GOC’s 40th Annual General Meeting
RESEARCH MEETS PRACTICE AT GOC’S 40TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
On behalf of the GOC AGM Program Planning Committee, we would like to personally invite you to attend our 40th Annual General Meeting in Halifax June 13-15, 2019.
We begin our exciting program on Thursday with the popular hereditary cancer course. This year’s focus is on Lynch syndrome. Register for the course while registering for our 40th Annual General Meeting.
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We then continue with a fun family-friendly evening, with the thrilling Harbour Hopper! We'll have dinner and enjoy the beautiful surroundings while we hop in beautiful Halifax!
Friday morning will begin with our traditional annual Run for Her Life™. Bring your active gear and let's get ready for an exhilarating 2.5km run or walk along the boardwalk with friends while enjoying the city. The scientific program begins on Friday morning following the Run. We begin with the joint SOGC/GOC Symposium. Dr. Shannon Salvador will present the newly released GOC guidelines on endometrial hyperplasia. Following her talk, we will relocate to the GOC venue for the scientific abstracts. We are fortunate this year to have received a record number of abstract submissions so the oral presentations and posters are sure to be interesting! Back by popular demand are the 3 minutes/3 slides oral presentations, showcasing five outstanding posters. We conclude the first scientific day with an amazing Presidential Symposium presentation by Dr. Bill Cliby from the Mayo Clinic who will present on patient selection criteria for primary surgical cytoreduction in advanced ovarian carcinoma.
Following a busy day, we will get a chance to unwind and have some fun at the Casino Nova Scotia. The group will have a chance to socialize, have some drinks and play the slots! The medical student awards, abstract awards and the GOC Presidential Medal will be awarded during the dinner reception. We are very excited to unveil the well-deserving Presidential Medal Recipient – Dr. Robert Lotocki. It is promising to be a night to remember!
Saturday morning will begin with an interactive breakfast session. Next will be our Annual General Meeting where we will discuss GOC business. We will then proceed with a Tumor Board discussion of a fascinating case. This year, the Tumor Board leads are Dr. Patti Power and Dr. Anna Cameron. Finally, we will have our lunch-time Battle Royale. This year, the discussion is sure to be of epic proportion as Dr. Amit Oza and Dr. Al Covens debate the role of TPN in the palliative setting. Folks, you don’t want to miss this!
Lastly, we are proud to introduce the inaugural Cytoreductive Mutlivisceral Cadaver Course. This course will include didactic lectures and hands-on cadaver lab sessions focusing on complex pelvic and upper abdominal procedures. We are thrilled to have expert lead instructors including Dr. Bill Cliby (gynecologic oncology), Dr. Carman Giacomantonio (surgical oncology) and Dr. Ricardo Rendon (urologic oncology) amongst others.
We look forward to welcoming you in Halifax in June! Navigate this event website for all details!
On behalf of the AGM Program Planning Committee,
Taymaa May, MD, FRCSC, Chair, AGM Committee
James R. Bentley, MBChB, FRCSC, President
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - ORAL, POSTER AND VIDEO! VIEW CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED.
June 13, 2019 - June 15, 2019
Halifax Convention Centre
1650 Argyle St., Halifax, Nova Scotia
GOC’s 40th Annual General Meeting
New this year, GOC’s Surgical Theater! Sit down, watch and discuss. We will looping close to one dozen surgical videos for your viewing pleasure.
