Greetings! As President of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, it is my honor to invite you to join us at the 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio, TX from March 26-29, 2017. La Cantera Resort and Spa is situated atop one of the highest points in San Antonio with amazing views overlooking the Texas Hill Country. Dr. Rob Gutman and the SGS Program Committee have put together what is going to be an informative, exciting and educational program for the scientific meeting and postgraduate courses this year.
One of the most common things I hear about after every annual meeting is that “special feel” at SGS and the amazing opportunities to interact with mentors and some of the “giants” in gynecology. There is something truly unique about the members of SGS and their commitment to fostering the growth of other gynecologists. To highlight and build on this, the theme of our meeting this year is “Mentorship in Surgery, Education and Research”. Our Keynote and TeLinde Lecturers will discuss career development and mentorship at every stage, and surgical skills training. The SGS debate will include renowned surgeons debating the training needs in our field in “Should we separate the O from the G in Obstetrics and Gynecology?”. Our panel discussion will include a dialogue about surgical volume, outcomes, and approaches to this hot topic issue. Finally, this year we are including a new and exciting “Mentorship Mingle 2017” program, which will be an opportunity for registrants to personally meet and talk with some of the “giants” in our field!
The oral and poster presentations, video sessions and roundtable discussions span the spectrum of gynecologic surgery (including general gynecology, oncology, minimally invasive surgery, reproductive endocrinology and urogynecology). Postgraduate courses including “Complications in pelvic surgery – avoidance strategies and minimally invasive treatment options” (laparoscopic suturing, bladder repair and ureteral stenting); “Ins and outs of 3D female pelvic anatomy – a hands on approach”; “iTeach – fostering instruction and assessment of residents and fellows in the gynecologic operating room”; and “Enhanced recovery after surgery to improve patient outcomes” will be of interest to both the young and experienced gynecologic surgeons alike. The scientific sessions and social program, as always, will provide a unique opportunity to collaborate with old friends and meet new ones. And as usual, we will have outdoor adventures for attendees to experience. I look forward to seeing you all in San Antonio in 2017!
Vivian W. Sung, MD, MPH, SGS President