Best of the Best Oral Abstract Program

Written abstracts can be found here.  Please consult the scientific program for presentation details.

The Best of the Best resident research session was created by the Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (APOG) as a means to showcase the winners of each university's resident research day. Please join us in supporting residents from across Canada as they present their research at the following times:

  • Thursday, November 28 14:30 – 15:30 1E) Best of the best oral abstracts

  • Thursday, November 28 16:00 - 17:00 2E) Best of the best oral abstracts

  • Friday, November 29 10:30 - 12:30: Concurrent Session (3) Best of the best oral abstracts

The two presentations with the top scores in the Best of the Best Oral Abstract Program will receive the Dr. Andrée Gruslin and Dr. Bob Reid awards.

Participants in the Best of the Best program are kindly asked to submit their written abstracts to abstracts@sogc.com and to register for the Ontario CME no later than November 6, 2019. Please consult the guidelines section below for submission details.

Poster Abstract Program

 Poster surface Primary author  Abstract index  Abstract title 
 1 Zhan Li  O-OBS/GYN-EDU-003  Does the gender make different, a study on obstetrician-gynecologists residency trainees in China
 2 Valerie Bloomfield   P-OBS-JM-004  Mode of delivery: Development and implementation of an obstetrical in situ simulation program
 3 Kammie Chow  O-OBS-JM-006  Severe postpartum femoral neuropathy: A case series
 4 Sarah Norris  O-GYN-MD-007  Effect of a surgical teaching video on resident performance of a laparoscopic salpingo-oophorectomy: a randomized controlled trial.
 5 Jacobet Edith Wambayi  P-OBS/GYN-IWH-008  Health concerns of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) among African women in Toronto 
 6 Eliane Shore  O-OBS/GYN-EDU-009  Standing up to block: Validating a novel ob/gyn LIC curriculm at the University of Toronto 
 7 Navi Bal  P-OBS-JM-010  Competency based objectives for ultrasound in Canadian obstetrics and gynaecology residency
 8 Marie Jones  P-GYN-JM-011  Making Immediate postplacental intrauterine devices (IPPI) accessible to women desiring long-acting reversible contraception after childbirth  
 9 Safia Marani  P-OBS-S-012  Cost evaluation of emergency department use among pregnant and post-partum women in Alberta from 2013-2017
 10 Dalia Karol  P-OBS/GYN-EDU-013  Mapping the health advocate curriculum across post graduate medical education programs: A focus on OBGYN
 11 Kimia Sorouri  P-OBS/GYN-EDU-014  A review of obstetrics & gynecology training objectives for a novel global surgery fellowship program 

Below, you will find:

  • Who can submit a poster abstract?

  • Why submit an abstract with the SOGC?

  • Terms and conditions for participation

  • Guidelines for poster 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 on the topic of education in ob/gyn. 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 conference and pay the registration fees. For more information on SOGC membership, visit sogc.org/membership.

Why submit an abstract?

Participating in an SOGC abstract program allows researchers to facilitate knowledge translation of their findings to clinicians and other researchers. Abstract presenters are also eligible for awards, which will be presented at the Academic Awards Reception on November 29. Please note that abstracts submitted for the Ontario CME Poster Abstract Program are not automatically published in the JOGC.

Terms and conditions for participation 

  • DEADLINE: Submit a completed application form online by no later than 5 pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

  • Principal author/presenter must be a member in good standing of SOGC (Not a member? Click here);

  • All accepted presenters must register for the Ontario CME and pay the registration fees by 5 pm (EST) on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 (Submitters will be notified of the results of their submission in mid-October 2018);

  • Note that all submitted abstracts are subject to an anonymous peer-review process;

  • All submissions 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, but please note that the scientific program at the Ontario CME is English only. We recommend preparing a poster in English in order to reach the greatest audience. 

Guidelines for submissions

  • Your 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;

  • An abstract supplement will be available for download on the JOGC website prior to the Ontario CME;

  • Detailed instructions with set-up and tear down time will be provided to selected applicants.

Review and judging process

Each abstract submission is anonymized and sent to three separate reviewers from the Academic Council. No abstracts below 36 points will be accepted. 

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)

  • 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?



Phil Hahn Award

Mr. Phil Hahn from Queen’s University was instrumental in developing and executing APOG’s Resident Research Course for over 20 years. In recognition of his hard work and dedication, the Phil Hahn award will be granted to the abstract with the top score in the poster abstract program. 

Innovative Project Award

Selected by the Education and Innovation Committee of the Academic Council, this award is granted to poster abstract program participants for outstanding achievement in innovative educational design.