The Contraception Special Interest Group at ASRM focuses on supporting basic and applied research in contraception. The ASRM Annual Meeting is an exciting forum to present contraceptive research to an international audience. Both clinicians and scientists, in reproductive biology, attend the contraception scientific session showcasing posters and oral presentations.
The ASRM Annual Meeting also offers a postgraduate course on contraception every other year. Past offerings have included hands-on training courses in office-based family planning procedures, and the use of contraceptives in reproductive endocrinology practice.
Contraception day at the ASRM Annual Meeting is an opportunity to focus on research and new developments in clinical practice regarding contraception. For example, the new United States Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use was introduced this past fall, and more details will be revealed at the annual meeting in October, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.
I welcome your ideas and involvement in the Contraception Special Interest Group.
Rebecca H. Allen, MD, MPH, CSIG Chair
With other meetings that focus exclusively on contraception, and so little time on our busy calendars, is ASRM relevant? As Chair of the Contraception SIG, I would like to discuss why clinicians interested in contraception should attend the ASRM Annual Meeting.
No other meeting in our specialty attracts such large numbers of both clinicians and scientists in reproductive biology. The well organized and attended scientific sessions at ASRM provide an opportunity for oral presentation, and discussion of original research papers in diverse interest areas. Every year, I am impressed by the quality and significance of the oral presentations and posters at our own Contraception Scientific Session. There is no other meeting that combines basic, translational, and clinical research in contraception. ASRM is the place to present cutting-edge research on an international stage.
ASRM offers clinicians up-to-date training opportunities in the latest technology, and innovations through postgraduate courses, such as the highly successful "hands-on training course in office-based family planning procedures" offered this past fall.
Contraception Day at the ASRM Annual Meeting provides a full day of family planning educational activities in a variety of entertaining formats. Commercially-supported symposia provide additional learning opportunities each year.
New collaborative efforts between the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and ASRM demonstrate a long-term commitment to improve the quality and visibility of family planning programs within ASRM.
I welcome your ideas and involvement.
Jeffrey T. Jensen, M.D., M.P.H., CSIG Past Chair