Education Highlight: IGCS-IJGC Interactive Learning Articles

Education Highlight: Interactive Learning Articles

A New Offering from the IGCS Education Committee: IGCS-IJGC Interactive Learning Articles

We are excited to announce that the IGCS Education Committee’s Work Group on Gynecologic Cancer has developed a new interactive learning feature that allows members to test their knowledge while reading select articles published in the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer.

Work group leader, Dr. Paul Cohen (Australia) developed a series of multiple choice and true/false questions related to key concepts within the first selected article.

Visit the IGCS Member Education Portal to download the first IGCS-IJGC Interactive Learning Article:

Lower extremity lymphedema in patients with gynecologic malignancies
January 7, 2020
Authors: Kimberly Dessources, Emeline Aviki, Mario M Leitao Jr

Dr. Cohen says he is “excited to assist the IGCS Education Committee in developing new and relevant ways to use content especially from our journal – The International Journal of Gynecological Cancer. We hope that these interactive learning articles will improve retention of knowledge and enhance readers’ educational experience. I am very grateful to Dr. Pedro Ramirez, Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, for assisting with selection of appropriate articles.”

When reading the Interactive Learning Article, test your comprehension by answering a series of questions.

The correct answer is highlighted on the following slide.

This resource has been developed by members of the IGCS Education Committee General Gynecologic Oncology Work Group and they will be creating more interactive learning articles throughout the year.

We hope that these interactive articles will increase learner engagement and make learning fun.

We would like to thank Dr. Pedro Ramirez, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, BMJ Publishing, and all the authors of the selected papers, for their generosity in making these articles available to IGCS members.

We hope you enjoy them and have fun learning!


Education Highlight: Select Webcasts

Education Highlight: IGCS 2019 Annual Global Meeting Webcasts

Did you miss IGCS 2019 in Rio? Were you there and could not attend all the talks you wanted to? Like every meeting there was an abundance of excellent presentations including new research, clinical trials and review sessions.

This month we highlight two sessions from Rio which we hope you will find interesting and relevant to your practice. Members can view these two webcasts in the Member Education Portal.

Translating Endometrial Molecular Risk Stratification To Endometrioid Ovarian Carcinoma: A Novel Application Of Precision Medicine
7 minute presentation
Dr. Pauline Kramer and colleagues applied the validated Proactive Molecular risk Classifier for Endometrial cancer (ProMisE) to an international cohort of over 500 well characterized endometrioid ovarian carcinomas. All four molecular subtypes were identified (POLEmut, mismatch repair deficient (MMRd), p53wt/NSMP and p53abnormal(p53abn)), and molecular subtype was associated with clinical outcomes (PFS, DSS) including no recurrence events within POLEmut at 10 years and very poor outcomes within p53abn (only ~ 50% survival at 10 years). Association of outcomes with ProMisE was maintained on multivariable analysis. Possible utility of this molecular framework to endometriosis-associated ovarian carcinomas is discussed.

Concerv: A Prospective Trial Of Conservative Surgery For Low-Risk Early Stage Cervical Cancer
15 minute presentation
Dr. Kathleen Schmeler shares the results of an international collaborative prospective single arm study assessing the safety and feasibility of simple (non-radical) hysterectomy or cone biopsy with lymph node (LN) assessment for early stage cervical carcinoma and with favorable pathology characteristics. Final analysis includes 100 patients with a 4.3% recurrence rate observed thus far. Lymph node (LN) involvement was diagnosed in 5% of women confirming the importance of LN assessment. Further follow-up is needed to determine if long-term oncologic outcomes are comparable to women who had undergone radical procedures and two additional prospective studies (SHAPE, GOG 278) in early cervical carcinoma are pending which will also help clarify if less aggressive surgical approach is safe.

See more: View over 150 presentations from the 2019 Annual Global Meeting.






Education Highlight: IGCS 2019 Webcasts

Education Highlight: IGCS 2019 Annual Global Meeting Webcasts
Over 150 recorded presentations (webcasts) from the 2019 IGCS Annual Global Meeting held in Rio de Janeiro September 19-21, 2019 are now available.

The IGCS 2019 scientific program included live surgical videos with commentary, pro/con debates, case discussions with expert panels, region-specific sessions, and much more.

All of this excellent educational content is publicly available on the IGCS website through January 1, 2020.

IGCS Members will have continued access to these recordings and more through the IGCS online Education Portal. Presentations are being categorized by topic will be uploaded to our member’s Education Portal in the next several weeks

Not a member? Join today to access our entire library of educational videos and resources. See more Education Highlights.


Education Highlight: IGCS’s First Webinar Recording

In this month’s IGCS Education Highlight, we bring you recordings from our live-streaming webinar: Gynecologic Cancer Update.

This was the first event of its kind hosted by the IGCS.

Dr. R. Wendel Naumann (USA) hosted the event on Sept 6, 2019 at Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC. Several expert speakers presented the most recent updates on various topics related to gynecologic cancers.

The live event was a great success with nearly 200 participants joining from 54 countries.

If you missed the live event, you can view all the recorded presentations on the IGCS website and download select slides which have been made public for both IGCS members and non-members.





Education Highlight: IGCS-PARSGO Recordings

This month’s Education Highlight Features Recordings from the IGCS-PARSGO Joint Symposium

This month’s IGCS Education Highlight is from the recent IGCS-PARSGO Joint Symposium at the 10th International Charité Mayo Conference in Berlin. These two renowned hospitals, the Charité in Berlin and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN have been cooperative partners for several years, hosting a major international conference on women´s cancer every two years.

The symposium consisted of presentations on the following topics, moderated by Dr. Thomas Herzog. IGCS Members may access the recordings by logging into the IGCS Education Portal.

