SEE Program: CSI & TET Courses

The first course offered is Colonoscopy Skills Improvement (CSI)* which is designed for all practising endoscopists. The CSI Course provides up-skilling and improvement of colonoscopy skills. This course consists of one (1) day live endoscopy sessions, with two (2) SEE™ Certified Faculty teaching up to three (3) delegates. This course is of particular interest to the provincial colon cancer screening programs (endorsed by the British Columbia, Ontario, and Newfoundland programs) which are underway in Canada.

The second course offered is Train-the-Endoscopy-Trainer (TET)*, which is led by SEE™ Certified Faculty. This course is designed for teachers of endoscopy, with specific aims to improve teaching skills and procedural conscious competence needed to teach endoscopy. The TET courses will run 1.5 days with two (2) SEE™ Certified Faculty teaching up to six (6) delegates. It is recommended that the CSI Course is taken prior to the TET Course.


The CSI and TET courses are offered at SEE™ Certified training centres located across Canada. The course fees (per course) are as follows:

CAG Regular members – $1000.00 + tax

Canadian Association of General Surgeons members – $2,050.00 + tax

Canadian non-CAG members – $2,250.00 + tax


Course Availability

November 4, Halifax, CSI Course

November 5, Halifax, CSI Course

November 7, Kingston, CSI Course

November 8, Kingston, CSI Course

November 9, Huntsville (ON), CSI Course

November 14, Victoria, CSI Course

November 15, Victoria, CSI Course

November 21, Ottawa, CSI Course

November 21 & 22, Ottawa, TET Course

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13th European Colorectal Congress of St.Gallen

This year the programme focuses on colonic diseases, covering a broad range of contemporary topics including diverticulitis, technical pearls and pitfalls in laparoscopic surgery, the growing role of the microbiome in the prevention and treatment of anastomotic leaks, and advanced technologies.

Social media and artificial intelligence will be addressed. A dedicated session on IBD supported by the European Crohn and Colitis Organisation rounds up the programme. Other highlights are the Lars Pahlman Lecture and the Lecture on 3D printing in surgery by the President of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery.

Last, but not least, a dedicated Masterclass in Colorectal Surgery will be taught.

Overall, more than 40 state-of-the art lectures by leading international experts will be given during the St.Gallen Colorectal Week.

10th Annual Endoscopy Skills Conference


The 10th annual conference and aims to advance the cognitive and technical skills of physicians and nurses who routinely participate in endoscopy procedures.  Faculty (gastroenterologists, general surgeons, family physicians and nurses) will use both lectures and small group sessions to facilitate interactive discussions on topics relevant to gastrointestinal medicine and endoscopy.

Online registration is NOW OPEN.

Program Information and Agenda

  • Start Date: January 17, 2020
  • End Date: January 19, 2020
  • Location: Banff, Alberta
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27th International Laparoscopic Surgery Symposium

(Simultaneous French/English translation available at the congress).

Le XXVIIè Symposium International de chirurgie laparoscopique – SFCE 2020 Meeting – se tiendra pour la première fois à Marseille, au Palais des Congrès Parc Chanot, du 23 au 25 janvier 2020

Le Président d’honneur sera le Pr Brice Gayet.

Le Pr Jean-Robert Delpero sera invité d’honneur.

Le programme sera composé des traditionnelles matinées opératoires, des conférences, des sessions thématiques, ainsi que bien entendu des sessions des Clubs et Associations, et toujours la matinée DPC le samedi matin.

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 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
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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.