Clinical Seminars Sunday

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9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

The Pelvic Mass – CS21, Michael Maxwell Frumovitz, MD

Decision making for gynecologists evaluating a pelvic mass in young and old women can be difficult. This course will discuss current guidelines for screening for ovarian cancer and the proper work-up for these women with emphasis on which patients can be safely observed, should be taken to the operating room by a general gynecologist, and ought to be  referred to a gynecologic oncologist.

The Evolution to the Approach to the Treatment of Endometrial Cancer: What Is The Current Standard? – CS22, Paul Bernard Heller, MD

The management of endometrial malignancy has evolved from the 1970's.  Realization that the approach utilized in the past was not applicable to all patients with this disease has led to alternate modalities of therapy. Rationale for alternative treatment methods and historical aspects will be presented.

Hereditary Cancers in Gynecology: What Physicians Should Know About Genetic Testing, Screening, and Risk Reduction – CS77, Susan Carnall Modesitt, MD

Will review identification of high risk women in your practice, discuss role of genetic testing/counseling, risk stratification for more intensive cancer screening as well as risk reduction options.


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Robotic Sacrocolpopexy Complications – CS27, Lennox P. John Hoyte, MD

Course Description Coming Soon

Fundamentals of Electrosurgery for the Gynecologic Surgeon – CS28, Gregory James Raff, MD

Although electrosurgery is one of the most commonly utilized energy sources it is the least understood.  With the use of interactive didactics and live demonstration this course will empower the learner to master the fundamentals of electrosurgery and be able to implement best practices for the safe application of monopolar energy.


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Universal vs. Selective Cystoscopy at the Time of Hysterectomy – CS34, Jay Goldberg, MD, Cheung K. Kim, MD

Whether cystoscopy should be performed universally vs selectively at the time of hysterectomy is an area of current controversy. The course will examine the current literature on the topic, including original research by the authors. Techniques to aid in visualization of ureteral jets will be explored.

Mesh Mess: Update on Slings and Grafts in Gynecology – CS35, David Dwight Rahn, MD

In this session, we will review the indications, efficacy, and safety issues for various types of midurethral slings for stress urinary incontinence. We will discuss the rationale for graft/mesh use in prolapse repair and the latest evidence summarizing its efficacy balanced with unique safety issues when placed transvaginally.


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Optimizing the Route of Hysterectomy for Patients with Elevated BMI – CS41, Stuart Richard Hart, MD; Emad Mikhail, MD

This is a one-hour clinical seminar during which participants will learn about the current trends for benign hysterectomy in patients with an elevated BMI, and to describe the added benefits for MIS techniques for those patients. The goal is to enable participants to apply different techniques in their practices in order to optimize perioperative outcomes.

Pain Management of Office-Based Gynecological Procedures – CS42, Rameet Harpal Singh, MD

This is a one-hour clinical seminar during which participants will learn about the current trends for benign hysterectomy in patients with an elevated BMI, and to describe the added benefits for MIS techniques for those patients. The goal is to enable participants to apply different techniques in their practices in order to optimize perioperative outcomes.

Risk Stratification for Fertility Treatment Patients – CS78, Kristi Sue Borowski, MD; Charles Coddington III, MD

An increasing number of women with medical, surgical and genetic comorbidities desiring pregnancy are seeking preconception counseling or reproductive services.  Women requiring fertility treatment to achieve pregnancy in particular, should be evaluated for maternal risk factors and disease optimization prior to pregnancy, through a team of providers.  This multidisciplinary approach requires effective team communication to adequately counsel the couple about the potential maternal, fetal and neonatal risks.  We provide an approach to counsel patients on both modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors and the impact for the care-team members, the patient, her family and the future health risk for the developing baby.




9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Implementation of “Centering” Prenatal Care into Your Practice – CS19, Julie Zemaitis DeCesare, MD, Dikea Roussos-Ross, MD

Introduction and description of the concept of group prenatal care with a focus on collaborative practice will be presented. Program benefits from an organizational, provider and patient's perspective will be reviewed. An implementation plan will be presented, with basics of successful execution of group care into various clinical practice settings.

Tips on How to Discuss the New Genetic Paradigm with your Patient – CS20, Lawrence David Platt, MD

The course will review current state of the art ultrasound methods used in prenatal diagnosis.In addition the course will review  the role of non invasive diagnosis (cell Free DNA) in the low and high risk patient as well as the role of pan ethnic screening.Finally a discussion on the current benefit of microarray technology and the future role of whole exome studies will be reviewed.


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Fertility Preservation – CS25, Erica T. Wang, MD

This course will focus on the medical indications for fertility preservation, and the established and experimental options we have for fertility preservation.  This course will also present counseling points for women who are seeking elective fertility preservation.

