Speed Mentoring

Meet the Mentors and Sign Up
First-come / First-served: https://events.eply.com/2019SpeedMentoring
 
Session Time Slots
  1. 15:30-15:35  /  15:45-15:50 on Thursday, September 26
  2. 10:45-10:50 on Friday, September 27
  3. 15:30-15:35 on Friday, September 27
  4. 10:45-10:50 on Saturday, September 28
 
Procedure
Sign up:
  1. Please see the list of mentors and their areas of interest and availabilities below.
  2. Proceed to the online form and select up to two mentors and sign up for a time they are available.
  3. Do not double-book (i.e., do not select the same date/time slot; do not select the same mentor twice).
  4. You will receive a confirmation email including your appointment details.
  5. In addition, your session will appear in your schedule in the CanSAGE mobile application.
  6. Note that once a spot has been taken, it will show as unavailable on the form.
  7. Take time before your meeting to research your mentor.
     
At CanSAGE:​
  1. Check and confirm your meeting is included in your schedule in the CanSAGE app.
  2. Come prepared with your questions. You only have five minutes!
  3. Meet your mentor at the CanSAGE counter (Confederation foyer) at the scheduled time.
  4. Find a [quiet] spot where you can chat together.
  5. Please respect the 5-minute time limit.
     
Mentors (in alphabetical order)
John Kingdom MD, FRCSC
Mount Sinai Hospital
Mentorship Interests:  Trainee to staff career progression / negotiation; Is ongoing research for me? 
Language:  English
Dr. John Kingdom is Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Medical Imaging & Pathology. He is a Clinician-Scientist and High-Risk Obstetrician in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division and an Associate Member of the LTRI. He established the Placenta Clinic with his colleague Dr. Rory Windrim in 1999. His current research focuses on improving clinical outcomes in women at risk of “placental insufficiency”, advanced imaging methods in IUGR pregnancies, the non-anticoagulant actions of heparin in-vitro and in-vivo and in the management of invasive placentation.
Available: 15:45-15:50 on Thursday, September 26
Sari Kives MD, FRCSC
St. Michael's Hospital
Mentorship Interests:  Robotics, MIS
Language
:  English
Dr. Sari Kives joined the Section of Pediatric Gynecology in 2003, after completing a fellowship at the University of Louisville in pediatric gynecology and advanced minimally invasive surgery.  Dr. Kives received her medical degree from the University of Toronto, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of British Columbia.  She is currently on staff at The Hospital for Sick Kids and at St. Michael’s Hospital.  She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Kives is involved in the medical and surgical care of children and adolescents with general pediatric gynecology disorders.  She has an interest in advanced gynecological surgery including robotic surgery.  She participates in surgery for young women with congenital anomalies of the mullerian system. Dr. Kives conducts clinical research in a variety of areas in pediatric and adolescent gynecology including ovarian pathology, mullerian anolmalies and contraception.  She has also published extensively in the area of pediatric gynecology.
Available: 10:45-10:50 and 15:30-15:35 on Friday, September 27 
Jamie Kroft MD, MSc, FRCSC
University of Toronto
Mentorship Interests:  Endometriosis, fibroids, hysterectomy, research
Language
:  English
Dr. Kroft specializes in minimally invasive surgery and is part of the faculty for the AAGL fellowship training program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. She has a subspecialty focus in endometriosis and laser surgery and has completed a Master’s in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University.
Available: 15:30-15:35 on Thursday, September 26; 10:45-10:50 on Friday, September 27
Philippe Laberge MD, FRCSC, ACGE
CHU de Québec
Mentorship Interests:  Endoscopic surgery, AUB, fibroids, endometriosis
Languages:  
English / Français

Le docteur Laberge a écrit plusieurs articles et fait plusieurs ateliers pratiques de chirurgie endoscopique depuis 1991 au Québec tout comme à l'extérieur de la province. Il est membre du comité médical aviseur de Best Doctors Canada TM.
Dr Laberge a été le président du congrès international de la SEUD à Montréal en 2019. Il a été président de l'Association des obstétriciens et gynécologues du Québec de 2004 à 2006.  Il a co-présidé le comité scientifique du congrès annuel de la SOGC à Québec en 1996, à Montréal en 2000 et de nouveau à Québec, en 2005.  
Le Dr Laberge s’intéresse aussi à l‘enseignement médical continu : son programme multimédia interactif d’auto-apprentissage sur la grossesse ectopique lui a valu le premier prix de l’APOG à Toronto en 1995. Depuis 2007, il enseigne sous forme d’ateliers pratiques la laparoscopie avancée aux gynécologues du Québec, et effectue des préceptorats en hystérectomie laparoscopique. Enfin, le Dr Laberge est activement impliqué dans la recherche clinique en endoscopie gynécologique; il a reçu le prix Robert B. Hunt pour la meilleure publication scientifique dans le Journal of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists en 2003. Il a été président du comité scientifique de l’étude pan canadienne sur les fibromes utérins CAPTURE.  