AGM Program Objectives:
- To analyze and appraise the presented research in gynecologic oncology
- To review patient selection criteria for primary surgical cytoreduction in advanced ovarian carcinoma
- To discuss a gynecologic oncology case from a multidisciplinary approach
- To debate the role of TPN in the palliative setting
THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019
HALIFAX CONVENTION CENTRE
Time Session Location 9:00 – 10:00 Royal College Nucleus Committee Halifax Convention Centre Room 614 10:15 – 11:45 Education Committee Meeting Halifax Convention Centre Room 614 11:50– 14:25 GOC Board of Directors Meeting Halifax Convention Centre Room 614 14:30 – 17:30 Hereditary Cancer Course for the Gyn Onc: Lynch Syndrome Halifax Convention Centre Room 201 18:00 – 21:00 Harbour Hopper Fun time! To follow
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019
HALIFAX CONVENTION CENTRE
ARGYLE 2 -3 UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED
Time Session/Location Speaker 6:00 – 6:30 Run for Her Life ™ 2.5k run/walk 7:15 – 14:30 Conference Registration 7:15 – 8:10 Breakfast 8:10 – 8:15 Relocate to SOGC Plenary 8:15 – 8:45 SOGC/GOC International Symposium – Endometrial hyperplasia Dr. Shannon Salvador 8:45 – 8:50 Relocate to GOC Plenary 8:50 – 9:00 Welcome and announcements 9:00 – 10:00 Scientific Session I 9:00 – 9:15 The Prevent Ovarian Cancer Program (POCP): identification of women at risk for ovarian cancer using complementary recruitment approaches Dr. Marcus Bernardini 9:15 – 9:30 Timely Access to Genetic Counselling for Women with Epithelial Ovarian Cancer in Nova Scotia Dr. Ashley Warias 9:30 – 9:45 Cost-effectiveness of maintenance hormonal therapy in patients with advanced low grade serous ovarian cancer Dr. Andra Nica 9:45 – 10:00 The Use of Hormone Replacement Therapy Amongst Women Undergoing Premature Surgical Menopause: A Population-Based British Columbian Study Dr. Ji-Hyun Jang 10:00 – 10:25 Five times 3 minutes/3 slides presentation 10:00 – 10:05 A cost-utility analysis of germline BRCA genetic testing of
Canadian women with high-grade serous ovarian cancer
Dr. Vanessa Carlson 10:05 – 10:10 Impact of gynecologic oncology clinic-initiated BRCA testing
on patient pathways and resource utilization in southern Alberta
Dr. Vanessa Carlson 10:10 – 10:15 Feasibility and Uptake of a Community-Based Prehabilitation/Rehabilitation Program for Gynecologic Oncology Patients Dr. Sarah Sinasac 10:15 – 10:20 Same-day discharge among obese and morbidly patients
undergoing laparoscopic gynecologic oncology surgeries
Dr. Genevieve Lennox 10:20 – 10:25 Outcomes of Adjuvant Therapy for Advanced Stage Endometrial Cancer in Lynch Syndrome Dr. Kathryn McRae 10:25 – 10:45 Health break and Exhibits
10:45 – 11:40 Posters Session Group I
STUDY ROOM 201/SURGICAL ALLEY
11:40 – 12:40 Scientific Session II 11:40 – 11:55 Impact of Surgical Approach on Oncologic Outcomes in Women Undergoing Radical Hysterectomy for Cervical Cancer Dr. Maria C. Cusimano 11:55 – 12:10 Adherence to Cervical Screening Guideline and Complexity of Referring Women with Low Grade Abnormalities Dr. Tiffany Zigras 12:10 – 12:25 Dual Mechanical and Pharmacological Thromboprophylaxis
Significantly Decreases Risk of Pulmonary Embolus after
Laparotomy for Gynecologic Malignancies
Dr. Julie Nguyen 12:25 – 12:40 The Implementation of a Surgical Site Infection Prevention
Bundle in Gynecologic Oncology Patients
Dr. Brent Jim 12:40 – 13:10 Lunch
13:10 – 13:40 Dessert and Exhibits
13:40 – 14:22 Six times five minute Surgical Video Presentations
plus 2 min Q&A each
13:40 – 13:47 Robotic and Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic Stripping and Resection for the Management of Advanced Stage Ovarian Cancer, the Trillium Health Partners Experience Dr. Tomer Feigenberg 13:47 – 13:54 Education to improve screening and prevention of reproductive cancers: knowledge translation in action Dr. Shaina (Joohyun) Lee 13:54 – 14:01 The Use of Lighted Ureteral Catheters in Difficult Minimally
Invasive Gynecologic Oncologic Surgery-Surgical Film
Dr. Genevieve Lennox 14:01 – 14:08 Laparoscopic radical trachelectomy for embryonal
rhabdomyosarcoma of the cervix in a 2-year-old
Dr. Taymaa May 14:08 – 14:15 Safety and Feasibility of Managing Large Ovarian Masses with a Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach Dr. Sarah Sinasac 14:15 – 14:22 Surgical Approach to Risk-Reducing Salpingo-Oophorectomy in BRCA Mutation Carriers Dr. Elisabeth Spenard 14:22– 15:22 Scientific Session III 14:22 – 14:37 Evaluating the Diagnostic Performance of Preoperative Biopsies in Patients Diagnosed with High Grade Endometrial Cancer. A Multi-Centre Canadian Experience Ms. Kizanee Jegatheeswaran 14:37 – 14:52 Lymphadenectomy for High-risk Endometrial Cancer: Does it
Impact Lymph Node Recurrence?
Dr. Lilian T. Gien 14:52 – 15:07 Use of Porphysomes to detect primary tumour, lymph node
metastases, intra-abdominal metastases and as a tool for
image-guided lymphadenectomy: proof of concept in
Dr. Lauren Philp 15:07 – 15:22 Does mismatch repair (MMR) deficiency have prognostic
significance in low-risk endometrioid endometrial cancers?
