What do 5,000 obstetricians, gynecologists and women's health researchers talk about when they get together for their annual meeting?
|Raul Artal, M.D.|
Ask Raul Artal, M.D., chair of SLU's department of obstetrics and gynecology. As chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Scientific Program Committee, he's responsible for planning the group's annual educational conference.
The event, which features 350 talks and presentations, will be held April 30-May 4 in Washington, D.C.
"It's a big undertaking to organize an annual meeting for such a large group," Artal said.
"At the same time, it is incredibly rewarding to be able to focus attention on the latest clinical practices and scientific and technological developments that are critical to women's health. We are so fortunate that the presenters are among the most prominent scientists and clinicians in our field."
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the lead lecture, which pinpoints exceptional opportunities in biomedical research. As a sequel, Dr. Roberto Romero, chief of the prenatal research branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (a branch of the NIH), will discuss cutting edge developments in predicting and preventing preterm births and neonatal complications.
A distinguished panel of speakers will share their insights on preventing and lowering maternal mortality around the world. Physicians also will debate the role of traditional gynecology surgery in an era of minimally invasive surgery.
The physicians also will hear a presentation on the role of women's primary health care providers in eradicating misogyny, which Artal characterizes as a "major public health issue."
Faculty from SLU's department of obstetrics and gynecology will present as well. For instance, four gynecologists will demonstrate various gynecological procedures to the physicians gathered in the nation's capital remotely from Midtown St. Louis, using the facilities of SLU's Center for Anatomical Science and Education.
The conference caps off many months of intensive planning, Artal said, and a very busy year.
Immediately before the ACOG scientific meeting, Artal will preside over the meeting of another group, the Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The meeting is Artal's last as president of the organization that includes 125 chairs of obstetrics and gynecology from U.S. and Canadian universities.