• John Thiel

President’s Blog

I am rarely so excited to sit down to a blank white image of a sheet of paper knowing I have to fill some of it in with words of wisdom. My excitement stems from the fact that this is the first President’s Blog on the official website of the Canadian Society for the Advancement of Gynecologic Excellence/Société Canadienne pour la Promotion de l’Excellence en Gynécologie.

The society was officially delivered as a bouncing bright Canadian non-profit corporation at 1422 hours March 6, 2017. We are in the process of putting together all of the machinery to allow the corporation to do whatever it is that corporations do. We have a temporary group of directors that has been working to get the society off the ground and plan the meeting for September. We have a set of draft bylaws that are available on the website with plans to adopt these bylaws and elect an Executive and Board of Directors at the annual clinic meeting in Montréal in September. I would encourage anyone who wants to be involved to contact me. The best part of a new organization is that there are no habits or set patterns so it is easy to introduce innovations and improvements to what we have seen done in other societies over the years.

Before continuing to talk about what lies in front of us, I would be remiss to not look back and thank all those who have kept the idea of a Canadian MIS society alive. For a long time we have been able to fall back on the AAGL as a place to do our MIS professional development, but with the increasing differences in our health care delivery, we were really in need of a society that promoted the Canadian approach to MIS, based on the work and opinions of the many international experts who call Canada home. One need only look to the Canadian session on fibroids at the recent SEUD meeting in Singapore that for the second year was standing room only. People recognize we have so much to offer.

We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with the AAGL, but I can’t help but be proud to say we can now call ourselves partners. The work to develop this society over the past two years has once again fallen to many of those who worked to keep the idea alive for a long time, we all owe them our thanks for bringing us to this point.

So what will this society do? We won’t replace AAGL and we won’t replace SOGC. That was never the intention. What we want to be is the place where the expert Canadian opinion resides in the area of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and the different areas that fall under that umbrella. We want to be a year round resource with an active website disseminating up to date information and providing a forum for discussion of common and uncommon problems that come up in our clinical practice, our teaching and our research. It is meant to be a place to network, to touch base and to find that sometimes unique Canadian perspective on how to manage a problem. In order to do this, we need our members to be active, in the Listserv and in posting their videos and updates on clinical issues of interest.

We will continue to promote our showcase event, the Annual meeting, now known as CanSAGE 2. We hope that we are also able to eventually present more regional programs dealing with MIS issues such as surgical anatomy, safety and approach to complex disease. The sky is really the limit, the more people who choose to become involved and bring their ideas to the table, the further we will be able to grow and develop. Standardizing fellowships, providing expert input to guidelines, ensuring uniformity and excellence in residency MIS programs, providing mentorship for practicing colleagues … the list goes on and on.

For now we are focused on making CanSAGE 2 in Montréal as good and even better than our Toronto meeting. The committee has put together a great program, we are committed to being bilingual in a bilingual country so we are proud to be offering two of the presentations in French. The speakers are going to be great, the camaraderie outstanding and how can you not be excited about Montréal?

So welcome to our website, welcome to your new society. We will be migrating the Listserv over in the very near future. We will be starting to post surgical videos for the use of members and we will also have a clinical update of the month, provided by an expert (to be defined as the person who answers my email request). Please be candid with your suggestions to make things better, and please be involved. I look forward to seeing all of you in Montréal in September.

John Thiel

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