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The SOGC responds publicly to the coroner’s report on Joyce Echaquan’s death

October 19, 2021

As a women’s health organization, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) is saddened by the conclusions of the coroner’s report, which states that the racism and prejudice to which the Atikamekw woman was subjected to were contributing factors in her death.

We strongly believe that all women are entitled to respectful health care, and that prejudices, discrimination, and racism are unacceptable in the health care system and should not occur. As women’s health practitioners, Indigenous physicians, mothers, and daughters, we can’t deny that we have seen racism at play in our health care system. The health system is not always a safe experience for racialized people. We acknowledge work needs to be done to ensure equitable health care for all and that work starts with each one of us. The road to cultural safety starts with cultural humility. SOGC members will continue to reflect on this tragic event, as it relates to our own work and the treatment of our patients.

In June, the SOGC Board voted to recognize and support Joyce’s Principle and has committed itself to a course of action to eliminate systemic racism as it pertains to women’s health care. The SOGC has made implicit bias training mandatory for its staff and board members and encourages all SOGC members to undertake unconscious bias training. The Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee and the Indigenous Women’s Health Committee will advise the SOGC on further courses of action to address systemic racism in our health care system. SOGC is committed to board representation that reflects its members and the Canadian population.

For more information, please consult our website.

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October 19, 2021
The SOGC responds publicly to the coroner’s report on Joyce Echaquan’s death
 

The SOGC and CMS acknowledge World Menopause Day

October 18, 2021

October 18 is World Menopause Day.

Emerging research is giving new options and providing clearer guidance on how to maximize health and quality of life for those entering or experiencing menopause. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) are proud to have collaborated with the Canadian Menopause Society (CMS) to update their Clinical Practice Guidelines on Menopause for health care providers.

As Canada’s population grows older, there are approximately 5,000,000 women who are premenopausal, in the transition, or have recently become menopausal. According to the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, “by 2030, using the age of 50 years as a proxy for menopause, the world population of postmenopausal women will be around 1.2 billion, with an incidence of 47 million reaching menopause each year." With half of a woman’s life spent in post-menopause, it is important to know what can be done maintain their health during this time and for the years to come.

Over the next several weeks the SOGC will be hosting virtual forums for SOGC members and non-members to learn about the new guidance from experts in the field. On October 29th 2021, the CMS and the SOGC will be hosting a national virtual meeting in which each of the guidelines will be presented and discussed.

For more information, visit https://www.menopauseandu.ca, https://www.sigmamenopause.com, and https://www.imsociety.org

 

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October 18, 2021
The SOGC and CMS acknowledge World Menopause Day
 

SOGC proudly teams up with MD Financial Management and Scotiabank

We are excited to announce that the SOGC has partnered with MD Financial Management, Canada’s only financial services firm exclusively dedicated to the financial well-being of physicians and their families, and Scotiabank, a leading bank in the Americas. The three-year agreement, whereby MD and Scotiabank will be the exclusive financial services partners of the SOGC, will provide resources that will support initiatives such as mentorship, bolstering our goal of improving women’s health in Canada. You can also look forward to easily accessible financial services resources on the SOGC website, with a full range of educational content, advice and financial planning solutions tailored to your specific needs as a healthcare provider dedicated to women’s health. We are pleased to collaborate with the experienced advisors at MD Financial Management and Scotiabank to offer physician-focused investing, customized advice and integrated solutions that include personal and business banking.

For more information about these services, please visit the MD and Scotiabank websites.

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August 6, 2021
SOGC proudly teams up with MD Financial Management and Scotiabank
 

About the SOGC

The SOGC is one of Canada’s oldest national specialty organizations. Established in 1944, the Society’s mission is to promote excellence in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology and to advance the health of women through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and education.

The SOGC has over 4,000 members, comprised of obstetricians, gynaecologists, family physicians, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals working in the field of sexual reproductive health.


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SOGC Guidelines and JOGC

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About the JOGC

The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC) publishes original research, reviews, case reports, and commentaries by Canadian and international authors, pertinent to readers in Canada and around the world. The Journal covers a wide range of topics in obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health covering all life stages including the evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines, Committee Opinions, and Policy Statements that derive from standing or ad hoc committees of The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

The Journal emphasizes vigorous peer-review and accepts papers in English and French. Abstracts for all papers are available in both languages. JOGC is indexed in Medline.

 
Online Courses
Premier medical education combined with the convenience of online study.

Online Courses

Designed by SOGC experts and employing the most current medical knowledge, our accredited online courses combine premier medical education with the convenience of online study. 

