Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference 2017

June 20-23, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario

Abstract judging complete.

See below for the schedule of oral, video, and poster abstract presentations at the ACSC 2017.


Room Number

Oral and video abstract presentations
Thursday, June 22, 2017
11:30 to 12:30

  • O-GYN-JM-138 - Getting Wound Up: Temporal Summation in Chronic Pelvic Pain (John Jarrell)
  • O-GYN-MD-038 - Sliding sign in the prediction of posterior cul-de-sac obliteration in women with suspected endometriosis (Tuba Aksoy)
  • O-GYN-MD-109 - Do Young Women Regret Their Hysterectomy? A Survey of Women 35 years of Age and Under (Michael Suen)
  • O-GYN-MD-126 - Primary Efficacy and Safety Results from Two Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Studies of Elagolix, an Oral Gonadotropin-releasing Hormone Antagonist, in Women with Endometriosis-associated Pain (Sukhbir Singh)

Room 1 - Québec

  • O-GYN-JM-020 - What do Patients Undergoing Surgery Understand About the Role of Resident Physicians?  A Survey of Gynecology Patients (Arielle Cantor)
  • O-GYN-MD-128 and -124 - Hysterectomy in Ontario: Complications and Health Outcomes in Laparoscopic (and Minimally invasive) Compared to Vaginal Approaches (Erin Kelly)
  • O-GYN-PS-MD-101 - Influence of Resident Involvement in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Surgery on Surgical Outcomes: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (Olga Bougie)
  • V-GYN-ONCOL-MD-116 - Best of 3:Risk-Reducing Salpingo-Oophorectomy in BRCA Mutation Carriers (Lea Luketic)

Room 2 - Alberta

  • O-OBS-JM-014 - Best of 3: Caesarean Sections in a National Referral Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Trends, Predictors and Outcomes (Tamara Kuzma)
  • O-OBS-JM-018 - Effect of a nanocrystalline silver-coated dressing compared to routine dressing on wound complication rates following elective cesarean section in obese patients: a randomized controlled trial (Clara Wu)
  • O-OBS-MD-012 - Characterizing the Pregnancies of a Select Group of Women with Previous Caesarean Section: a population based study (Mila Smithies)
  • O-OBS-MFM-MD-005 - Lacking consensus: results from an international Delphi survey on invasive placentation (Jon Barrett)

Room 3 - New Brunswick

  • O-OBS-MFM-MD-070 - Best of 3: Imaging fetal subcutaneous fat development using 3D water-fat MRI (Barbra de Vrijer)
  • O-EDU-152 - A high fidelity simulator and curriculum for teaching Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) (Darine El-Chaar)
  • O-OBS-JM-056 - Best of 3: Advanced Maternal Age and Incidence of Non-Chromosomal Congenital Anomalies - A Population-based study (Matthew Grossi)    
  • V-GYN-MD-033 - Laparoscopic cerclage: Challenging cases (Kristina Arendas)

Room 4 - Nova Scotia/ Newfoundland

  • O-OBS/GYN-S-105 - Labor outcomes after successful external cephalic version compared to spontaneous cephalic version (Samantha Krueger)
  • O-OBS-IWH-PhD-047 - Effect of maternal education through text messaging: results from a cluster randomized trial in rural China (Rihua Xie)
  • O-OBS-PhD-067 - Interprovincial Variation in Excess and Inadequate Maternal Weight and Gestational Weight Gain and Their Impact on Key Perinatal Indicators (Susie Dzakpasu)
  • O-OBS-PS-MD-118 - Best of 3: Methods and lessons from a focused quality improvement program in obstetrics (Guylaine Lefebvre)

Room 5 - Saskatchewan

Concurrent sub-specialty (CS1): Maternal Fetal Medicine
Oral abstracts
Thursday, June 22, 2017
14:30 to 15:15

