As reported in OBG Managment blog by SGS Fellow Scholar, Sukrant Mehta, MD, "The highlight of the morning was certainly the debate over "power" morcellation. Dr. Cheryl Iglesia moderated in her charming and comical manner. Dr. Andrew Sokol and Dr. Jubilee Brown argued that power morcellation still should be available to a select group of appropriately chosen, low-risk women, and backed their arguments up with solid data. Dr. Eric Sokol, Andrew’s twin (and better looking, per him) brother, and Dr. Carl Zimmerman argued against the use of power morcellation, instead urging everyone in the audience to perform more vaginal hysterectomies. Though spirited and based largely on sound medical evidence, the debate did not have a clear winner. The overall consensus seemed to be that this controversial topic needed further evaluation and more data to support either claim."
Sandra A. Carson, MD (Vice President for Education at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
"Teaching Medicine and Surgery to Sesame Street Graduates"
As reported in OBG Managment blog by SGS Fellow Scholar, Sukrant Mehta, MD, "We were then honored to have Vice President for Education, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Dr. Sandra Carson as the esteemed TeLinde Lecturer. Her talk, “Teaching Medicine and Surgery to Sesame Street Graduates,” outlined the challenges in teaching surgery to a new generation of ObGyn residents as well as identified opportunities for improvement. She restated what seems to be the running theme at SGS this year: young faculty and residents are losing the skill for vaginal hysterectomy.
Dr. Carson introduced members of the audience to the adult theory of learning called andragogy. Adults like active learning, which is problem centered, rather than content oriented; linking new concepts to prior experience; and learning what is relevant to them, she noted. Then she shared ACOG’s strategies for applying these learning principles in resident education. She discussed ACOG’s recently formed Vaginal Hysterectomy Teaching Taskforce, which has put together a simulation consortium online toolkit and a surgical skills module to help educate residents on vaginal hysterectomy techniques. This toolkit and module can be accessed by doing a quick search after signing into the ACOG Web site."
President's Address - Dr. Stephen A. Metz, MD, PhD
As reported in OBG Managment blog by SGS Fellow Scholar, Sukrant Mehta, MD, "In his presidential address Dr. Stephen Metz acknowledged that all physicians are subject to even subtle “conflicts of interest,” reminding us to treat our patients as people not as a disease or a procedure.
“What does my patient really want from me? She wants me to get to know her to develop the right recommendations for her,” he said. His career has spanned multiple decades, and his service to the field of gynecology is outstanding. He received a well-deserved standing ovation at the end of his address."
Golf, Tennis and Paddleboarding Fun Tuesday Afternoon
Congratulations to the winners of the golf tournament (Drs. Hopkins, Rasmussen, Hurd, and Flora) and the tennis tournament (Dr. Ted Lee and Dr Lauren Westermann)!
Mojito Night in the Caribbean
A great time was had by all at the 2nd Annual SGS Fund Development Reception, "Mojito Night in the Caribbean". This event helped support the SHARE program, Surgeons Helping to Advance Research and Education. The SHARE program raised over $70,000 from activities surrounding the 41st Annual Scientific Meeting. The new Donald G. Gallup Fund supporting the SGS Distinguished Surgeon Award was officially announced by Thomas E. Nolan, Past SGS President, during the event. Another successful SHARE initiative that took place during this meeting was the "Honor Your Mentor" program.
The 2015 Distinguished Surgeon Award was Presented to John O. L. DeLancey, MD
The Gavel was Passed to the New SGS President, Andrew Walter, MD