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Program / Programme

Gynecologic excellence across the spectrum / L'excellence en gynécologie à travers le spectre

                (updated March 17, 2020

Thursday, September 24

07:00 – 08:00

Fellowship Directors' Meeting


08:30 – 11:30


Ticketed Event – Pre-registration required

  • Vaginal Surgery 2.0: vNOTES (vaginal Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery) – Jan F. Baekelandt, MD

Learn novel approaches from this expert on how to fully incorporate vaginal surgery into your MIGS armamentarium. Using familiar endoscopic principles, instrumentation and devices, vNOTES(vaginal Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery), and other advanced vaginal techniques enable surgeons to perform gynecological operations while leaving no visible scars.
This course will highlight various modalities to maximize exposure, simplify access into the cul-de-sac, insert vNOTES port and perform simple and difficult vaginal hysterectomies, adnexectomies, and tubal surgery. This session will also provide practical tips on how to prevent, detect, and manage complications in vNOTES and vaginal surgery.

•    vNOTES a New Surgical Approach
•    vNOTES Technique
•    vNOTES Evidence
•    vNOTES Patient Selection
•    vNOTES Training Pathway and Certification
•    vNOTES Complications
•    vNOTES Case Registration

Target audience: GYN surgeons experienced in both vaginal hysterectomy and laparoscopic hysterectomy.

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to: 1) Identify the major challenges in vaginal surgery and articulate various techniques to overcome these challenges; 2) articulate steps to perform vNOTES hysterectomy and adnexectomy safely and efficiently; and 3) identify, prevent, and manage complications in vNOTES and vaginal surgery. 

  • Gynecologic Laparoscopic Anatomy Including Laparoscopic Suturing & Overview of Pelvic Floor Myalgia – Resad Pasic, MD, Huse Kamencic, MD

This PG course is designed for gynecologists interested in advancing laparoscopic skills and knowledge of retroperitoneal anatomy, pelvic floor anatomy and the various surgeries performed therein.   
Method(s) of presentation: interactive lectures including videos, each participant will have the opportunity to work on pelvic trainer to practice suturing techniques and work on their suturing skills, work with pelvic floor physiotherapist on models to assess chronic pelvic pain, demonstration of trigger point injections.

Target audience: residents, gynecologists interested in advancing laparoscopic skills.

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to: 1) Appraise skills learned to relevant pelvic anatomy and apply them for surgery including laparoscopic hysterectomy and pelvic floor surgery; 2) apply skills learned to pelvic side wall dissection and illustrate retroperitoneal structures; 3) explain the ergonomics, theory and rationale for reproducible laparoscopic suturing; 4) demonstrate measurable improvement in laparoscopic suturing skills; 5) Perform a comprehensive musculoskeletal examination of the pelvic floor for patients presenting with chronic pelvic pain; and 6) Demonstrate administration of trigger point injections into pelvic floor muscles.

12:00 – 13:30

Exhibit open / lunch served in exhibit area

12:00 – 13:15


Ticketed Event – Pre-registration required

  • Mentorship in the community: How to reach out, organize and set up – Neeraj Mehra, MD

  • When complications happen: How to get back on your horse – Resad Pasic, MD

  • Cesarean section in the endometriosis patient – Kristina Arendas, MD

  • Surgeons and their toys: So many choices! – Darrien Rattray, MD

13:30 – 14:15


No place for OCP in ­endometriosis care – Robert Casper, MD

14:15 – 15:00


Laparoscopy in the obese patient – Resad Pasic, MD

15:00 – 15:30

Refreshment break in exhibit area


15:30 – 16:30

OPEN COMMUNICATIONS – Video and research presentations

16:30 – 17:30


17:30 – 19:00

Wine and cheese reception in exhibit area


19:00 –

Dinner and evening on your own


Friday, September 25

06:30 – 07:30

Wellness – Run 'round the bridges – Sponsored by Hologic

07:00 – 08:00

Breakfast in exhibit area


08:00 – 09:00


Digital distractions and the impact on your brain – Paul Mohapel, MD

09:00 – 10:00


Bowel endometriosis: the internal and eternal debate – to resect, or not to resect?  – Liane Belland, MD

10:00 – 10:45

Morning break in exhibit area


10:30 – 10:45

RAPID FIRE – ePoster and video summaries

10:45 – 12:00

OPEN COMMUNICATIONS – Video and research presentations

12:00 – 13:00

Industry Lunch Symposium – Sponsored by AbbVie

13:00 – 13:30

Dessert and coffee in exhibit area

13:30 – 14:15


Is there a role for robotics in gynecology? – Sari Kives, MD and Fady W. Mansour, MD

14:15 – 15:00


Gyneoncology: have we pushed MIS too far? When is laparoscopy for cancer feasible? – Joannie Neveu, MD

15:00 – 15:30

Refreshment break in exhibit area

15:30 – 16:30

CHAT ROOM – Interactive breakout sessions

  • Barriers and challenges in adopting MIS in my centre, strategies for success – Neeraj Mehra, MD and Elizabeth Randle, MD

  • The truth behind fibroids and infertility: Myth or facts? – Adrian Gamelin, MD

  • See and treat hysteroscopy – Ari Sanders, MD


16:30 – 17:30


Laparoscopic cerclage: Save my baby please? – Nicholas Leyland, MD and Grace Liu, MD

18:30 – 24:00

CanSAGE Social – Lucky Bastard Distillery

Dinner, Dancing, DJ and Fun!

Saturday, September 26

08:00 – 09:00

Industry Breakfast Symposium – Sponsored by Hologic

09:00 – 10:00

CanSAGE Annual General Meeting – Open to all CanSAGE members


10:00 – 10:45

Morning break in exhibit area; exhibit closes

10:30 – 10:45

RAPID FIRE – ePoster and video summaries

10:45 – 12:00


  • Complex care in complex ­patients

    • Adolescent – Laura Weins, MD

    • Postmenopausal woman – Alison Shea, MD

    • Transgender patient  Fiona Mattatall, MD

12:00 – 13:15

Graduation ceremony with lunch

13:15 – 14:30

The ‘CANSAGE ACADEMY’ Awards Session​ – Best of Open Communications

14:30 – 15:15


Vaginal / laparoscopic surgery where they meet in the middle – Jan F. Baekelandt, MD

15:15 – 16:00


Alternatives for treatment of fibroids – Darrien Rattray, MD and Mohammed Nayeemuddin, MD

16:00 – 17:00


Presentation of CanSAGE Awards

Prize Winners and People's Choice Awards

Announcement of CanSAGE2021

17:00 – 18:30

CanSAGE Board Meeting

Dinner and evening on your own