Advanced Gynecologic Surgery

  • Advanced Gynecologic Surgery:
    A Dual Track, Hands-On Cadaver Lab 

    Medical Innovations & Training Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada

    October 910, 2015
    Registration Deadline: September 18, 2015 
    Early Bird Registration Deadline: August 21, 2015 

    Laparoscopic and Vaginal Approaches to Hysterectomy and Pelvic Floor Repairs
    Including the following lectures and labs:
    • Dissectional Anatomy
    • Laparoscopic Suturing & Knot-Tying
    • Using Energy & Electrosurgery in Laparoscopy & Vaginal Surgery
    • Laparoscopic Myomectomy
    • Laparoscopic & Vaginal Hysterectomy
    • Avoiding & Managing Complications of Pelvic Surgery
    • The Lost Art of Vaginal Surgery
    • Cystoscopy
    • Sacrocolpopexy & Uterosacral Colposuspension
    • Sling Procedures 

  • Course Overview

    This two-day workshop provides the practicing gynecologic surgeon with a unique opportunity to review laparoscopic and vaginal surgical techniques for hysterectomy and management of utero-vaginal prolapse.

    The workshop begins with a series of discussions and lectures covering laparoscopic anatomy, suturing techniques, principles of surgical energy, and how to avoid and evaluate patients for intraoperative complications.  Surgeons will then transition to a dry lab where pelvic trainers will be used to introduce laparoscopic instrumentation and practice laparoscopic suturing. This hands-on experience will also provide instruction on the safe use of energy sources with comparison of various modalities on tissue models.  The skills learned in the initial lectures and lab will be demonstrated and applied to laparoscopic or vaginal surgery techniques on day 2, as selected by each participant.
    On the second day of the course surgeons will spend an extended period of time performing laparoscopic and vaginal procedures on unembalmed female cadavers.  This portion of the course will provide a comprehensive update on various surgery techniques, and participants will perform procedures using their choice of a laparoscopic or vaginal surgery approach.  Cadaver stations are limited to 2-3 surgeons, ensuring significant hands-on opportunities for all attendees, in order to reinforce developing surgical skills.  Emphasis is placed on maintaining a high faculty to participant ratio, enabling attendees to fulfill individualized educational needs.

    Target Audience
    This educational activity is intended for Gynecologists, Residents and Advanced Clinical Providers seeking improve their skills in laparoscopic and vaginal surgery.

  • Educational Objectives

    Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to demonstrate competency in the following:


    • Select appropriate instrumentation for use in gynecologic surgery, including energy sources, which will improve patient outcomes, by improving surgical efficiency and decreasing the risks of complications when implemented into practice.


    •  Perform laparoscopic suturing and extracorporeal knot tying on a pelvic trainer, which, when extended to patient care will improve surgical efficiency, and decrease the likelihood of converting laparoscopic procedures to laparotomy.


    •  Identify the normal supporting structures for the uterus and vagina as well as surgical layers of the pelvic sidewall on a cadaver model. Demonstrating understanding of this anatomy will improve surgical efficiency and significantly decrease the likelihood of surgical complications, as well as enhance recognition of complications and their management.


    •  Discuss the indications and contraindications for gynecologic laparoscopic surgery, as well as the appropriateness of laparoscopic operations in comparison to traditional surgery, including risks and complications. Surgeons who transition to more minimally invasive procedures will increase patient satisfaction and decrease costs.


    •  Perform vaginal hysterectomy or laparoscopic hysterectomy on a cadaver model. When transitioning this technique to patients, the surgeon will enhance patient outcomes, decrease length of stay and cost, and increase patient satisfaction.


    •  Dissect and recognize pelvic floor support structures on a human cadaver. With this improved understanding of the relevant anatomy, physicians will be able to demonstrate surgical approaches for the repair of pelvic organ prolapse involving the uterus and vaginal apex.


