With less than a month to go, make sure you get a spot in one of these workshops:


Date: Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Venue: Bennie de Wet lecture theatre, E floor, Old Main Building, Groote Schuur Hospital
Time: 08:00 - 13:00

Course convener: Dr Malika Patel

Faculty: Dr Malika Patel

Dr Malika Patel - Reproductive Medicine Sub-specialist, Head of Fertility regulation, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UCT and Groote Schuur Hospital

Prof Petrus Steyn - Scientist, Human Reproduction, Family, Women and Children's Health Cluster
Department of Reproductive Health and Research including Human Reproduction Programme Research for Impact, World Health Organisation

  1. HIV and contraception - WHO stance (Petrus Steyn)
  2. ECHO trial - what do we tell our patients?
  3. What's new and how does it impact on patient care:
    1. Implanon NXT
    2. Kyleena
    3. Mirena
    4. Copper Pearls
    5. Emergency contraception: Ullipristal
    6. New OC's
      1. Frequently asked questions: when you register send a question that will be answered for you...
      2. Guided practical insertions - tips and tricks: Kyleena/IUD/Mirena/implanon NXT (insertion and removal)



Date: 26 November 2019 (half day - afternoon)
Venue: Bennie de Wet Lecture theatre, E floor, Old Main Building, Groote Schuur Hospital
Time: 13h30 - 17h00

Course convener: Dr Kendall Brouard

  • Kendall Brouard - Specialist Gynaecologist, Urogynaecology Unit, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital
  • Stephen Jeffery - Urogynaecologist, Urogynaecology and Laparoscopy Clinic, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital
  • Lisa Kaestner - Specialist Urologist, Department of Urology, University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital
  • Dr Megan Fisher - Urologist, Linksfield Hospital (Netcare)
  • Dr Esther Reuss - Urogynaecology subspecialist trainee, University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital, Urogynaecology and Laparoscopy Clinic
Course summary:

In this workshop we will discuss some of the controversies related to the use of vaginal mesh for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence, specifically addressing how this impacts on our decision making with regards to treatment options for stress urinary incontinence.
We will give an overview of the available urethral bulking agents for the treatment of SUI. We will present the Bulkamid outcome and safety data, including the results of the RCT comparing Bulkamid to TVT-R.
The delegates will all get the opportunity to have "hands-on" training in the correct technique for Bulkamid injection.


13h30 - 13h35 Welcome and introduction of speakers Dr Kendall Brouard
13h35 - 13h55 SUI Surgery: An update on worldwide events and subsequent guidelines Dr Esther Ruess
15h55 - 14h20 Shared Decision Making: Why it is important? Dr Megan Fisher
14h20 - 14h40 Bulking Agents: Guidelines, classifications and safety profiles Dr Lisa Kaestner
14h40 - 15h00 Tea
15h00 - 15h20 Overview of Bulkamid Clinical Data Dr Kendall Brouard
15h20 - 15h40 Bulkamid vs TVT RCT: 12 Months Data Dr Stephen Jeffery
15h40 - 15h50 Summary and Conclusions Dr Lisa Kaestner
15h50 - 16h00 Q&A Panel
16h00 - 16h10 Injection Technique Live Video Catherine Lepley

Hands On Workshop 3 Pig Bladder Stations: 10 min slots per injector

Station 1 Station 2 Station 3


Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Venue: O&G Seminar room, H floor, Old Main Building, Groote Schuur Hospital
Time: 09h00 - 13h00

Course convener: Dr Tracey Adams - Gynaecological Oncology subspecialist and senior lecturer, Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town

Co-chairs: Dr Nomonde Mbatani and Dr Linda Rogers

Course summary: The lower genital tract is an often-neglected field in Gynaecology. This half day workshop aims to empower attendees with awareness, recognition, diagnosis and management of pathology of the vulva, vagina, cervix and peri-anal area. Colposcopic evaluation will also be covered in detail as a session. The program is led by experts in the lower genital tract disease. All members are accredited by the International Federation of Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy (IFCPC) for colposcopic training. Dr Ros Boa is also an accredited Sexual Medicine Practitioner by the European Society of Sexual Medicine [ESSM] and she will provide insight on the impact of lower genital tract pathology and sexuality.


Session 1: Vulva
Chairpersons: Linda Rogers, Jennifer Butt
09:00 - 09:15 Vulval Pathology: What should you biopsy? Linda Rogers
09:15 - 09:30 Itch and pain Katrien De Haeck
09:30 - 09:45 Vulval cancer update Jenny Butt
09:45 - 10:00 Case scenarios  
Session 2: Lower Genital Tract Screening
Chairpersons: Dominic Richards, Bothwell Guzha
10:00 - 10:15 Understanding Cytology: What the Clinician needs to know Tony Wu
10:15 - 10:30 HPV Geno-typing - Clearing up the confusion! Lynette Denny
10:30 - 10:40 Questions  
10:40 - 11:00 Tea/Coffee Break  
Session 3: Colposcopy of the Cervix and Vagina
Chairpersons: Nomonde Mbatani, Mitch De Souza
11:00 - 11:10 Colposcopy and its relevance: Is this a dying practice? Pattern recognition Nomonde Mbatani
11:10 - 11:30 Colposcopy of the cervix: CIN 1,2,3 - Visual journey Dominic Richards
11:30 - 11:40 Micro-Invasion Nondumiso Ngxola
11:40 - 11:50 Colposcopy of the vagina K De Haeck
11:50 - 12:10 Challenges in Colposcopy - Tips and tricks All
Case scenarios  
Session 4: Multifocal HPV Associated Disease
Chairpersons: Tracey Adams, Ros Boa
12:15 - 12:30 Multifocal lower genital tract disease Tracey Adams
12:30 - 12:50 Sexuality and lower genital tract disease Ros Boa
12:50 - 13:00 Questions and Answers  
13:00 Lunch  


