Streaming Colloquia

ACOG is pleased to provide these critical keynote lectures streaming live and on demand after the live event. These talks are provided to Annual Meeting attendees as a convenience and as a benefit to all ACOG members.

Talks will be available to replay after a short processing delay and remain available through the close of the meeting and beyond.

Watch 2017 Colloquia


8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Opening Ceremonies – PLN1 – Thomas Gellhaus, MDACOG President Thomas M. Gellhaus, MD, FACOG, presides over the opening of the 65th Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting on Saturday, May 6 in San Diego, CA, and provides his recap of the year in practice.

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
The Hale Lecture: Health and Well-Being for All: Delivering on the Promise for Those We Serve – COL1A – Herbert B. Peterson, MDDr. Peterson identifies what we need to do to achieve our goals and objectives, determines what we need to do to ensure we get there, and discusses the teamwork that will be required to assure our success.

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
The Anna Marie D’Amico Lecture: System Complexity and the Challenge of Too Much Medicine – COL1B – Neel T. Shah, MD, MPPAlthough modern medicine has greatly advanced our capabilities, it has also resulted in a health care system of remarkable complexity. Dr. Shah describes new ways of thinking about how to intentionally simplify the complexity of the health care systems we work in order to take better care of our patients.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
The Jim and Midge Breeden Lecture–The Science of Healing Thy ’Self – COL1C – Guy Winch, PhDDr. Winch helps us understand the importance of practicing ‘Emotional Hygiene’ and recognizes the danger of ruminative thoughts and how to minimize them and changes in mood and behavior that indicate the need to address emotional health.

10:25 AM – 11:15 AM
The Edith Louise Potter Memorial Lecture: Should Egg Freezing Be Routine? (DEBATE) – COL2 — Clarisa R. Gracia, MD and Anne Z. Steiner, MDDrs. Gracia and Steiner review the rationale for and process of elective egg freezing, provide knowledge of existing data on oocyte cryopreservation regarding utilization, efficacy, and costs, and review the social implications of the use of this elective technology.

1:10 PM – 2:00 PM
The Irvin M. Cushner Memorial Lecture: OTC Birth Control (DEBATE) – COL3 – Jennifer Ashton, MD, MS and Eve Espey, MD, MPHDrs. Ashton and Espey consider issues beyond simply that of increased access regarding OTC oral contraceptives, describe the pros and cons of OTC oral contraceptive access, and describe the logistical barriers/issues involved with OTC oral contraceptive access.

2:25 PM – 3:15 PM
The Benson and Pamela Harer Seminar on History: Electrosurgery Then and Now – COL4 — Gregory J. Raff, MDAlthough electrosurgery is one of the most commonly utilized energy sources it is the least understood. With the use of interactive didactics and live demonstration, Dr. Raff empowers the learner to master the fundamentals of electrosurgery and be able to implement best practices for the safe application of monopolar energy.

3:40 PM – 4:30 PM
The Samuel A. Cosgrove Memorial Lecture: Robotic vs. Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (DEBATE) – COL5 — Arnold P Advincula, MD and Matthew T. Siedhoff, MD, MSCRDrs. Advincula and Siedhoff, two experienced laparoscopic surgeons, debate the relative value of robotic assistance for benign gynecologic surgery. They will review relevant literature regarding its pros and cons and speak from personal clinical experience as to what its role should be in minimally invasive surgery.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
The Jenny and Keith White ‘Are You Smarter Than a Junior Fellow?’ Session – COL6 – Recia L Frenn, MD; Cynthia Brincat, MD, PhD; Haywood Brown, MD; Kenneth H. Kim, MD, FACOG, FACS; F. Gary Cunningham, MD; Paula J Adams Hillard, MDThe session is a twist on the popular television game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader.” But, in the ACOG version, two Young Physicians square off against two more senior ACOG Fellows. Each will attempt to answer two rounds of questions in the categories of obstetrics, gynecology, and office practice. If they struggle their only lifeline will be a panel of the best and brightest Junior Fellow “classmates.”


