SGS Initiatives Which Facilitate Mentorship

Systematic Review Group (SRG)

Fellows Pelvic Research Network (FPRN)®

Pelvic Anatomy Group (PAG)

The SGS Systematic Review Group (SRG) was founded in 2007 with a mission to “systematically review the important subjects and controversies in the field of gynecologic surgery and to produce evidence-based clinical practice guidelines”. The SRG utilizes a team-based approach to accomplish its mission, typically generating two systematic reviews and guideline publications per year. Interested SGS members and associate members are encouraged to join for a 3-year minimum commitment, during which one learns the steps of a systematic review and, as appropriate, meta-analysis and guidelines creation following the GRADE system (Grades of Recommendation, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation). Motivated members graduate to team leadership, and past leaders are encouraged to stay involved for at least one cycle extra to mentor and support new leaders. A systematic review methodology expert, Dr. Ethan Balk, MD MPH (Center for Evidence-Based Medicine, Brown University School of Public Health) has been closely aligned with the SRG since its inception and continues to educate and guide all SRG members.

The purpose of the FPRN® is to enable fellows to work together cooperatively and conduct multi-center research projects. The FPRN® and its research projects are operating under the mentorship and supervision of the Advisory Board which includes representatives from the SGS Board and Research Committee.

This network is open to all fellows. Interested fellows from accredited and non -accredited programs across the United States and Canada are welcome to join. Fellows applying for membership in the FPRN® must be an Associate Member of SGS and be prepared to be active participants in the network’s research activities. All members of the network will have the opportunity to be actively involved in developing, implementing, conducting, and publishing research studies.

The Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) and the new John O. L. DeLancey Fund supports the new SGS Pelvic Anatomy Group (PAG). There are four overarching objectives of this group:

1. To review common nomenclature used in the literature to refer to pelvic anatomy, and establish standardization of terminology

2. To develop skills required to interpret cross sectional anatomy, high resolution cadaver images, and state of the art imaging including MRI and 3D imaging (ultrasound and MRI)

3. To develop educational resources in pelvic anatomy

4. To produce scholarly work based on findings about pelvic anatomy

The initial work is focused on the systematic review of the literature to establish nomenclature and the interpretation of 3D imaging to establish educational resources.