Surveys show that members like the innovative flipped classroom sessions, so ACOG will offer 13 of them at this year’s meeting. Members also continue to praise colloquia that use the debate format, so eight of those this year will be debates.
Attendees are encouraged to register for flipped classroom sessions by April 7 in order to take full advantage of the learning format. Those who register in advance for these free classes will receive the videos and interactive modules starting four weeks before the meeting.
Attendees are expected to review the case-based materials before their sessions, then use the pre-session materials as a starting point during the session.
“Flipped classrooms have caught on in medical schools,” said ACOG Vice President for Education Sandra Carson, MD, FACOG. “So many of the younger meeting attendees have experienced this learning format.” Dr. Carson said that the flipped classroom format has been shown to increase learning and retention by about 40 percent.
To register, simply log into the registration portal and use the automatic pop-up window for guidance. This year’s topics are:
- The Changing Landscape of Abortion Regulations and Services: What Obstetrician-Gynecologists Need to Know
- Shoulder Dystocia: How to Take the Fear Out of Management
- Smart Phones, Tablets, and Phablets: Delivering Apps for the Ob-Gyn
- Contraception and Coercion
- When a Baby Dies: Parental Grief, and Vicarious Grief and Trauma, and the Self Care for Providers
- Genetics for the Next Generation of Ob-Gyns
- Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: Wading Through the Evidence on Treatment Effectiveness
- Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS): Minimizing Opioids Through Multimodal Analgesia and Patient Education
- Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Genetics: Moving Beyond the BRCA Mutations: What Every Ob-Gyn Should Know in 2017
- An Effective Contemporary Approach to Clinical Female Sexual Medicine
- The Difficult Intrauterine Device Insertion: Tips and Techniques
- Changing the Landscape of Perinatal Depression: A Population Health Program for Ob-Gyns
- Coming Full Circle: What To Do About Thrombophilias During Pregnancy
This year’s debates will cover many critical topics of interest to obstetricians and gynecologists. They will be part of the three days of colloquia starting late morning Saturday, May 6, with the Edith Louise Potter Memorial Lecture, which will consider whether egg freezing should be routine rather than indicated because of cancer.
Other debate topics are:
- Over-the-counter birth control pills
- Robotic versus laparoscopic hysterectomy
- USTSPF guidelines for breast cancer screening
- Routine cystoscopy at the time of hysterectomy
- Cosmetic gynecologic and vaginal rejuvenation
- Abandoning the diagnosis of cervical insufficiency
- Surgery versus medicine for pelvic pain
More than 1,000 abstracts were submitted for ePoster presentations this year, and about 700 of those will be presented during the meeting, more than double the number of posters presented two years ago. Each poster is part of an hour-long session that includes a short presentation and time for visitors to ask questions. The official Annual Meeting app will have the schedule of all the poster presentations and also have the posters available for viewing through your mobile device.
Popular educational events such as the Drs. Camran, Farr, and Ceana Nezhat Telesurgery Forum, Stump the Professors, Film Festival, and Are You Smarter Than a Junior Fellow will also return to the 2017 meeting.
Dr. Carson reminds everybody that, while certified medical education (CME) remains the core of the Annual Meeting, knowledge can be found in many other places. A trip through the Exhibit Hall, for example, offers exposure to many new products in the booths and product theaters and information about when and how those products should be used.
The Mix and Mingle event on the evening of Sunday, May 7, offers the chance to catch up with colleagues and compare notes about life in the specialty.
The move to a more condensed meeting, with the postgraduate and hands-on courses now bunched together at the end of the meeting, does mean members may miss out on physically attending a session. But thanks to the Virtual Meeting—available for purchase (see related story)—attendees can go back and watch a session that they were unable to attend in person.
“As we’re shortening the meeting, we have overlapping sessions,” Dr. Carson said. “Participants can’t go to two places at once, but having technology like the Virtual Meeting allows them to make it seem like they’re at two places at once.”