Advanced Gynecologic Surgery

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

    Medical Innovations & Training Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada

    December 56, 2014
    Registration Deadline: November 15, 2014 
    Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 30, 2014 

    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 Morcellation Debate
    • The Lost Art of Vaginal Surgery
    • Cystoscopy
    • Sacrocolpopexy & Uterosacral Colposuspension
    • Sling Procedures 

  • Course Overview

    This workshop begins with a discussion of laparoscopic instrumentation, suturing techniques, and energy sources. Pelvic trainers will be used extensively to demonstrate and practice laparoscopic instrumentation and suturing. Hands-on experience with energy sources will allow participants to compare various modalities.  Each participant will have an opportunity to perform a simulated laparoscopic myomectomy.

    Using unembalmed female cadavers to create a realistic surgical setting, the second day provides a hands-on review of female pelvic anatomy and the principles of dissection. Techniques of laparoscopic hysterectomy will be presented in the hands-on cadaver lab.

    This course will provide a comprehensive update on techniques and technologies that will allow the gynecologic surgeon to determine individualized educational needs and implement developing surgical skills.  The bulk of the curriculum will focus on advanced laparoscopic skill sets, utilization of innovative energy devices, and managing laparoscopic complications.

    In order to create the best possible learning environment and afford each participant maximum hands-on time, class-size is limited to 30 participants and each laboratory station will be assigned only three participants. The hands-on labs will be instructed and moderated by experienced faculty currently using these devices and techniques in their practices. Industry representatives will also be on-site to answer technical questions related to their specific instrumentation and equipment. Ample time will be allowed for questions and interaction with workshop faculty.

    Target Audience
    This educational activity is intended for Gynecologic Physicians, Residents and Physician Assistants seeking laparoscopic training for gynecologic procedures.

  • Educational Objectives

    Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

    • Select appropriate instrumentation for use in laparoscopic surgery, including energy sources, which will improve patient outcomes, specifically including patient safety, by improving surgical efficiency and decreasing the risks of complications.

    • 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 uterosacral ligaments and 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 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.

    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.

  • Agenda-at-a-Glance
    Friday, December 5
    Time Friday Activity
    07:15 a.m.—07:45 a.m. Sign-In & Breakfast Refreshments
    07:45 a.m.—08:00 a.m. Course Overview, Faculty Introductions & Disclosures
    08:00 a.m.—09:00 a.m. Laparoscopic Energy Sources
    09:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m. Laparoscopic Suturing Techniques
    10:00 a.m.—10:15 a.m. Q&A
    10:15 a.m.—11:15 a.m. Laparoscopic Management of the Adnexal Mass/Myomectomy
    11:15 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Laparoscopic Repair of Apical Vaginal Prolapse
    12:00 p.m.—01:00 p.m. Lunch Break with Exhibits
    01:00 p.m.—02:15 p.m. Video Presentations
    02:15 p.m.—04:00 p.m. Hands-On Pelvic Trainer Lab
      Session A: Laparoscopic Suturing and Knot-tying
      Session B: Laparoscopic Myomectomy
      Session C: Energy Sources
    04:00 p.m.—04:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
    04:15 p.m.—06:00 p.m. Hands-On Pelvic Trainer Lab (continued)
    06:00 p.m. Adjourn
    Daily Max CME Credits: 9.00
    * Times, lecture topics and classroom assignments are subject to change.
    Saturday, December 6
    Time Saturday Activity
    07:15 a.m.—07:30 a.m. Sign-In & Breakfast Refreshments
    07:30 a.m.—07:45 a.m. Daily Overview
    07:45 a.m.—08:45 a.m. Laparoscopic Anatomy/Retroperitoneal Dissection
    08:45 a.m.—11:30 a.m. Hands-On Cadaver Lab
      Dissection of Pelvic Sidewall and Developing Retroperitoneal Spaces
    11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
    12:30 p.m.—02:00 p.m. Working Lunch:
      Management of Laparoscopic Complications
    02:00 p.m.—04:45 p.m. Hands-On Cadaver Lab
      Laparoscopic Hysterectomy & Advanced Procedures
    04:45 p.m.—05:00 p.m. Q&A and Wrap Up
    05:00 p.m. Adjourn
    Daily Max CME Credits: 9.00, Total Max CME Credits: 18.00
    * 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 - Director of Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery, Pelvic Health Institute, Carolina Urology Partners (Charlotte, NC)

    Scientific Chair
    Scott M. Schneider, MD - Director, Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Presbyterian Hospital; Attending Physician, Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, The Bradford Clinic (Charlotte, NC); Acting Medical Director, Innovations in Medical Education & Training (Collingswood, NJ)

    Additional Conference Faculty 
    Andrew I. Brill, MD – Director, Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Center for Advanced Surgical Options in Gynecology (San Francisco, CA)

    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)

    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 joint sponsorship of Medical Innovations & Training Institute and 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 18 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 Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa, 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, Henderson, NV 89052. 

    Discounted Hotel Accommodations
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    Local Airport
    McCarran International Airport (LAS)

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

    Ground Transportation from the Airport
    Taxis are available at the airport outside of the baggage claim area. Cab fare from the airport is approximately $40 plus gratuity.

    Green Valley Ranch Resort offers complimentary shuttle service from the airport to the hotel on a set schedule.  For details on hotel shuttle service, please call (702) 617-7777.

    Visitor Information

    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
    December Averages – High 60°F/Low 45°F

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