The ACOG 2018 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting’s theme is “Medical and Surgical Innovations In Health Care,” and everything about this year’s gathering in Austin, from the session topics to how those sessions are taught, embody the theme.
ACOG and the 2018 Committee on Scientific Program had a special focus this year when building this year’s meeting, said ACOG Vice President for Education Sandra Carson, MD, FACOG.
“Technology is rapidly advancing, and sometimes it’s advancing so fast that it’s difficult to catch up to it and understand what is exactly new information that can be incorporated into the medical practice and what is information that is new but not quite ready to incorporate into practice,” she said. “This year, we’re focusing on clinically relevant innovations ready to be used in medical practice.”
Attendees will find innovative sessions that incorporate many of the latest advances in adult education, Dr. Carson said. Innovative session formats include an expansion of the Flipped Classrooms, where attendees receive educational materials before the meeting to review so the live session focuses on discussions and collaborative work instead of lectures.
Perhaps the most radical of the teaching innovations at this year’s meeting involve the Trifecta Clinical Seminars, which will have three distinct presentations taking place in the same room at the same time. Attendees will have headphones that will allow them to tune into any of the three presentations – and switch between them at any time.
Even some of the longstanding pillars of the Annual Meeting are getting a bit of a reboot for 2018.
The President’s Program will again feature three speakers, selected this year by ACOG President Haywood L. Brown, MD, FACOG. But instead of longer lectures by each presenter, each will have a 15-minute presentation, followed by a “fireside chat” format that will include an extended opportunity for questions and answers on the topic “The New Postpartum Visit: Beginning of Lifelong Health.”
Joining Dr. Brown for the panel will be Wanda D. Barfield, MD, MPH, assistant surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service; former Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®; and Minnow Walsh, MD, president of the American College of Cardiology.
“The new postpartum visit will set the template for a lifetime of health care,” Dr. Carson said. “It’s really an opportunity to address issues and get them started on the right path. That’s basically what this panel will be talking about.”
Poster presentations again will feature a group of presenters giving one-minute overviews, followed by dedicated time next to their posters for questions and answers.
The first three days focus on educational programing and the exhibit hall. The fourth day is dedicated to Postgraduate Courses, Hands-On Courses and ancillary meetings. Feedback from past attendees helped shape the 2018 schedule format.
One big change for 2018 is that the Hands-On courses have been approved for Maintenance of Certification Part IV credit. Dr. Carson said that ACOG just received word on this development in early March.
And Dr. Carson reminds everybody that ACOG offers a lot to the families of physicians who attend. Spouse and guest tours are available Friday-Monday. Camp ACOG offers children of all ages entertaining and educational opportunities. Children at least 6 years old can take part in trips to places like the Austin Zoo and Austin Aquarium, while those younger than 6 will stay on site in the supervised Activity Center with games, arts and crafts, movies, and special visitors.
The Annual Meeting website has more details about all these events, and more.
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