  • Agenda-at-a-Glance
    Time Friday's Lectures & Labs
    07:30a—08:00a Sign-In & Breakfast Refreshments
    08:00a—08:15a Overview of Course Objectives, Faculty Introductions & Disclosures
    08:15a—09:00a Laparoscopic Anatomy
    09:00a—09:45a Using Energy & Electrosurgery in Laparoscopy & Vaginal Surgery
    09:45a—10:30a Cystoscopy
    10:30a—10:45a Refreshment Break
    10:45a—11:45p Hands-On Training Labs
      Energy & Electrosurgery
    11:45p—12:45p Break for Lunch with Exhibits
    12:45p—01:30p Laparoscopic Suturing Techniques
    01:30p—02:15p Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
    02:15p—03:00p Avoiding and Managing Complications of Pelvic Surgery
    03:00p—03:15p Refreshment Break
    03:15p—04:15p Hands-On Training Labs (continued)
      Suturing & Knot-Tying
    04:15p—05:00p Panel Discussion
    05:00p Adjourn
    Daily Max CME Credits: 7.50
    * Times, lecture topics and classroom assignments are subject to change.
    Time Saturday's Lectures & Labs
    08:00a—08:15a Sign-In & Breakfast Refreshments
    08:15a—08:30a Review of Course Objectives
    08:30a—09:15a The Lost Art of Vaginal Surgery/Vaginal Hysterectomy
    09:15a—10:00a Vaginal Hysterectomy Techniques: The Large Uterus
    10:00a—10:45a Introduction to Vaginal Surgery Simulation
    10:45a—11:00a Refreshment Break
    11:00a—12:00p Hands-On Surgery Labs
      Vaginal Hysterectomy Simulation
    12:00p—01:00p Break for Lunch
    01:00p—02:30p Hands-On Surgery Labs: Attendees Choose a Track
      Track 1: Laparoscopic Approach Track 2: Vaginal Approach  
      Anatomical Dissections Anatomical Dissections  
    02:30p—02:45p Refreshment Break
    02:45p—05:15p Hands-On Surgery Labs: Attendees Choose a Track
      Track 1: Laparoscopy Track 2: Vaginal Surgery  
      Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Vaginal Hysterectomy  
      Uterosacral Colposuspension Uterosacral Ligament Suspension  
      Sacrocolpopexy Sacrospinous Ligament Fixation  
    05:15p Adjourn
    Daily Max CME Credits: 7.50, Total Max CME Credits: 15.00
    * Times, lecture topics and classroom assignments are subject to change.
  • Faculty Information

    Instructors have been selected for their outstanding teaching abilities and extensive clinical experience with the procedures and techniques that will be presented at this conference.

    Conference Director
    G. Bernard Taylor, MD - Program Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstruction Fellowship, Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, NC)

    Scientific Chair
    Larry R. Glazerman, MD - Attending Physician, OB/GYN, Mainline Health (Wynnewood, PA); Clinical Associate Professor, OB/GYN, Jefferson Medical College (Philadelphia, PA); Associate Professor, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (Wynnewood, PA); Medical Director, Innovations in Medical Education & Training (Collingswood, NJ)

    Additional Conference Faculty (Tentative List)
    Sean Francis, MD - Associate Professor, Dept of Ob/Gyn, University of Louisville School of Medicine; Division Director and Fellowship Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Dept of Ob/Gyn, University of Louisville School of Medicine (Louisville, KY)

    Scott M. Schneider, MD - Director, Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Presbyterian Hospital System; Attending Physician, Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, The Bradford Clinic (Charlotte, NC)

    M. Jonathon Solnik, MD – Director, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery; Assistant Residency Program Director, Dept of Ob/Gyn, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Associate Clinical Professor, Dept of Ob/Gyn, The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)

    Faculty Disclosure
    Course faculty are required to disclose any financial interests, arrangements or affiliations with any company producing health care goods or services, consumed by or used on patients. It is not assumed that these financial interests or affiliations will have an adverse impact on faculty presentations; they are simply provided to fully inform participants. Faculty financial disclosures are on file at Innovations in Medical Education & Training and full disclosure of faculty relationships will be made at the conference.

    The CME Planning Committee makes every effort to resolve any potential conflicts of interest for all individuals involved in the planning and implementation of this CME activity.   The content of this CME activity was planned to be balanced, objective, and scientifically rigorous. Occasionally, faculty may express opinions that represent their own viewpoint. Conclusions drawn by participants should be derived from objective analysis of scientific data.  If any presentation includes discussion of off-label or investigational use of a commercial product, therapy or medical device, full disclosure will be made at the conference.

