IJGC Journal Club

IJGC Journal Club, in collaboration with IGCS and ESGO

The November article for discussion and journal club date will be posted here when it becomes available. View recordings of journal club discussions below.

IJGC Podcasts

IJGC Podcasts features short interview segments with leading experts discussing the latest research in their respective areas. 

Select episodes are available in other languages including Arabic, Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian.

Previously Recorded Journal Club Discussions

Surgical Film Festival

Film Festival Information     

IGCS is providing a free online surgical film festival narrated by expert surgeons in the field of gynecologic oncology. Attendees can participate in live discussion while viewing the surgical films and hear from the global experts in ultra-radical procedures.

Friday, October 8, 2021
10:00 - 11:30 am ET
See all time zones

For questions, please email education@igcs.org


Vance Broach
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Reitan Ribeiro
Erasto Gaertner Hospital

IGCS surgical film festivals are organized by Vance Broach, Surgical Education Lead of the IGCS Education Committee.

Course Outline

Lateral extended endopelvic ressections
David Cibula, MD 

Vascular bypass for a sarcoma
Kara Long Roche, MD & Kimberly Dessources, MD

Robotic exenteration with an endoscopic double barreled wet colostomy
Mario Leitao, MD

Complete abdominal Peritonectomy
Houssein El Hajj, MD

Robotic Assisted Pelvic Exenteration in a Radiated Field
Payam Kashi, MD


David Cibula
Charles University and General Hospital
Czech Republic
Kara Long Roche
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Kimberly Dessources
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Mario Leitao
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Houssein El Hajj
Centre Oscar Lambret
Payam Kashi
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Palliative Care Certificate Program

We are pleased to announce that the IGCS is launching a series of self-guided, educational certificate programs available to all IGCS Members. The learner can set their own pace to complete the course work, required reading, quizzes, and posttest in easy-to-follow modules.
The first certificate program, currently available for members to enroll is the IGCS Palliative Care Certificate Program. Certificate courses are also being developed covering Pre-Invasive Cervical Cancer and International Nursing which will be available soon.
The palliative care curriculum introduces the practicing health care provider to the knowledge and skills necessary to provide palliative interventions for patients suffering associated with women’s cancer.
Learning Objectives
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.
  • Incorporate the described treatment recommendations and approaches into clinical practice.
Target Audience
Physicians including gynecologic oncologist, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist; nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, and therapists caring for persons with cancer and their families.

If you would like to enroll in the IGCS Palliative Care Certificate program, please sign in with your IGCS Member username and password. You can start learning now! If you need assistance or have questions or feedback about IGCS"s educational offerings please email education@igcs.org.

To optimize your experience, please clear your browsing history and cookies prior to beginning the course. The recommended web browser is Google Chrome.

We’d like to thank our team of volunteers and Mandy Hansen the IGCS staff lead for their efforts in preparing and reviewing the materials and coursework for the IGCS Palliative Care Certificate Program.

Lee-may Chen, MD 
Raimundo Correa, MD 
Linda R. Duska, MD MPH
Annekathryn Goodman, MD, MS, MA, MPH
Carolyn Lefkowits, MD 
Kristina Lindemann, MD, PhD
Amita Maheshwari, MD 
Michael Pearl, MD 
Shahana Pervin DGO, FCPS
Julia Zarina Ridley, MD, M.Ed, CCFP(PC), FRCPC
Mary (Dicey) Jackson Scroggins, MA
Michael Quinn, AM MGO
Rose Ihuoma Anorlu MD, MPH
Lynette Denny, MD, PhD
Lynn Hallarman, MD
Lois Ramondetta, MD
Medical Editor
Jenifer Levin
“These certificate courses demonstrate IGCS’s commitment to global health equity. We hope that our members take advantage of these curriculum to enhance their learning and understanding of topics that may have an immediate impact on the health and wellbeing of women in the communities they serve.
Designed for practitioners in high- middle- and low-resource settings, these online courses are an excellent way to deliver comprehensive education that our members can complete at their own pace, from any location.”
- Dr. Michael Pearl, IGCS Education Committee Member who has been a driving force behind IGCS’s palliative care education.

