Congratulations to the 2019 ACSC Showcase Showdown and the Abstract Program “Best of Three” Winners

The winners of the “Best of Three” abstract presentation categories:

Best oral presentation

SOGC Members – Obstetrics

Mark Walker – Effect of high does folic acid supplementation throughout pregnancy on preeclampsia (FACT): a double blind, randomized controlled multicenter trial

SOGC Members – Gynaecology

Amanda Black – The Cost of Unintended Pregnancies in Canadian Adolescents and the Potential Impact of Increased Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives

SOGC Junior Members – Obstetrics

Jayesh Tigdi – Cervical length as a predictor of latency to labour in twin pregnancies complicated by preterm prelabour rupture of membranes (PPROM): a retrospective study

SOGC Junior Members – Gynaecology

Jennifer Mateshaytis – A Predictive Model for Postoperative Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) in Patients with Endometrial Cancer

Best poster presentation

SOGC Members – Obstetrics

Christy Pylypjuk – 25 years later – must macrosomic fetuses be delivered by routine Cesarean section? A cross-sectional study.

SOGC Members – Gynaecology

Sara-Michelle Gratton – Is laparoscopic visualization sufficient for the diagnosis of endometriosis?

SOGC Junior Members – Obstetrics

Andréanne Chaumont – First-line antihypertensive treatment for severe hypertension in pregnancy: a systematic review and network meta-analysis

SOGC Junior Members – Gynaecology

Andrea Mosher – Melatonin receptor expression and localization in endometriosis

Best video presentation

SOGC Members – Obstetrics or Gynaecology

Andrew Zakhari – Approach to Uterine Artery Occlusion at Myomectomy

The Showcase Showdown winners:

Elizabeth Miazga, Eliane Shore, & Cheyanne Reed

Counseling patients on mode of delivery following previous caesarean sections: Three videos
Counselling a patient regarding the options for mode of delivery when they have had a previous caesarean section can be a long, complex discussion. This can be difficult to have in a busy antenatal clinic. Our team created three short online videos to aid patients and clinicians with this conversation. The videos cover three topics: (1) trial of labour after caesarean section (TOLAC), (2) elective repeat caesarean section (ERCS) and (3) induction of labour (IOL) with a previous caesarean section. They discuss the risks and benefits of each option and offer helpful insights for patients when considering their birth options. There is a paper companion guide to the videos that goes into more detailed information for patients who have different learning styles. The handout also contains a decision aid to help patients weight their priorities to make an educated decision on what is best for them. Previously many institutions held “VBAC classes” to provide information to women but due to financial constraints and scheduling or travel barriers most have been discontinued. Having a series of online videos patients can watch allows them to go through this information at their own pace, on their own schedule and discuss any questions with their obstetrical care provided in clinic.

The videos are uploaded onto YouTube so they can be displayed on any internet connected device and utilized by patients and providers from across Canada. 

You are invited to participate in a survey study which will examine knowledge of and attitudes of obstetrical care providers towards trial of labour after caesarean section (TOLAC)/vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC). Here is the link to the survey:

Congratulations to all of our winners and to each of our presenters for all your hard work!

Many thanks to all of our dedicated judges and planning committee for making this program such a success.