After last year’s sweeping changes to the content and schedule, those coming to ACOG’s 64th Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting will just see refinements to this year’s meeting and an emphasis on sessions that will help them live this year’s theme: “Take Charge of Health Care.”
The 2016 event again starts on Saturday, May 14, with a full day of educational and networking opportunities, but the meeting will conclude on Tuesday, May 17, instead of the traditional Wednesday.
Scheduling the Annual Meeting over the weekend and two weekdays strikes a good balance for physicians finding it hard to take time away from their practices.
“There are many employed physicians who do not have a lot of educational time during the week to be away from their employment or group,” ACOG Vice President for Education Sandra Carson, MD, FACOG, said. “We’re finding that having the meeting on both a couple of weekend days and a couple of weekdays helps both groups: Those who like it on weekdays and those who like it on weekends.”
ACOG has expanded the number of “Flip Classroom” sessions at the Annual Meeting. About a month before the meeting starts, those registered receive a video of the session lecture and other related materials to review before arriving in Washington, D.C. That allows the session during the Annual Meeting to concentrate on interactive case discussion.
Flip Classroom sessions this year cover abnormal uterine bleeding, diagnosis and management of sexual problems, use of apps in obstetrics and gynecology, immunization updates, clinical ethics, perinatal depression, vaccine communication, thrombophilia during pregnancy, shoulder dystocia, and cervical insufficiency and treatment.
ACOG is offering more Flip Classroom sessions this year, but Dr. Carson expects them to fill up quickly, so early registration is critical. Click here or see the Preliminary Program to register or get more information. Advance rates are in effect only through April 8.
Colloquia sessions take place every day. Many of this year’s colloquia will feature a debate format on important obstetrics and gynecology topics of great interest to ACOG members. Debates will cover issues such as:
- Who, if anybody, should have a delivery before 39 weeks gestation?
- Is the new sexual dysfunction drug flibanserin a proper course of treatment?
- Is there a place for outpatient pre-induction cervical ripening?
- Should the HPV screen replace the Pap smear?
The Annual Meeting also has many sessions and events dedicated to surgery. The popular Film Festival takes place Saturday and will illustrate several different types of surgical procedures, as will several hands-on courses. On Monday morning, attendees can watch two live telesurgeries taking place in different locations.
Each day’s clinical seminars has a different theme. The breadth of the specialty will be covered each day, Dr. Carson said, with a little extra emphasis given to each day’s theme. Saturday will feature more menopause-related topics, Sunday features minimally invasive surgery, Monday – high-risk obstetrics, and Tuesday – family planning.
“Then we’ll have cutting-edge topics, which will be the new topics presented in each subspecialty that have arisen since the time the program was put together and the Annual Meeting,” she said. “For example, there will be cutting-edge topics that cover what to do with Zika virus and patients who might be concerned about the Zika virus.”
ACOG has made it easier for attendees to find courses on the topics where they require updates. The Official Program — available both in print and through the official meeting app — will be coded and mapped to the blueprint for examinations given by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The courses are then mapped to the various topics covered in those examinations for the convenience of folks who are studying for those exams so they can take a look at what courses they need some updated information in.
One big change last year was the incorporation of the postgraduate (PG) courses into the regular meeting schedule. That continues this year, and attendees can now purchase a postgraduate course pass that allows them to attend three or more of the three-hour PG courses.
On Sunday, sessions designed for Junior Fellows, Junior Fellows in Training or in Practice will offer ABOG advice about what to expect when taking the oral and written exams. A Monday session will review what to expect when taking maintenance of certification. Junior Fellows also will find interesting sessions on life after residency, transitioning from training to practice, and creating a business model for financing.
The Annual Meeting also has the popular subspecialty society sessions this year. For a list of the subspecialties presenting these sessions, planned especially for practicing obstetricians and gynecologists, click here or see the Preliminary Program schedule.