SGS is a unique organization whose members bring vital skills to the practice of gynecologic surgery, and education in the field of women’s health. This document emphasizes SGS’ commitment to ensuring that our members act respectfully and with civility during our Annual Meeting, the Winter Postgraduate Course and the social events we sponsor. As role models for tomorrow’s leaders, we hold ourselves to the highest standards. We aspire to be leaders who value fair treatment of others and have high regard for the differences that we each bring to this meeting and to our workplaces, as well as to the world that we share.

Promoting excellence in faculty, students, residents, and staff means that we will not tolerate acts of bullying, discrimination or harassment of any kind. During our meeting please:

• Carefully consider your speech and actions, to protect each other from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and language
• Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants
• Remember that SGS’ core mission of educating a diverse group of future leaders and scholars in gynecologic surgery requires us to stand against those who fail to meet our standards and to support those who are subject to any form of abuse

If you are being harassed at this meeting, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have related concerns, please contact any member of the SGS staff or Board member immediately. We encourage our members to create and sustain safe and supportive environments in which we, along with our patients, learners, staff, and all who support the health and welfare of women, can be inspired and empowered to thrive.