Category: Association News
On July 1, 2016, Dr. Jon I. Einarsson ascended to the role of President of the AAGL, taking the place of immediate past president Dr. Arnold P. Advincula. We would like to thank Dr. Advincula for his 18 months of service as the AAGL President, and congratulate Dr. Einarsson as he takes on this new role.
Dr. Einarsson is the Founder and Director of the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. His extensive involvement with the AAGL began with his 2-year MIGS fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Einarsson established an AAGL/SRS FMIGS Fellowship program at BWH in 2008. He has served as chair of the annual AAGL Comprehensive Workshop in MIGS for Residents, Fellows and New MIG Specialists for the past two years, and was the Scientific Program Chair for the AAGL Global Congress in 2015. ( READ MORE )
As recently announced in NewsScope, the AAGL Nominations Committee will soon select eight members of the AAGL as candidates for four trustee positions for the years 2017 and 2018.
Four of the candidates will be from the general membership and four must come from specific regions. This year, two candidates will be from Europe, Russia, Middle East, or Africa, and two from Canada and the United States.
In addition, two other members will be selected from the general membership to run as candidates for the position of Secretary-Treasurer. This position leads to Vice Presidency and then the Presidency of the AAGL. Please note that candidates for Secretary-Treasurer must have previously served on the Board. ( READ MORE )
From the Desk of the AAGL President – Advisory Statement on Essure and AUGS Position Statement on Midurethral Slings
As many of you know, in the preceding months there have been communications from the FDA and numerous societal discussions as it relates to two very important surgical devices in our gynecologic armamentarium: the Essure for hysteroscopic sterilization and the mesh midurethral slings for stress urinary incontinence. This recent focus on two of our minimally invasive surgical treatments is consistent with the fact that the surgical healthcare landscape in gynecology has continued to come under fire over the last several years. Patient concerns, medico-legal targeting, and public misinformation have driven much of the scrutiny.
As a result, I would like to bring to your attention two very important documents. The first is our AAGL Advisory Statement on the Essure device. It was developed with the intent to provide an unbiased, evidence-based view of the critical aspects of hysteroscopic sterilization. The second is a joint position statement developed by AUGS and SUFU in order to justify the use of the mesh midurethral sling in the surgical management of stress urinary incontinence. This position statement, which outlines very nicely the safety and effectiveness of mesh midurethral slings, has been endorsed by the AAGL. ( READ MORE )
Our members continue to amaze us! This year’s Call for Abstracts is officially closed and we are excited to report that we received an impressive 870 abstracts – just 30 shy of last year’s record. Written abstracts continue to comprise almost 2X the number of video abstracts; however, we received 35 more videos this year. The category with the highest entries (35%) is Laparoscopic Surgeries, followed by Endometriosis (11.3%), and Hysteroscopy (10.7%) rounding out the top 3. Among the written abstracts, there is an increase in the Pelvic Pain and Oncology categories, while videos saw the greatest increase in Laparoscopic Surgeries, Robotics and Urogynecology/Vaginal Surg. All subspecialties are represented so we anticipate this year’s Congress will offer interesting findings, fresh learnings, and global perspectives. Grading the abstracts is the next step in the process which began on May 9th. Thank you and good luck to all who submitted!
As gynecologic surgeons mature in experience and skill, few will leave their comfort zone and push the surgical envelope to take on challenges. Those who push the surgical envelope with sheer bravado alone risk failure and infamy. Surgeons who do succeed are those who adopt a methodical and systematic approach. Anatomy and exposure are frequently cited as the foundations of pelvic surgery. True mastery occurs in those who develop the ability to quickly formulate various strategic plans when confronted with anticipated as well as unexpected surgical difficulties.
This course will present these techniques through the use of surgical video, which will illustrate strategies to overcome the difficulties associated with various anatomy distorting pathologies. Participants will develop a greater understanding of safe and effective approaches to the challenging surgical scenarios through lectures that are both evidence- and experience-based.
Since 2014 the AAGL has regularly updated its membership about the issues surrounding tissue extraction at time of benign uterine surgery. With that in mind, we want to inform you of the recent article: “N-of-1 Policymaking—Tragedy, Trade-offs, and the Demise of Morcellation” authored by Dr. Lisa Rosenbaum and published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
She recounts the events starting in 2013 that led up to the FDA actions regarding the use of the morcellator in 2014 and subsequent results. She frames the media discussion that surrounded the morcellation procedure around the theory of “availability cascade,” a phenomena whereby stories inform public perceptions and anyone challenging those perceptions is vilified.*
NewsScope is AAGL’s online and print newsletter that covers the latest news and updates regarding the Association. To read the current NewsScope, click on the image to the left to open a digital version of our print magazine. In this month’s issue, read about our upcoming international congress on MIG in Mumbai, a wrap-up of the AAGL Global Congress in Las Vegas, and our end of year message from AAGL President Arnold P. Advincula.
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From the Desk of the AAGL President
Dear AAGL Member:
We are pleased to present to you recent work completed by an impressive group of committed physicians concerned about women’s health. The Leiomyoma Morcellation Review Group is an independent group of concerned healthcare professionals who took from their own time to thoroughly review the literature on this controversial subject. Using their time and expertise to review the evidence speaks to their commitment to providing quality gynecologic care to women. We present here the open letter they sent to the FDA as well as the Current Commentary that will be published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
We commend ACOG for releasing a statement and join with them in continuing a careful, thoughtful examination and monitoring of the research surrounding tissue extraction moving forward.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 marked the deadline for this year’s Call for Abstracts for the upcoming AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology. We received a record-breaking number of abstracts this year in both the written and video categories. Our grading team is now working hard to review all of the submissions and to assign them to sessions at the Global Congress. Invitations to present are scheduled to go out no later than August 1, 2015. Be sure to mark your calendars to attend AAGL 2015 from November 15-29, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.