Dr. Rachel Soyoun Kim 15:22 – 16:10 Poster session II and health break
ARGYLE 1, STUDY ROOM 201, SURGICAL ALLEY
16:10 – 16:15 GOC Awards
- Winning projects for enhancing health advocacy role during the Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
- Vote -People’s Choice Awards for best oral, poster and video
16:15 – 17:15 GOC Tumour Board
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- Contrast different management strategies for recurrent endometrial cancer
- Appraise treatment options for different clinic scenarios
- Review the management options for high grade endometrial cancer
- Describe pathophysiology and clinical course of a patient with small cell ovarian cancer (Medical Expert, Scholar)
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role of family history and genetic mutations associated with small cell ovarian cancers (Medical Expert, Scholar)
- Outline a reasonable management approach for a patient with small cell ovarian cancer (Medical Expert, Scholar, Health Advocate, Communicator)
Dr. Anna Cameron and
Dr. Patti Power
17:15 Announcements and adjournment for the day 18:15 – 22:15 CASINO NOVA SCOTIA
GOC Awards Dinner and Presidential Medal Award to Dr. Robert Lotocki
- Medical student abstract awards
- Abstract awards
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019
HALIFAX CONVENTION CENTRE
Time Session/Location Speaker 8:15 – 9:15 Breakfast with the experts – ROOM 202
- Updated management in GTN
- Building Institutional, Open Access REDCap Database
- Management of Immune Therapy Adverse Effects
- Update on ERAS Implementation
Dr. Lua Eiriksson
Dr. Mark Carey
Dr. Hal Hirte
Dr. Gregg Nelson
9:20 – 10:30 Annual Business Meeting 10:30 – 11:00 Health break & Exhibits
11:00 – 12:00 President’s Symposium: Evidence based triage for primary management of ovarian cancer
Learning objectives:At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- Describe the important risk factors for morbidity and mortality after primary debulking surgery
- Compare the differences in short and long term outcomes between primary debulking surgery and neoadjuvant chemotherapy
- Predict the approximate risk of serious morbidity after primary surgery using a risk calculator
- Formulate plans to enhance or develop a team capable of providing high complexity surgery for ovarian cancer
Dr. William Cliby 12:00 – 13:00 Battle Royale – TPN in palliative patients: to do or not to do?
At the end of the session, the participant will be able to:
- Identify appropriate clinical opportunities where TPN use in patients with palliative care is feasible and warranted
- Survey institutional resources that support introduction of TPN use in palliative care at local institution
- Formulate and modify available resources to introduce opportunity for TPN use in palliative care at host institution
- Review the complications of TPN
- Appreciate the survival of recurrent ovarian cancer patients with a bowel obstruction
- Review the data associated with TPN in the above patients
- Appreciate the complexities of ethical, financial, and resource issues, in addition to QOL, and survival in the above patients
Pro: Dr. Amit Oza
Con: Dr. Al Covens
13:00 – 13:05 Final remarks 13:05 – 13:15 Grab your Lunch to Go! 13:15 – 13:45 Luncheon Session
To consult GOC’s 1st Biennial Cytoreductive Multivisceral Cadaver Course program, visit the program website by clicking here.
GOC Hereditary Cancer Course: Lynch Syndrome
14:30 –14:35 Opening Remarks, Course Overview, Definitions Katharina Kieser 14:35 –15:05 The Genetics of Lynch Syndrome
· Genetics of Lynch Syndrome (HNPCC)
· Understand the basics of a genetic cancer risk assessment and the selection of appropriate individuals for genetic testing
· To identify the pedigrees and probands
· Describe the cancer risks associated with mutations in the Mismatch Repair Genes
· Define the incidence of MMR mutations in a woman with newly diagnosed endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer
· Discuss cancer management for people with mutations in the Mismatch Repair Genes
· Pathology MMR IHC and general pathology
Vanessa Carlson 15:05 –15:35 Risk Reduction Options I: Non-gynecologic cancers associated with Lynch Syndrome
· Outline current guidelines for non-gynecologic cancer screening and risk reducing options in Lynch Syndrome
· Review how to counsel patients regarding decisions about timing of risk reducing options
Katharina Kieser 15:35 –15:45 Break 15:45 –16:15 Risk Reduction Options II: Gynecologic cancers associated with Lynch Syndrome
· Outline current guidelines for gynecologic cancer screening and risk reducing options in Lynch Syndrome
· Review how to counsel patients regarding decisions about timing of risk reducing
Sarah Ferguson 16:15 –16:45 Hormone Management around Lynch Syndrome
· Family planning
· HRT post H+BSO
Alon Altman 16:45 –17:30 Case Working and Discussion
On-line registrations no longer possible. Please register on-site on Thursday June 13th from 14:30-17:30 at the registration desk in foyer of Room 201.