  • O-OBS/GYN-S-098 - Best of 3:  Subclinical intra-amniotic inflammation in the midtrimester and the subsequent development of abnormal gross motor skills in infants born either term or preterm (Laurence Soucy-Giguere)
  • O-OBS-MFM-MD-123 - First-trimester mean arterial blood pressure and risk of preeclampsia (Cédric Gasse)
  • O-OBS-MFM-PhD-114 - Best of 3: Prediction of preeclampsia in nulliparous using first-trimester PlGF serum concentrations (Amélie Boutin)


Concurrent sub-specialty (CS2): Reproductive endocrinology and infertility
Oral abstracts
Thursday, June 22, 2017
14:30 to 15:15

  • O-GYN-MD-054 - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Menopausal Symptoms (CBT-Meno): Preliminary Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT).  A Mid-Way, Interim Analysis (Donna Fedorkow)
  • V-GYN-REI-MD-053 - Minimizing ovarian damage when resecting endometriomas (Andrew Zakhari)
  • O-GYN-MD-022 - Does Ulipristal Acetate Affect Surgical Experience at Laparoscopic Myomectomy? (Lea Luketic)


Concurrent sub-specialty (CS3): CANPAGO
Oral abstracts
Thursday, June 22, 2017
14:30 to 15:15

  • O-OBS-JM-103 - Use of audio computer-assisted self-interviews (ACASI) to gather information on risk behaviours in a referral population of pregnant adolescents (Carol King)
  • O-GYN-PE/AD-MD-010 - Canadian National Physician Survey on fertility preservation for prepubertal female oncology patients (Bryden Magee)

New Brunswick

Concurrent sub-specialty (CS4): APOG- Building a Culture of Assessment
Oral abstracts
Thursday, June 22, 2017
14:30 to 15:15

  • O-GYN-JM-083 - Best of 3: Modeling the learning curves of incoming Surgical trainees (Marisa Louridas)
  • O-GYN-MD-112 - Canadian Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residents: are they ready for independent practice? (May Sanaee)
  • O-EDU-151 - Work hour regulations complicate residency education: lessons about the social construct of fatigue in Europe (Taryn Taylor)

Nova Scotia/ Newfoundland

Concurrent sub-specialty (CS5): Colposcopy and oncology – LGT pot-pourri
Oral abstracts
Thursday, June 22, 2017
14:30 to 15:15

  • O-GYN-JM-062 - Best of 3: Post-Colposcopy Management of ASC-US and LSIL Study (PALS): A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial (Lana Saciragic)
  • O-GYN-JM-063 - Is Immigrant Status Associated With Cervical Cancer Screening  Among Women in Canada? Results From a Cross-Sectional Study (Vanessa Bacal)
  • O-GYN-MD-071 - Implementation and Validation of a Retroperitoneal Dissection Curriculum (Aisha Yousuf)

Les Saisons

Concurrent sub-specialty (CS7): Minimally invasive surgery
Video abstracts
Thursday, June 22, 2017
14:00 to 14:30

  • V-GYN-MD-042 - Best of 3: Stepwise Approach to the Rectovaginal Nodule (Michael Suen)
  • V-GYN-JM-088 - Best of 3: Vasopressin in Gynecological Procedures (Tin Yan Tina Ngan)

Manitoba/ British Columbia

Concurrent sub-specialty (CS7): Minimally invasive surgery
Oral abstracts
Thursday, June 22, 2017
14:30 to 15:15

  • O-GYN-MD-079 - Best of 3: Improving Cognitive Surgical Knowledge in OB/GYN Residents Using an Interactive Computer-Based Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Trainer (Eliane Shore)
  • O-GYN-MD-097 - Factors Influencing Patients’ Willingness to Undergo Morcellation in Minimally Invasive Surgical Fibroid Treatment (Leslie Po)
  • O-OBS-MD-060 - Genitourinary Involvement in Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis (Olga Bougie)

