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Nation’s Ob-Gyns Convene in Texas to Improve Women’s Health at ACOG’s 2018 Annual Meeting

April 27, 2018

Austin, Texas – Nearly 4,000 women’s health care providers and researchers are gathered in Texas at the Austin Convention Center for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) 66th Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, which begins today. The meeting offers providers an opportunity to discuss the full spectrum of women’s health and work toward solutions to improve outcomes through education about the latest research. This year’s meeting theme is “Medical and Surgical Innovations in Health Care.”

“Women’s health is more than just a headline, it’s our life’s work,” said ACOG President Haywood L. Brown, M.D. “The Annual Meeting is an important opportunity for our profession to convene and exchange knowledge on a wide range of issues. Whether it’s methods to help women more comfortably transition through menopause, the most effective methods of cancer screening or building systems that help to reduce instances of maternal mortality, the Annual Meeting touches on everything.”

Brown will open the meeting on Friday and introduce the first session, the President’s Panel, “The New Postpartum Visit: Beginning of Lifelong Health.” The panel will feature experts from different areas of maternal health, including Susan G. Komen, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Cardiology. The panel’s theme nods to one of Brown’s presidential initiatives, redefining postpartum care.

Each day attendees will have the opportunity to attend a variety of sessions and learning settings, including lectures, classroom settings, debates that are all more tailored to their professional interests and priorities. ACOG has collaborated with 10 subspecialty societies to ensure sessions target specialties within obstetrics and gynecology and review new trends that ob-gyns should know.

Education will take all forms at the meeting. In the “Innovation Rodeo” attendees will have the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills through interactive games. The program also includes, a live telesurgery streamed from Atlanta and Belgium, three surgical tutorials and a film festival demonstrating new surgical techniques.

“The Annual Meeting is an exciting and important opportunity for ob-gyns to come together, discuss our shared mission, and gain new information and skills,” said Brown. “Most importantly, every ob-gyn who attends the Annual Meeting leaves with new knowledge that helps to improve their practice and patient care.”

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) 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, ACOG 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. www.acog.org

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188