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Fellows Hands on Course

June 10-11, 2021 | Tampa, FL

This advanced vaginal surgery course is for specialist fellows in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and Female Urology, already well versed in basic vaginal surgery, who are looking to increase their knowledge about more complex vaginally approached and laparoscopic/robotic operations. As minimally invasive approaches have been stressed in gynecologic surgery, there is concern that robotic and laparoscopic cases are replacing cases that can be successfully accomplished vaginally and this will be addressed in a timely debate. Advanced topics such as neovagina creation, prolapse repair (with and without graft augmentation), management of mesh complications, MIS surgeries, neuromodulation, botulinum toxin, and sexuality will be covered by nationally recognized experts in the field of gynecologic surgery and female urology.

In addition to a variety of topics, fellow participants will be able to present difficult cases from their programs to generate group discussion. In addition to the didactic lectures, debate, and case discussions, we will have cadaver labs for 3 hours both days to demonstrate surgical anatomy and procedures. Each cadaver will have a dedicated faculty member demonstrating anatomy dissections and surgical techniques to fellow learners in small groups. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have more extensive knowledge and feel more confident using vaginal and MIS surgical techniques to help their patients with difficult pelvic floor problems.


Robert Gutman, MD
Peter Jeppson, MD
Kimberly Kenton, MD
Elizabeth Mueller, MD
Marie Fidela Paraiso, MD
Charles Rardin, MD
Holly Richter, MD
Lee Ann Richter, MD
Peter Rosenblatt, MD
Mark Walters, MD
James Whiteside, MD
Allison Wyman, MD


Registration for this course is complimentary for AUGS Fellowship Program members. Individual members and non-members will be charged $195 for participation. 

Hotel and Travel
Fellowship program members will receive a travel stipend and will have their hotel nights covered. Individual members and non-members will be responsible for covering the full cost of their hotel and travel. 

Registration for this course is limited to 52 individuals and is open through March 12 or until all spots have been reserved.

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Course Objectives

  1. Identify patients who can benefit from vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery for complex gynecologic and urologic problems.
  2. Manage the patient who presents with vaginal stricture, shortening, or obliteration due to prior surgery or congenital abnormalities with surgery to restore normal caliber and length.
  3. Select patients who are appropriate candidates for mesh and native tissue vaginal prolapse repair.
  4. Identify, appropriately work-up, and surgically manage simple and complex stress and urge urinary incontinence and overactive bladder to include neurogenic and idiopathic cases.
  5. Recognize and manage complications that can arise during reconstructive pelvic surgeries.

Course Schedule

Day 1 

7:00 am - 7:45 am Registration and Breakfast
7:45 am - 8:00 am Welcome and Introduction
8:15 am - 11:20 am

Lectures: Group A

8:15 am - 8:45 am
Native Tissue Repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Mark Walters, MD

8:45 am - 9:15 am
An Evidence-based Discussion of Epidemiology, Evaluation, and Recent Innovative Treatments for Fecal Incontinence
Holly Richter, MD

9:15 am - 9:45 am
Avoiding and Managing Laparoscopic Complications
Charles Rardin, MD

9:45 am - 10:15 am
Vesicovaginal Fistula Repair
Peter Jeppson, MD

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Laparoscopic Burch/Paravaginal Repair & Anatomy Demonstration
Moderator: Peter Jeppson, MD
Lab: Marie Fidela Paraiso, MD
(Charles Rardin, MD)

8:15 am - 11:10 am

Lab: Group B

8:00 am - 8:10 am
Transition time to get to lab

8:15 am - 8:40 am
Sacroneuromodulation and Fluoro
Peter Rosenblatt, MD

8:40 am - 9:05 am
Cysto/Stents/Retrograde Images and Technique
Elizabeth Mueller, MD

9:05 am - 9:30 am
Burch and Retropubic Space
Kim Kenton, MD

9:30 am - 9:55 am
Rectus Fascial Sling
Robert Gutman, MD

9:55 am - 10:20 am
Obturator Anatomy in Relationship to Sling
James Whiteside, MD

10:20 am - 10:45 am
Midurethral Slings (Transobturator, Retropubic, Single Incision)
Allison Wyman, MD

10:45 am - 11:10 am
Bulking Agent Chemodenervation
Lee Richter, MD and Industry Reps

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:40 pm - 3:45 pm Lecture: Group B
12:40 pm - 3:45 pm Lab: Group A
3:45 pm - 3:55 pm Transition time to get to auditorium from lab for wrap-up
3:55 pm - 4:15 pm Wrap up in lecture hall


Day 2

6:45 am - 7:45 am Breakfast with Laborie
8:00 am - 10:55 am

Lectures: Group B

8:00 am - 8:30 am
Tips & Tricks for Sacrocolpopexy
Peter Rosenblatt, MD

8:30 am - 9:00 am
Management of Urinary Tract Injury
Elizabeth Mueller, MD

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Hysteropexy vs. Hysterectomy
Robert Gutman, MD

9:30 am - 10:00 am
Refractory Overactive Bladder
James Whiteside, MD

10:00 am - 10:55 am
Panel Discussion: Clinical Decision Making in FPMRS
Moderator: Kimberly Kenton, MD
Panelists: Robert Gutman, MD; Elizabeth Mueller, MD; Peter Rosenblatt, MD; James Whiteside, MD

8:00 am - 10:55 am

Lab: Group A

7:45 am - 8:00 am
Transition time to get to lab

8:00 am - 8:25 am
Use of Martius Flap
Peter Jeppson, MD

8:25 am - 8:50 am
Sacrospinous Ligament Fixation
Holly Richter, MD

8:50 am - 9:15 am
Uterosacral Ligament Suspension
Mark Walters, MD

9:15 am - 9:40 am
Marie Fidela Paraiso, MD

9:40 am - 10:05 am
Sphincteroplasty/Perineal Sphincter Anatomy
Charles Rardin, MD 

10:05 am - 10:30 am
Laparoscopic Cystotomy Repair & Suturing
Allison Wyman, MD

10:30 am - 10:55 am
Ureteral Injury and Repair
Lee Richter, MD

10:55 am - 11:45 am


Faculty Panel Discussion: Managing Complications
Moderator: Robert Gutman, MD

11:55 am - 2:50 pm Lecture: Group A
11:55 am - 2:50 pm Lab: Group B
2:50 pm - 4:00 pm Shower/Check-Out


Meeting Code of Conduct

All registrants are subject to the AUGS Meeting Code of Conduct.