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.

CAGS Member Discount: Receive $100 off by using code: AWRCS

See full conference brochure

UBC Master of Global Surgical Care (MGSC) & Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC)

Applications are now open!  The deadline is Friday, June 19th, 2020.

Our graduate programs are innovative, online programs focused on the global burden of unmet surgical care. Learners will build on their health-care related disciplines to gain the fundamental knowledge, critical thinking tools and practical skills needed to lead the way to improved access to care by addressing the gap that exists between surgical need and the equitable provision of safe surgical care in low resource settings. The MGSC includes the option to complete a specialized stream in Canadian Low Resource Settings, focusing on the unique issues affecting surgical care in rural and remote low resource settings here in Canada. By expanding students’ knowledge of conditions, and global circumstances, that shape surgical care globally, our graduates will become leaders in this emerging academic discipline and equipped to play an integral part in provision of global surgical care in low resource settings.


Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Articulate and discuss both historical and current dimensions of the evolving global surgical care discipline;
  • Apply critical thinking to current and proposed global surgical care projects and programs;
  • Provide leadership in global surgical care, including in the areas of care delivery, infrastructure development, education and research;
  • Analyze barriers to surgical care in underserved populations globally, including both internationally and within Canada (e.g. rural Indigenous communities) and foster solutions;
  • Initiate, design, implement and evaluate a surgical care project (research or educational development) in partnership with host colleagues of a low resource setting globally;
  • Critique programs of disaster mitigation and contribute to disaster readiness both nationally and internationally;
  • Actively contribute to monitoring and evaluation programs of global health initiatives;
  • Provide leadership in advocacy at decision making levels for addressing the unmet surgical care burden of underserved populations globally;
  • Apply the skills of one’s own professional background to the spectrum of the global surgical care discipline.

If you have any questions, please send the BISC an email at surgery.international@ubc.ca

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

European Colorectal Congress

This year’s topics will be:
  • Proctology
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Liver surgery
  • IBD
  • New Technologies