Events & Meetings: Survey Says–2015 Annual Meeting a Clear Educational Victory; 2016 Meeting Will Build on That Success

The ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting underwent significant changes in 2015. But, nothing compared to the dramatic increase of scientific content covered at the meeting. In fact, scientific content comprised so much of the educational program that we decided to change the name of the meeting. Formerly known as the Annual Clinical Meeting (or ACM), ACOG’s annual meeting broadened its name to include “Scientific.”

New Format Tailored to Fit Your Needs

The noteworthy increase in scientific content marked just one of the changes ACOG members requested. Other Annual Meeting changes that successfully invigorated the 2015 meeting experience and will continue for the 2016 meeting include:

  • Saturday start day to make it easier for you to get away from the office
  • Daily concentration of topics to optimize your learning time
  • Subspecialty courses to encourage the exchange of best practice
  • Live telesurgery sessions to showcase the latest surgical techniques and strategies

You Be the Judge: 2015 Annual Meeting Attendee Survey Results

Changes to the Annual Meeting made a big difference. According to results of the 2015 Attendee Survey, attendee satisfaction reached an all-time high:

  • 84 percent are satisfied or very satisfied with the overall Annual Meeting
  • 95 percent claim their main objective for attending the Annual Meeting was met. Main objectives include gaining knowledge, networking with colleagues, earning CME, and learning about new products and services to improve care
  • 82 percent say the ACOG Annual Meeting is better than similar meetings they attend
  • 80 percent are satisfied or very satisfied with starting the meeting on Saturday
  • 73 percent are satisfied or very satisfied with daily concentration of topics
  • 74 percent are satisfied or very satisfied with subspecialty courses            
  • 65 percent are satisfied or very satisfied with live telesurgery

Looking Ahead to 2016

What’s in store for the 2016 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting?

While Saturday remains the start day for the meeting, the Scientific Program Committee consolidated the meeting to four days. The meeting, which now runs from Saturday, May 14 through Tuesday, May 17, offers a tight, efficient program that includes highly popular features. A brand new Navigating the Meeting session will help Annual Meeting newbies and veterans optimize their time and experience at the Annual Meeting.

On Saturday, 2015-16 ACOG President Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, will preside over the opening of the meeting at the President’s Program, which features three top-level talks from luminaries in the field. Top videos exploring an array of topics in obstetrics and gynecology will also be featured on Saturday during the popular Film Festival. Saturday evening, you will have the chance to reconnect with colleagues at the Welcome Reception.

To conclude the meeting, on Tuesday, May 17, 2016-17 ACOG President Thomas M. Gellhaus, MD, will usher in all new ACOG Fellows and put his stamp on the profession and ACOG by outlining his vision for the future in his inauguration address.

Other popular Annual Meeting programming includes:

  • A special session by ABOG leadership on maintenance of certification
  • New, thought-provoking debate format for many of the colloquia lectures
  • Three or six-hour clinically-oriented post-graduate and hands-on courses taught by experts
  • Surgical tutorials that use slides, video, case-based formats, and interactive demonstrations to sharpen skills
  • Flip Classroom sessions that flip the learning experience by sending lecture notes and slides ahead of time so the course is focused on cases, questions, and interactive group work 
  • Lunch with the Experts sessions that promote stimulating, professional exchanges in small groups over a box lunch
  • Interactive oral presentations and ePoster sessions that will be delivered each morning and throughout the meeting, respectively, and will allow plenty of time for Q&A
  • Subspecialty society sessions, which will present breaking science and promote collaboration with subspecialists

The Annual Meeting is not just about education and learning, of course. A myriad of social events are built into the meeting to allow for networking opportunities.

You can also catch up on content you missed after the meeting. The Virtual Meeting provides attendees with videos and slides of all participating talks after the meeting concludes. Purchase it when you register for the meeting at discounted rates!  

Registration opens in December  

If you have never attended an Annual Meeting before, or have missed the last few meetings, you owe it to yourself to see how things have changed. Come see what all the excitement is about. Your practice will benefit, as it is time unmistakably well spent.

Visit the Annual Meeting webpage to learn more about the meeting. Download the Preliminary Program to scope out all your options. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates about the meeting.


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