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SMFM's 2021 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is the centerpiece of the Society's work and the premier event for learning about cutting-edge science in obstetrics and for connecting with leaders in maternal-fetal medicine. 

Dates: January 25 – 30, 2021

Announcement from SMFM's President and Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair (October 12, 2020): 
Like you, we have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and hoping for a downward trend in cases. Unfortunately, it has become clear that the opposite is true. 

After considering your thoughtful input, and some of the challenges of safety planning for an in-person meeting at our contracted hotel, Caesar's Hotel in Las Vegas, we have decided that the 2021 Annual Meeting will move forward in a virtual format. Protecting the health and safety of SMFM members, meeting attendees, staff, and ultimately our patients is paramount, and the steady uptick in cases significantly contributes to our decision to not host an in-person event. 

While it will certainly be different than the 40 meetings before it, the 2021 Annual Meeting will provide the same cutting-edge science, postgraduate courses, poster sessions, and networking events that you have experienced in the past. Later this month, we will open meeting registration and will provide additional details about the meeting format and pricing. At that time, you will be able to view the complete program. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Nneka St. Gerard at

The Annual Meeting is always a special time of year to connect with old friends and meet the next generation of MFM leaders. We are committed to maintaining the sense of community and connections we've built over time. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support. 

Judette Louis, MD, MPH

Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, MSc
Chair, 2021 Annual Meeting Program Committee


2021 Program Committee: Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, MSc ; Christopher Robinson, MD, MSCR; Joseph Biggio Jr., MD, MSc; and Eva Pressman, MD 

Award. Each year, SMFM recognizes a member who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership via the Mentorship in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award. Nominations for the 2021 award are now open and will be accepted until December 4, 2020. 

Abstract Submission. The regular abstract submissions process is now closed for 2021. Original research that was not completed until after the September 28, 2020 abstract deadline may be eligible for submission as a late-breaking abstract.  Late-breaking abstracts should meet the guidelines for abstracts considered in the general submission and also meet the following criteria:

  • The research must be new and of sufficient scientific importance to merit special consideration after the standard abstract deadline.
  • Abstracts should describe either large clinical studies or high-impact translational research that could not be completed prior to the original deadline.
  • Clinical studies must be prospective in design.
  • Late-breaking abstracts cannot be a revision of an abstract submitted prior to the original submission deadline.

 Access the abstract submission site here. Late-breaking abstracts will be accepted beginning Monday, November 2 and must be submitted by 9pm eastern on Monday, November 30.  For the second year, you will use your login information to access the submission site, and profile information from the SMFM database will be used to populate the author information.  Please check your profile to make sure your contact information, account, and credentials are up to date to support a seamless and accurate submission. The abstract brochure is available for detailed information on the late-breaking abstract submission process.  

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Information. As the 41st Annual Meeting has moved from hybrid to completely virtual, our exhibit and sponsorship prospectus and application is being revised and will be available shortly. Please see our letter to exhibitors.

Future Meeting Dates, January 31 – February 5, 2022 (Orlando, Florida); January 30 – February 4, 2023 (Grapevine, Texas); and January 29 – February 3, 2024 (Orlando, Florida); January 27 - February 1, 2025 (Houston, Texas); February 2 - 7, 2026 (Orlando, Florida); February 1 - 6, 2027 (New Orleans, Louisiana); and February 14 - 19 (Las Vegas, Nevada)

2020 Annual Meeting. Access information about the 2020 Annual Meeting, including the meeting program, certificates of attendance, abstract award winners, and more.

Not a Member? Join SMFM today to receive the members-only discount on registration for the Annual Meeting and other SMFM events. You will also gain access to all of the member benefits. Questions? Contact Tim Heinle.

Questions? If you have meeting-related questions, please contact Nneka St. Gerard

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