Manitoba/ British Columbia

Concurrent sub-specialty (CS8): Urogynaecology for the generalist
Oral abstracts
Thursday, June 22, 2017
14:30 to 15:15

  • O-OBS/GYN-S-119 - Blood Perfusion of a Reconstructed Micro-Capillary Network  within a 3D Tissue-Engineered Vaginal Mucosa (Weronika Jakubowska)
  • O-GYN-MD-027 - Sodium fluorescein: an effective option for ureteral efflux visualization during cystoscopy (Annie-kim Gareau Labelle)
  • O-GYN-UROGYN-MD-081 - Best of 3: The effect of medical consultation on patients' concerns about vaginal mesh use in pelvic reconstructive surgery (Adrienne Li)
  • O-GYN-UROGYN-MD-006 - Acceptability and Effectiveness of an External Support Device for Managing Pelvic Floor Prolapse (Donna Fedorkow)


Network break and abstract poster viewing
Thursday, June 22, 2017
15:15 to 16:15

Abstract index Abstract title Author first name Author last name Surface Pod
P-OBS-MD-073 Best of 3: Morbidity associated with fetal macrosomia among the James Bay Cree Nation Sabrina Maltais A 1
P-GYN-JM-074 Best of 3:The role of melatonin and prostaglandins in endometriosis Andrea Mosher B 1
P-OBS/GYN-S-121 Best of 3: Technicity Index as a quality of care assessment tool for the evaluation of hysterectomy rates in a university hospital centre Kristina Arion C 1
P-GYN-ONCOL-MD-036 Best of 3: Impact of cervical cancer screening guidelines on cervical cancer screening practice patterns for young women aged 18-20 in Saskatchewan Christine Lett D 1
SOGC – 7 Alcohol use during pregnancy SOGC - E 1
O-GYN-JM-019 Efficacy of TAP block in pain management post hysterectomy: A systematic review and meta-analysis Vanessa Bacal F 2
O-GYN-MD-059 Race/Ethnicity on Route of Hysterectomy and Inpatient Surgical Complications Olga Bougie G 2
O-GYN-MD-120 Approach to Hysterectomy in Ontario: Clinical and Surgical Factors Erin  Kelly  H 2
O-GYN-PS-MD-009 The Effect of Resident Training on Vaginal Hysterectomy Outcomes Chandrew Rajakumar I 2
W-GYN-MD-093 Feasibility and Acceptability of a mobile Technology intervention to Support [FACTS] women’s post-abortion care in British Columbia: Protocol for the FACTS study Roopan  Gill J 3
P-GYN-JM-035 Best of 3: Contraception Practices among Women on Methadone or Buprenophine/Naloxone Therapy: Survey Findings Lingsa Jia K 3
SOGC – 3 IUD Practice Assessment SOGC - L 3
P-GYN-IWH-Masters-011 Impact and Effectiveness of the Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: A Review of 10 Years of Real-Word Experience in Canada. Caroline Rodier M 3
P-EDU-144 Speak with the Residents Week, Subtitle: When a phone call unites Ob/Gyn residents and undergraduate medical students across the country Marie-Pier Bastrash N 4
P-EDU-145 Implementation of an Innovative Resident-as-Teacher Program at the University of Ottawa James Hearn O 4
P-OBS/GYN-S-125 Understanding the experiences of obstetrics and gynaecology residents who take parental leave during training in Canada: a needs assessment Emily Landon P 4
