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Call for Nominations: 2020 Mentorship Award

The Academic Council is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the inaugural Mentorship Award. Do you know an SOGC member who demonstrates outstanding commitment to mentoring at a national level? We encourage you to nominate them! The deadline to submit nominations is October 21, 2020.

Description : This award is presented to an SOGC member who demonstrates outstanding commitment to mentoring at a national level and contributes to both the personal and professional development of others. One award will be presented each year.

Criteria: To be considered for this award, the nominee will have demonstrated mentorship skills in the following areas:

  • Serving as a role model and leader at a national level
  • Encouraging, facilitating, and supporting others in career and leadership development
  • Providing advice with respect to professional development
  • Contributing to the development of mentorship advocacy at the national level

The nominee must be a member in good standing of the SOGC.

Nomination process: Candidates may be nominated by any member of the SOGC. This award cannot be won by an individual more than once. To nominate a candidate, please send an e‐mail to and include the following:

  1. Nomination form, including two support signatures
  2. CV for the Nominee
  3. Nomination letter addressing the above criteria (1-2 page maximum)


The Academic Council will assess the submissions for each nominee based on the above criteria using a standardized scoring mechanism. If any member of the Academic Council submits a nomination, they will not take part in this assessment.

September 16, 2020
Call for Nominations: 2020 Mentorship Award

SOCG Clinical Expert Opinion in Response to European Medicines Agency Recommended Revocation of UPA

You may be aware that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recently recommended the revocation of the authorization of ulipristal acetate (Fibristal) for the treatment of uterine fibroids, because of an unpredictable risk of liver injury. This recommendation has gone to the EMA’s Human Medicines Committee for implementation.

Health Canada is conducting its own independent review. We have not seen the same severity of liver injury in Canada, to date. Health Canada does recognize that there is also an unpredictable risk of severe injury or death associated with surgical management of fibroids, and that this medication has been an important option for women. Because of this, Health Canada did reach out to experts at the SOGC for their clinical opinion, and a response was prepared by a panel drawn from our clinical leaders. Click HERE to read the response. 

We have not heard what the implications of this European decision will be for practice in Canada, but it is relevant information that you would want to include in the fully informed consent process with your patients.

This advice does not apply to the use of UPA for emergency contraception.

We will keep you informed of any further developments, or decisions taken by either Health Canada or the manufacturer. 

September 14, 2020
SOCG Clinical Expert Opinion in Response to European Medicines Agency Recommended Revocation of UPA

 Nomination Form - 2020 SOGC Regional Achievement Awards

Do you know SOGC members who stood out as advocates for women's health in 2019-2020? We encourage you to nominate them for a 2020 Regional Achievement Award.

Nominations are due September 6th, 2020 at MIDNIGHT (EDT

 Nomination Form - 2020 SOGC Regional Achievement Awards

August 21, 2020
Nomination Form - 2020 SOGC Regional Achievement Awards

About the SOGC

The SOGC is one of Canada’s oldest national specialty organizations. Established in 1944, the Society’s mission is to promote excellence in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology and to advance the health of women through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and education.

The SOGC has over 4,000 members, comprised of obstetricians, gynaecologists, family physicians, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals working in the field of sexual reproductive health.

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Guidelines and JOGC

About the JOGC

The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC) publishes original research, reviews, case reports, and commentaries by Canadian and international authors, pertinent to readers in Canada and around the world. The Journal covers a wide range of topics in obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health covering all life stages including the evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines, Committee Opinions, and Policy Statements that derive from standing or ad hoc committees of The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

The Journal emphasizes vigorous peer-review and accepts papers in English and French. Abstracts for all papers are available in both languages. JOGC is indexed in Medline.

Members - You MUST sign in below before proceeding to to access member-only content published in the JOGC.

Access to the JOGC is a benefit of SOGC membership.

Sign in to take advantage of this member benefit or join the SOGC to enjoy the Journal by clicking on ‘Become a Member’ below.

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Dr. Bill Ehman on the SOGC's Newest Online Course: "Vaccination in Pregnancy"

"Should my pregnant patient get a flu shot?" "My patient has received a Tdap vaccine before - does she need another one in this pregnancy?" "How can I make a strong recommendation about vaccination to my vaccine-hesitant patients?"

We sat down with Dr. Bill Ehman to review these considerations. Find the answers to these questions and more in the SOGC’s newest online course : "Vaccination in Pregnancy". Registration will be available soon - keep checking our Online Courses page.


