THE 17TH ANNUAL CONGRESS
MARCH 27-29, 2009
Presented by Journal of Women's Health and VCU Institute for Women's Health
In collaboration with
The VCU Institute for Women's Health and the Journal of Women’s Health held its annual multidisciplinary CME conference, the Women’s Health 2009 Congress, in Williamsburg, Virginia on March 27-29.Wendy S. Klein, MD, Senior Deputy Director Emeritus of the VCU Institute for Women's Health and Deputy Editor of the Journal of Women's Health was the Congress Program Chair for the 10 th consecutive year. This year, the Congress also welcomed a new collaboration with the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), and served as the annual AMWA meeting. The response to the program was overwhelming this year, and was sold out six weeks in advance of the event.
The purpose of this dissemination conference was to provide state-of-the-art, evidence-based knowledge on a broad range of issues relevant to women’s health across the lifespan, to a target audience that included physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, nurse-midwives, and other allied healthcare providers. Over 2-1/2 days, 27 expert faculty from around the country addressed a host of topics relevant to the clinical care of women. Included were aspects of breast, bone, reproductive, mental, genetics, obesity, dermatology and cardiovascular health. Also on the program this year was a special panel of experts addressing issues surrounding the utility of cardiovascular guidelines, entitled, “Putting Practice Guidelines into Practice.” There were state of the art presentations on such topics as gynecologic robotic surgery, advances in screening for ovarian cancer, in HIV prevention, CAM, and in the health of women in the military, as well as in understanding sex and gender differences across the spectrum of disease.
In addition, research posters were presented, and represented work being done around the world. Almost seven hundred fifty attendees came from 37 states, Australia, Canada, Japan, Lithuania, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia and the UK. There were also AMWA student posters, and concurrent AMWA student activities, in addition to an annual AMWA awards banquet. All in all, the 17 th Congress was a highly successful event, and remains a unique platform for advancing excellence in women’s health care.
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