Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Europe 2020

Since 2016, AWR Europe has represented a fertile meeting ground for both general and plastic surgeons so that together we can continue to lead the way in complex and fascinating technical advances, for the benefit of our patients.

Frequently cited as one of the leading AWR meetings, our aim is to inspire and illuminate clinicians and para-surgical professionals with the diversity of this emerging field, and the philosophy and methods that you can apply to your practice.

Once again, we have assembled a Faculty of some of the most experienced and innovative surgeons from around the world to share their expertise, tips and tricks. Join over 250 of the worlds leading surgeons for 3 days of plenary lectures, technique videos, debates and panel discussions will ensure maximum coverage of the subject areas.

Finally, there will be plenty of time to network with your peers through regular discussion periods, networking receptions and social functions.

CAGS MEMBERS are eligible for 20% discount on registration.  Please contact cags@cags-accg.ca for the discount code.

General Surgery Review Program

This four day national review program is primarily designed for all senior general surgery trainees who are completing their training. This program is also open to practising General Surgeons and International Medical Graduates (IMG) not enrolled in a Canadian General Surgery Training Program. This review program is intended as a knowledge consolidation and refresher course for practising general surgeons that highlights best practices and current research data.

The format of the program includes an opportunity for self-study prior to attending the conference, presentations with interactive question periods using touch pad technology, and access to audio recordings and multiple choice Q & A’s after the conference.

  • Start Date: February 27, 2020
  • End Date: March 1, 2020
  • Location: Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre, Toronto, ON
  • Website: https://generalsurgeryreview.ca/

20th Annual Toronto Breast Surgery Symposium

The symposium will cover current concepts and new innovation in the field of reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery. Our guest faculty will present information in a combination of didactic lectures, video presentations, open panel discussions and question and answer sessions.


Location: Omni King Edward Hotel, 37 King St. E, Toronto ON, M5C 1E9

Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC®) Course AND the Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET®)

We are offering a unique educational opportunity in advanced Trauma Surgery. The DSTC Course®, designed exclusively for Surgeons, is being held from April 7-9, 2020. The training will combine the lessons and skills from ASSET with DSTC. The International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC), part of the International Society of Surgery, has been an international forum for trauma surgery since 1991. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has been providing ASSET courses since 2010.

These courses were developed for qualified surgeons with trauma as an integral (although possibly infrequent) part of their practice and designed to assist in their decision-making and operative approach relating to serious trauma. DSTC and ASSET are both a response to the lack of written material and teaching on strategic issues of resuscitation, early definitive care, and surgical priorities. It assumes all of the ATLS® principles and builds on them.

The Vancouver DSTC/ASSET course is sponsored by the Trauma Research and Education Fund (Vancouver) with industry support. Participation is limited to a maximum of 20 registrants only.

This is a rare opportunity for a small group of Surgeons to work intensively over 3 days with highly experienced teaching faculty.

Click here for full course description and registration information.

  • Start Date: April 7, 2020
  • End Date: April 9, 2020
  • Location: Vancouver, BC

60th Annual Program for Practicing Surgeons: Update in General Surgery

Hot topics for the 2020 Update in General Surgery include:

  • Mesh repair – Still standard of Care?
  • New tricks for the difficult polyp
  • DCIS – more of less?
  • Implications of FIT testing for the surgeon endoscopist
  • NOACs and emergency surgery


Hands on Workshops include:

  • Advanced MIS Skills – This workshop will include a review of surgical anatomy and proctored practice of intracorporeal anastomosis and laparoscopic suturing.
  • Management of the Disaster Wound/Soft Tissue Infection – This workshop will include demonstration and practice of wound irrigation systems, VAC application, wound/stoma separation strategies, and enzymatic dressings.


Additional speakers, workshops and skills labs will be announced soon.

Abdominal Wall Reconstruction 2020 Conference

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Abdominal Wall Reconstruction 2020 conference taking place on June 4-6, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

The 12th Annual Abdominal Wall Reconstruction (AWR) Conference is a comprehensive three-day symposium that provides an in-depth understanding of the complexities of AWR. The purpose of this highly interactive meeting is to offer an evidence-based discussion on all aspects of AWR through didactic lectures with video education and case presentations to address the growing rate of hernia repairs and updates in technology and procedures. Currently, there are approximately 350,000 ventral hernia repairs performed annually in the United States and the patient population continues to be increasingly complex with significant co-morbidities. Thus, there is a significant complication rate including surgical site morbidity, readmission, and recurrence. The course is comprised of internationally renowned faculty that are a diverse group of experts chosen from the disciplines of general and plastic surgery, based upon their ongoing contributions to the field of abdominal wall reconstruction. The individual sessions will focus on patient selection and optimization, selection of surgical approach and reinforcement material, technical aspects of open and minimally invasive surgery, and management of complications. Attendees will be given much of the knowledge required to have a successful AWR practice.

Learners will receive 15.25 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change. There is ample networking opportunities during conference breaks and welcome reception, as well as panel discussions at the end of each session to review questions.

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50th ICS Annual Meeting and 7th International Consultation on Incontinence

ICS 2020 will offer a multidisciplinary programme covering: urology, gynaecology, colorectal surgery, physiotherapy, nursing, medical, and basic science disciplines. This is a great opportunity for all those treating incontinence, LUTS, pelvic floor disorders and related issues, to take part in the premier international meeting in the field.

Abstract submission will open 6 January and close 1 April, but you can already start preparing your abstract. Learn more

  • Start Date: August 26, 2020
  • End Date: August 29, 2020
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Website: https://www.ics.org/2020