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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CPD Foundations

CPD Foundations is a webinar based certificate program designed for professionals working in medical education who are interested in learning how to build effective and successful continuing professional development programs. Participants will focus on issues commonly experienced in the design, development and implementation of continuing health education. The program is ideal for healthcare professionals, health education administrators and managers, continuing education leaders and directors, industry partners and communications companies.


Upon completion of the program participants will be able to:

  • Create effective CPD initiatives based on best practices in the field;
  • Gain competency in all areas of program planning and management;
  • Understand and utilize curriculum design models to establish goals, objectives and outcome measures for their programs;
  • Learn how to achieve high quality and bias free/balanced CPD program;
  • Identify future trends in CPD and build better programs to improve healthcare outcomes.

Rectal Cancer Surgical Education Institute

The NEW Rectal Cancer Surgical Education Institute offers a unique multidisciplinary and longitudinal approach for Clinical Fellows and early career surgeons in Colorectal Surgery and Surgical Oncology to explore emergent topics in the treatment and management of patients with rectal cancer by engaging in discussions and lectures with leaders in the treatment of rectal cancer.

Intended for Fellows and Early-Career Surgeons

See full event posting here

See preliminary program here

3rd Annual Upper Gastro-Intestinal Cancers Symposium

This year’s symposium will bring together leading experts, healthcare professionals and researchers to share their current practices in the management of esophageal and gastric malignancies. This platform will provide a unique opportunity to interact and to build collaborations with international leaders in the field of Upper Gastro-Intestinal diseases.

The 3rd Annual Symposium on Upper Gastro-Intestinal Cancers is hosted by:
Dr Thierry Alcindor – Medical Oncologist – McGill University
Dr Joanne Alfieri – Radiation Oncologist – McGill University
Dr Lorenzo Ferri – Thoracic Surgeon- McGill University
Dr Serge Mayrand – Gastroenterologist – McGill University

Why attend:
– Learn from experts in the field and enhance your knowledge base
– Get informed on the future of patient care
– Network with international leaders
– Receive CME credits (the symposium is accredited by McGill University)

See website for further information and to register.

The Evolving Landscape of cSCC Treatment – Updates on Immunotherapy Treatment (Free Webinar)

This free webinar will be held on October 30, 2019 – 6:30 PM ET.

Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma (cSCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer in Canada, with an estimated 16,000+ patients nationally. It is forecasted that anywhere from 200-700 of these patients have locally advanced or metastatic cSCC.

This livestreaming program targets surgeons from a number of specialties that are involved in the treatment of cSCC patients, to advise on a new, recently approved curative treatment. Cemiplimab is a fully-human monoclonal antibody that is the first and only biologic immunotherapy treatment specifically approved and available for adult patients with metastatic or locally advanced cSCC.



Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto

Director, Princess Margaret Immune Monitoring Laboratory


View official flyer.

Click here to register and to learn more.

32nd International Course on Therapeutic Endoscopy

Organized by the Therapeutic Endoscopy Group of St. Michael’s Hospital.  Will be held at The Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Canada on October 30 to
November 1, 2019.

Our goal is to teach endoscopy by focusing on live demonstrations by experts performing a wide variety of endoscopic
techniques. Real time video transmissions from the Endoscopy Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital to the Conference Centre
at the Royal York Hotel will allow two-way communication between the registrants and the faculty. The talks will focus
on practical issues challenging practicing Gastroenterologists.

See full program here.

Registration can be done via the website.


Perioperative Care Congress

Perioperative Care Congress aims to identify strategies for perioperative cardiac risk assessment, review recent data on new perioperative prognostic biomarkers, appraise the data on perioperative anti-platelet use, examine and discuss perioperative management of cardiac devices, assess management of perioperative atrial fibrillation, update global perioperative care and outcomes, appraise new data on intraoperative fluid and blood pressure management and etc.

  • Start Date: November 1, 2019
  • End Date: November 3, 2019
  • Location: Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, ON
  • Website:

First Annual Geriatric Oncology Conference

The Canadian Network on Aging and Cancer (CNAC) has planned a fantastic inaugural one day educational Geriatric Oncology conference on November 1 in Toronto. The group is excited to get more involvement from surgeons, and have included a session on Prehabilitation and Preoperative Assessment.

To develop knowledge and skills on how to assess older adults with cancer.
To understand and manage issues unique to the care of older adult with cancer undergoing treatment
To acquire strategies to implement geriatric principles into clinical practice when caring for older adults with cancer.

Click here for flyer

Click here for agenda

  • Start Date: November 1, 2019
  • End Date: November 1, 2019
  • Location: Toronto, ON

25th OAGS Annual Meeting

This is a 1-day CME-accredited event primarily for practising General Surgeons, but also open to Fellows, Residents and Physician Assistants.  The content is practical on a wide range of topics which can usually be incorporated into day to day practice. The program consists of presentations, discussion panels, debate, billing tips – each having an interactive aspect and Q&A opportunities.  There is also a policy discussion near the end of day.  Evening event is additional. Registration is required.

  • Start Date: November 2, 2019
  • End Date: November 2, 2019
  • Location: Hilton Toronto Downtown Hotel, Toronto, ON
  • Website:

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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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 29 – May 1, 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 29, 2020
  • End Date: May 1, 2020
  • Location: Vancouver, BC