By Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD
ACOG CEO and Executive Vice President
Welcome to our nation’s capital and ACOG’s 64th Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting. It is fitting that this year’s Annual Meeting is where so many of the laws and regulations governing women’s health care are debated and enacted. It is critical that we take to heart the theme of this year’s meeting, Take Charge of Health Care, since our nation’s leaders need to hear loudly and clearly that we, the physicians, in partnership with our patients, are in the best position to decide what is best for our patients’ health.
We know you will find this power-packed agenda engaging and relevant to the leading women’s health care issues of the day. Our deepest respect and gratitude is offered to ACOG’s Committee on Scientific Program for putting together such an outstanding agenda. As a testament to the vibrancy of our profession and the quality of the program, we are pleased to report that registration for this year’s Annual Meeting has far surpassed registration for the last several meetings.
The meeting began on Saturday at 8 am with the President’s Program, featuring stimulating talks on critical issues delivered by top speakers. If you missed Owen Korn, MD, on “The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse”, Erin Tracy, MD, on “Trafficking and Misogyny”, or Balazs Bodai, MD, on “The Power of One,” you may listen at www.acog.com/colloquia. New this year, all colloquia talks are streaming live at the meeting and available free to members on demand after the meeting. We hope you take advantage of this new initiative.
If you’re well acquainted with the Annual Meeting, you may have noticed one big change this year. The 2016 meeting again started on a Saturday with a full day of educational programming, but the meeting will now conclude on Tuesday, instead of the traditional Wednesday. This strikes a good balance for physicians who sometimes find it hard to take so much time away from their practices.
Otherwise, after last year’s sweeping changes to the content and schedule, attendees will see many refinements to this year’s meeting and an emphasis on sessions that will help them live this year’s theme. And like last year, science and research will be at the forefront.
Sessions will be offered each day on the depth and breadth of obstetrics and gynecology, but special attention and a concentration of courses will be offered on the following topics on the appointed days. You can easily and efficiently focus on topics of most value to you:
- Saturday — Menopause
- Today — Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Monday — High Risk Obstetrics
- Tuesday — Family Planning
We know you want the latest on Zika virus so we have added a late breaking lecture at 12:30 today. “Ob/Gyn Response in This World of Uncertainty” by Laura E. Riley, MD, and Denise J. Jamieson, MD, MPH, will provide guidance on prevention, screening, and treatment.
An exciting new event this year is the ACOG Hall of Fame. I encourage all attendees to stop by the ACOG Booth in the Exhibit Hall for a photo with ob-gyn luminaries:
- John T. Queenan, MD — Today 10:15 – 10:45 am
- Jay D. Iams, MD — Today 3 – 3:30 pm
- Irwin R. Merkatz, MD — Monday 12:30 – 1 pm
- Norman F. Gant, Jr., MD — Monday 1 – 1:30 pm
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.
We know you have to pass or renew your boards, so the Annual Meeting helps your studies by mapping all courses and talks to ABOG topics. ABOG will also provide a special MOC session at 8 am on Monday.
The live Telesurgery Forum will take place at 9 am on Monday. This popular event features live laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgeries with plenty of time for questions and answers. The daily agenda continues to be well represented with talks and tutorials focused on surgery.
Select scientific sessions will be presented by subspecialty societies and geared to the practicing ob-gyn. This collaboration will keep you at the forefront of best practices in specialty areas.
With this vital city as a backdrop, 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.