University of Alberta/iRSM Online Surgical Design & Simulation (SDS) Course

Surgical Design and Simulation (SDS) is an expanding field, with applications in numerous stages of surgical planning and of patient treatment. The Introduction to Surgical Design and Simulation (SDS) course provides clinicians with a broad overview of the SDS field and the technical workflow. Topics include the evolution of digital technologies, an overview of imaging, software, hardware, additive manufacturing and materials, working with medical CT data, SDS for guided surgery and more.

Definitive Surgical Trauma Course

We are offering a unique educational opportunity in advanced Trauma Surgery. The DSTC Course®, designed exclusively for Surgeons, is being held from March 6-8, 2019. The International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC), part of the International Society of Surgery, has since 1991 been an international forum for trauma surgery. To register, please contact: Trauma Services, DSTC Course Coordinator at or by phone at (604) 875-4111 ext 69602.

  • Start Date: March 6, 2019
  • End Date: March 8, 2019
  • Location: Vancouver General Hospital, 855 12th Avenue West, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1M9
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Laparoscopic Colon Surgery Beyond Laparoscopic-Assisted Techniques: The Value of Intracorporeal Anastomosis

SAGES 2019

This course will provide a thorough overview of the different techniques employed by master colorectal surgeons for both right-sided and left-sided resections with ICA. The course will offer both didactic and hands-on cadaver sessions and is tailored for surgeons who are beyond their initial learning curve for laparoscopic colon resections and wish to expand their technical armamentarium.

Hopkins International Therapeutic Endoscopy Course

The Johns Hopkins International Therapeutic Endoscopy Course (HITEC) is an intense 2-3 day course dedicated to providing the practicing endoscopist state-of-the-art updates in luminal, pancreaticobiliary and bariatric endoscopy.

19th Annual Toronto Breast Surgery Symposium

The 19th Annual Toronto Breast Surgery 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.

The 59th Annual Update in General Surgery

The conference will feature interactive lectures, case presentations, and smaller workshops.

Lap ADOPT: Laparoscopic right hemicolectomy with intracorporeal anastomosis

SAGES 2019

This course aims to provide surgeons already comfortable with laparoscopic right hemicolectomy with the tools to incorporate intracorporeal anastomoses to their skill set. This immersion experience exposes our learners to a personalized hands on session including tips and tricks from the experts, video examples, and importantly 4 hours of cadaveric experience individually tailored to their goals and skill level.

University of Toronto Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Symposium

The 49th annual University of Toronto Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Symposium will provide a didactic, highly interactive, congenial atmosphere, where registrants are exposed to top aesthetic plastic surgeons on a global scale. The Toronto Aesthetic Meeting is the largest aesthetic plastic surgery meeting in Canada. Last year, over 200 registrants attended this program.

Canadian Network for International Surgery

Hernia Instructors Course

CNIS is conducting a one-day instructors course for its Hernia Repair Course on April 7th in Halifax. The objective is to be able to teach the one week Hernia Repair Providers Course designed for GP surgeons in Africa. The assumption is that participants in the instructors course already include hernia repair in their practice.

There are 6 GP surgeons from Canada signed up for the April 7th workshop so this workshop is confirmed. As the Rural physicians have a hernia project in Ghana, this is being organized for them at their request. The hernia repair course would be appropriate for the CAGS Mombasa project.

Go to the CNIS web site or follow this link to register:

Society of Rural Physicians of Canada – CNIS Instructors Hernia Repair Course

Calgary Colonoscopy and Polypectomy Symposium 2019

The Calgary Colonoscopy and Polypectomy Symposium (CCPS) aims to ‘bring to life’ the critical aspects and latest developments relevant to those performing screening-related colonoscopy and polypectomy. ‘State of the Art’ lectures that focus on colonoscopy quality and optimal polypectomy technique are complimented by live demonstrations at the Forzani & MacPhail Colon Cancer Screening Centre.

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Canadian Obesity Weekend

Can Assoc of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons (CABPS) and IFSO North American Chapter (IFSO-NAC)

Canadian Obesity Weekend is a joint Conference of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons (CABPS) and IFSO North Amercian Chapter. The conference will convene on May 17 – 18, 2019 at Hilton Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Ontario. You can’t afford to miss it!

ASCRS: Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME) Symposium and Workshop

Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME) Symposium and Workshop

CNIS Bethune Round Table in Global Surgery

Official Call for Abstracts!

The call for abstracts is now open!

The 2019 theme is Ethics in Global Surgery. As the field of global surgery develops, it is important that ethical concerns remain at the forefront of its advancement.

We encourage abstracts pertaining to the theme, but abstracts covering all topics in global surgery are welcome for submission.

January 31, 2019: Abstract deadline if applying for travel scholarship
February 28, 2019: Final abstract deadline

Lung Transplantation and Artificial Lung Support

This symposium will update lung transplant surgeons, physicians, trainees, and other health professionals on current topics in lung transplantation and artificial lung support. Topics covered in previous years have included: basic principles in assessment and retrieval of donor lungs, state of the art Ex vivo Lung Perfusion, artificial lung devices, and management of primary graft dysfunction and chronic lung allograft dysfunction. Please stay tuned to the program website as more information regarding this year’s symposium will be posted shortly!

Toronto Thoracic Refresher

This two-day program will update practicing surgeons, postgraduate trainees and other health professionals on current topics in thoracic surgery. Previous topics have included: Lung Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, New Technology and Clinical Trials, Thymic Maligancies, and Benign Diseases. More information about this year’s program will be posted shortly.

UBC General Surgery Academic Symposium

“When Bad Things Happen to Good Surgeons”

The UBC General Surgery Residency Program is excited to invite our colleagues from across British Columbia and Canada to participate in a uniquely collaborative, academic experience. This is the first of a series of academic updates to bring senior surgical residents and faculty together to share in world-class education and networking opportunities. Each series will be led by an international expert in the topic of the session as well as showcase homegrown UBC talent and expertise throughout our province.

“When Bad Things Happen to Good Surgeons” is a full day symposium about real-world work culture and communication difficulties. By bringing in provincial leaders and experts, we will learn how to deal with conflict in daily practice with colleagues and administration.

North American Refugee Health Conference

The North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) is the largest refugee health conference of its kind globally and it offers access to recent research and best practices in refugee health. Themes for this year’s conference will include the Rohingya crisis, Trauma, and Resiliency. Refugee health professionals and experts from related disciplines interested in addressing challenges for optimal care, research and advocacy for the refugee patient population and self-care for healers are encouraged to attend.