Course Overview



This course will be held again on
March 17 - 22, 2019.

Information contained in this site is for the 2018 program.
Information for the 2019 program not yet available.

New Diagnosis and Treatment Updates in Clinical Obstetrics, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Urogynecology, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology, and Infertility

Much has changed in the field of obstetrics and gynecology in the past year, with significant implications for clinicians. This special update on diagnosis and treatment of reproductive health conditions in women, designed and presented by Harvard Medical School’s leading faculty and master clinicians, ensures you are current with these changes.

The educational focus is practical, offering updates and practice recommendations that you can immediately put to use to improve patient care and outcomes.

Lectures and workshops cover:

  • Clinical obstetrics 
  • Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery
  • Urogynecology
  • Gynecologic oncology 
  • Reproductive endocrinology and infertility
  • Adolescent gynecology
  • Menopause management
  • High-risk patients
  • Difficult deliveries
  • Advances in diagnostic equipment and techniques

Updates are coupled with specific clinical guidance that you can put to use immediately in your day-to-day practice.


Education is comprehensive, designed to ensure attendees are current with 2018 updates and state-of-the-art practices.  Highlights include:

  • Noninvasive Down syndrome screening
  • Zika
  • Depression during and after pregnancy
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Genetic testing
  • New ultrasound practices
  • Prediction and prevention of stillbirth
  • Difficult deliveries
  • Obstetric emergencies
  • Diagnosis and management of pelvic pain
  • Safe tissue extraction
  • Laparoscopic surgery complications
  • Vaginal hysterectomy
  • Morcellation alternatives
  • Cystoscopy
  • Fertility preservation in cancer patients
  • IVF
  • Egg freezing to preserve fertility options
  • Cost-effective infertility workups
  • Contraceptive options
  • Long-acting, reversible contraception
  • Menopause management
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Treatment of fibroids
  • Overactive bladder
  • Reproductive care of the LGBT individual
  • Detecting bladder conditions
  • Sentinel nodes in endometrial and cervical cancer
  • Gynecological care of women with BRCA1, BRCA2
  • Reducing the risk of ovarian cancer
  • Abnormal Pap smears

For full agenda, see the schedule page.


The lectures, interactive discussions and in-depth clinical skills workshops at Obstetrics and Gynecology 2018 are led by more than 40 master clinicians, all at the forefront of their respective subspecialties.

You will leave this conference with:

  • New approaches to day-to-day clinical challenges
  • Updates for better treatment plans
  • Guidance to navigate diagnostic options and new medical technologies
  • Imaging advances and implications
  • Skills workshops
  • Drug and device updates
  • New therapy protocols
  • Best practices for high-risk patients
  • Guidance for when to treat and when to refer

Customize Your Learning Experience

A special feature of this conference is the degree to which participants can customize their own learning experience. Participants can choose from among a wide range of workshops for more immersive education in the clinical areas that align with specific practice needs. 
In addition, the core curriculum is available as three separate 2-day sections, each covering a different area of obstetric and gynecologic practice:

Clinical Obstetrics: 
March 18-19, 2018

Coverage includes:

  • Prenatal screening and diagnosis
  • Maternal hypertension and obesity
  • Fetal growth restriction and abnormal development
  • Staying current with Zika – who is at risk, what should you do
  • Depression during and after pregnancy – how to detect and resources for management
  • Care and diagnosis following stillbirth
  • Incorporating Noninvasive Down syndrome screening into the OB office
  • Guidance regarding genetic testing
  • Options for managing gestational diabetes
  • Premature rupture of the membranes
  • Twins, placenta accreta, and other high-risk pregnancies
  • Labor planning, induction, and complex delivery issues


Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Urogynecology and Gynecologic Oncology:
March 20-21, 2018

Coverage includes:

  • Laparoscopic surgery in surgically-challenging patients
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Avoiding and managing laparoscopic complications
  • Diagnosis and management of pelvic pain
  • Diagnosis and management of common and complex urogynecologic conditions
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections: how to prevent and how to treat
  • Overactive bladder: discussion of new treatment options
  • Vaginal hysterectomy in the era of new technology and minimally invasive surgery
  • The role of opportunistic salpingectomy to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer
  • Abnormal Pap smears
  • Evolving use of sentinel node sampling in management of endometrial and cervical cancer


Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility:
March 22-23, 2018

Coverage includes:

  • The latest cost-effective workup for infertility
  • Ovulation induction
  • Guidance on when to make a referral for IVF
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Common reproductive endocrine disorders
  • Egg freezing for women who wish to preserve fertility options
  • Reproductive care for LGBT patients
  • A comprehensive update on contraceptive options, including long-acting reversible contraceptives
  • Hyperandrogenism and polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract
  • Managing the health concerns of menopausal women
  • Sexual dysfunction in women
  • Osteoporosis
  • Management of abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Endometriosis-associated pelvic pain