2016 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting 

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2016 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting

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The 2016 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists will take place from May 14 to May 17 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. For more information on the Annual Meeting, please visit: http://www.acog.org/acm

If you are a member of the press and interested in attending, please email communications@acog.org for a dedicated press registration code. In the email, please include your credentials: name, title, affiliation.


Following the popularity of last year’s specific topic days, this year’s Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting themes include: Menopause (on Saturday), Minimally Invasive Surgery (on Sunday), High Risk Obstetrics (on Monday), and Family Planning (on Tuesday). However, sessions are offered every day addressing content specific to the depth and breadth of obstetrics and gynecology.

The 2016 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting will also feature in-depth debates, including:

  • HPV Screening: Is It Ready to Replace the Pap?
  • If No Elective Inductions Before 39 Weeks, Why Not Induce Everyone At 39 Weeks?
  • Role of Flibanserin in the Treatment of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder in Women
  • Is there a Place for Outpatient Pre-Induction Cervical Ripening at Term?

There will also be sessions about issues making headlines this year:

  • Noninvasive Prenatal Screening
  • Nulliparous Induction of Labor
  • Hereditary Cancers in Gynecology
  • Medical Management of Spontaneous and Elective Abortion
  • Sexual Function in Post-Menopausal Women
  • Egg Freezing to Preserve Fertility Potential
  • The Original Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy: Vaginal Hysterectomy
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Fetal Surgery
  • Perinatal and Postpartum Depression
  • The Care of Women Veterans
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Trafficking and Misogyny
  • Crime Scene Investigation and the Forensic Evaluation of the Sexual Assault Victim


With more than 500 posters being presented by leading health care professionals, the 2016 Annual Meeting will feature groundbreaking research spanning the field of women's health. Some highlights include:

  • How understanding the factors that can lead to postpartum readmission can lead to the development of quality metrics and strategies to address the increase in U.S. postpartum readmissions
  • Evaluating whether or not omission of intrauterine cleaning after cesarean leads to an increase in complications
  • With home births on the rise, what should women with prior cesarean delivery know about potential risks to the neonate?
  • Utilization of a novel prenatal care model to maintain patient satisfaction and obstetrical outcomes with fewer in-office visits
  • Can vaginal delivery be a safe option for appropriately selected monoamniotic monochorionic twins?
  • Evaluating results of a postpartum LARC insertion program in order to predict risk of future expulsion
  • The role of the provider in encouraging vaccination for Tdap and influenza during pregnancy
  • Can first-trimester pregnancy loss be confirmed through maternal vaginal bleeding?
  • Obesity is a known risk factor for obstetric implications, but does the risk change among BMI categories?
  • Big data in the delivery room: Evaluating computer modeling to predict cesareans delivery
  • Do online and cell phone app fertility calculators live up to their promise?
  • Are health care providers following the new pap screening interval recommendations?
  • Ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination as options for women with tubal factor infertility
  • Implementing ACOG’s “labor longer” recommendations in clinical practice
  • Can community hospitals successfully adopt the ACOG/SMFM cesarean recommendations?
  • Does increasing the VBAC rate in a clinical setting also lead to an increase in maternal or neonatal morbidity?
  • As syphilis cases rise, is routine screening in order as part of regular prenatal care?
  • The effect of strength training on health and quality of life in elderly women
  • Encountering mixed messages on safety of marijuana use during pregnancy
  • Induction of labor and obesity: should misoprostol dosage reflect patient BMI?
  • Does selective fetal reduction of triplets have an impact on obstetrical outcomes for remaining fetuses?
  • How can ob-gyns help meet the transition-related medical needs of transgender patients?
  • Anticipating and preparing for optimal outcomes of a delivery with placenta accreta
  • Revisiting the role of external cephalic version in lowering the cesarean rate

Working journalists are welcome to register for the Annual Meeting and to attend Colloquia, Clinical Seminars, Cutting Edge Topics in Ob-Gyn, Interactive Surgical Tutorials, and new research posters and oral presentations. Journalists may also attend Lunch and Learn Seminars, but are required to pay the $50.00 registration fee to do so. Please note that Lunch with the Experts, Postgraduate Courses, Ancillary Meetings, and the Business Meeting are closed to press.

Annual Meeting press registration is strictly limited to working journalists who produce original content and will not be extended to supervisory, management, publishing, promotional, marketing, administrative, consulting, advertising, or to public relations staff, industry analysts, or to organizations that produce Continuing Medical Education (CME) audio/audiovisual, online, or print resources. Press credentials are required. The College reserves the right to deny individual press registration requests. 
If you are a member of the press and interested in attending, please email communications@acog.org for a dedicated press registration code. In the email, please include your credentials: name, title, affiliation. 