These courses are designed specifically for improving the learning experience and to tailor your educational experiences to meet your personal learning objectives.

Cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation requests received within 30 days of registration (without accessing the online content) will be refunded minus an administration cost of 25% of the total course fee.
  • For cancellation requests received more than 30 days from registration or after accessing the online material, the course fee is non-refundable.

All cancellations requests must be made in writing to the SOGC and sent by email to [email protected]

Courses

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ALARM Courses
Improving care provided to women, babies and families during pregnancy, labour and delivery.

ALARM Courses

The SOGC places the utmost importance on improving intrapartum care, from the process to its outcomes. One way to achieve that objective is through offering continuing education programs like the ALARM course (Advances in Labour and Risk Management).

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Welcome and Overview

ALARM was developed by obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwives and nurses, who jointly continue to maintain and teach the course. Backed by the SOGC, the ALARM course arose out of our work to improve the care provided to women, babies, and families during pregnancy, labour, and postpartum.

  • The content of the course is evidence-based and incorporates the Canadian practice guidelines, so participants who complete the course gain an understanding of the latest best practices for providing care.
  • The ALARM course objective is to evaluate, update and maintain the competence of obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwifes and nurses.
  • This two-day course offers case-based and hands-on workshops.
  • This course is not intended to certify attendees in any procedural skills. It provides education and hands-on experience, but this is not a substitute for clinical exposure and mentorship.
  • The courses have a ratio of approximately 6 participants to 1 faculty member to ensure a highly interactive and educational course.
The ALARM certificate will be awarded only to those who pass the written examination and who attend the course in its entirety.

If you are unable to attend an ALARM course but would like to purchase an ALARM manual, please download this form  and submit it by email to [email protected].

Upcoming Courses

Please note that there are currently no in person ALARM courses planned.

We have developed "ALARM Virtual", an independent online study program that is available for registration. For more information or to register, please click here.


If you would like to hold an ALARM course in your community, please contact us at [email protected]. Please note that a minimum of 12 participants is required.

Should you have any questions about your registration, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

 

Instructor Courses - Overview

The ALARM program would not be possible without the efforts of specialists, physicians, nurses and midwives trained to teach this course to their peers. In order to maintain the quality of this highly recognized program, the ALARM Committee has identified specific requirements for instructors throughout Canada.

In order to be eligible to take the instructor course, you must:
  • Have participated in an ALARM course in the past 4 years
  • Be currently registered as an MD (Family Physician or OB/GYN), Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife
  • Be actively providing intrapartum obstetrical care

If you meet the above requirements and wish to participate in the ALARM instructor course, please submit an application at the link below. Please note, a letter of recommendation from your employer, department head or a current ALARM Course Director is required.


If you are selected, you will be sent a registration link for the course. At this point, you will be able to pay your registration fees ($650 plus applicable taxes for OB/GYN and FP doctors; $500 plus applicable taxes for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives) and receive access to the course materials.

Your participation at the ALARM instructor course is not a guarantee that you will become a qualified ALARM Instructor. 

To become a qualified ALARM instructor, you must:
  • Complete the Instructor course
  • Teach a course
  • Receive a favourable evaluation from the Course Director

Please note you will be required to teach once every three years to maintain your status as an active instructor following a successful completion of the evaluation process. If you fail to do so, you will have to take another ALARM course or Instructor course to maintain your active instructor status.

Space is limited to 24 participants per course. 

Upcoming Instructor Courses

Please note that there are currently no instructor courses planned.

 

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The SOGC is the leading voice in women's health in Canada. We are a strong and vibrant society with an active and growing membership. We are here to support you in providing the best care possible to women in Canada and around the world. That's why so many health care providers have become members of the SOGC. Let us be your partner in practice.

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Upcoming events

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September 30 - October 1
FMC du Québec 2021
 
October 20 - 20
Live interactive forum - October 20, 2021
 
October 27 - 27
Live interactive forum - October 27, 2021
 
November 10 - 10
Live interactive forum - November 10, 2021
 

Public Education Resources

The SOGC believes that good healthcare is built upon many partnerships and that improving healthcare requires a collaborative, holistic approach.

Providing the public with the information needed to make informed health decisions removes one barrier to improved health.

SexandU.ca

Rated one of the top 5 e-health projects in the world, SexandU.ca provides credible and up-to-date sexual health information for teens, adults, parents, teachers, and health care providers.

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Brand Recognition Program

The SOGC Brand Recognition Program aims to assist Canadian consumers to make informed choices when selecting over-the-counter products. 

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