Breast Cancer Course

International Course on Breast Cancer
Three-Part Webinar Series

Associate Professor: Dr. Víctor Manuel Vargas Hernández

Adjunct Professors:
Dr. Guillermo Sídney Herbert Núñez
Dr. David Cantú de León

Dr. Antonio Posada Domínguez
Dr. Paula Anel Cabrera
Dr. José Hinojosa Gómez

Descargar el Programa (Español)


Parte 1: Diagnósticos
Grabado el 27 de Marzo de 2021

Parte 2: Tratamiento Quirúrgico y Quimioterápico
Grabado el 24 de Abril de 2021

Parte 3: Tratamiento de Radioterapia
Grabado el 29 de Mayo de 2021

Early Career Workshop

Friday, April 30 | 8:00 pm EDT (New York)
Saturday, May 1 | 8:00 am CST (China)
Program Topics
Role of an Early Career Fellow in Clinical Trials
Alison Brand, MD 
GCIG Mandate & Vision
Keiichi Fujiwara, MD
Trial Types & Design for International Studies
Jung Min Lee, MD
Patient Reported Outcomes
Rachel Sisodia, MD
Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Segment
Rachel Sisodia, MD | Alison Brand, MD | Rhonda Farrell, MD
IGCS Early Career Workshop Jr. Faculty


Alison Brand, MD
Director Department of Gynaecological Oncology Westmead Hospital
Associate Professor, University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia
Rachel C. Sisodia, MD
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Sr. Medical Director for Specialty Care & Patient Reported Outcomes, Mass General Brigham


Rhonda Farrell, MD
IGCS Early Career Network Sr. Mentor
& IGCS Council Member
Navya Nair, MD
IGCS Early Career Network Jr. Mentor
& IGCS Early Career Workshop Jr. Faculty

Early Career Workshop Jr. Faculty

Geetu Bhandoria, MD

Arthur Tsu, MD

Sadie Jones, MD

Florencia Noll, MD

While the workshop is open to all, the program is geared towards young clinicians and researchers who are currently in training and those who have completed training within the last five years and are dedicated to the study of gynecologic cancers.

This workshop is being coordinated in collaboration with the Gynecologic Cancer Intergroup (GCIG).

The session recording and slides from the first IGCS Early Career Workshop (held January, 2021) are available for IGCS Members in the Education Portal.

Zoom Video Webinar

IGCS uses Zoom Video Webinar for virtual events. Zoom Webinar technology has a maximum capacity of 500 attendees. While we believe that we will be able to accommodate all attendees, these free sessions have garnered a lot of interest and there is a chance that capacity will be reached. Also, please be aware that poor internet connectivity and other issues may affect the quality of your experience. Click here to view tips to improve your Zoom Webinar connectivity.

If you are unable to enter the Zoom Webinar or experience technical difficulties, please know that a recording of the entire session will be made available on the IGCS website in a timely manner after the event.

2nd International Web Conference

Thursday, May 20, 2021
5:00 - 2:00 EDT (New York)
12:00 - 21:00 MSK (Moscow)

The IGCS in collaboration with the American Eurasian Cancer Alliance (AECA) and the Russian Reproductive Tumor Society invite you to participate in the 2nd International Web-Conference “Gynecologic oncology: from clinical trials to practice” with the key topic of discussion, "Rare Gynecologic Tumors."

As part of a full meeting agenda, AECA-affiliated experts from University of Toronto, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and N.N. Blokhin National Medical Research Center will discuss a range of topics related to research, diagnosis, and treatment of ovarian, endometrial, vulvovaginal, and cervical cancers, with a particular emphasis on rare cases. Leaders from Blokhin will also present on surgical management of germ cell tumors of the ovary. The event is open to the global gynecological cancer community. 

Reports, discussions and interactive sessions will be dedicated to the following topics:

  • Rare Malignant Gynecologic Tumors
  • Minimally Invasive and Open Surgical Procedures in Gynecologic Oncology
  • Innovations in diagnostics and treatment of gynecologic malignancies

Program Outline

5:00 – 7:00  EDT - New York / 12:00 – 14:00 MSK - Moscow
Russian Reproductive Tumors Society`s Session (Language: Russian)
Innovations in Diagnostics and Treatment of Gynecologic Malignancies

7:00 – 8:45 EDT - New York / 14:00 – 15:45 MSK - Moscow
Surgical Session (Language: Russian)
Minimally Invasive and Open Procedures in Gynecologic Oncology

9:00 - 2:00 EDT -New York / 16:00 – 21:00 MSK - Moscow
International Session (Language: English with simultaneous translation)
Case Based Reviews of Rare Gynecologic Cancers

Pathology Session
Chairs: Anna Plotkin (Canada),  Apollon Karseladze (Russia)

Ovarian Cancers Session
Chairs: Amanda Fader (USA), Kirill Zhordania (Russia)

Endometrial Cancers Session
Chairs: Michael Frumovitz (USA), Yulia Paianidi (Russia)

Vulvovaginal and Cervical Cancers
Chairs: Pedro Ramirez (USA), Alexey Shevchuk (Russia)

Education Highlight: Palliative Lecture

Featured: Lecture and Discussion on Palliative Medicine and End of Life Care with Dr. Michael Pearl

Login to the IGCS Education Portal to access a recently recorded didactic focusing on palliative medicine and end of life care by Dr. Michael Pearl from Stony Brook University Hospital in the USA. Dr. Pearl is formally trained in both Gynecologic Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

The lecture was recorded live with the international fellows enrolled in the IGCS Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program.

