The ACOG Annual Meeting doesn’t stop just because it’s lunchtime—several sessions take place during the traditional midday break, offering the chance to combine a meal with education.
Lunch Conversations occur from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm Friday and Sunday in Ballroom A, with 35 conversations scheduled for Friday and 35 on Sunday. The sessions earn one credit hour of CME and cover many of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology examination topics.
The lunch sessions give attendees more flexibility when it comes to setting their education schedule at the Annual Meeting, said Lauren Demosthenes, MD, a member of the 2018 Committee on Scientific Program.
“If somebody wants to go from the beginning of the day but then maybe take off at 3 pm to be with family, they can still have an educational opportunity every step along the way,” she said. “Not everybody wants a lunch break.”
Lunch sessions cover the same topics featured in the more traditional sessions. Discussion leaders are a mix of experienced ACOG presenters and newcomers who offer a new perspective on important topics.
Each group is limited to nine attendees plus the discussion leader. The leader starts the conversation with a short presentation, followed by an extended discussion by those at the table. The format provides an environment that encourages networking and asking in-depth questions that the structure of the traditional didactic session may not allow, Dr. Demosthenes said.
“Typically, you’re going to be at a table with nine other people, so you can talk to the moderators about what and how they incorporate something into their practice, and then you might hear from others around the table about how they’re incorporating whatever you’re talking about in their practice,” she said.
The official meeting app, final program, and online meeting planner lists the complete range of topics. Visit the Registration desk to find out what sessions still have space available and to register. The cost is $55 for each session, which includes the meal. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and peanut-free meals should be available.