SOGC – 2 (residents) Quality of life of OBGYN residents in Canada SOGC - Q 4
O-OBS-JM-051 Retention of skills in simulation: vaginal breech delivery Heather Stone R 5
P-OBS-JM-061 Best of 3: Interprofessional Perinatal Simulation as a Teaching Tool for Trainees in Obstetrics and Midwifery: A Pilot Project Harrison Banner S 5
O-OBS-JM-141 OBGYN Bootcamp: Pre-Rotation Obstetrics and Gynecology Technical Skills Training Improves Medical Student Confidence and Performance Annie Leung T 5
P-EDU-150 Developing a Canadian curriculum for simulation-based education in Obstetrics and Gynecology: A Delphi study Glenn Posner U 5
P-EDU-146 Development of a Canadian Competency-Based Sub-Specialty Rotation- Specific Evaluation Framework for Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ObGyn) Nicolette Caccia V 6
P-OBS-JM-135 Needs Assessment of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Faculty to Inform Faculty Development Priorities in the Transition to Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) Evan Tannenbaum W 6
O-OBS-PS-MD-043 The Effect of an Educational Session and Structured Communication Tool on the Quality of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Resident Handover Helena Frecker X 6
SOGC – 4 Women’s Health Forum SOGC - Y 6
O-OBS-JM-072 Obstetrical Clostridium difficile infection: a retrospective cohort study Jacob Ruiter-Ligeti AA 7
O-OBS-JM-085 Implementation of a Maternal Chorioamnionitis Pathway Waseema  Hoosainny BB 7
SOGC – 8 Immunization during pregnancy SOGC - CC 7
O-OBS-Masters-092  Maternal and Fetal outcome during Dengue Infection in Pregnancy-a case series study of 6 years at a tertiary perinatal centre in South India Sridevi Veluganti Nagasai Z 7
SOGC – 1 Choosing Wisely SOGC - EE 8
P-OBS/GYN-S-142 Best of 3: Barriers to Implementation of Maternal Mortality Surveillance Systems in Developing Countries: A Literature Review Dinusha Senaratne FF 8
O-OBS-MD-102 The Impact of a Clinical Practice Guideline on Changing Physician Practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology Barbara Sproule GG 8
O-OBS/GYN-S-066 Caesarean Section Rates by Socioeconomic Status at a Tertiary Care Centre in Canada Meryl Hodge HH 9
O-OBS/GYN-S-115 Impact of Cell Saver on Allogenic Transfusion Rates at Cesarean Delivery in Women with Abnormal Invasive Placentation Katherine Steckham II 9
O-OBS-PS-MD-139 Post Caesarean Section Surgical Site Infection Surveillance Using an Online Database and Mobile Phone Technology Douglas Wilson KK 9
P-OBS-JM-032 Best of 3: Rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia testing among pregnant women presenting for prenatal care Marina Vainder LL 10
P-OBS-JM-029 Best of 3: Preterm birth prevention in twin pregnancies with progesterone, pessary or cerclage: a systematic review and meta-analysis Alexander Jarde MM 10
P-OBS/GYN-S-087 Mental Health Outcomes in Assisted vs Natural Conception: A Prospective Cohort Study Hossai Furmli NN 10
SOGC – 5 Measurement of maternal morbidity and mortality SOGC - OO 10

