THE 18TH ANNUAL CONGRESS
The VCU Institute for Women's Health and the Journal of Women’s Health held its annual multidisciplinary CME conference, the Women’s Health 2010 Congress, in Washington, DC on March 26-28. 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 12th consecutive year, and Susan Kornstein, MD, Executive Director of VCU IWH was Co-Chair. This year, the Congress again collaborated with the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), and served as the annual AMWA meeting. In addition, new partners this year were the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Behavioral Research Program and the American Medical Association (AMA). The response to the program was overwhelming again this year, and was sold out with 1000 registrants 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, and cardiovascular health. Also on the program this year were experts addressing such issues as breastfeeding, tobacco cessation, domestic violence and health literacy. There were state of the art presentations on such topics as gynecologic robotic surgery and pelvic floor disorders by VCU’s renowned Dr Catherine Matthews, as well as advances in understanding and treating PCOS by leading expert Dr John Nestler. This program remains unique in its multidisciplinary approach to the understanding sex and gender differences across the spectrum of disease, and in its interdisciplinary audience, which spans departments and organ systems, and also encompasses all healthcare professions.
In addition, the scientific research poster session was greatly expanded, with presenters from around the world. All told, there were 1000 attendees from 44 states and from Austria, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, China, India, Thailand, Nigeria, Taiwan, Australia, and Canada. Once again, the Congress was a hugely successful event, and remains a unique platform for promoting excellence in women’s health care and in representing VCU and the Institute for Women’s Health.
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