Update on Management of Abnormal Placentation – CS26, Tania Fay Esakoff, MD

With the rapidly increasing cesarean delivery rate, the incidence of abnormal placentation is on the rise. Appropriate prenatal diagnosis and peripartum management is essential to improving both maternal and fetal outcome. This course will address the diagnostic modalities currently available for abnormal placentation, discuss the pros and cons of several peripartum management strategies as well address the current state of evidence in terms of timing of delivery for these various conditions.


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Update in Fetal Surgery – CS32, Jimmy Espinoza Dorado, MD

This course provides an overview of the most frequent fetal surgeries performed in the US, with emphasis on the maternal and fetal benefits and risks associated with in-utero interventions. We will discuss the indications, technique and limitations of laser ablation of placental anastomoses in the management of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, fetal neural tube defect repair, tracheal occlusion in congenital diaphragmatic hernia and pleuro-amniotic as well as vesico-amniotic shunts for the management of pleural effusions and lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO), respectively.

Support or Sabotage: How Provider Beliefs and Behaviors Affect Breastfeeding Outcomes  – CS33, Susan D. Rothenberg, MD

If breastfeeding is natural and innate, why does is seem to be so difficult for so many mothers and babies?  Come explore how the routine practices we take for granted, as well as our own hidden biases, undermine the breastfeeding relationship, and learn what you and your hospital can do to make things better.


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Pregnancy After Infertility: What Are the Adverse Maternal, Perinatal, and Childhood Outcomes? – CS39, Shayne M. Plosker, MD

Course Description Coming Soon

Evidence-Based Cesarean Delivery – CS40, Eric Andrew Strand, MD

Nearly 1/3 of all deliveries are performed by cesarean section.  This interactive session will review evidence-based studies addressing a number of aspects of cesarean delivery, including patient positioning, skin preparation, antibiotic administration, skin incision and closure, uterine incision and closure, creation of a bladder flap, and peritoneal closure.




9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Using Perinatal Quality Improvement Teams (PQIT) In Office and Hospital Settings – CS23, Arthur Tullin Ollendorff, MD

This course will review how PQCNC has deployed perinatal quality improvement teams (PQIT) as an agent of change in obstetric quality.  PQITs have traditionally been used in address quality in hospital settings but are easily translated into the office setting as well.  The course demonstrate practical application if a valuable quality improvement tool.

Crime Scene Investigation and the Forensic Evaluation of the Sexual Assault Victim – CS24, Randall L. Brown, MD

Actual crime scene photos will be shown describing how a vicious rape case was solved. Physicians and nurses will be educated on how to use the most current techniques for examination of the victim and to collect evidence. Use of the Combined DNA database (CODIS) will be discussed, and how it is used to track down serial rapists.


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Medical Marijuana – CS29, Nathaniel G DeNicola, MD

Course Description Coming Soon

Improving Care for Women with Depression in Obstetrics and Gynecology – CS30, Susan Dalton Reed, MD

This course will provide the learner with the tools to: 1) screen for depression, 2) manage uncomplicated depression, and 3) develop a collaborative care model for depression in an OB/GYN clinic. This care model provides the best patient outcomes, increases efficiencies in the clinic, and leads to appropriate use of scarce resources.

Global Health and Development: Making It Work – CS31, Douglas William Laube, MD, MEd

During this course the participant will learn of strategies designed to orient the individual to the anticipated environment in which she/he will work. Additional information will include how to perform an uncomplicated needs assessment and the steps needed to engage the appropriate professional association support for the anticipated activities. Resource materials will be illustrated and made available.


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) 2016: Overview and Update – CS36, Lorraine Dugoff, MD

This course will provide a general overview and update on NIPT. We will discuss how to implement NIPT into the Ob/Gyn practice. Performance characteristics and the benefits and limitations of screening for sex chromosome aneuploidy and microdeletions will be discussed.

Low Cost, High Impact Interventions That Improve Health Care for Women Globally – CS37, Taraneh Shirazian, MD

Global outreach work is an important component of public health work and a focus of many residency and medical school programs. But, it is important to evaluate the success these programs have had on outcomes for women and understand which components have resulted in the greatest gains in improving life and preventing maternal death.

An enjoyable, understandable presentation of financial planning concepts and specific information necessary for financial security, peace of mind, and an improved quality of life. This program will encourage and stimulate you, your spouse, and adult children with practical methods to reach your financial goals.


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Introduction to Social Media – CS43, , Jeff M. Livingston, MD

Course Description Coming Soon

Burnout: A Constant Threat – CS44, Roger Perry Smith, MD

Burnout is physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress and we are ALL at risk of suffering it – conflicting demands on our time, loss of control (real or imagined) and a diminishing sense of worth grind at us from every direction.  Estimates range from 40% to 75% of Obstetricians and Gynecologists currently suffer from professional burnout; making the lifetime risk a virtually certainty.  That doesn’t mean that with some simple tools we cannot identify the causes and symptoms and take simple steps to reverse the threat.


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