Lara C. Pullen, PhD

April 21, 2014

Educational sessions will dominate the program at the upcoming American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) 2014 Annual Clinical Meeting in Chicago. They will include postgraduate and hands-on courses, seminars, and interactive surgical tutorials.

The theme of the meeting is "gain knowledge, stay current, and exchange ideas," said Sandra Ann Carson, MD, who is ACOG vice president of education. "Educational sessions update physicians on the breadth of the specialty, but we also offer an opportunity for members to meet, network, and discuss their practice with each other and with subspecialists in the field," she told Medscape Medical News in an email.

There will be 6 hour-long postgraduate courses and 6-hour and 3-hour hands-on courses. The educational sessions will be varied and will not focus on any one disorder.

In addition, the ACOG has partnered with other professional organizations to present the information required for specialty examinations.

"For example, the American College of Physicians is presenting a postgraduate course dealing with topics in internal medicine for the OB/GYN. Physicians can become certified after participating in a course on basic and advanced life support or suboxone administration," Dr. Carson explained.

At the welcome reception at Chicago Hotel and Towers, participants will enjoy Chicago-style music and food.

The President's Program, part of the opening ceremonies, will include a lecture by Lesley Regan, MD, from the Imperial College of London, United Kingdom, on human rights and women's health in the 21st century. Tyrone Hayes, MD, a biologist from the University of California at Berkeley, will address the impact of the environment on reproductive health.

Clinical seminars are organized by educational track: obstetrics, gynecology, and practice. Topics covered will include IUDs and contraceptive implants, the future of treatment for pelvic organ prolapse, and immunization for cancer prevention and neonatal protection.

The session on innovation in surgery will highlight a new educational model. Participants have already received the articles to read and a video of the lecture to watch. The session will be devoted to a discussion of relevant cases.

"We are living in the most dynamic era of medicine in the history of the United States and, as the exclusive physician specialists for women, we are at the forefront of change in women's healthcare," said ACOG president-elect John Jennings, MD. "At this year's meeting, we will focus on our role in protecting women's care and on opportunities to collaborate with the larger physician community to improve outcomes and to optimize America's healthcare resources," he told Medscape Medical News in an email.

Dr. Carson and Dr. Jennings have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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