Scientific Program Chair: Resad P. Pasic, MD, PhD
Faculty: Megan A. Cesta MD, Petra Chamseddine, MD, Hosam Hanna, MD,
Joseph L. Hudgens, MD, Thomas G. Lang, MD, MSc, Linda Shiber, MD

Local Faculty: Rebecca Barbaresso, DO, Sean L. Francis, MD, MBA,
Shivani Parikh M.D., Jonathan H. Reinstine, MD, Lori L. Warren, MD

Course Description

This course is designed for gynecologists who desire to advance their laparoscopic skills. This extensive two-day course will expose the participants to the knowledge and expertise of FMIGS trained laparoscopic surgeons, who will guide them through didactics and hands-on laparoscopic suturing and cadaveric sessions.

No more than three participants are assigned to each cadaver, and s/he is closely supervised by experienced faculty instructors. Each participant will have the opportunity to operate, assist, and observe in a rotational format to optimize their learning experience and suturing technique. The course will focus on demonstration of pelvic sidewall dissection, localization of the ureter and retroperitoneal blood vessels, preparation for laparoscopic hysterectomy, and laparoscopic cuff closure. We will also focus on pelvic floor reconstruction procedures concomitant to laparoscopic hysterectomy.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to:  1) Appraise skills learned to relevant pelvic anatomy and apply them to surgery including laparoscopic hysterectomy and pelvic floor surgery; 2) apply skills learned to pelvic sidewall dissection and illustrate retroperitoneal structures; 3) explain the ergonomics, theory, and rationale for reproducible laparoscopic suturing; 4) demonstrate measurable improvement in laparoscopic suturing skills and apply principles of laparoscopic suturing to fresh cadaver tissue; and 5) identify risk factors for laparoscopic complications and manage treatment of such.


Annual member dues are $395 for practicing physicians. The non-member workshop registration price includes one-year membership in AAGL.  Please visit to review the Guide to AAGL Member Benefits

If you have any questions or need help with your registration, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 714-503-6205.


Gerardo Galindo