Governor General I/II

Social Event: Poster abstract viewing with wine and cheese
Thursday, June 22, 2017
17:45 to 18:45

  • All posters (listed above)

Governor General I/II

Call for abstracts - Education stream - NOW CLOSED 

Based on member feedback, the SOGC has launched a NEW abstract category to better accommodate submissions highlighting education programs and education research for its 2017 Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference.  The below abstract submission guidelines still apply for this new education stream category.

NEW Category


Permissible submitters


No sub-categories

MD, RN/NP, RM, Masters, PhD, residents and healthcare/postgraduate students

Call for Abstracts - NOW CLOSED

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), the Canadian Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (CSMFM), the SOGC’s Canadian Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology and Obstetrics subspecialty committee (CANPAGO), the Canadian Society of Pelvic Medicine (CSPM) and the Society of Canadian Colposcopists (SCC) would like to invite you to participate in the 2017 Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference (ACSC) Abstract Program.

On this page, you will find:

  • Who can submit an abstract
  • Why submit an abstract with the SOGC
  • What are the types
  • What are the categories
  • Terms and conditions for participation
  • Guidelines for oral and poster submissions
  • Guidelines for video submissions:
  • Review and judging process
  • Scoring grid
  • Awards

Who can submit abstracts?

Any member in good standing of the SOGC can submit one or more abstracts. Submissions will be accepted in either English or French. All submissions are subject to a pre-selection process. If accepted, the presenter must be a member of the SOGC, register for the ACSC and pay the registration fees. For more information on SOGC membership, visit

Why submit an abstract?

If accepted, knowledge translation of your findings to clinicians and researchers would be facilitated, you may be eligible for an award, and a list of accepted abstracts with author names will be published in the JOGC which has a distribution to over 4,500.

What are the types?




-   15 minute PowerPoint presentation (10 minute presentation with 5 minute question/answer period)

Note: Only 25-30% of all oral submissions will receive a time slot with the remainder of accepted abstracts redirected to posters, if requested.

-    dedicated poster viewing time in the Exhibit hall within the program schedule

-    great platform for one on one discussion with delegates

-    longer exposure than with oral/video presentations

-    3’ high x 6’ wide (max.) poster  with graphs and tables

-    demonstrates techniques or procedures that are often time-consuming or difficult to explain

-    must not be longer than 8 minutes with titles and a spoken narrative

What are the categories?



Permissible submitters


General obstetrics, MFM, adolescent obstetrics, patient safety, international women’s health

MD, RN/NP, RM, Masters, PhD,
(does NOT include residents, healthcare/postgraduate students – see below for “Resident” and “Student” categories)


General gynaecology, adolescent gynaecology, oncology, REI, urogynaecology, patient safety, international women’s health

MD, RN/NP, RM, Masters, PhD,
(does NOT include residents or healthcare/postgraduate students – see below for “Resident” and “Student” categories)


No sub-categories



No sub-categories



Single combined ob/gyn category – no sub-categories

Healthcare, postgraduate and undergraduate students

(only accepted as poster)

No sub-categories

SOGC members in good standing can present posters on new surgical procedures or techniques, preliminary studies, funded projects and other research in progress

Terms and conditions for participation

  • DEADLINE: Submit a completed application form online by no later than 5 pm (EST) on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (form will be available online in early November 2016);
  • Principal author/presenter must be a member in good standing of SOGC (not a member? Click here);
  • All accepted presenters must register for the ACSC and pay the registration fees by 5 pm (EST) on Friday, May 5, 2017 (submitters will be notified of the results of their submission in early April 2017)
  • Note that all submitted abstracts for oral, poster or video presentations are subject to an anonymous peer-review process;
    • All submission must be made online: faxed, emailed and mailed abstracts submissions will NOT be accepted;
    • More than one abstract may be submitted per author
    • Abstract can be submitted and/or presented in English or French;

Guidelines for oral and poster submissions

  • Your oral or poster abstract submission must not contain more than 250 words (not including the title and authors) and MUST NOT HAVE ANY GRAPHS/TABLES. If your abstract is chosen, only then can graphs/tables be used during the presentation;
  • The JOGC abstract supplement will be reproduced directly from the electronic abstracts, therefore, ensure your submission is exactly the way you want it to appear in print;
  • Abstracts accepted for presentation will be published in the May or June issue of the JOGC as a supplement;

Oral and poster submission content:

  • Title: should be brief and clearly indicate the nature of the presentation;
  • Objective(s): state the study purpose in a concise manner;
  • Study methods: indicate the type of location without naming the institution to facilitate anonymous/unbiased peer review (i.e.: community hospital, tertiary care centre, outpatient setting, etc ... ), number and type of human subjects, nonhuman species or material being studied, the principal test(s) performed, and the type(s) of statistical analysis if appropriate;
  • Results: confirm or refute the hypothesis, supported by statistics if appropriate. NO TABLES OR GRAPHS PLEASE;
  • Conclusion(s): state the effect of the study on patient management, the scientific or clinical significance of the work, or the way in which we teach students or patients.

