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Topics in Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology

This course will address topics of interest for practicing women’s health clinicians. The need for this course exists due to the rapid changes in thinking in the field, advances in technology, demographic changes and the breadth of practice encompassed by the combination of obstetrics and gynecology.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize for patients the most current information on marijuana use during pregnancy and lactation
  • Discuss with patients the risks and benefits of elective induction of labor at term
  • Explain to staff and hospital stakeholders the resource and capacity implications of elective induction of labor at term
  • Propose individual, hospital and regional strategies to decrease maternal mortality
  • Review with patients key elements of contemporary infertility care including the role of elective single embryo transfer and preimplantation genetic screening

Target Audience

This course is targeted to Specialty Physicians, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners. This course may also be of interest to physicians who practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

ABMS/ACGME Competencies

The course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) / Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educational (ACGME) competencies:

  • Medical Knowledge

IOM Competencies

The course is designed to meet the following Institute of Medicine (IOM) Competencies:

  • Employ Evidence-Based Practice

Friday, October 25, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast

Session I: Reproductive Endocrinology: Out With the Old, In With the New

Moderator: John Petrozza, MD

8:00 AM - 8:40 AM
Contemporary Evaluation of the Infertile Couple
Speaker: Irene Souter, MD

8:40 AM - 9:20 AM
Elective Single Embryo Transfer, Preimplantation Genetic Screening and Other Things to Know About In Vitro Fertilization for 2020
Speaker: Charles Bormann, PhD

9:20 AM - 10:00 AM
Opportunities for Fertility Preservation, Real and Imagined
Speaker: Jill Attaman, MD

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Session II: General Obstetrics and Gynecology

Moderator: Carey York-Best, MD

10:55 AM - 11:35 AM
Postpartum Hemorrhage
Speaker: Erik Clinton, MD

11:35 AM - 12:15 PM
Placenta Accrete: Preparations and Pitfalls
Speaker: Ilona Goldfarb, MD, MPH

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Lunch Break

Session III: Maternal Fetal Medicine

Moderator: Anjali Kaimal, MD, MAS

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Should Everyone Be Induced?
Speaker: Anjali Kaimal, MD, MAS

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Is Your Cesarean Rate Too High or Too Low?
Speaker: Mark Clapp, MD, MPH

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Maternal Morbidity and You: A Call to Action
Speaker: Allison Bryant Mantha, MD, MPH

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM


Please join us in celebrating Dr. Michael Greene, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and Associate Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine upon his retirement after 43 years.

Moderator: William Barth, Jr., MD

3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
The Obstetrician's Nightstand: When, How and What I Read in 2019

Saturday, October 26, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast

Session I: Gynecologic Oncology

Moderator: Eric Eisenhauer, MD

8:00 AM - 8:40 AM
Extended Recovery after Surgery
Speaker: Rachel Clark Sisodia, MD

8:40 AM - 9:20 AM
Work-up and Management of Endometrial Hyperplasia
Speaker: Amy Bregar, MD

9:20 AM - 10:00 AM
The Approach to the Adnexal Mass
Speaker: Whitfield Growden, MD

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
6 Common Consult Questions/Ask the Experts

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Session II: Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Moderator: Keith Isaacson, MD

10:45 AM - 11:25 AM
Critical Anatomy for the Gynecologic Surgeon
Speaker: Stephanie Morris, MD

11:25 AM - 12:05 PM
Tackling the Large Uterus Laparoscopically
Speaker: Nisse Clark, MD

12:05 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Contemporary Management of Endometriosis
Speaker: Megan Loring, MD

1:40 PM - 2:20 PM
Moving Hysteroscopic Procedures from the Operating Room to the Office
Speaker: Keith Isaacson, MD

Session III: Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

Moderator: May Wakamatsu, MD

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
Prolapse: "If It Doesn't Bother You, It Doesn't Bother Me"
Speaker: Milena Weinstein, MD

3:00 PM - 3:40 PM
Bladder Control: From Rings to Slings
Speaker: Emily Von Bargen, DO

3:40 PM - 4:10 PM
For the Aging Population: Pump It Up!
Speaker: May Wakamatsu, MD

4:10 PM - 4:40 PM
6 Common Consult Questions/Ask the Experts


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses

For the purpose of recertification, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board and American Nurses Credentialing Center accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education). We would also suggest that learners check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for re-licensure.

Physician Assistants

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification. We would also suggest that learners check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for re-licensure.

Canadian Accreditation

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

European Accreditation

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMEC®s). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMEC®s can be found at:

Note: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is calculated based on submission of a preliminary agenda and may be subject to change.

Disclosure Policy

Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Policies. It is HMS's policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.


CME activities accredited by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.

Full Course: Topics in Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology

Resident/Fellow: $350.00

Physician (MD/DO): $700.00

Resident/Fellow: $700.00

Allied Health Professional/Other: $500.00

Friday Only: Topics in Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology

Allied Health Professional/Other: $250.00

Physician (MD/DO): $350.00

Resident/Fellow: $350.00

Saturday Only: Topics in Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology

Allied Health Professional/Other: $250.00

Physician (MD/DO): $350.00

Resident/Fellow: $350.00

Printed Onsite Syllabus

Printed Onsite Syllabus: $15.00

Refunds: Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75, will be issued for all cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be made in our secure online system or by email. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee.

All sessions will be held at the Starr Center at 185 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114-2500.

A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the Liberty Hotel until September 27, 2019. Please specify that you are enrolled in this course to receive a conference rate. Be sure to mention the "MGH Harvard CME course".

**The discounted room block may sell out prior to the deadline, early booking of hotel reservations is encouraged.**

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