Available: 10:45-10:50 and 15:30-15:35 on Friday, September 27 

André LaRoche MD, FRCSC
Humber River Hospital
Mentorship Interests:  Transitioning to practice
Languages:  
English / Français

Dr. Andre LaRoche is currently Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Director of the Maternal/Child Program and Division Head of Gynecologic Surgery at Humber River Hospital in Toronto. He completed his residency at McMaster University before heading to the University of Ottawa to complete a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. He is an adjunct professor with McMaster University and an assistant professor at Queen’s University.

Dr André LaRoche est chef du Département d’Obstétrique et Gynécologie, Directeur Médical du programme Mère/Enfant, et charge des chirurgies gynécologiques à l’hôpital Humber River à Toronto. Après avoir completer sa résidence à l’université McMaster, il a poursuit un fellowship en MIS à l’université d’Ottawa. Il est professeur d’obstétrique et gynécologie a l’université McMaster et Queen’s.

Available: 15:30-15:35 on Thursday, September 26

Sarah Maheux-Lacroix MD, FRCSC
Université Laval
Mentorship Interests:  Career in research, starting a practice
Languages:  English / Français

Dr. Sarah Maheux-Lacroix is a Clinical Investigator and Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology at the CHU de Quebec – Université Laval. During her medical training and residency specialist training in obstetrics-gynecology at Université Laval, she completed a Master’s and PhD in Epidemiology. She then performed a  fellowship in Advanced Gynecologic Laparoscopy at UNSW in Sydney, Australia. Her research, funded by the Fonds de Rercherche en Santé-Québec, focuses on improving the management of women with abnormal uterine bleeding and endometriosis.

Available: 10:45-10:50 on Friday, September 27 

Neeraj Mehra MD, FRCSC
University of British Columbia
Mentorship Interests:  Laparscopic Myomectomy, Complicated Laparoscopic Hysterectomy, Operative Hysteroscopy, Gynecologic Simulation
Language
:  English

Dr. Neeraj Mehra is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of British Columbia. His clinical practice is focused primarily on MIS cases in gynecology including advanced laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, and is a leader in MIS gynecologic education in BC for both residents and clinical faculty. He is engaged in gyncelogic surgical simulation, currently leading simulations for procedural sedation hysteroscopy, and simulation-based surgical education programs for rural family physicians in BC.

Available: 10:45-10:50 on Friday, September 27 

Fariba Mohtashami MD, FRCSC
University of British Columbia
Mentorship Interests:  Surgical education, Maintaining competency after graduation, Teaching technical skills in the OR
Language
:  English

Dr. Fariba Mohtashami is Clinical Associate Professor and Head of Division of General OBGYN at UBC. She is passionate about surgical education with emphasis on fundamentals of surgery such as anatomy, dissection, electrosurgery and suturing. She is a regular chair, faculty and speaker at a variety of international courses such as cadaveric anatomy and laparoscopic suturing workshops as well as live animal labs. She has received several awards for outstanding surgical teaching and mentorship. 

Available: 10:45-10:50 on Friday, September 27 

Ally Murji MD MPH
Mount Sinai Hospital
Mentorship Interests:  Fellowship, Research
Language
:  English

Dr Murji graduated from the OB/GYN residency program at University of Toronto.  He then completed a two-year fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at McMaster University. His training focused on advanced laparoscopy/ hysteroscopy, endometriosis and outpatient procedures.  He also completed a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University. He has a keen interest in outcomes research and quality improvement.  Dr Murji is assistant professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at University of Toronto.  He is also co-director of the Advanced Pelvic Surgery Fellowship Program at Mount Sinai Hospital/Women's College Hospital.  

Available: 15:45-15:50 on Thursday, September 26; 10:45-10:50 on Friday, September 27 

Nicholas Pairaudeau MB BS FRCSC
Nicholas Pairaudeau Medical Professional Corporation
Mentorship Interests:  MIS, hysteroscopy, AUB , fibroids, hysterectomy
Language
:  English

Dr. Nicholas Pairaudeau is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, and a Consultant in Gynecology and Obstetrics at North York General Hospital. Starting in practice from 1976, he has embraced MIS from the late 1980s.

Available: 15:30-15:35 on Thursday, September 26; 10:45-10:50 on Friday, September 27;

10:45-10:50 on Saturday, September 28

Chandrew Rajakumar MD, FRCSC
Alberta Health Services
Mentorship Interests:  Minimally invasive surgery, Deep infiltrating endometriosis, Single-port Hysterectomy, Office-Hysteroscopy (health economics, infrastructure, advocacy, operations), Simulation 
Language
:  English

Dr. Rajakumar completed fellowships in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Simulation & Medical Education. He is currently the Section Head of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, University of Calgary. His training and interests include minimally invasive surgery, endometriosis, chronic pain, enhanced recovery after surgery, outpatient hysterectomy, office hysteroscopy, simulation and medical education.