  • Accreditation Statement

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas & Elements of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the providership of Innovations in Medical Education & Training. Innovations in Medical Education & Training is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Innovations in Medical Education & Training designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Cognates have been applied for from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for this program.

    Note: Successful completion of this educational activity is not recognized as certifying competence for performance of these procedures by most credentialing bodies. Privileges and ascertaining skill level are the responsibility of your local hospital and/or licensing authority.

  • Registration Fees and Policies

    Standard Registration Fee:  $2495 USD
    Resident/Physician Assistant Fee:  $1595 USD - Proof of Resident status required (Use Promo Code: RESIDENT)
    Early Bird Registration Fee: $1995 USD - Register by Early Bird Deadline & SAVE $500

    Your registration payment entitles you to participation in all lecture and lab sessions and scheduled meals.  Syllabus materials will be provided on a reusable USB Flash Drive only (with slide presentations in PDF format) in order to lessen our environmental impact and reduce paper waste.

    Registration Policies: Payment in full is required to guarantee your space in this workshop. Registrations are processed on a first-come/first-served basis and confirmation will be sent upon receipt of paid registration. All fees are quoted and payable in US dollars.  Payment by check must be drawn on a US bank. It is recommended that you do not book airline tickets until you receive email confirmation of your registration. Registration deadline is indicated above. Registrations received after this date will be accepted only on a space-available basis.

    Refunds/Cancellations: All cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than 3 weeks prior to course start date. Cancellations received by this deadline will be refunded less a cancellation fee of $150. No refunds will be issued after this date. Should unforeseen circumstances cause the cancellation of this course, all registrants will be notified and reasonable efforts will be made to reschedule the event as soon as possible.

  • Commercial Support

    Comprehensive education includes a knowledge and awareness of the medical devices and products necessary to perform the procedures presented at this course. Several of the technologies discussed in the lecture sessions will be utilized in the hands-on labs. The real-life surgical setting of this unique educational experience is made possible, in part, through technology donations from the medical device industry.

    This activity may be supported, in part, by educational grants from commercial sources. Any grants received will be disclosed to the participants according to the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support. All grants are provided with the understanding that the supporter will not exert any influence on the content or educational development of this activity as a condition of the gift; nor will they take, or have taken any role in the selection of topics, speakers, or audience for this activity.

    This activity is for educational purposes and not for the purpose of promoting any product. Promotional activities will not be allowed in the meeting room and this activity will be presented with objectivity and balance.

    Some of the companies supporting this activity may have representatives on hand to answer questions you may have related to their therapies, products, and/or technology. We encourage you to talk with these representatives during the scheduled break sessions to obtain information that can be a valuable resource to your practice.

  • Course Evaluation

    All participants must complete an on-line course evaluation at the conclusion of this CME activity. This information is reviewed by the CME Planning Committee and is used to modify/improve the content of future installments of this CME activity.  Participants are asked to identify the changes they intend to make in their clinical practice as a result of their participation in this CME activity. Three to six months following the activity, participants will be surveyed to verify whether or not such changes have taken place (if not, why not), and what impact, if any, such changes have had on their performance, competence, and/or patient care.  This additional feedback allows us to tailor future CME activities to meet any remaining educational gaps the learners may have related to the content of this activity.

    A link to the course evaluation will be posted here at the conclusion of this CME activity.

  • Conference Location & Hotel Information
    All conference events will be held at:
    Medical Innovations and Training Institute  | 1534 W. Warm Springs Road | Henderson, NV 89014

    Discounted Hotel Accommodations
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    Local Airport
    McCarren International Airport (LAS)

    For assistance with air travel, we recommend Main Street Travel.
    Phone: 732-828-8800; E-Mail:

    Ground Transportation
    IMET will provide attendees with transportation to the lab facility from the recommended hotel, if it is not within walking distance.  Details, including pick up location and time will follow.

    Conference Attire
    Traditional scrubs or other comfortable clothing is recommended. We also recommend layered clothing as room temperatures can vary drastically. Thermostats in the lab room are maintained at 65°F.  For your convenience, IMET will provide disposable dressing gowns, gloves, masks, shoe coverings and any other necessary protective lab gear.

    Seasonal Weather
    October Averages – High 84°F/Low 61°F

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