San Diego, California — Today, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is convening more than 4,000 attendees in San Diego for its first in-person Annual Clinical & Scientific Meeting in three years. In honor of and in keeping with this opportunity to reunite safely after two years of isolation and distancing, this year’s meeting theme is Reconnect, Recharge, Reset. Attendees will be able to customize their meeting schedule to their preferences, allowing them to ground themselves in the scientific and clinical updates of their practice, connect with friends and colleagues, and make space to reflect on their own wellness.
The obstetrics and gynecology community is one of the specialty’s greatest strengths and resources. The power of strength in numbers has become especially clear in recent years as obstetrician–gynecologists remain on the front lines caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and reproductive health and the patient–physician relationship continue to come under attack. The 2022 Annual Clinical & Scientific Meeting offers attendees an opportunity to tap into and channel the power of community to advance their work.
Outgoing ACOG President J. Martin Tucker, MD, FACOG, is looking forward to this gathering as a leader of the organization and as an obstetrician–gynecologist. “The obstetrics and gynecology community is so full of energy and purpose, and I am excited for each of us to be re-energized as we come together to celebrate and learn more about our ever-evolving specialty,” he said. “We are all looking forward to gathering in person and being reminded of the strength, innovation, and dedication to our patients and our specialty that makes up the foundation of the obstetrics and gynecology community.”
The meeting will open with the presidential program, titled Finding Our Way Forward: Reflections on COVID-19 and Physician Wellness. Rachael Morris, MD, MS, FACOG, and Ludmila De Faria, MD, will join Dr. Tucker for the Anna Marie D’Amico Lecture and the Jim and Midge Breeden Lecture respectively. Dr. Morris, a maternal–fetal medicine specialist and obstetrics COVID-19 director for the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s department of obstetrics and gynecology, will share her experience of treating pregnant patients during the 2021 Delta variant COVID-19 surge and discuss the path she and her colleagues forged to achieve mental health support and care. Dr. De Faria, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Florida Mental Center, will lend her expertise as a leader in research in psychiatry in specific populations as she discusses the clinical aspects of trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic and how physicians’ mental health has been uniquely affected.
Sessions and lectures delivered by some of the brightest minds and most accomplished figures in obstetrics and gynecology will round out the weekend’s schedule, giving attendees the chance to get the latest updates on hot-button topics such as reproductive health and current legal challenges, interference in the patient–physician relationship, racial equity in health care, and the latest innovations in science and technology in obstetrics and gynecology. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra and EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe will be featured as distinguished keynote speakers.
“The ACOG Annual Clinical & Scientific Meeting is unique in that it serves as a benchmark for the technological, scientific, and clinical progress that obstetrician–gynecologists have made in the past year and allows attendees to return to their practice refreshed, reenergized, and ready to continue innovating on behalf of their patients and their specialty,” notes Dr. Tucker.
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