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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SGS 41ST ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING

SIX SGS FELLOW SCHOLAR REPORTERS ARRIVE ON SATURDAY

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FOUR POSTGRADUATE COURSES/WORKSHOPS ON SUNDAY BEFORE THE MEETING

“Comprehensive Pelvic Floor Ultrasonography; Transperineal,
Endovaginal and Endoanal Imaging”
Supported by grants from Halo Medical Technologies and BK Ultrasound
Course Director: Abbas Shobeiri, MD

"Laparoscopic, Robotic and Vaginal Approach to Difficult Hysterectomy -
A Surgical Tutorial on Strategies and Techniques"
Course Director: Ted Lee, MD

"SGS-ABOG Workshop - Building Evidence-Based Medical Skills in Gynecology"
Supported by an ABOG Grant
Course Directors: David Rahn, MD and Vivian Sung, MD, MPH

"NIH Application Training Camp"
Learn the training camp ways of preparing NIH Applications
Mock Study Section for an R21 and RO1
Course Director: Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD

MONDAY MORNING

Drs. Stephen Metz and Charles Rardin Welcome Attendees

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 RECORD ATTENDANCE - 407
RECORD NUMBER OF COUNTRIES REPRESENTED AT MEETING - 17
RECORD NUMBER OF ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS - 172
PRESENTATION OF 16 NEW SGS MEMBERS
THANK YOU TO THE 2015 PREMIER SPONSORS

PROGRAM BOOK         ABSTRACT BOOK          AUTHOR INDEX

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Dr. David Grimes Presents "Is Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine Possible"
Watch the presentation here.

Panel Discussion "Teaching the Next Generation of GYN Surgeons" Moderated by Hal Lawrence, MD with Drs. Dee Fenner and Mark Walters Serving as Panelist
Watch the presentation here.

AWARDS CEREMONY

 Five New SGS Honorary Members

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 Ingrid Nygaard, MD  
Sandra Carson, MD  
Hal Lawrence, MD  
Katherine Hartmann, MD, not in photo 
Susan Meikle, MD, not in photo   
 
30 Mentors Honored by their Mentees

2015 SGS Award Winners

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SGS MEMBER / GUEST PRIZE PAPER
PRESENTED TO Catrina C. Crisp, MD, MSc 
Critical Anatomy in Relation to the Sacral Suture; A Postoperative Imaging Study following Robotic Sacrocolpopexy

SGS Fellow/Resident First Prize Paper
PRESENTED TO Lauren B. Westermann, DO 
To Pack or not to Pack? A Randomized Trial of Vaginal Packing following Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery

SGS Fellow/Resident Second Prize Paper
PRESENTED TO Pedro A. Maldonado, MD 
Proximity of Uterosacral Ligament Suspension Sutures and Sacral Nerve Roots to Pelvic Anatomic Landmarks

EBERHARD LOTZE VIDEO AWARD
PRESENTED TO Cara R. King, DO, MS 
Laparoscopic Ureterolysis: Techniques and Approaches to Ureter Identification and Dissection
View the video here

WINNING SPIRIT AWARD
2nd year FPMRS Fellow nominated by an SGS Member
PRESENTED TO  Benjamin Barenberg, MD
Supported by Boston Scientific

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AJOG 2015 IMPACT AWARD
PRESENTED TO Emily Evers, Joan Bloomquist, Kelly McDermott and Victoria Handa
Obstetrical anal sphincter laceration and anal incontinence 5-10 years after childbirth

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More award pictures

The Surprise Guest Arrived!

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And more celebration and networking took place in the exhibit hall for the President's Reception

See more pictures from the meeting here.

TUESDAY MORNING

15 Academic Roundtables 

Power Morcellation Debate: Pro: the ifs, whens and hows Con: the why nots and alternatives
Moderated by Cheryl Iglesia, MD
Pro:  Andrew Sokol, MD and Jubilee Brown, MD
 Con: Eric Sokol, MD and Carl Zimmerman, MD

As reported in OBG Managment blog by SGS Fellow Scholar, Sukrant Mehta, MD,  "The highlight of the morning was certainly the debate over "power" morcellation. Dr. Cheryl Iglesia moderated in her charming and comical manner. Dr. Andrew Sokol and Dr. Jubilee Brown argued that power morcellation still should be available to a select group of appropriately chosen, low-risk women, and backed their arguments up with solid data. Dr. Eric Sokol, Andrew’s twin (and better looking, per him) brother, and Dr. Carl Zimmerman argued against the use of power morcellation, instead urging everyone in the audience to perform more vaginal hysterectomies. Though spirited and based largely on sound medical evidence, the debate did not have a clear winner. The overall consensus seemed to be that this controversial topic needed further evaluation and more data to support either claim." 

TeLinde Lecture 

 

Sandra A. Carson, MD (Vice President for Education at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
"Teaching Medicine and Surgery to Sesame Street Graduates"

As reported in OBG Managment blog  by SGS Fellow Scholar, Sukrant Mehta, MD, "We were then honored to have Vice President for Education, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Dr. Sandra Carson as the esteemed TeLinde Lecturer. Her talk, “Teaching Medicine and Surgery to Sesame Street Graduates,” outlined the challenges in teaching surgery to a new generation of ObGyn residents as well as identified opportunities for improvement. She restated what seems to be the running theme at SGS this year: young faculty and residents are losing the skill for vaginal hysterectomy.

Dr. Carson introduced members of the audience to the adult theory of learning called andragogy. Adults like active learning, which is problem centered, rather than content oriented; linking new concepts to prior experience; and learning what is relevant to them, she noted. Then she shared ACOG’s strategies for applying these learning principles in resident education. She discussed ACOG’s recently formed Vaginal Hysterectomy Teaching Taskforce, which has put together a simulation consortium online toolkit and a surgical skills module to help educate residents on vaginal hysterectomy techniques. This toolkit and module can be accessed by doing a quick search after signing into the ACOG Web site."

 President's Address - Dr. Stephen A. Metz, MD, PhD

As reported in OBG Managment  blog by SGS Fellow Scholar, Sukrant Mehta, MD, "In his presidential address Dr. Stephen Metz acknowledged that all physicians are subject to even subtle “conflicts of interest,” reminding us to treat our patients as people not as a disease or a procedure.
“What does my patient really want from me? She wants me to get to know her to develop the right recommendations for her,” he said. His career has spanned multiple decades, and his service to the field of gynecology is outstanding. He received a well-deserved standing ovation at the end of his address."

 

Golf, Tennis and Paddleboarding Fun Tuesday Afternoon 

Congratulations to the winners of the golf tournament (Drs. Hopkins, Rasmussen, Hurd, and Flora) and the tennis tournament (Dr. Ted Lee)!

Mojito Night in the Caribbean

A great time was had by all at the 2nd Annual SGS Fund Development Reception,  "Mojito Night in the Caribbean". This event helped support the SHARE program, Surgeons Helping to Advance Research and Education. The SHARE program raised over $70,000 from activities surrounding the 41st Annual Scientific Meeting. The new Donald G. Gallup Fund supporting the SGS Distinguished Surgeon Award was officially announced by Thomas E. Nolan, Past SGS President, during the event. Another successful SHARE initiative that took place during this meeting was the "Honor Your Mentor" program.

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WEDNESDAY MORNING

The 2015 Distinguished Surgeon Award was Presented to John O. L. DeLancey, MD

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The Gavel was Passed to the New SGS President, Andrew Walter, MD 

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