Available: 15:30-15:35 on Thursday, September 26; 10:45-10:50 and 15:30-15:35 on Friday, September 27; 10:45-10:50 on Saturday, September 28

Elizabeth Randle MD, FRCSC
Dalhousie University
Mentorship Interests:  Making change within a department, transition from trainee to trainer 
Language
:  English

Dr. Randle completed her MD at The University of Western Ontario, followed by residency at Dalhousie and fellowship with John Thiel at the UofS . Currently completing a Master’s in Health Quality Assurance through Queen’s. Actively involved in teaching medical learners. Clinical interests include improving patient access to multidisciplinary chronic pain services.

Available: 15:30-15:35 on Thursday, September 26; 10:45-10:50 and 15:30-15:35 on Friday, September 27; 10:45-10:50 on Saturday, September 28

Deborah Robertson MD, FRCS(C), MSL
St. Michael's Hospital
Mentorship Interests:  Robotic, vaginal and laparoscopic surgery; blood conservation; wellness and work-life (im)balance
Languages:  English / Français

Dr. Deborah Robertson is an assistant professor at the UofT and a practicing OB/GYN. She completed residency training at McGill University, and received a Masters in Studies in Law at UofT. Deborah pursued training in MIGS at St. Mike’s and is now the Director of this fellowship. She performs vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic surgeries.

Available: 15:30-15:35 on Thursday, September 26; 10:45-10:50 and 15:30-15:35 on Friday, September 27

Eliane Shore MD, FRCSC
St. Michael's Hospital
Mentorship Interests:  Academic medicine, simulation, work life balance
Language
:  English

Dr. Eliane Shore is a member of the division of Gynaecologic Surgery and Pelvic Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Shore has a diverse practice including low risk obstetrics, advanced gynecological surgery, colposcopy and management of vulvar disorders. Dr. Shore’s research interests include surgical simulation, surgical education, resident selection, use of technology to enhance surgical performance, and clinical gynecology. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and actively involved in the Residency Program. 

Available: 15:30-15:35 on Friday, September 27

M. Jonathon Solnik MD FACOG FACS
University of Toronto
Mentorship Interests:  Advancing your academic career; Tips on public speaking
Language
:  English

Dr. Jonathon Solnik, while a native of Toronto, spent most of his adult life in the US having trained at the University of Texas in Houston for his undergraduate medical education followed by a residency in gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine. He later completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. He spent most of his career at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles where he served as division director of Urogynecology and MIS. 
He built his career on advancing surgical care for women while emphasizing patient choice and improving quality of life for his patients. Since returning to Canada, he has been fortunate to join a team of extremely dedicated pelvic surgeons who all work tirelessly to be creative, innovative and motivated to create change in our healthcare system.

Available: 10:45-10:50 and 15:30-15:35 on Friday, September 27

John Thiel BSc, MSc, FRCSC
University of Saskatchewan
Mentorship Interests:  Fibroids, chronic pelvic pain, medical cannabis, English bulldogs
Language
:  English

Dr. Thiel is a Clinical Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the director of the postgraduate fellowship program in Minimally Invasive Gynecology for the University of Saskatchewan. He has been awarded both the CREOG and APGO Excellence in Teaching Awards for resident teaching and the 2010 Golden Hysteroscope award for best hystereoscopy paper at the 39th Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery. His clinical and research interests include intra-operative evaluation, hysteroscopic tubal sterilization, alternatives for fibroid management, endometrial ablation and chronic pelvic pain.

Available: 15:30-15:35 on Thursday, September 26; 10:45-10:50 and 15:30-15:35 on Friday, September 27; 10:45-10:50 on Saturday, September 28

Paul Yong MD, PhD, FRCSC
University of British Columbia
Mentorship Interests:  Research, Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain, Dyspareunia
Language
:  English

Dr. Paul Yong is a gynecologist with fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery, Assistant Professor at UBC, and Research Director at the BC Women's Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis.  He is Principal Investigator of the UBC Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Laboratory (http://Yonglab.med.ubc.ca), and holds grants from CIHR, CFI, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Available: 15:30-15:35 on Thursday, September 26; 10:45-10:50 and 15:30-15:35 on Friday, September 27

Cleve Ziegler MD, FRCSC
Jewish General Hospital
Mentorship Interests:  General Ob Gyn; Gynecological Surgery
Language
:  English

Dr. Cleve Ziegler is an Obstetrician Gynecologist in practice at the Jewish General Hospital since 1994. He is an Assistant Professor in the McGill Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School, McGill Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Fellowship Program in Gynecological Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic when MIS was known as “Gynecological surgery”.  Clinical interests include complex open and minimally invasive gynecological surgery, colposcopy and contraception. He has been a member of the residency training committee for over 15 years, was a Royal College examiner, and is involved in continuing medical education for both family physicians and specialists. When he is not busy seeing UFO’s, he can be found on his Vespa trying to survive Montreal traffic.

Available: 10:45-10:50 and 15:30-15:35 on Friday, September 27