Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Course and Cadaver Lab

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Course Description

The Minimally Invasive Surgery Course is a cadaver based, hands-on educational program designed to provide an in-depth experience in Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgical techniques. It is designed for gynecologic surgeons who desire to advance their laparoscopic skills and knowledge base, and apply these skills to perform more advanced Minimally Invasive Surgeries in their practice. It will include training in laparoscopic suturing techniques, laparoscopic surgical dissection and effective use of laparoscopic instrumentation and electrosurgery. The participants will learn and practice surgical techniques for efficient and safe total laparoscopic hysterectomy and myomectomy, and to prevent and repair incidental bladder and bowel injuries. Inanimate laparoscopic trainers are available throughout the entire course so that participants can master the skills of laparoscopic suturing and knot tying.

Target Audience

This course was specifically designed for obstetricians and gynecologists, gynecologic surgeons, OB-GYN residents and fellows.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this seminar, the participants should be able to:

Describe pelvic anatomy as it relates to Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgery.
Select appropriate surgical techniques and instrumentation for use in Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgery.
Develop the skillset needed to efficiently perform laparoscopic suturing and knot tying.
Demonstrate the skills and techniques necessary to perform advanced laparoscopic Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgical procedures including the basic steps of laparoscopic bladder and bowel injury repair.

Gap Analysis

The advantages of minimally invasive surgery over conventional laparotomy are unquestioned. However, major gynecologic procedures are oftentimes performed through open laparotomy incisions instead of being performed in a minimally invasive manner due to the fact that these surgical procedures are difficult for most gynecologic surgeons to master. There is a need for gynecologists to be well versed in the myriad of conservative and surgical treatment options, including laparoscopic surgical techniques.

ABMS/ACGME Competencies

This course is designed to meet the following competencies:

Patient care and procedural skills, Medical knowledge



Saturday, January 12, 2019
7:15 am Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibits  
7:45 am Welcome and Announcements Emad Mikhail, MD
Laparoscopic Surgery Fundamentals
8:00 am Anatomy for the Laparoscopic Surgeon Samar Nahas, MD, MPH, FRCSC, FACOG
8:30 am Energy Sources for the Gynecologic Surgeon Emad Mikhail, MD
Advanced Laparoscopic Procedures
9:00 am Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy-Simplified Nash Moawad, MD, MS
9:30 am Break  
10:00 am Laparoscopic Myomectomy Anthony Imudia, MD
10:30 am Laparoscopic Dissection of the Retroperitoneum and Resection of Endometriosis Vadim Morozov, MD
11:00 am Laparoscopic Surgical Complications Resad Paya Pasic, MD, PhD
11:30 am Round Table Lunch with the Experts  
12:30 pm Laparoscopic Tissue Extraction – What Do We Do Now? Vadim Morozov, MD
Laparoscopic Suturing and Knot Tying
1:00 pm Laparoscopic Suturing (Tricks and Tips) Samar Nahas, MD, MPH, FRCSC, FACOG
1:30 pm Intracorporeal and Extracorporeal Knot Tying And Laparoscopic Suture Assist Devices Samar Nahas, MD, MPH, FRCSC, FACOG
Laparoscopic Boot Camp (Intensive Laparoscopic Suturing Training)
2:00 pm Laparoscopic Suturing Lab (Intracorporeal and Extracorporeal Knot Tying) and Automated Suturing Devices All Faculty
5:00 pm Pelvic Trainers Practice Open Session 5:00 pm to 10:00am
Sunday, January 13, 2019
7:30 am Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibits All Faculty
8:00 am Minimally Invasive Surgery Cadaver Lab – Session 1 All Faculty
  • Dissection of side-wall vessels and nerves
  • Laparoscopic Ureterolysis
  • Dissection of Presacral and Retropubic Spaces
10:00 am Break/Exhibits/Pelvic Trainers/Energy Sources  
10:30 am Minimally Invasive Surgery Cadaver Lab – Session 2 All Faculty
  • Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopic Cuff Closure
12:00 pm Round Table Lunch with the Experts  
1:00 pm Minimally Invasive Surgery Cadaver Lab – Session 3 All Faculty
  • Laparoscopic Uterosacral Ligament Suspension
  • Laparoscopic Repair of Cystotomy and Serosal Bowel Injuries
2:30 pm Concurrent Laparoscopic Suturing Lab
4:15 pm Course Adjourns

Course Directors

Emad Mikhail, MBChB, MD, FACOG, FACS
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (FMIGS)
Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, Florida

Nash Moawad, MD, MS, FACOG
Associate Professor
Division Chief-Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Florida College of Medicine
Program Director
Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) at UF Health
Gainesville, Florida


Renee Bassaly, DO, FACOG
Assistant Professor
Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, Florida

Anthony N. Imudia, MD
Assistant Professor
Director, USF Center for Fibroid and Endometrosis Research and Treatment
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, Florida

Vadim Morozov, MD, FACOG, FACS
Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Washington Hospital Medical Center/ Georgetown University.
Washington, DC.

Resad Paya Pasic, MD, PhD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director of the Center of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Co-Director of the Fellowship in Advanced Gynecologic Laparoscopy
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

Samar Nahas, MD, MPH, FRCSC, FACOG
Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division Director, Gynecologic Oncology
UC Riverside School of Medicine

Allison Wyman, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, Florida


USF Health adheres to ACCME Standards regarding commercial support of continuing medical education. It is the policy of USF Health that the faculty and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, that relevant conflict(s) of interest are resolved and speakers will disclose any unlabeled/unapproved use of drug(s) or device(s) during their presentation. Detailed disclosure will be made in the course syllabus.


USF Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

USF Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has assigned up to 17 cognate credits to this program.

The ABOG MOC standards now allow participation in ABOG-approved Simulation Courses to meet the annual improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) MOC requirement. This course has been approved to meet ABOG Improvement in Medical Practice for 2018. Please review the 2018 MOC Bulletin at for further information.

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  Professional Profile Early Registration Fee
Until December 12, 2018
 Late Registration Fee
After December 12, 2018
Physicians $1795.00  $1895.00

Fees include the course content, hands-on experience (where applicable), syllabus, certificate of attendance, and food & beverage functions. No registration will be confirmed without full payment. Cancellations must be received in writing by December 12, 2018 and will be subject to a $150.00 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations after December 12, 2018, but participants may transfer their registration to a colleague.

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