In the first 60 minutes of the recording, Dr. Pearl provides an overview of palliative medicine, including end-of-life care, ethics, and communication. After the lecture, he conducts and question and answer segment with the international gynecologic oncology fellows.

“Death is a natural and inevitable end to life; helping patients achieve an appropriate and easy passage to death is one of the most important and rewarding services that a physician can provide.” -American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

New Literature Highlight in the Pathology Corner

The March supplement issue of the International Journal of Gynecologic Pathology is dedicated to findings from the ISGyP Endocervical Adenocarcinoma Project.

The goals of the project were to
1. understand the spectrum of current practices in pathologic evaluation and reporting of endocervical adenocarcinoma, including a review of the literature and a member survey,
2. improve global reproducibility of endocervical adenocarcinoma classification and pathologic reporting; and
3. assess prognostic significance of WHO/IECC endocervical adenocarcinoma classification and Silva pattern-based classification of HPV-associated adenocarcinomas.

Summaries of the articles are provided in the IGCS Pathology Corner.

Join the Early Career Network

Early Career Workshop 
A recording of the Early Career Workshop (recorded live on January 30, 2021) and presentation slides are now available for members in the IGCS Education Portal

Early Career Research & Publications Network

The goal of this network is to provide early career members with a supportive network of peers and mentors to discuss publishing and writing as critical components to career development. The network will also allow group members the opportunity to develop and promote research projects.

This network is open to IGCS members dedicated to the study of gynecologic cancers who are within the first five years of completion of sub-specialty training.

The network will convene via video conference, online discussion boards and in-person meetings at the IGCS Annual Global Meeting.

Joining the Network
Eligible early career members may request to join the network by logging into the IGCS MEMBER CENTER and clicking GROUPS in the top toolbar, then click +Join Group button. A message will be sent to an IGCS staff member who will verify your eligibility and you will receive an approved or denied message, depending on your completion year of training.

Please be sure your graduation year is filled out in your IGCS Member profile as this will determine your eligibility for the group.

If you are not an IGCS Member, Join today!

The volunteer mentors have previous and current experience in career development, mentorship, publishing and scientific presentation. The mentors will communicate regularly with the network to stimulate research ideas, provoke and moderate discussions and connect network members.

Elena Ioana Braicu, MD, PhD
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Network Mentor
Sean Dowdy, MD
Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
United States
Network Mentor
Rhonda Farrell, BAppSc MBBS FRANZCOG CGO MSurg
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, University of Sydney

Network Mentor

Francesco Plotti, MD, PhD
Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma
Network Mentor
Robert Coleman, MD
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
United States
Council Liaison

Junior Mentors

Geetu Bhandoria, MD
Indian Armed Forces
Arthur Hsu, MD
National Taiwan University Hospital Hsin-Chu Branch
Sadie Jones, MD
Cardiff University
Wales, UK
Navya Nair, MD
Louisiana State University
Florencia Noll, MD
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires


Questions or comments regarding the network may be directed to the IGCS Membership Manager, Cathy Fearing at cathy.fearing@igcs.org.

Education Highlight: Ask a Pathologist

Education Highlight: New Pathology Corner Resources

Login to the IGCS Education Portal to access new resources recently uploaded in the Pathology Corner:

  • WHO Classifications of Female Genital Tumors – 5th Edition Update: summaries for cervix, ovary, uterine (updated), vulvar & vaginal cancers;
  • Interesting Cases: There are now 3 cases to study, the latest being a new case on malignant mesothelioma in situ.
  • Literature Highlights: December 2020 highlights have been added.


Ask a Pathologist is available to IGCS Members thanks to our Strategic Alliance Partnership with the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists. Answers to incoming questions are provided by the members of the IGCS Pathology Work Group and represent their opinion based upon the current and usual practices in the field.

Under the direction of Anna Plotkin, Pathology Work Group Lead, and with significant contributions from our Strategic Alliance Partner Members at the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists (ISGyP), the corner was created to streamline pathology related education curated specifically for gynecologic oncologists. We would like to acknowledge and express gratitude to our work group members for their efforts: Anna Plotkin, Work Group Lead (Canada), Blake Gilks (Canada), Siobhan O’Connor (USA), Joseph Rabban (USA), Adrian Suarez (USA), Gulisa Turashvili (Canada), and Rachael van der Griend (New Zealand) and all the contributors who have agreed to share content.

We hope you enjoy the new educational content in the Pathology Corner of the IGCS Member Education Portal!