Journalists may request embargoed materials by emailing communications@acog.org. All journalists who receive embargoed material may not publish, broadcast, post, or distribute. This extends to print, broadcast, online, and social media. This also prohibits any teasers or promotions of content.


Registered press are required to observe the following guidelines:

  • Any event not listed in the final Annual Meeting Program is not sanctioned by The College. Journalists that are invited/assigned to cover non-College events held outside the Convention Center (ie, in a hotel) should not report its proceedings as happening before, concurrent with, or after the Annual Meeting or as having any relationship to The College or its meeting.
  • Journalists who are also staffing an exhibit must wear their Exhibitor Badge while at the booth.
  • Press badges are not transferrable to other individuals. The replacement cost for lost press badges is $125.00. 


  • Registered journalists may use audio recording devices during Annual Meeting sessions for reporting purposes only. These audio recordings may not be rebroadcast in whole or in part for any reason at any time. Registered journalists may audio record interviews with individual presenters provided that the interviewee has agreed and given explicit consent prior to recording. These audio interviews may be broadcast if that is the stated intent prior to the agreed upon interview.
  • Video recording, including handheld video recording, of any Annual Meeting session is prohibited.
  • Video recording in the Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall is strictly prohibited at all times. Audio recording is permitted provided that the individual being interviewed has agreed and given prior explicit consent. 
  • Television/video crews must register in the Annual Meeting Press Office before being allowed to conduct interviews or acquiring footage and must be escorted at all times within the Convention Center by an Annual Meeting Press Office staff person. Filming may occur in the Press Office or another acceptable designated area.


  • Photography during any Annual Meeting session is prohibited. However, registered journalists may take photographs of presenters before or after their session provided that the presenters have agreed and given explicit consent. These photographs may be utilized as part of a news article.
  • Photography in the Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall is strictly prohibited for any reason.
  • Photography (and video recording) of Annual Meeting research abstracts is permitted provided the researchers have given prior explicit approval. Photographs and images of abstracts are for the journalist’s background use only and may not be reproduced, published, or posted online. 

Unofficial Activities

  • The College strongly discourages unofficial activities at its Annual Meeting. Unofficial activities are those not sponsored or sanctioned by The College and include, but are not limited to, press briefings, media events, product announcements and unveilings, focus groups, luncheons, and roundtables. (See Exhibitor Prospectus for additional details.)
  • Companies that have received approval from The College to hold symposia, product theaters, or company staff meetings in one of the hotels in The College’s housing block must follow these guidelines: All related press releases, media advisories, announcements, invitations, educational materials, etc., must clearly indicate the name of the industry sponsor as well as the source of financial support. In no way should any materials directly or indirectly imply that an unofficial program or activity is associated with The College or its meeting. Terms such as “presented during,” “presented in conjunction with,” “preceding,” “prior to,” “following,” “live from,” etc., in reference to The College and/or its Annual Meeting may not be used in any materials. Use of the The College name, logo, seal, or the Annual Meeting logo or name also is not permitted without written College authorization. 
  • To avoid sanctions, exhibitors are advised to submit all draft press releases and advisories related to off-site symposia to The College’s Office of Communications for review prior to finalization and release. These materials must be received no later than one week prior to the official start of the Annual Meeting (Friday, April 29th, 2016). All information will be kept strictly confidential.
  • Official Activities
  • Exhibitors may issue press releases stating that they are exhibiting at the Annual Meeting provided they refer solely to products and services that have been approved by The College for exhibition.
  • Press releases and other communications regarding new research poster and paper abstracts presented at the Annual Meeting may indicate that the research was presented during the meeting. All communications related to new research abstracts should clearly disclose all conflicts of interest of the researchers as well as industry funding of the research. New research posters and papers are embargoed until the day of presentation.
  • Exhibitors may provide releases/press kits to make available to registered press on site during the Annual Meeting. Press materials must be submitted for review and approval to The College’s Office of Communications via email no later than Friday, April 29th, 2016. A maximum of 10 copies of approved releases/press kits per exhibitor will be accepted for display in the Annual Meeting Press Office. Approved materials must be hand delivered to the Annual Meeting Press Office located in the Convention Center. Couriered or overnight packages will not be accepted.   
  • Please note that on-site public relations solicitation to registered press is prohibited outside of the exhibit hall. The College does not release press registration lists before, during, or after the meeting.

If you are a member of the press and interested in attending, please email communications@acog.org for the press registration code. In the email please include your credentials: name, title, affiliation.

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