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46th Annual Scientific Meeting

20/20 Vision
Embracing innovation that  builds on past success

March 29 - April 1, 2020 | Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront | Jacksonville, Florida


PG Courses at the 2020 Annual Meeting
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Course 1: Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Pushing the Envelope
March 29, 2020 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Course Director: Cara King, DO
Course Faculty: Ted Lee, MD, Linda Yang, MD

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of how to perform a total laparoscopic hysterectomy in the setting of complex anatomy. A methodical and reproducible approach will be described utilizing both didactics and video review. Participants will be taught surgical technique for safe peritoneal entry and port placement in the morbidly obese population. Specific attention will be devoted to pelvic anatomy including identification of the ureter, uterine artery at its origin, and hypogastric nerves for safe hysterectomy execution with avoidance of complications with large fibroids and advanced endometriosis. These dissection principles and crucial anatomic relationships can be applied to all modalities of pelvic surgery. Various methods of tissue extraction will also be reviewed for safe case completion. Furthermore, opportunity will be offered for individual case review to assist with personalized coaching for the participants.  Read More >>


Course 2: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery: Overcoming Barriers to Implementation
March 29, 2020 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Course Chair: Mikio Nihira, MD
Course Faculty: Anoushka Afonso, MD, Rajiv Gala, MD and Adam Steinberg, DO

In spite of the well-known benefits of enhanced recovery after surgery programs (EP) such as hastened patient recovery, reduced institutional costs and increased patient satisfaction, implementation of these programs has been inconsistent. The most commonly cited barriers to adoption of an EP relate to time and personnel restrictions required to develop local guidelines, limited hospital/institutional resources (financial, staffing, space restrictions, and education), resistance from other members of the perioperative team, necessity of engagement of the perioperative team, lack of knowledge about the benefits of specific interventions in the program, perceptions about patients’ social and cultural values, and institutional barriers. Institutional barriers such as lack of nursing staff and lack of financial resources from the hospital are frequently cited as barriers. This course will employ the expertise of the faculty to identify evidenced-based strategies (when available) or expert experience to overcome barriers and identifying local enablers that may be used to effectively implement an EP.  Read More >>


Course 3: “It’s All About The Apex” - The Key to Successful POP Surgery 
March 29, 2020 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Course Director: Charles Hanes, MD
Course Faculty: Arnulfo Martinez, MD, Marie Paraiso, MD, Charles Rardin, MD, and Edward Varner, MD

Identification of Apical Compartment Defects is often difficult and may be missed in the preoperative evaluation. As a result, the defect may not be properly addressed often resulting in early failure and recurrence. Apical suspensions are performed with a variety of techniques using native tissue or graft augmentation. Both transvaginal and transabdominal approaches are utilized. A panel of experts has been selected to present the various surgical approaches, expounding on the pros and cons of each. 
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Course 4: Transvaginal Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Using Graft Augmentation Post FDA 
March 29, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Course Director: Vincent Lucente, MD
Course Faculty: Charles Hanes, II, MD, Charles Butrick, MD, Pamela Moalli, MD 

This course will begin by discussing the proper selection criteria for patients experiencing symptomatic pelvic organ prolapse and are at increased risk for failure or recurrence after undergoing suture repair of native tissue only. The main content will focus on proper dissection techniques, graft sizing and deliver, securement and finally tensioning or setting. Complication prevention, recognition and management will also be reviewed. 
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Course 5: Coaching for Surgical Greatness through feedback, debriefing, and deliberate practice: An interactive Course for Surgeons 
March 29, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Course Director: Christine Vaccaro, MD
Course Faculty:  Grace Chen, MD, Christopher Destephano, MD, Veronica Lerner, MD

Do you find giving or receiving feedback difficult? What about giving feedback on feedback? How to properly debrief? How to set surgical goals? As professionals, we are required to have these skills and use them in our work but have few opportunities to improve our skills. There is inadequate faculty development around giving effective feedback/debriefing/goal development, thus, this course will teach surgeons how to capitalize on every surgical procedure (real or simulated) for iterative improvement, especially in the era of decreased surgical volume.
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