Primary HPV DNA Screening – Turkish Experience
Prof. Dr. Murat Gultekin

What are the Best Designs for Clinical Trials with Targeted Therapies?
Dr. Mansoor Raza Mirza

How to Interpret Data Trials in Rare Tumors
Prof. Dr. Michael Seckl

How to Motivate Patients for Clinical Trials
Prof. Dr. Jalid Sehouli

The Pan-Arabian Research Society for Gynecologic Oncology (PARSGO) was founded in 2016 and is a Strategic Alliance Partner of IGCS. We are happy to be working with PARSGO on their primary goals of promoting the health and well-being of women with gynecological cancers in the Arab world, facilitating collaborative research, and achieving high standards of professional care in gynecologic oncology.

Visit the IGCS Education Portal for additional relevant educational content.


Education Highlight: In the Know

This month’s Education Highlight is from In the Know (Ed’s List)

In the Know is prepared by Edward Pavlik, PhD, Professor and Director of Ovarian Screening Research Program, University of Kentucky on a monthly basis. Ed’s lists provide a compilation of abstracts related to the field of gynecologic oncology from multiple scholarly journals.

The following is an article chosen from Ed’s List: Development of Peritoneal Carcinoma in women diagnosed with Serous Tubal Intraepithelial Carcinoma (STIC) following Risk-Reducing Salpingo-Oophorectomy (RRSO). PI Stanciu, TE. J. Ind, DPJ. Barton, JB Butler, KM Vroobel, AD Attygalle, MAE Nobbenhuis. Journal of Ovarian Research 12(50) 2019

The article concludes:

Cases negative for evidence of serous carcinoma of peritoneal origin at the time of Risk-Reducing Salpingo-Oophorectomy and found to be STIC positive, developed serous carcinoma of peritoneal origin 4-6 years later. This suggests that continuing follow-up should be considered when a STIC lesion has been identified.

Stay “In the Know” and keep up with Ed’s List in the Members-Only IGCS Literature Library.

View the latest update from the IGCS Education Committee Chairs regarding content that can be found in the Education Portal and see what’s coming soon!

Education Committee Update: Overview of Online Education

Have you visited the IGCS Education Portal lately?

As IGCS Education Chairs, we hope that you all find the educational content on our web portal to be of value. We’d like to thank the Education Committee’s Work Group Chairs for their strategic and innovative ideas and most of all their hard work. We are grateful to be working with such dedicated team of individuals.

We are inspired by IGCS’s growth with close to 3,000 from over 112 countries and strive as a committee to consider the educational needs and practices of our diverse global membership from high, middle and low resource settings.

The following are some of the highlights on the educational web portal and please watch for our monthly “education highlight” in the featured announcements on the homepage of

AAGL’s SurgeryU video library has been available to IGCS members since February. SurgeryU has over 1,200 surgical videos to educate gynecologic surgeons of all levels on minimally invasive surgical techniques. In addition, you will see a tab for IGCS content on the SurgeryU platform – Dr. Vance Broach, IGCS’s Video Editor and his team have added five new videos with more content on the way.

Annual Global Meeting
All recorded presentations from the 2018 IGCS Meeting in Kyoto have been loaded to the Education Portal where you can browse the content by topic. We thank Dr. Jessica McAlpine for overseeing the relevant gynecologic oncology content.

NEW to the topic list, we now have several presentations on Palliative Care.

Literature Library
Every month, we upload “In the Know (Ed’s List)” – a compilation of the latest abstracts related to the field of gynecologic oncology from multiple scholarly journals in the Literature Library. This list is compiled by Edward Pavlik, PhD, Professor and Director of Ovarian Screening Research Program, University of Kentucky.

Through the Education Portal, IGCS members can access the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer. IJGC now features new article types and multimedia enhancements including video articles and expert podcasts, with all articles now available on PubMed.

Follow IJGC on Twitter and Facebook to stay current on the latest journal content and news. Join the monthly journal club on Twitter with #IJGCclub.

Education Coming Soon
We have been busy these past few months and are pleased with the upcoming additions to the portal. We are grateful to all the hard work that continues to happen as we continually seek practice changing education to bring to you the IGCS members.

Palliative Care Certificate Program
The Palliative Workgroup is developing an online curriculum to provide health care providers the knowledge and skills necessary to provide palliative interventions for patients suffering associated with women’s cancer. After completing the training, the participant will be able to describe the scope of knowledge, attitudes, and skills that comprise the core palliative care competencies needed throughout the trajectory of comprehensive cancer care, as well as incorporate the described treatment recommendations and approaches into clinical practice. We thank Dr. Michael Pearl and Dr. Raimundo Correa for their leadership and the workgroup members for their dedication.

Pathology Corner
The IGCS Pathology Workgroup led by Dr. Anna Plotkin, in collaboration with Dr. Joseph Rabban and ISGyP, is working on developing educational content specific to gynecologic pathology. Content will include:

  • Important literature
  • Educational presentations and resources
  • Glossary of terms and definitions related to pathology
  • Q&A “Ask a Pathologist” column to allow members the opportunity to email questions related to pathology.

Radiation Oncology
IGCS is forming a Radiation Oncology Workgroup to assess and enhance the educational resources offered to our radiation oncologist members. The work group will be developing online materials specific to radiation therapy for gynecologic cancers under the leadership of Dr. Remi Nout.

Your feedback is always welcome – if you have any questions or comments, please email Mandy Hansen, online education manager, at

Please take the time to visit the portal often.


Ritu Salani, MD
Education Committee Chair

Ane Gerda Zahl Eriksson, MD
Education Committee Vice Chair