Annual Meeting attendees this year will find a revamped meeting.
“What we’ve done is really responded to members’ requests and added more science to the meeting,” said ACOG Vice President for Education Sandra Carson, MD, FACOG.
The biggest change is the format, Dr. Carson said. Before this year, Saturday and Sunday at the Annual Meeting had been dedicated to two days of six-hour postgraduate courses. This year, organizers redistributed six-hour postgraduate courses throughout the entire meeting and redistributed many other education sessions to Saturday and Sunday.
For example, the President’s Program that used to take place on Monday has moved to Saturday morning, and clinical sessions start later that morning.
“There will be opportunities for members to choose a day — any day — for a six-hour postgraduate course and then go to the other meeting educational opportunities on other days,” Dr. Carson said.
“You can have the same meeting that you’ve always had, with postgraduate courses and luncheon conferences and hand-on courses, but arranged for your own convenience,” Dr. Carson said.
ACOG has made “Teaming Up for Women’s Health” the theme for this year’s Annual Meeting, and several sessions will line up with presidential initiatives set forth by ACOG President John C. Jennings, MD. One session, for example, investigates how to work as a team during obstetrical emergencies.
Also new this year, each meeting day will have a concentration of events and sessions related to a specific practice area. Dr. Carson said this would help attendees make their meeting more efficient by helping focus on topics they value most. Those topics are:
- Saturday — Obstetric Emergencies
- Sunday — Operative Gynecology
- Monday — Contraception
- Tuesday — Menopause
- Wednesday —Patient Safety and Office Practice
On Saturday from 2 pm to 3 pm and then each day starting Sunday morning at 8 am, there will be an hour long session dedicated to science and four oral paper presentations of abstracts that were selected for their quality will be presented. Also, throughout the meeting electronic posters will be available for viewing; they are also available for download in the official Annual Meeting app. An additional oral presentation will take place before each of the colloquia starting with The Donald F. Richardson Memorial Lecture on Saturday afternoon.
ACOG has added the latest innovation in adult education, Flip Classrooms, to this year’s meeting. Those who sign up for these classes in April will be sent a video lecture and reading list to complete before the Annual Meeting. During these clinical seminars, attendees will work on case-based problems and be asked questions using interactive tools.
“It used to be you went to a lecture and then got homework after,” Dr. Carson said. “This time, at home you get the lecture and you do the problems in class. It’s homework and lecture flipped.”
For the first time, ACOG has asked 10 subspecialties to each present a three-hour session on a topic important to the subspecialty and geared toward the practicing ob-gyn.
The popular “Stump the Professor” session returns again this year, and a new offshoot of that event, “Are You Smarter than a Junior Fellow?”
Other events of note include:
- Live telesurgery session broadcast live from Atlanta
- Hands-on courses for team care in obstetrical emergencies and gynecologic surgery
- A session for those planning on taking written or oral board Maintenance of Certification presented by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- A Maintenance of Knowledge course that will cover ACOG guidelines designed for those studying for examinations
- Residency Fair for medical students
- Career Fair for organizations or practices looking for new staff