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Fellows Robotic Course

April 12-14, 2023
Norcross, Georgia

This course will train fellows who are currently in their second or third year of fellowship and who have not attended this course in the past. Third year fellows will be given preference. Each fellow will spend one day in the robotic lab and one day in didactic sessions. Due to space limitations, we will only select one fellow per fellowship program and will only be able to accommodate 36 AUGS members in good standing.

This course is supported through an educational grant and in-kind support from Boston Scientific, Coloplast, and Intuitive Surgical.

Application Process

Fellows whose programs are AUGS Fellowship Program members receive complimentary registration. Fellows who are individual members will be charged $195 for participation. AUGS will cover travel and hotel expenses for all attendees.

We will accept applications from February 3 - 20, 2023. Notifications will be sent out March 10, 2023. Please note, that due to space limitations, we will only be able to accommodate 36 fellows who are AUGS members in good standing.

Application Materials

  • Brief statement on what you hope to learn from this course
  • Robotic case list from the last 12 months
  • Group preference: Group I arrives on April 11 and departs on April 13. Group II arrives on April 12 and departs on April 14.

Call for applications is closed.


Tuesday, April 11 (Group I)
Arrival and Hotel Check-In

Wednesday, April 12 (Group I)

Time Session
6:45 am
Shuttle to Intuitive Training Facility
Please meet in the Hotel Lobby. The shuttle will depart promptly at 6:45 am.
7:00 am - 7:30 am Sign-in and Breakfast
Introductions/Pig Model Review
7:30 am - 8:30 am Group Discussion - Types of POP Repair & Nuances of Robotic Sacrocolpopexy
8:30 am - 11:30 pm Robotic Lab: Dissections
11:30 pm -12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Robotic Lab: Suturing /Completion of Sacrocolpopexy & “Extras”
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Troubleshooting and Emergency Undocking
4:00 pm Closing Remarks/Q&A/Wrap-Up
Group II Arrives
4:15 pm Shuttle back to Hotel
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Fellows & Faculty Reception at the Hotel
Courtyard of the Peachtree Marriott


Thursday, April 13 (Groups I & II)

Time Session
7:00 am - 7:30 am Welcome and Breakfast – Foyer, Salon ABC
7:30 am - 8:00 am Sacrocolpopexy-related Surgical Anatomy
Christopher M. Tarnay, MD
8:00 am - 8:30 am Latest Evidence Regarding Native Tissue versus Mesh Augmentation for Prolapse Repair
Margaret Mueller, MD
8:30 am - 9:30 am Panel Discussion (All Faculty)
Patient Selection & Routine Cases – Step by Step
9:30 am - 9:45 am Break
9:45 am - 12:00 pm Panel Discussion (All Faculty)
Nuances & Challenging Situations:  Uterine Preservation; TLH v SCH; Obese Patients; Very Small Patients; Presence of Previous Mesh; Difficult Sacrum; Difficult Dissections; Rectopexy – When & How
12:00 pm - 1:30  pm
Industry Perspectives and Lunch
Boston Scientific, Coloplast, and Intuitive Surgical
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Panel Discussion with Video: Avoiding/Managing Complications, Special Situations, Difficult Cases
All Faculty – led by Dr. Culligan
3:00 pm
GROUP 1 – Shuttle to airport
The shuttle will depart from the hotel at 3:15 pm.
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Group Discussion - Review of Pig Model
Types of POP repair & Nuances of Robotic Sacrocolpopexy
Evening FELLOWS - Dinner on Your Own


Friday, April 14 (Group II)

Time Session
6:45 am
Shuttle to Intuitive Training Facility
Please meet in the Hotel Lobby. The shuttle will depart promptly at 6:45 am.
Make sure you have checked out and have your luggage with you if you plan to use our shuttle service at the end of the day. 
7:00 am - 7:30 am Sign-in and Breakfast
7:30 am - 10:00 am Robotic Lab: Dissections
10:30 am - 11:00 am Troubleshooting and Emergency Undocking
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Robotic Lab: Suturing/Completion of Sacrocolpopexy & “Extras”
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Closing Remarks/Q&A/Wrap-Up
2:30 pm
Shuttle to Airport
The shuttle will depart from the Intuitive Training Facility. 



Patrick Culligan, MD – Course Director
Maggie Mueller, MD – Course Co-Director
Nina Bhatia, MD
Peter Finamore, MD
Akira Gillingham, MD
Sally Huber, MD
Kim Kenton, MD
Gina Northington, MD
Christopher Tarnay, MD