I would like to personally welcome you to Honolulu, Hawaii for the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. This year’s meeting theme, “SURFING THE WAVES OF CHANGE” reflects the focus of the meeting. Guided by Dr. Richard Reindollar in his role as President, Dr. Lawrence Layman, the Scientific Program Chair, and the Scientific Program Committee have developed an outstanding program that addresses the clinical and research challenges of all aspects of reproductive medicine. This year’s program has incorporated innovative formats that emphasize interprofessional team learning. Because exciting new genetic tools are permeating basic science and clinical medicine, these will be highlighted in relation to the practice of reproductive medicine. A wide variety of topics will be handled in a multidisciplinary approach—from oncofertility and fertility preservation in both sexes to evidence-based treatment for infertility, endometriosis, fibroids, surgery and PCOS.
The Scientific Program will include state-of-the-art plenary lectures, oral and poster presentations, roundtable discussions, video sessions, inter-professional symposia, and interprofessional interactive sessions which have been redesigned to allow for more audience participation. The program includes the popular Contraceptive, Menopause and Surgery Days.
Dr. Lisa Halvorson and the Postgraduate Program Committee have worked closely with the affiliated societies, professional groups, and special interest groups to develop stimulating postgraduate courses that meet the needs of our clinicians, scientists, laboratory technologists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. The 2014 Postgraduate Program will include 7 inter-professional courses taught by interdisciplinary teams and designed to address healthcare problems from multiple perspectives. Hands-on courses for laboratory techniques and surgery will be offered.
We welcome our members and trainees, as well as our colleagues from abroad, to attend the meeting. Indeed, several symposia will be presented by a group of experts from sister societies around the world. As always, opportunities for networking and interaction abound.
The meeting will offer an enjoyable social program for attendees and their guests in the beautiful city of Honolulu. I look forward to meeting you in Honolulu, where together we will be “Surfing the Waves of Change.”
Rebecca Z. Sokol, M.D., M.P.H.
Acting ASRM President 2013-2014