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GOC’s 37th Annual General Meeting

It is with great pleasure that we invite you on behalf of the Executive of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada and the AGM Program Planning Committee to attend the 37th Annual General Meeting in Vancouver, BC June 16-18, 2016.

AGM highlights

  • 12 oral presentations
  • over 30 posters
  • video abstracts
  • tumour board
  • 3 symposia
  • breakfast with the experts
  • …..and more



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Date Posted June 16, 2016
  • Event Date

    June 16, 2016 - June 18, 2016

  • Event Time

    All Day

  • Event Location

    Westin Bayshore Hotel
    1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Event Contact

    Host: The Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada
    Contact E-Mail: hsoubliere@g-o-c.org
    URL: www.g-o-c.org

Register now!
  • Program

    Program Objectives

    1. To analyze and appraise the presented research in gynecologic oncology
    2. To debate and evaluate complex and rare clinical scenarios within gynecologic oncology
    3. To determine the relevance of genomics in clinical practice
    4. To appraise and construct a new formulation for endometriod and clear cell carcinomas
    5. To review and evaluate strategies for enhancing operative recovery and optimizing care.



    Thursday, June 16, 2016
    Posters available for viewing all day
    930-1030 SOGC/GOC/SCC Policy and Practice Guidelines Committee  Closed meeting – Coquitlam Room
    1100-1215 Royal College Nucleus Committee (TBC)  Closed meeting  – Coquitlam Room
    1230-1515 GOC Board of Directors Meeting  Closed meeting – Coquitlam Room
    1600 BBQ + Bike Ride to Second Beach  Open to everyone – sign-up!

    Meeting point: Lobby of Westin Bayshore Hotel

    Friday, June 17, 2016
    Posters available for viewing all day
    710-730 Abstract Judges’ Huddle – oral and poster judges
    700-1400 Registration
    700-755 GOC Breakfast
    Enhancing recovery after surgery; optimizing operative care
    800-900 Enhanced recovery – The new standard for perioperative care in gynecologic surgery Gregg Nelson, MD
    Sean C. Dowdy, MD
    905–910 Welcome and announcements
    915-930 Anal dysplasia in women with high-grade cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer; is it time to start screening with cytology and adjunct hrHPV testing? Danielle Vicus, MD
    930-945 Can sentinel lymph node biopsy replace pelvic lymphadenectomy for early cervical cancer? Genevieve Lennox, MD
    945-1000 Cost-Effectiveness of Sentinel Node Biopsy and Pathological Ultrastaging in Patients with Early Stage Cervical Cancer Harry Brar, MD
    1000-1010 GOC/APOG Awards – Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
    1045-1100 Validation of a glycemic control initiative for the reduction of surgical site infections in the gynecologic oncology population Jennifer Brown Broderick, MD
    1100-1115 Uptake and Safety of Bilateral Salpingectomy for Ovarian Cancer Prevention in the United States Gillian Hanley, PhD
    1115-1130 The State of Ovarian Cancer- a Cross Country Canadian Study Taymaa May, MD
    1130-1145 The Canadian Gynecologic Oncology Peri-operative Management Survey: Baseline Results Prior to Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society® Guidelines Alon Altman, MD
    1145-1200 Early stage clear cell ovarian carcinoma and the effect of adjuvant radiation on survival Liat Hogen, MD
    1200-1215 Predicting Ovarian Cancer Recurrence times based on primary clinical measures Rachel Altman, PhD
    1215-1315 – LUNCH
    1315 – 1400 – SCIENTIFIC SESSION III
    1315-1330 Sentinel lymph node (SLN) mapping in endometrial cancer; single institution’s experience Jonathan Stanleigh, MD
    1330-1345 ProMisE: A Proactive Molecular-Based Classification Tool to Improve Endometrial Cancer Management Aline Talhouk, PhD
    1345-1400 Thromboembolic Disease in Patients Undergoing Robotics for Endometrial Cancer Ido Laskov, MD
    1400-1405 Introduction of Posters Alon Altman, MD
    1405-1430 Five times 3 Minutes/3 Slides Posters
         1405-1410 PROSPEC study: Should we PROpose Screening for diabetes to all Patients with Endometrial Cancer? Julie Brisson, MD
         1410-1415 How Common Is The Growing Teratoma Syndrome in Patients with Ovarian Immature Teratoma? Julie Nguyen, MD
         1415-1420 Fertility-sparing surgery for the management of young women with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma of the cervix: A case series Taymaa May, MD
         1420-1425 Prognostic Significance of Peritoneal Cytology in Endometrial Cancer from a Population Based Study Stephanie Scott, MD
         1425-1430 Uterine Sarcoma in Women Undergoing Fibroid Surgery: A Population-Based Cohort Study Ally Murji, MD
    1555-1600 People’s Choice Award Vote
    1600-1700 Tumour Board

    Stage IB Carcinoma of the Cervix: Surgery versus Radiation Therapy

    Danielle Vicus, MD
    Gaurav Bahl, MD
    1700 Adjournment for the day
    Saturday, June 18, 2016
    Posters available for viewing until we adjourn
    730-830 Breakfast with the Experts
    Annual Business Meeting
    Induction of Dr. Walter Gotlieb as GOC’s 18th President
    Clinical Relevance and Implications of Genomics in Gynecological Cancer
    930-1000 Inherited Gynecologic Cancers – The Who, Why and What from The Geneticist’s Perspective Intan Schrader, MD
    1000-1030 Bench to bedside in precision medicine; spectrum from prevention to therapeutics in ovarian cancer Hal Hirte, MD
    1030-1050 Break for Networking, Exhibits and Poster Session
    1050-1052 Intro of Video Abstracts
    1052-1059 Systematic approach to bowel resection for ovarian cancer cytoreduction Lana Saciragic, MD
    1059-1106 Robotic surgical technique: Anterior pelvic exenteration Shannon Salvador, MD
    1106-1113 Robotic surgical technique: Ilioconduit Shannon Salvador, MD
    1113-1120 Robotic-assisted Diaphragmatic Resection Ido Laskov, MD
    1120-1220 Ovarian cancer: a post genomic view David Huntsman, MD
    1220 Final Remarks and Adjournment
  • Registration

