AAGL Descends Upon Vancouver for the 48th Annual Global Congress
American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) announces the 48th Annual Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS), November 9-13, 2019 at the Vancouver Convention Centre – West (1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada) in stunning Vancouver, B.C., Canada. AAGL’s congress is the premier scientific conference for gynecologic surgeons from around the world, offering the latest education and best practices in MIGS. This year the congress is expected to welcome over 2,000 physicians, both domestic and international, for the collegial 5-day gathering. Additionally, 65 companies will be exhibiting, and 1,000 industry representatives and executives will be in attendance, as the AAGL global congress is the ideal conference for medical device, technology, innovation, and product launches.
The theme of “Be a Surgical Multiplier in MIGS: Inspire Brilliance Through Teamwork” is the foundation on which the diverse and talented group of volunteer AAGL members that make up the Scientific Program Committee developed this year’s program. “AAGL is the organizational home where gynecologic surgeons will gain new skills and knowledge and emerge invigorated and ready to be a ‘multiplier’ in the team they lead at home. Friends and knowledge await!” describes Jubilee Brown, MD, the AAGL’s 2019 Scientific Program Committee Chair and Vice President of the AAGL Board of Directors.
The congress begins with two days of more than 30 postgraduate (PG) courses offering CME (continuing medical education) credits. The PG courses include didactics, hands-on simulation labs, and cadaver labs and will cover a wide range of topics, including:
- The “Kurashiki” Method (Advanced Suturing)
- The International School of Surgical Anatomy (ISSA) Principles (Anatomy)
- Retroperitoneum through the Eyes of the Robot (Robotics)
- Decrease Surgical Misadventures (Hysteroscopy)
- Debunking Myths of Myomectomy (Myomectomy)
- Critical Anatomy for the Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeon (Urogynecology)
The next three days are dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based presentations during the 6 Surgical Tutorial Sessions, 4 Panel Sessions, 8 Plenary Sessions, and 5 General Sessions, all of which are CME-approved. Additional non-CME presentations will be offered in 28 Open Communication Sessions, and more than 400 Virtual Poster Sessions. Said Dr. Brown, “This year’s congress will be an amazing learning experience. We’ve got something for everyone.”
As with past AAGL congresses, this year promises to continue in its tradition of delivering stellar educational, inspiring, and entertaining General Sessions. The Opening Ceremony/General Session I includes the Franklin D. Loffer Presidential Address titled “My Journey to Impactful Leadership in Our AAGL: Diversified, Unified, Exemplified” by Marie Fidela Paraiso, MD. General Session II, titled “Multipliers in Action” will be lead by Jordan M. Phillips Keynote Speaker and New York Times best-selling author, Liz Wiseman, followed by a dissection scenario focusing on the operating team approach. General Session III, titled “Far from the Shadow Now, Deep Dissection in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery” includes sciatic and obturator nerve, sacral roots and femoral nerve, ureter and uterine artery and pelvic autonomic nerves. General Session IV, based on the popular HBO Series, Game of Thrones our version, Game of Zones will include three ‘noble families’ (anterior, neuropelveology and bowel) who will compete for the ‘AAGL throne’. Ending with General Session V, Telesurgery Sessions in uterine harvest, the LANN Technique in pelvic neuroanatomy, bowel-shaving endometriosis, hysteroscopic management of uterine malformations and uterine transplant.
New this year is the Late Breaking Abstract session with the latest in research. Also, attendees can start every morning with yoga lead by gynecologic surgeons who also happen to be certified yoga instructors, Lectures from Around the World where top research from every region will be presented, City and Food Tours, the Casino Royale presidential gala and more. For more information on the 2019 AAGL Congress visit https://2019.aagl.org
About the AAGL:
The AAGL (http://www.aagl.org) is the first and one of the largest organizations in the world dedicated to gynecologic endoscopic surgery. Founded in 1971, AAGL works to advance the safest and most efficacious diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that afford less invasive treatments for gynecologic conditions through the integration of clinical practice, research, and innovation. For the past 48 years, the organization has educated the world’s finest surgeons while improving the lives of women everywhere. For more information visit http://www.aagl.org.
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