Guidelines for video submissions

  • Hospital protocol for video recording with patient permission or equivalent must have been followed
  • All video presentation must be edited and narrated on the audio track in English or French
  • Productions must not be longer than 8 minutes with titles and a spoken narrative
  • The video file size cannot exceed 350 MB and must play in one of the following video players: Window Media Player, Real Player, or Quick Time Player
  • The video cannot be promotional or commercial in nature
  • In addition to the video, the submitter is also required to write a summary of the video that is no more than 150 words
  • Once the online submission form is completed, the submitter will receive instructions on how to upload the video to the SOGC FTP server (must be uploaded within 24 hours of completing the online submission form)

Review and judging process

Each abstract submission is anonymized and sent to three separate reviewers based on their field of expertise. The best of three abstracts in the various types of submissions are selected based on the top scores in each category eligible for awards.  No abstracts below 42 points will be accepted. Oral and video presentations are assigned time slots based on their scores. Oral abstracts that are not assigned oral presentation time slots may be redirected to posters, if requested on their submission form. The same process is true of poster submissions, the top scores are assigned board allocation. Abstracts will be declined if they do not make the time slot/poster board availability limit based on their scores. The decision of the Abstract Program Committee is final.

The best of three abstracts are judged onsite during the ACSC. The winners in each type/category that are eligible for an award are determined by the highest scores from the onsite judging results.

Scoring grid used by online/onsite judges

NOTE: The total score is based on adding points from 3 reviewers’ scoring grids for a maximum of 60 points

(3 reviewers x 20 points per scoring grid = 60 points)

Design and Method

(Max. 5 points)

Results and Analysis

(Max. 5 points)


(Max. 5 points)

Overall Impression

(Max. 5 points)

ORAL and POSTER scoring grid

  • Was the study/ research question clearly stated?
  • Was the study/research design the most appropriate to answer the study question?
  • Were the methods clearly described?
  • Were the sample size and/or controls sufficient, if appropriate?
  • Where the technologies used state-of-the-art?
  • Were clinically relevant outcomes considered?
  • Were the results given in sufficient detail to make inferences?
  • Was some indication of the revision/significance of the results given, if appropriate (CI, p value, sensitivity/specificity, correlation, etc.)?
  • Was the statistical analysis (if any) appropriate to the data?
  • Is the study/research question original?
  • Does the study/research add to our understanding of the cell/organ/mechanism?
  • Were the conclusions stated clearly?
  • Were the conclusions appropriate to the data presented?
  • Did the conclusions provide an answer to the study question?
  • Is the study/research clinically relevant?
  • Is the study/research likely to generate further research?
  • Quality?
  • Is the abstract well written and easy to follow?
  • 5 = excellent
  • 4 = very good
  • 3 = good
  • 2 = satisfactory
  • 1 = poor




VIDEO scoring grid

  • How effective is the video in achieving the intended purpose?  Please compare video with Content Summary.
  • (Surgical videos only) How well does video adhere to anatomic & surgical principles?
  • How well does the presentation follow a logical format?
  • If the technique is not new: How correctly does the video correlate with the medical literature?
  • If the technique demonstrated is NEW: Rate potential scientific value of the video.
  • How innovative or creative is what is being presented?
  • Rate overall educational value.
  • Rate the overall quality of video content, sound and visual precision
  • 5 = excellent
  • 4 = very good
  • 3 = good
  • 2 = satisfactory
  • 1 = poor




Awards (other may be available based on 2017 funding)

Best oral presentation

Best posters presentation

Best video presentation

SOGC Members

- Obstetrics

- Gynaecology



SOGC Junior Members

- Obstetrics

- Gynaecology

SOGC Members

- Obstetrics

- Gynaecology


SOGC Junior Members

- Obstetrics

- Gynaecology

SOGC Members

- Obstetrics or gynaecology