Registration category AGM
until April 22nd
April 23rd – June 11th
On-site registration supplement as of June 11th
GOC member physicians $375 $245 $450 $320 +15% $50 GOC member fellows $200 $130 $250 $180 +15% $50 Other GOC members $125 $ 85 $175 $115 +15% $50 Non-member physicians $525 $345 $600 $450 +15% $75 Non-member fellows $225 $145 $300 $200 +15% $75 Other non-members $175 $115 $225 $150 +15% $75 Medical students $ 75 $ 45 $100 $ 60 +15% $75
To register for GOC’s 1st Biennial Cytoreductive Multivisceral Cadaver Course, visit the event page by clicking here.
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Cancellation & Refund Policy
Scientific Program: The entire fee will be refunded if a written notice of cancellation is received on or before Tuesday, May 21st. No refunds will be granted after that date. A $50 administration fee will apply.
Social Programs: The entire fee will be refunded if a written notice of cancellation is received on or before Tuesday, May 21st. No refund will be granted after that date. A $25 administration fee will apply per social event.
The 2-day GOC registration fee includes admission to the scientific program, two symposia, tumour board, a debate, interactive breakfast session, exhibits, conference materials, two breakfasts, two lunches, and three themed coffee breaks.
The 1-day registration fee includes admission to the sessions on that day.
Every participant must register on-line; speakers, abstract presenters and sponsors alike.
Bookings are closed for this event.
Accomodations & Travel
Book your reservation by Friday, May 10, 2019, to take advantage of special rates offered to attendees and exhibitors.
Please book your hotel rooms directly with the official SOGC ACSC hotels listed below. GOC and the SOGC are not affiliated with any third-party reservation system or housing bureau. Please be aware of phone calls from fraudulent organizations claiming to be handling hotel reservations on behalf of the SOGC or GOC. These organizations are not affiliated with the SOGC nor GOC and you should not, under any circumstances, provide them with your payment information.
All discounted rates listed below are based on single/double occupancy and do not include taxes, meals or other fees. Additional fees may apply.
(Note: A limited number of rooms are available at the discounted group rates. These rates may become sold out prior to the reservation deadline of Friday, May 10, 2019)
Extend your stay!
If you would like to add some vacation time in Canada’s beautiful eastern provinces and need additional nights at the hotels that may not be available online, please call the hotels directly by phone and they will be happy to assist. Conference rates are not guaranteed on additional nights.
Prince George Hotel – SOLD OUT
Hotel Halifax (formerly Delta Halifax)
Group rates starting from $209 per night
Receive 1 Aeroplan point for each $1 spent during your stay (net of taxes)
1990 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS
Cambridge Suites Hotel Halifax
– SOLD OUT
Group rates starting from $175 per night
1583 Brunswick Street, Halifax, NS
Dalhousie Residence (medical students and residents only)
Medical students and residents with a valid student ID can book single or double traditional-style dorms at Dalhousie University:
Group rates starting at $30.50 for single rooms and $53.50 for double rooms.
When making your reservation, please use promotional code ACSC19.
No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. For international travel, discounts apply to all fares including Tango.
Travel period: Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 21, 2019
Travel to/from: Halifax, NS (YHZ)
Promotion code: X2RQRHJ1
Domestic travel – 5% off Econo and EconoFlex, and 10% off Premium fares
Transborder travel – 2% off Econo, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium fares.
Travel period: Tuesday, June 4 – Friday, June 21, 2019
Travel to/from: Halifax, NS (YHZ)
Coupon code: 4W3H8LC
For travel agents only please use Promo Code: WCC36
Save 10% on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale)
Travel period: Saturday, June 8 – Monday, June 17, 2019
Travel to/from: Halifax, NS (YHZ)
Promotion code: SOGC19
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GOC’s 3-day conference program features national and international speakers and educational courses. We offer several sponsorship packages, starting at the Bronze level ($5,000).
If you wish to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact email@example.com.
We would like to acknowledge the following companies for their support of our 40th Annual General Meeting in the form of sponsorship or educational grants:
DIAMOND PLUS: AstraZeneca
GOLD: Merck Canada
SILVER: Minogue Medical Inc., Stryker
BRONZE: GSK/Tesaro, Hoffmann-La Roche, Sanofi