sorosky, MD
  • Techniques in Hysteroscopic Surgery: Operative Hysteroscopy, Linda Bradley, MD
  • Robotic Sacrocolpopexy Complications, Lennox P. John Hoyte, MD
  • Fundamentals of Electrosurgery for the Gynecologic Surgeon, Gregory James Raff, MD
  • Update in Fetal Surgery, Jimmy Espinoza Dorado, MD

Want down-to-earth, personalized hands-on training? 

Sign up for one of our Postgraduate or Hands-On Courses. These are truly among the hidden gems of the Annual Meeting:

Hands-On Courses

  • Basic Obstetric Ultrasound: A Hands-On Experience
  • Advancing Your Skills in Operative and Office Hysteroscopy
  • Assessing Your Skills with Simulated Vaginal and Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (ASSESS)
  • Essential Skills for Safe Forceps-Assisted Delivery
  • Emergencies in Clinical Obstetrics (ECO)
  • Simulation Team Training for Labor and Delivery

Postgraduate Courses (Partial listing)

  • Clinical Management of the Obese Patient in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Menopausal Wellness: Living Longer and Livelier
  • Primary Care Aspects for Women Focus Lipids and Cardiovascular Disease What the Ob/Gyn Needs to Know
  • Maintenance of Knowledge in GYN Practice
  • Coding: What's New and How to Incorporate ICD10
  • Prevention, Recognition, and Management of Complications from Gynecologic Surgery
  • Lactation Medicine: A Course that Satisfies the Baby Friendly Hospital Designation for Physicians
  • Boost Your Office Productivity and be Happier Doing It!

I encourage you to download the Preliminary Program and begin to draft your itinerary today. Nearly 5,000 of your colleagues will be on hand to keep up on breaking science and research. Can you afford to be out of the loop?

In this edition of ACOG Rounds, be sure to read What’s New and Classic at the 2016 Annual Meeting and Get Social with the Latest Research [link] to get the full flavor of this outstanding event. The Annual Meeting has undergone many changes to make it more valuable to all of us, while retaining all the tried and true parts we’ve come to appreciate.

If you cannot attend this year, I encourage you to keep up with all the happenings:

Don't forget to save the date for the 2017 Annual Meeting, May 6-9, in sunny San Diego, California.

Please enjoy this edition of ACOG Rounds, which also features the latest in ACOG-issued clinical guidance documents, a fun article on how to become wealthier, a profile of ACOG Honorary Fellow Denis Mukwege, who has been named one of Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’, a compilation of ACOG mentions in the news, information on coding webinars and how they can aid you in your quest for full reimbursement, and a recap of all the updates made to ACOG’s popular pregnancy book to keep it in sync with up-to-the-minute ACOG guidance.

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