Keynote Speaker: 10:10 AM  Monday, March 27, 2017

Janet Bickel, BA, MA (Leadership and Career Development Coach and Consultant)
"Hard Work and Talent Aren't Enough: Mentoring and Finding Mentors across Career Stages"

Janet Bickel is a nationally recognized expert in faculty, career and leadership development with over 40 years of experience in academic medicine and science. Over 125 academic health centers and 35 professional societies have invited her presentations and consultations. In addition to a wide-range of individual coaching clients, organizational clients have included United American Nurses, US Department of Commerce, and American Association for Cancer Research. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medical Education at George Washington University School of Health Sciences.

During the 25 years prior to creating her own business, Janet held positions of increasing national leadership at the Association of American Medical Colleges, including Associate Vice President for Medical School Affairs. She established an influential Office of Women in Medicine, including a series of leadership development programs that have stimulated the careers of thousands of women physicians and scientists. She also led AAMC’s first programs in faculty affairs and in student professionalism. Janet continues to publish broadly, with over 65 peer-reviewed articles and two books.


TeLinde Lecturer: 10:45 AM  Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Richard Reznick, MD, MEd, FRCSC, FACS, FRCSEd (hon), FRCSI (hon) (Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences Queen's University; CEO, Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization) 
"Great Expectations: The Promise of Competency-based Education"

Richard Reznick is married to Cheryl, and they have three children -- Joanna, Josh and Gabe. Born in Montreal, he received his undergraduate university education and medical degree from McGill University, followed by a general surgical residency at the University of Toronto. He spent two years in fellowship training, first obtaining a Masters’ degree in medical education from Southern Illinois University, followed by a fellowship in colorectal surgery at the University of Texas in Houston, Texas.

Since his first faculty appointment at the University of Toronto in 1987, Dr. Reznick has been active in both colorectal surgery and research in medical education. He was instrumental in developing a performance-based examination, which is now used for medical licensure in Canada. He ran a research program on assessment of technical competence for surgeons and supervised a fellowship program in surgical education.

At the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, he was the inaugural Director of the Faculty’s Centre for Research in Education at University Health Network (The Wilson Centre) from 1997 to 2002. In 1999 he was appointed Vice President of Education at University Health Network. He served eight years as the R. S. McLaughlin Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto from 2002-2010.

In July 2010, Dr. Reznick assumed the position of Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University and Chief Executive Officer of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO).

Dr. Reznick has received numerous awards for his work in education, including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Medal in Surgery and the James H. Graham Award of Merit, the Association for Surgical Education Distinguished Educator Award, the National Board of Medical Examiners John P. Hubbard Award, the Daniel C. Tosteson Award for Leadership in Medical Education, the 2006 Inaugural University of Toronto President’s Teaching Award and the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education. In 2015, he was the recipient of McGill University’s Medicine Alumni Global Award for Lifetime Achievement. Dr. Reznick is a honourary fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.

Dr. Reznick is the author of over 130 peer-reviewed publications and has delivered nearly 300 lectures to hospitals, universities and scientific organizations around the world.

Debate: 12:45 PM Monday, March 27, 2017

“Should we separate the O from the G in Obstetrics and Gynecology?” 

Moderator: Dee Fenner, MD      Pro: Kimberly Kenton, MD   Con: Geoffrey Cundiff, MD

Panel Discussion: 12:30 PM Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"How can we increase the percentage and quality of minimally invasive hysterectomy for benign disease among low/intermediate volume gynecologic surgeons?"

Moderator: Eric Sokol, MD
Daniel Morgan, MD, Barbara Levy, MD, Rosanne Kho, MD, Andrew Walter, MD and Suketu Mansuria, MD


  • Eight excellent videos during general session
  • Thirteen videos during special "VideoFest" session on Monday, March 27, 2017 starting at 2:15 PM
  • Video Cafe with additional videos and all presented videos from the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Annual Meetings

Mentorship Mingle - Monday March 27, 2017   5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Wine and Cheese will be served

Table 1: Hal Lawrence & Barbara Levy: The changing face of gynecologic surgery/ Women’s health advocacy
Table 2: Susie Meikle: Positively saying no- how to decline requests in your career/ The beauty of mindfulness- how to manage stress at work
Table 3: Geoff Cundiff & Holly Richter: Cultivating an academic career
Table 4: Cheryl Iglesia & Jeff Clemons: The good word- how to talk to media about gynecology / how to stay relevant
Table 5: Miles Murphy: Incorporating research / scholarly activity into private practice


Academic Roundtables: Monday, March 27, 2017   5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Enjoy Wine and Cheese with the Informal "Rounding" with the Experts

  1. Perioperative Considerations for Transgender Men Undergoing Hysterectomy (Cecile Unger, MD)
  2. Chronic Pelvic Pain & Interstitial Cystitis: Pearls on Diagnosis & Treatment (Bruce Kahn, MD)
  3. Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering Applications in FPMRS (Jeffrey Cornella, MD)
  4. I Sure Hope I Coded that Right! (Mitchell Schuster, MD)
  5. The Hostile Pelvis: How to Avoid the Dreaded Laparotomy (Nicole Donnellan, MD)
  6. How to be Successful in Obtaining Vaginal Hysterectomy Rates of 40% or More (S. Robert Kovac, MD)
  7. How to introduce Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) into Your Practice? (Karl Jallad, MD)
  8. Building Your Practice with Social Media: Define Yourself Before it Defines You (Cara King, DO)