Welcome to beautiful San Francisco and ACOG’s 63rd Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting. We hope you will find this power-packed agenda engaging and relevant to the leading women’s health care issues of the day.
If you’re well acquainted with the ACOG Annual Meeting, you may have noticed an important addition to the name: It’s now the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, reflecting the increase in science added to the clinical practice sessions. This change is the result of your requests in the recent attendee survey for more science at the meeting.
You can expect clinical scientific debates in many of the colloquia, preceded by an oral presentation of research. On Saturday from 2 to 3 pm and then each day beginning at 8 am, enjoy an hour-long session dedicated to science and four oral paper presentations selected for their scientific quality.
Throughout the meeting, electronic posters will be available for viewing with authors available for questions. The posters can be downloaded through the official meeting app. You may easily search for the topics of your choice to optimize your time.
Of course, the meeting will continue to provide exciting clinical sessions. Each day will feature a concentration of events and sessions related to a specific practice area such as obstetric emergencies, operative gynecology, and contraception. This will enable you to focus more efficiently on topics of major concern to you. And we have added more surgical sessions!
A live laparoscopic and hysteroscopic telesurgery and question-and-answer session will take place on Monday. There are more hands-on tutorials focusing on gynecologic surgery.
In keeping with our 2015 theme of “Teaming Up for Women’s Health,” select scientific sessions will be presented by subspecialty societies and geared to the practicing ob-gyn. This collaboration will keep you at the cutting edge of best practices in specialty areas. Some of our featured session partners include the Society of Ob-Gyn Hospitalists, American College of Physicians, Society of Gynecologic Oncology, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, American Urogynecologic Society, and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. And several sessions will line up with presidential initiatives by ACOG President John C. Jennings, MD, such as how to work as a team during obstetrical emergencies.
The biggest change may be the Saturday start time of the meeting. Before, Saturday and today were dedicated to two days of six-hour postgraduate courses. This year, organizers redistributed the six-hour postgraduate courses throughout the entire meeting, allowing educational sessions to begin in earnest on Saturday and today.
Other initiatives you are sure to value include engaging debates that present both sides of our most vexing issues, sessions conveniently mapped to ABOG examination topics, special lectures on menopause and hormone therapy, and a “Mix and Mingle” alumni reception. A robust program is planned for Junior Fellows and medical students, including career and residency fairs.
With the backdrop of this exciting city, we are looking forward to a great meeting that features cutting-edge science. I encourage you to take time to reconnect with colleagues and ACOG leaders and find out how you can become more involved in your professional society. We learn best from each other, and the opportunities at the Annual Meeting are nearly endless. We are happy you are here to join us in recharging and rededicating ourselves to the very best in women’s health care.