Date: 27 November 2019
Venue: O&G Seminar Room, H Floor, Old Main Building, Groote Schuur Hospital
Time: 13h30-17h00

Professor S. Fawcus -Emeritus Professor and Senior Scholar department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Cape Town

Dr Anne Horak - Senior Specialist at Mowbray Maternity Hospital

  • Prof S. Fawcus
  • Prof S. Maswime - FCOG, Head of global surgery, UCT
  • Prof Gerhard Theron - Emeritus professor and previous Head of Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Stellenbosch
  • Prof Phil Steer - Emeritus Professor from Imperial College, London and Emeritus Editor-in-chief, BJOG.
  • Dr T. Adams - Senior specialist and Gynaecological oncologist, Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Cape Town
  • Prof Gary Sudwarts - Specialist in Interventional radiology, University Cape Town and Prof Steve Lindow, ex Hull University, UK, and honorary associate professor UCT
  • Prof Rob Dyer - Senior scholar and Emeritus professor
  • Dr Dominique Van Dyk, Department of anaesthesia University Cape Town, with special expertise in obstetric anaesthesia
Course outline:

This half day workshop will focus on "What doctors should do when the patient bleeds at caesarean section". The topic is very relevant, given increasing caesarean section (CS) rates globally and in South Africa, and increasing morbidity from CS associated haemorrhage in both high and low resource settings. In addition, the SA confidential enquiry into maternal deaths has identified that bleeding associated with CS accounts for one third of haemorrhage maternal deaths both in the public and private sectors. The workshop will have experts from Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Anaesthetics and Radiology presenting on practical aspects of management including new developments in medical management and conservative surgical measures, as well as life-saving hysterectomy and interventional radiology The convenor has audited this topic extensively in South Africa and the contributors all have expertise in their field, including the new Head of Global surgery at UCT, Prof Salome Maswime, and two international speakers, Professor Phil Steer (Emeritus Professor from Imperial College, London) who will provide useful information on managing morbidly adherent placenta, and Prof Steve Lindow with experience in uterine artery embolization. At the end of the workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to practice practical skills on models with the facilitators.
The programme is outlined below, subject to minor alterations.


13h30 Registration
Time Title Presenter
14h00 - 14h20 Surgical Safety; a global look at the problem of bleeding during Caesarean section Prof S Maswime
14h20 - 14h35 What's new in medications to prevent and treat PPH at CS Prof S Fawcus
14h35 - 14h55 Outline of conservative surgical measures to manage PPH at CS Prof Gerhard Theron
14h55 - 15h10 The morbidly adherent placenta: Overcoming the management challenges Prof Phil Steer
15h15 TEA  
15h25 - 15h45 When, how and by whom should a Hysterectomy be done Dr T Adams
15h45 - 16h15 Can interventional radiology help with PPH at CS ? Prof Gary Sudwarts
16h15 - 16h35 Contribution of the anaesthetist when the patient bleeds at CS Prof Rob Dyer
Dr Domonique van Dyk
16h35 - 17h00 Practical stations on conservative surgical measures for PPH at CS:
B Lynch, artery ligations, balloon tamponade, NASG models
participants rotate between stations

Clinical Skills Upliftment Initiative Workshops will run on Tuesday, 26 November 2019 and Wednesday, 27th November 2019.

Tuesday 26 November 2019-Full Day Workshops
Ultrasound-Obstetrics Venue: Groote Schuur Hospital R 2 500.00

Tuesday 26 November 2019-Half Day Workshops
Contraception (AM) Venue: Groote Schuur Hospital R 500.00
Basic Laparoscopy Skills-Box Simulators (AM)
Fully Booked
Venue: Red Cross Hospital R 1 000.00
Advanced Laparoscopic Skills-Box Simulators (PM) Venue: Red Cross Hospital R 1 000.00
Urethral Bulking Workshop (PM) Venue: Groote Schuur Hospital R 1 000.00

Combined Ultrasound Workshops: 26 & 27 November 2019
Book both Ultrasound - Obstetrics AND Gynaecology Ultrasound and qualify for a reduced rate of
R400.00 for both workshops

Wednesday 27 November 2019-Full Day Workshops
Hysteroscopy Masterclass Venue: Red Cross Hospital R 1 500.00

Wednesday 27 November 2019-Half Day Workshops
Gynaecology Ultrasound (PM) Venue: Groote Schuur Hospital R 2 500.00
Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury Repair (AM)
Fully Booked
Venue: Red Cross Hospital R 1 000.00
Lower Genital Tract (AM) Venue: Groote Schuur Hospital R 500.00
Caesarean section: a practical update on stopping the bleeding (PM) Venue: Groote Schuur Hospital R 500.00
Cadaver Workshop- Urogynae (PM) Venue: UCT Anatomy Lab R 1 500.00
Advanced Laparoscopy including Cadaver workshop (AM)
Fully Booked
Venue: UCT Anatomy Lab R 2 000.00

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