Nashville, TN., USA - May 3-6

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting is a gathering of the leading women’s health care experts and delivers the latest scientific information for the benefit patients and to provide leadership in our changing industry. The theme of this year’s conference was "Accessing the Spectrum of Quality Health Care.”


Attendees & Content Presented:

Pournami Rajeev

2nd year NYU Medical Student

Research Assistant, PSOT & Empower Clinic

Gynecological and Contraceptive Needs of Female Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Sexual Violence


Jenny Leigh

NYU Post Baccalaureate and MPH candidate at the Mailman School of Public Health

Research Assistant, TET, Healthcare Access, Book Team

Association Between History of Sexual Trauma and Unstable Housing

Reflections from Our Attendees:

Why was presenting at ACOG a rewarding experience?

My favorite part of ACOG was being able to talk with other young health professionals working on similar issues. Speaking with many other students who are working to connect their research around issues such as sexual violence and abortion care with legislative and advocacy efforts brought me a lot of hope for the next generation of health professionals. Though I was nervous being one of the few people to present on a non-clinical topic, it was ultimately a great opportunity to engage people around what many might not immediately think of as a "health issue."

- Jenny Leigh


What did you present at ACOG?

I presented two posters, one from the EMPOWER team and another from the PSOT team. The EMPOWER poster "Gynecological and Contraceptive Needs of Female Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Sexual Violence" focused on how trauma survivors often present with routine gynecological complaints, so it is important that providers ask all patients about prior trauma history since it may be possible to differentiate a trauma survivor based on gyn exam.The PSOT poster "Knowledge and Use of Contraception Among a Population of Female Survivors of Torture" showed that while most of our participants did not want to get pregnant in the next  year, a minority had been taught to use LARCs, suggesting that survivors of torture entering the US healthcare system may benefit from further discussions and education.

- Pournami Rajeev