Sunday March 11, 2018

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Course 1:

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Variations in the Management of the Vaginal Apex during Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

Course Director: J. Andrew Fantl, MD

Course Faculty: Miles Murphy, MD, Alan Garely, MD, Charles Ascher-Walls, MD and Patrick Culligan, MD

This course will review the different surgical techniques in use for the management of apical support during vaginal reconstructive surgery.
Recognized experts in the field will present their technique, defend the rationale and clarify pros and cons of their preferred approach.
A panel discussion will allow for exchange between presenters and participants. Case presentations will further help participants appreciate expert commentaries.


Course 2:
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Endometriosis: Contemporary Approaches to Diagnosis and Treatment

Course Director: Rosanne Kho, MD

Course Faculty: Mauricio Abrao, MD, Ted Lee, MD, Tommaso Falcone, MD and Scott Young, MD

This course provides an overview of the most recent and contemporary approaches for endometriosis, from its diagnosis to the treatment options. The role of imaging and multidisciplinary treatment will be emphasized.


Course 3:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Surgical Coding: Working Through the Entire Procedure

Course Director: Mitchell Schuster, MD

Course Faculty: Marc Toglia, MD

This course is designed to provide information describing the process of RVU determination and through clinical scenario presentation, illustrate correct coding strategies to obtain appropriate RVU compensation for work performed. Associated services with individual CPT codes will be delineated and the excluded services will be discussed with further educational expansion in reporting services not typically assigned to a specific CPT code. The relationship of service reporting with the corresponding cost of that service will be discussed as well to further highlight the importance of changing payment models and efficient RVU production as it affects work/life balance. 

Course 4:
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Train the Trainer: Comprehensive Hysterectomy Simulation Course for Educators

Course Director: Christine Vaccaro, DO

Course Faculty: Arnie Advincula, MD, Ernie Lockrow, DO, Grace Chen, MD, Carrie Langstraat, MD

Due to a decline in hysterectomy numbers in residency education and an increase in minimally invasive approaches to hysterectomy, educators may need to turn to simulation to teach and evaluate residents for competency with each approach.  This course will provide a comprehensive overview of all approaches to hysterectomy through medical modeling and simulation techniques.  The course will review how to teach hysterectomy in a low stress environment (formative) as well as how to evaluate competency in a summative evaluation (high stakes). Basic tenets of simulation will be reviewed: content, video, pre-test, evaluation, and feedback.

Though simulation principles are important, the majority of the course will be interactive via hands-on teaching and evaluation of the various hysterectomy platforms currently available. The participants will rotate in small groups to facilitate an in depth evaluation of each of the 2 models for each approach (vaginal, laparoscopic, robotic and open).   Vaginal hysterectomy platforms will include a high fidelity model and the ACOG Flower Pot Model (lower fidelity).   Laparoscopic models will include an augmented virtual reality model and a low technology model.  Robotic simulators will include augmented and non-augmented virtual reality simulators.   Open abdominal models will include a high fidelity model and the ACOG Flower Pot model (lower fidelity). 

This course is in collaboration with the SGS Education Committee.   Due to the nature of the course, enrollment is limited to 32 participants.


Course 5:
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Gynecologic Care of Girls and Young Women Born with Urogenital Anomalies
In collaboration with North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG)

Course Director: Veronica Gomez-Lobo, MD

Course Faculty: Beri Ridgeway, MD, Jennifer Dietrich, MD, Geri Hewitt, MD and Lelsey Breech, MD

Girls and women born with congenital anomalies of the genitourinary tract encounter a myriad of gynecologic issues over the course of their lifetime. It is imperative that their gynecologist, at every stage of care, understand and be comfortable managing these issues.  These women often present to the gynecologic surgeon with pelvic masses, pelvic prolapse as well as menstrual obstruction and vaginal absence or stricture requiring complex surgical and medical management. Given the complex psychosocial, anatomical as well as other medical considerations, it is important that gynecologists are trained and prepared to provide comprehensive care which is also culturally sensitive their unique psychosocial issues.

This course will systematically review the classification and management of disorders of sex development (DSD) and Mullerian and cloacal anomalies with a specific emphasis on issues relevant to the gynecologic surgeon.  Long term implications that are essential to their care will be discussed.   Finally this course will outline the transition process for these medically complex patients and discuss strategies/resources for providers to ensure the seamless provision of medical care.