     Registration List:  16AGM_WebRegList_June14

    Event Fees


    Registration Category Reg fee until
    May 31st
    Reg fee as of
    June 1st
    GOC member physicians $375.00 $425.00
    GOC member fellows $200.00 $250.00
    Other GOC members $125.00 $175.00
    Non-member physicians $525.00 $575.00
    Non-member fellows $225.00 $275.00
    Medical students $  75.00 $125.00
    All other non-members $175.00 $225.00


    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Scientific Program: The entire fee will be refunded if a written notice of cancellation is received on or before Tuesday, May 31st. No refunds will be granted after that date. A $50 administration fee will apply.

    Social Program: The entire fee will be refunded if a written notice of cancellation is received on or before Tuesday, May 31st. No refund will be granted after that date. A $25 administration fee will apply per event.

    The GOC registration fee includes admission to the scientific program, three symposia, tumour board, breakfast with experts, exhibits, conference materials, two breakfasts, one lunch, and three themed coffee breaks.

    Every participant must register on-line; speakers, abstract presenters and sponsors alike.

    Registration for this event is closed.

  • Accomodations & Travel


    The Westin Bayshore

    1601 Bayshore Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4

    Reserve online at our group rate

    Rate information
    Rooms start at $239.00 per night


    Flight Centre Business Travel

    Make your travel arrangements with one of the SOGC’s official travel suppliers and receive discounted rates.

    Air Canada

    Save 10% on Flex fares or higher when booking online.

    NOTES: Discounted rates are available for online booking and are available for travel between June 6, 2016 and June 24, 2016. Only bookings made to the designated convention city are eligible for discount. No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.

    West Jet

    Coupon code: DPAXJAB

    Save 10% on all fare products – Econo, Flex, and Plus when booking online.

    NOTES: Both the promo code and coupon code must be entered at the time of booking. The discount applies to WestJet flights into and out of Vancouver between June 6, 2016 and June 24, 2016. Booking agents are available to assist with questions or concerns Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 17:30 (MST) at 1-888-493-7853.

    National Car Rental

    Emerald Club is recognized at National and Enterprise locations.


  • Social event

    Socially….. on Thursday, June 16, 2016

    BBQ and Bike Ride to Second Beach in Majestic Stanley Park

    From 1600…

    A visit to Vancouver is not complete without a bicycle ride through Stanley Park … and your GOC planning committee has organized just the thing for you and your family.

    Bicycle rentals (including helmets!) have been arranged; all you have to do is show up, climb on, and pedal away. Stanley Park has 8.8 kms of bicycle paths to explore … but when you are ready for a break, BBQs will be fired up at Second Beach (Ceperley Site) for al fresco dining right on the beach. If bicycling is not your cup of tea, walking to the BBQ from the Westin Bayshore couldn’t be easier. It will take you about 20 minutes strolling along the seawall to reach Second Beach, just long enough to work up an appetite. The event gets underway at 1600, and dinner will be served at 1800. Registration is required, as are your friends and family! Come join us for an evening with colleagues and their families – swimming, games for young and old, and unforgettable cityscapes at twilight.

    BBQ dinner cost:
    Ages 13+: $40
    Ages 5-12: $25
    Ages 0-4: complimentary
    Bicycle rental: $11.50 and includes helmet.

    5% GST will be added to dinner and rental costs

     …and on Friday, June 17, 2016

    Up, Up, and Away: GOC Gala Dinner on Grouse Mountain


    From 1730-2200

    downloadLocated just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is Vancouver’s number one four-season attraction, and will be the location for this year’s annual dinner, Friday June 17.

    If the conference has kept you busy indoors, this will be the perfect opportunity to see British Columbia’s pristine wilderness. GOC has arranged for transportation to Grouse Mountain, followed by the Skyride, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the city, sea and surrounding mountains as we climb to the summit altitude of 1250 meters.

    Our dining experience will surely rival the location for impressiveness. Grouse Mountain dining is certified by the Green Table Network, which puts sustainability on the menu through innovative solutions that measurably reduce the impact on the environment, as well as Ocean Wise, a conservation program created to support sustainable seafood.

    Dr. Laurie Elit will be awarded the GOC Presidential Medal on June 17, 2016.

    Competing with the view for your attention will be the awarding of the GOC Presidential Medal Award to Dr. Laurie Elit who will be recognized for her meritorious contributions to gynecologic oncology. As well, the program will include scientific program awards, awards for best oral presentation, best poster and people’s choice awards.

    Dinner on Grouse Mountain, get away from it all and get together with friends and colleagues for a truly memorable affair.

    Members: $60
    Non-members: $110
    Children 5-12: $35
    Children 0-4: complimentary

    5% GST is applicable to the cost. Cost includes transportation to and from the dinner.



  • Sponsors

    Our 37th AGM sponsors

    We would like to acknowledge the following companies for their support of our 37th Annual General Meeting in the form of sponsorship or educational grants

    DIAMOND: Astra Zeneca
    GOLD: Hoffmann-La Roche, Merck Canada
    SILVER:  Minogue Medical Inc.

Our Partners

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada welcomes and values industry partnerships.

GOC acknowledges the ongoing support of these dedicated partners for their commitment to gynecologic oncology in Canada. Thank you.

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