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Online Courses
Premier medical education combined with the convenience of online study.

Online Courses

Designed by SOGC experts and employing the most current medical knowledge, our accredited online courses combine premier medical education with the convenience of online study. 

These courses are designed specifically for improving the learning experience and to tailor your educational experiences to meet your personal learning objectives.


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ALARM Courses
Improving care provided to women, babies and families during pregnancy, labour and delivery.

ALARM Courses

The SOGC places the utmost importance on improving intrapartum care, from the process to its outcomes. One way to achieve that objective is through offering continuing education programs like the ALARM course (Advances in Labour and Risk Management).

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Welcome and Overview

ALARM was developed by obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwives and nurses, who jointly continue to maintain and teach the course. Backed by the SOGC, the ALARM course arose out of our work to improve the care provided to women, babies, and families during pregnancy, labour, and postpartum.

  • The content of the course is evidence-based and incorporates the Canadian practice guidelines, so participants who complete the course gain an understanding of the latest best practices for providing care.
  • The ALARM course objective is to evaluate, update and maintain the competence of obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwifes and nurses.
  • This two-day course offers case-based and hands-on workshops.
  • This course is not intended to certify attendees in any procedural skills. It provides education and hands-on experience, but this is not a substitute for clinical exposure and mentorship.
  • The courses have a ratio of approximately 6 participants to 1 faculty member to ensure a highly interactive and educational course.
The ALARM certificate will be awarded only to those who pass the written examination and who attend the course in its entirety.

If you are unable to attend an ALARM course but would like to purchase an ALARM manual, please download this form and submit it by email to

Upcoming Courses

Please note that there are upcoming ALARM courses planned that are not yet listed below. They will be added as soon as logistical aspects are finalized.

If you would like to hold an ALARM course in your community, please contact us at Please note that a minimum of 12 participants is required.

Should you have any questions about your registration, please do not hesitate to contact us at


Instructor Courses - Overview

The ALARM program would not be possible without the efforts of specialists, physicians, nurses and midwives trained to teach this course to their peers. In order to maintain the quality of this highly recognized program, the ALARM Committee has identified specific requirements for instructors throughout Canada.

In order to be eligible to take the instructor course, you must:
  • Have participated in an ALARM course in the past 4 years
  • Be currently registered as an MD (Family Physician or OB/GYN), Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife
  • Be actively providing intrapartum obstetrical care

If you meet the above requirements and wish to participate in the ALARM instructor course, please submit an application at the link below. Please note, a letter of recommendation from your employer, department head or a current ALARM Course Director is required.

If you are selected, you will be sent a registration link for the course. At this point, you will be able to pay your registration fees ($650 plus applicable taxes for OB/GYN and FP doctors; $500 plus applicable taxes for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives) and receive access to the course materials.

Your participation at the ALARM instructor course is not a guarantee that you will become a qualified ALARM Instructor. 

To become a qualified ALARM instructor, you must:
  • Complete the Instructor course
  • Teach a course
  • Receive a favourable evaluation from the Course Director

Please note you will be required to teach once every three years to maintain your status as an active instructor following a successful completion of the evaluation process. If you fail to do so, you will have to take another ALARM course or Instructor course to maintain your active instructor status.

Space is limited to 24 participants per course. 

Upcoming Instructor Courses

Richmond, BC - offered in English only

November 8, 2020

Please submit your application by September 11, 2020

Selected candidates will be invited to register for the course.

Should you have any questions about your application, please do not hesitate to contact us at


Become a Member

The SOGC is the leading voice in women's health in Canada. We are a strong and vibrant society with an active and growing membership. We are here to support you in providing the best care possible to women in Canada and around the world. That's why so many health care providers have become members of the SOGC. Let us be your partner in practice.

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Upcoming events

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Live interactive forum - September 23, 2020
September 23 - 23
Forum interactif en direct - le 23 septembre 2020
October 8 - 9
FMC du Québec 2020
October 14 - 14
Live interactive forum - October 14, 2020

Public Education Resources

The SOGC believes that good healthcare is built upon many partnerships and that improving healthcare requires a collaborative, holistic approach.

Providing the public with the information needed to make informed health decisions removes one barrier to improved health.

Rated one of the top 5 e-health projects in the world, provides credible and up-to-date sexual health information for teens, adults, parents, teachers, and health care providers.


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Brand Recognition Program

The SOGC Brand Recognition Program aims to assist Canadian consumers to make informed choices when selecting over-the-counter products. 

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