International Meetings and CME Needs Assessment
I want to provide a brief update on our progress in advancing MIGS worldwide and share the outcome of our 2023 CME Needs Assessment Survey.
Years ago, AAGL partnered with multiple international societies to advance minimally invasive gynecologic surgery globally. This year, we participated in the 18th Annual International Congress in Mumbai, India, with the Indian Association of Gynaecological Endoscopists (IAGE), and the 17th International GYNITALY Meeting in Rome, in collaboration with the European Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (ESGE). Both meetings were well attended, showcasing high-quality content. AAGL’s leadership played an active role, and the exchange of information and techniques was prolific.
We have two upcoming international meetings: the Affiliated Society Focus Meeting with the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society (AGES) in Bangkok, July 6-7, 2023, and the International Meeting in Brazil this September 21-23, 2023. These international partnerships are crucial in elevating the global standard for gynecologic care and ensuring access to minimally invasive surgical options for all women.
In January 2023, we conducted a CME Needs Assessment Survey to gather input from our membership. Over 8 weeks, 255 members participated. The survey revealed that attending the annual Global Congress in-person and engaging in on-demand CME activities are preferred ways to earn CME. Lecture-based sessions and hands-on training were the most popular formats.
Respondents emphasized the relevance of topics like endometriosis, advanced anatomy, fibroids, operative hysteroscopy, hysterectomy, and pelvic pain. Factors influencing CME activity choices included the topic’s relevance and the quality of speakers. Location also played a role, with New York, Florida, Texas, and Las Vegas being popular choices.
The survey feedback reinforces our commitment to tailor educational content to our members’ needs. The annual meeting and our webinar series will include courses addressing the most important topics identified in the survey. We aim to diversify faculty invitations and incorporate feedback for improvement.
We appreciate the valuable input from our members, and the survey results affirm AAGL as the premier association for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Members have reported acquiring new skills and strategies, leading to improved patient outcomes.
We are on the right track, as indicated by the outcomes of the CME Needs Assessment Survey and the success of our international meetings.
Thank you for your continued support.
Andrew I. Sokol, MD