Welcome to Tucson for the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons! This meeting will be filled with opportunities for you to learn from, share with, and enjoy your colleagues. I would like to highlight several activities in the program:
As President, I had the pleasure of inviting Dr. Heinz Koelbl as this year's TeLinde Lecturer who will be presenting an international perspective on removal of troublesome vaginal mesh. He is a world-renowned expert and an extremely busy clinical surgeon. His perspective will be valuable to all of us as we seek to help our own patients with similar problems. We also have organized an outstanding panel of experts to discuss Simulation in Gynecologic Surgical Education, which will be held in the afternoon on Monday April, 12th. On Tuesday afternoon, the SGS Systematic Review Group will be presenting their new Guidelines on “Hysterectomy Versus Alternative Therapies for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding” for public comment. Additionally, Paul Magtibay has organized an excellent postgraduate course on “Robotics in Gynecologic Surgery,” which will be held on Sunday April 11th before the beginning of the scientific sessions.
Socially, we have planned a number of fun activities for members and guests to enjoy, including a guided mountain bike ride on Monday afternoon and a golf tournament on Tuesday afternoon. Please plan to mix and mingle at the Presidential Reception on Monday night, and join us at the “Barbeque Under the Stars” on Tuesday evening complete with great food and a country western band to entertain us.
The Society of Gynecologic Surgeons is growing as more gynecologic surgeons recognize the important role that our Society plays in education and research. If you are a member, reach out to the many guests who are here this year. And if you are not yet a member, be sure to meet as many members as you can and consider submitting an application for membership. The guidelines can be found on the Society's web page at: www.sgsonline.org.
I hope to have an opportunity to visit with each of you personally at some point during the meeting. Enjoy the scholarly and social interactions we have to offer this year.
With all best wishes.