8:10 AM – 9:00 AM
The John and Marney Mathers Lecture: USPSTF Task Force Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening (DEBATE) – COL7 — Mark Pearlman, MD and George Sawaya, MDIn this debate Drs. Pearlman and Sawaya focus on current breast cancer screening recommendations for average-risk women. The 2016 recommendations by the US Preventive Services Task Force will be examined in depth and contrasted with recommendations by ACOG, ACS and NCCN.

9:25 AM – 10:15 AM
The John I. Brewer Memorial Lecture: Routine Cystoscopy at the Time of Hysterectomy (DEBATE) – COL8 — Lisa M. Peacock, MD and Rebecca Rogers, MDWhen should the practicing gynecologist perform cystoscopy to ensure that there is no injury to the lower urinary tract? While most agree that cystoscopy should be performed after surgery for prolapse and/or incontinence, controversy exists whether hysterectomy in general should also be followed by cystoscopy. Drs. Peacock and Rogers present the pros and cons of cystoscopy to detect lower urinary tract injury.

10:40 AM – 11:30 AM
The Howard Taylor International Lecture: Cosmetic Gynecology: What Are We Doing? (DEBATE) – COL9 — Cheryl Iglesia, MD and Mickey Karram, MDDrs. Iglesia and Karram list types of genital cosmetic procedures and procedures promoted for sexual enhancement — do they work and who should be performing them – and discuss currently available outcome data for energy sources used in gynecology and opportunities for innovation and research.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
March of Dimes Annual Lecture–Finding the Uterine Pacemaker – COL10 — Alison Cahill, MDDr. Cahill provides the current evidence based for contractions in clinical practice, help us understand the existing knowledge gaps, discuss on-going initiatives to better understand contractions and labor initiation, and review how discovery may aid in our understanding of labor and preterm labor.

2:25 PM – 3:15 PM
The Morton and Diane Stenchever Lecture: Should We Abandon the Diagnosis of Cervical Insufficiency? (DEBATE) – COL11 — Jay D. Iams, MD and John Owen, MDDrs. Iams and Owen explore the advantages and disadvantages of the Cervical Insufficiency Diagnosis in contemporary obstetric practice.

3:40 PM – 4:30 PM
The ABOG Educational Foundation Lectureship on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement: Surgery vs. Medical Management for Primary Approach to Pelvic Pain (DEBATE) – COL12 — Magdy Milad, MD, MS and Lee A. Learman, MD, PhDChronic pelvic pain affects approximately 1 in 6 reproductive-age women and negatively impacts functioning and well-being including work, family, and relationships. Drs. Milad and Learman contrast primary medical versus surgical management of chronic pelvic pain in light of its most common causes and most effective treatments.:

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
2017 ABOG Maintenance of Certification – COL16 — Susan Ramin, MDDr. Ramin covers the current MOC program requirements as well as updates to the process for 2017 in both Part II and Part III. The Pilot Program implemented in 2016 that offers MOC exemption for scoring well on Lifelong Learning for years 1-5 of the current MOC cycle will be reviewed.


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
The Presidential Inauguration and Convocation of New Fellows – COL13Delegates welcome ACOG’s 68th president Dr. Haywood L. Brown who will provide his vision for the future of the profession and all new ACOG Fellows will be recognized individually as they are called to the stage.

1:10 PM – 2:00 PM
The Donald F. Richardson Memorial Lecture: Controlling the Hot Flashes and Keeping the Heat in the Bedroom: Sexual Dysfunction and Menopause – COL14 — Maureen Whelihan, MDDr. Whelihan identifies the most common sexual dysfunctions in an Ob-Gyn practice, provides techniques to focus on the underlying causes, education for patients on the risks/benefits of treatment, and helps you understand your personal limitations in managing these patients.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Gerald and Barbara Holzman ‘Stump the Professors’ Session – COL15 — Sharon Phelan, MD; Ronald D. Alvarez, MD; Iffath A. Hoskins, MD; Deborah L. Myers, MD; Tony Ogburn, FACOG; Ashley Atkins, MD; Maggie Dwiggins, MD; Sara Muszynski, MD; Charlene Echague, DOThe lively and fun Gerald and Barbara Holzman ‘Stump the Professors’ session presents four cases from selected residents. The cases are common within everyday practice and within the scope of ob-gyn. Top medical professors will be put on the spot and asked to make the correct diagnosis from a real case from a Junior Fellow.

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