CME Needs Assessment

Relevant effective practice-based continuing education

Target Audience

This activity meets the needs of surgical gynecologists in practice and in training, as well as other healthcare professionals in the field of gynecology.


The AAGL is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AAGL designates this live activity for a maximum of 39.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists will recognize this educational activity. In order to apply for cognates, please fax a copy of your certificate to ACOG at (202) 484-1586.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ toward recertification requirements.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Continuing Medical Education

Continuing medical education credit is not offered during meals, breaks, receptions, training sessions, satellite meetings, or any private group meeting (e.g., council meetings, invitation-only meetings, editorial board meetings, etc.). In addition, CME credit is not offered during Poster Sessions, Open Communication Sessions, Video Sessions, or the luncheon discussions.

Continuing medical education is a lifelong-learning modality designed to enable physicians to remain current with medical advances. The goal of AAGL is to sponsor educational activities that provide learners with the tools needed to practice the best medicine and provide the best, most current care to patients.

As an accredited CME provider, AAGL adheres to the ACCME Policies that are relevant to AAGL, as well as to the Accreditation Criteria and the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support. CME activities must: first, address specific, documented, clinically important gaps in physician knowledge, competence, or performance; second, be documented to be effective at increasing physician knowledge, skill, or performance; and third, conform to the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.

AAGL must not only obtain complete disclosure of commercial and financial relationships pertaining to gynecologic medicine, but also resolve any perceived conflicts of interest. All postgraduate course faculty members and all organizers, moderators, and speakers in the Scientific Program have completed disclosures of commercial and financial relationships with manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, laboratory supplies, and medical devices, and with commercial providers of medically-related services. The disclosures were reviewed by the Professional Education Committee, which resolved perceived potential conflicts of interest.

The AAGL has been resurveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for 6 years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.

ACCME accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that AAGL provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that supports U.S. health care quality improvement.

The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions’ continuing medical education programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations of medicine in the U.S. are the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the U.S., Inc.

Needs Assessment

By developing educational courses in minimally invasive gynecology (MIG) we hope to increase the use of MIG and reduce morbidity and complication rate associated with these procedures.

Practice Gap: At present in the United States, about 15 to 20% of the 600,000 hysterectomies are performed by laparoscopy and robotics, respectively. This is due to lack of training during formal education and the multiple difficulties to acquire formal training once in medical practice.

Gap Analysis: MIG procedures are aimed at preserving the highest possible quality of life for women by using smaller and fewer incisions, reducing pain and trauma to the body, and enabling quicker recovery. Yet, the ability to perform these more patient-friendly procedures requires most gynecologists to commit to post-residency training since they are not routinely taught during formal training. This requires a commit to lifelong learning because of the development of new technologies and instrumentation.

Planning the Intervention

Summary: The goal of our intervention is that, through exposure to continuing medical education (CME), gynecologists will attend activities organized into didactic and hands-on sessions to acquire and/or advance their skills in MIG. An open forum will follow with discussion designed to stimulate faculty and participants in interaction.

Proposed Method:

I. Create awareness of the role MIG plays

II. Hands-on laboratory that will allow each participant to practice MIG techniques on cadavers

III. Transfer skill to course participants through didactic lectures, video presentations and demonstration, and supervised wet lab surgery.

IV. Expectations are that future courses can be organized to spread awareness and transfer skills in MIG to other gynecologists, who are willing to commit to this lifelong process.

V. To maximize the return of this year’s Congress, upon completion participants will be requested to explain how their newly acquired knowledge and skills will impact their practice.


At the conclusion of the course, the participant should be able to:

I. Explain the latest developments in minimally invasive healthcare for women.

II. Describe the skills needed for proficiency

III. Apply minimally invasive surgical techniques such as laparoscopic hysterectomy, myomectomy, pelvic floor repair, treatment of endometriosis, and advanced hysteroscopic techniques

IV. Enable the practicing gynecologist to gain hands-on experience in the anatomy laboratory as well as laboratories focused on laparoscopic suturing, hysteroscopy, robotic surgery, single-port surgery

V. Describe the latest advances in research and techniques in the field of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.

VI. Evaluate data presented to determine the best methods for practice of gynecologic medicine

VII. Demonstrate and enhance their presentation and publication skills with a hands-on workshop

VIII. Interpret and evaluate basic science techniques such as stem cell biology, cellular systems biology, and pre-surgical planning.

Additional Barriers and Possible Solutions:

Additional Barriers: MIG is relatively difficult to learn and all procedures require accurate surgical skills and experience to perform. Therefore, the course participants will not be able to utilize the techniques immediately upon completion of this course.

Possible Solutions: Continue to provide physicians with additional information and resources they need to elevate their practice in gynecology while increasing their skill in minimally invasive gynecology.

Code of Conduct

AAGL is committed to providing a friendly, safe, supportive, and harassment-free environment during the Congress. AAGL expects Congress participants to respect the rights of others and communicate professionally and constructively, whether in person or virtually, handling disagreement with courtesy, dignity, and an open mind. All participants are expected to observe these rules of conduct in all Congress venues. Organizers will actively enforce this code throughout this event. Violations are taken seriously. If an attendee or participant engages in inappropriate, harassing, abusive, or disruptive behavior or language, the AAGL has the right to carry out any action it deems appropriate.

What to Do

If you have any concerns about an individual’s conduct, please go to the AAGL Registration Counter for the procedure to follow to report the incident.

Age Restriction

Children under 16 years of age are not permitted in sessions and workshops, but may be allowed into the exhibit hall if accompanied by an adult.

Audio-Visual Recording

Video- and audio-recording of sessions  by congress attendees is strictly prohibited. Registration, attendance, or participation in AAGL meetings, Congress, and other activities constitutes an agreement that allows AAGL to use and distribute your image or voice in all media. If you have questions about this policy, please visit the AAGL Registration Counter.

Anti-Harassment Statement

AAGL encourages its members to interact with each other for the purposes of professional development and scholarly interchange so that all members may learn, network, and enjoy the company of colleagues in a professional atmosphere. Consequently, it is the policy of the AAGL to provide an environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation to its members and guests at all regional educational meetings or courses, the annual global congress (i.e. annual meeting), and AAGL-hosted social events (AAGL sponsored activities). Every individual associated with the AAGL has a duty to maintain this environment free of harassment and intimidation.

Reporting an Incident

AAGL encourages reporting all perceived incidents of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation. Any individual covered by this policy who believes that he or she has been subjected to such an inappropriate incident has two (2) options for reporting:

1. By toll free phone to AAGL’s confidential 3rd party hotline: (833) 995-AAGL (2245) during the AAGL Annual or Regional Meetings.

2. By email or phone to: The Executive Director, Linda Michels, at or (714) 503-6200.

All persons who witness potential harassment, discrimination, or other harmful behavior during AAGL sponsored activities are expected to report the incident and be proactive in helping to mitigate or avoid that harm and to alert appropriate authorities if someone is in imminent physical danger.

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