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AHS22 Surgical Skills Lab

An in-person meeting means the return of our hands-on lab! Join us for the AHS22 Surgical Skills Lab on September 17 – following the annual meeting. Conrad Ballecer, MD, and Vedra Augenstein, MD, the Cadaver Lab Chairs, are excited to bring a hands-on lab to the many of you who have been asking for it! We have an opportunity to give participants a chance to learn all they want to know about hernia, right from the experts!

Experts in the field will demonstrate and then assist you in completing the procedure on a cadaver. We plan to teach the techniques you want to learn and do much more! The program is unique as it pairs you with a mentor before and after the program. The live program will be hosted at Atrium Health, minutes from the Westin Charlotte, the host hotel of the AHS annual meeting. Due to support from our corporate partners, participants of the lab will be able to use the latest technology and products in hernia repair.

The lab will feature a learner-focused curriculum and therefore requires an application for participation. As part of the application, potential participants will be asked to identify which techniques they would like to focus on during the lab. Participants for the lab will be chosen by the lab committee and then paired up with a subject matter expert for a shoulder-to-shoulder hands-on training session. Approaches offered include, but are not limited to, robotic inguinal/TAPP, TAPP ventral, robot eTEP, robotar, robotic foregut. Open/lap stations include every type of hernia approach offered including chronic groin pain management and non-mesh repairs.

If you are interested in participating in the AHS22 Lab, please complete the application below. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. The lab is limited to 24 participants (two surgeons per cadaver per station), so please submit your application early!

Online Application

Participant fees for the lab are $1,000 for AHS members and $1,500 for non-AHS members. Participants will be contacted after their application has been processed and will be invoiced if accepted. Please note that participants for the AHS22 Lab must also be registered for the AHS 2022 Annual Meeting.

The AHS22 Surgical Skills Lab includes:

  • Dinner with faculty mentors on Friday, September 16
  • Admission to the full-day quality equipped cadaver lab with all necessary tools on Saturday, September 17
  • Access to required instruments and products
  • Breakfast and lunch on Saturday, September 17
  • Transportation from the Westin Charlotte to Atrium Health on the morning of Saturday, September 17
  • Transportation from Atrium Health to Charlotte Douglas International Airport following the lab on Saturday, September 17