By Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD
ACOG CEO and Executive Vice President
On behalf of the Executive Board and Committee on Scientific Program, I am pleased to welcome you to San Diego and ACOG’s 65th Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting.
The year’s meeting focuses on the Next Generation of Health Care. It is incumbent upon all of us to consider what women’s health care will look like for future generations—not just for patients but for physicians, too.
With the future of women’s health care uncertain in Washington, DC and many state capitols, it’s important that we take the time to sharpen our skills and learn from experts on everything from improved patient care to efficient practice management. The ACOG Annual Meeting is the foremost gathering of women’s health care professionals, and we are pleased to count you among the delegates.
ACOG’s Committee on Scientific Program, along with our Education Department, led by Sandra A. Carson, MD, have put together a robust education program designed to optimize your learning experience.
With hundreds of topical keynote talks, hands-on seminars and clinical sessions to choose from, you are sure to come away from this meeting energized, highly informed, and ready to take your practice to the next level. Think of this as “spring training” for the busy ob-gyn.
I encourage you to make the most of your time here.
New this year—we’ve frontloaded all colloquia, clinical seminars, and other vital talks to today through Monday. The final day of the meeting, Tuesday, now focuses almost exclusively on three-hour and six-hour postgraduate and hands-on courses, an important addition to your Annual Meeting experience if you have the time.
To ensure you miss nothing of importance, I urge you to consider purchasing the Virtual Meeting. This valuable package includes over 150 hours of keynote talks, clinical seminars and other key content from the meeting that you can watch at your leisure after the meeting. Stop by the registration desk for details.
With most conference hotels within easy walking distance of the convention center and downtown San Diego, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore this beautiful city.
Be sure to fully engage with your colleagues on the Annual Meeting Twitter channel (@ACOG_AM) and Facebook page (ACOGAnnualMeeting) by using the #ACOG17. These social media tools make it easier than ever to connect and participate. ACOG TV airs again this year on monitors around the convention center and on hotel dark channels.
As a testament to the vibrancy of our profession and the quality of the program, I am pleased to report that registration for this meeting has far surpassed registration for last year’s meeting and meetings for several years prior to that.
The meeting begins in earnest this morning at 8:00 am with ACOG President Thomas M. Gellhaus, MD, gaveling the meeting to order and providing a review of our profession and his presidential year. This is followed by the President’s Program, featuring stimulating talks delivered by top speakers.
Herbert B. Peterson, MD, on “Health and Well-Being for All: Delivering on the Promise for Those We Serve”
Neel T. Shah, MD, MPP, on “System Complexity and the Challenge of Too Much Medicine”
Guy A. Winch, PhD, on “The Science of Healing Thy ‘Self”
If you happen to miss any of these great talks, you may listen to them streaming on the 2017 Annual Meeting Website / Program / Streaming Colloquia. This new initiative was introduced last year and proved to be quite popular. All other colloquia talks will also be streamed live and on-demand at the meeting and are available to all members after the meeting for a limited time.
Science and research continues to be at the forefront of this meeting. Sessions will be offered each day on the depth and breadth of obstetrics and gynecology, but a concentration of courses will be offered each day on the following topics to help optimize your time:
Today – Contraception/Family Planning supported by CoverHer.org
Sunday – Surgery
Monday – Sexuality and Menopause supported by TherapeuticsMD
Tuesday – Genetics supported by Myriad
An exciting new event this year is the ACOG Education Arcade. It features four games where you can take a break, win prizes, and challenge yourself and friends. The Education Arcade is based on an educational strategy called gamification, which is the application of game design elements and game principles to professional learning. Research shows that the gamification of professional learning improves comprehension and understanding. You’ll find the games of ACOG’s Education Arcade in the Sails Pavilion and ACOG booth in the Exhibit Hall.
I encourage attendees to stop by the ACOG booth on Sunday and Monday to meet the latest class in the ACOG Hall of Fame. These ob-gyn luminaries have made an indelible mark on our profession. You can even collect their “baseball” trading cards.
Roger K. Freeman, MD
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Sunday
Ralph W. Hale, MD
12:15 – 12:45 pm Sunday
John E. Buster, MD
10:00 – 10:30 am Monday
Donald R. Ostergard, MD
3:00 – 3:30 pm Monday
Don’t miss the stirring inauguration of ACOG’s 68th president, Haywood L. Brown, MD, and the convocation of new members on Monday. This ceremony and call to action by our new president will make you proud to be an ob-gyn.
With this enchanting city as a backdrop, we are looking forward to a great meeting that features the very best in surgery, science, and research that is applicable to your practice. Take the time to connect and reconnect with colleagues so we can all learn from each other. Find out how you can become more involved in your professional society. We are happy you are here to join us in dedicating ourselves to the Next Generation