The redesigned ACOG Annual Meeting has expanded the educational and networking opportunities available on Saturday, May 2. Below is a list of some of the key happenings. See the Preliminary Program, the official Annual Meeting app or go to acog.org for more information.
Saturday afternoon colloquia
3:15 to 4:10 pm
The Donald F. Richardson Memorial Lecture: ‘Birthing Centers vs. Hospital Births — A Debate’
Ginger K. Breedlove, PhD, president of the American College of Nurse Midwives, and Edward R. Yeomans, MD, department chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, will debate the growing trend of birthing centers providing care to low risk, healthy, pregnant women with an MFM authority.
4:15 to 5:10 pm
March of Dimes Annual Lecture: ‘Emerging Concepts in the Pathogenesis of Preterm Birth’
Michal Aviva Elovitz, MD, FASGE, director of the Prematurity Prevention Program and director of the Maternal and Child Health Research Program at Penn Medicine, will explore new concepts in the pathogenesis of preterm birth such as specific molecular profiles involved in premature cervical remodeling and the role of the cervicovaginal microbiome, and find new effective therapeutic options.
2 to 3 pm
Oral abstract presentations
New for this year, four oral abstracts will be presented daily in a special session in Room 102. Saturday’s session takes place in the afternoon. The remaining Abstract sessions will take place at 8 am on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. An additional oral presentation will take place before each of the colloquia starting with Saturday afternoon’s Richardson Memorial Lecture. Electronic posters will run throughout the meeting and be available on the official Annual Meeting app.
11 am to noon
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Maintenance of Certification special session
George Wendel, MD, from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology will offer an update on the ABOG Maintenance of Certification process. The session will include information for those just starting the process for the first time, plus updates on recent changes in what activities qualify for MOC.
2 to 5 pm
Subspecialty session: Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM)
This is the first of 10 sessions presented by subspecialty societies geared toward the practicing obstetrician and gynecologist. The SMFM session will cover progesterone, preterm premature rupture of membranes, infectious diseases, multiple gestation, and noninvasive prenatal testing.
6 to 7:30 pm
Those who come to the Waterbar and Epic Roasthouse in the Embarcadero section of San Francisco will enjoy an evening of food, music and fun. Shuttle service to and from Annual Meeting hotels will be available, and childcare will be available at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.