29th Annual Southwestern Ontario Obstetrics & Gynaecology Update Day - HH Allen Day


Friday, October 21st, 2022

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Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre
591 Wellington Road South
London, ON




7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Attendance: In-person or a virtual attendance for those who cannot attend in-person


$130 In-person Physician, $80 In-person Allied Health Professional, $60 Virtual attendance, Free for Western/Schulich Residents, Medical Students, Fellows and Clerks for virtual or in-person attendance, $40 for non         Western/ Schulich Residents & Fellows for virtual                 attendance



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HH AllenThere can be no doubt that Dr. Hugh Allen deserves a significant amount of credit for bringing the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology to its preeminent position in Canada today.  His name belongs alongside others who have played significant roles in the history of OB GYN at Western;  names like W.P Tew, Robert Kinch and Earl Plunkett.  While Hugh was active in both clinical research and clinical practice it is likely that in the latter sphere where his influence has been most strongly felt by the many residents who have worked alongside this master surgeon.  Allen-trained gynaecologists came to be recognized as simply “the best” across North America wherever they went to practice.

It is difficult to put a finger on what exactly made Dr. Allen’s tenure as a clinician/teacher so successful.  Many would put it down to the combination of intelligence, skill, patience and genuine humility.  Certainly, Hugh did not arrive on the medical scene with a silver spoon in his mouth.  He came from farm folk and started his long learning pathway in a one-room school near Chatham with sixty-five students and but one teacher.  Needless to say, he excelled and ultimately made it to Medical School here at Western and then to post-graduate training also in London before embarking on an intensive postgraduate training program which included time spent in Stockholm, Amsterdam, Gratz, Vienna, Newcastle and London England.

His return to London Ontario to set up practice with Dr. W.P. Tew was the beginning of a major change in the quality (and quantity) of gynaecological surgery that was being done in this centre.  Advanced techniques for the management of Gyn Oncology cases were soon introduced and referrals came in from all over Southwestern Ontario.  Many residents who joined the program during this time, felt that they had been caught up in a whirlwind of clinical activity as throughput in Victoria Hospital’s operating rooms and wards became supercharged to meet the great clinical demand that he generated.  If someone said that something couldn’t be done, Hugh invariably proved them wrong.  He demanded a great deal from his residents and the nurses on the wards and in the O.R. but he worked just as hard as they did and was respected because he taught by example.

Over the years Dr. Allen has served on various hospital and university committees and gained a reputation for embracing change and urging his fellow committee members to open their minds and do likewise.

Dr. Allen has travelled abroad many times to share his surgical ideas and skills with others.  As a result, recognition and appreciation came not only from within Canada but also internationally.  These honours are rightfully Dr. Allen’s alone but the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology has frequently basked in his glory.  HH Allen Day and its focus on clinical research and innovation is a way that we can thank him for all that he has done for us.   

Dr. Allen’s current passion is building the Allen-Carey Education Award of Excellence in Women’s Health. This notable award enables clinical and research training opportunities such as an additional year of highly specialized training in women’s health following a fellowship program for health care providers who seek excellence.
Dr. Allen is leading the charge to increase the award’s endowment principal to $2 million. “This type of support was absolutely critical for my own professional development,” he says. “I’d like to see others have the same opportunity.”

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This year's program includes plenary sessions in the morning and an optional zoom attendance for those who cannot be here in person. 

Learning Objectives

 By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe current and optimal reproductive health care information
  • Reflect on presentation materials and consider applying and integrating recommendations into their clinical practices to enhance patient care
  • Engage in discussions and exchange ideas with delegates, colleagues and experts in the field


7:30 Registration
7:45 - 8:00

Welcome - Dr. Carol King, Continuing Medical Education Director

8:00 - 8:55

Dr. Janine Hutson, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Western University & Dr. Facundo Garcia-Bournissen, Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology, Western University

Medication for Pain Management in Pregnancy – What Options are There?


 By the end of the presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • List medications for analgesia that can be used in pregnancy
  • Discuss current safety warnings regarding acetaminophen
  • Recommend when NSAIDs could be considered in pregnancy
  • Identify an overview of safety of non-analgesic drugs for chronic pain in pregnancy
  • Identify reputable sources for patients or healthcare providers for safety information
9:00 - 9:55

Dr. Stephanie Moltner, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Resident

Recipient of the Tew Award for Best Resident Presentation

Uterine Artery Dopplers and the Future of Preeclampsia Screening


By the end of the presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • List uterine artery doppler abnormalities and their utility in pre-eclampsia screening
  • Describe the association of uterine artery doppler abnormalities with pre-eclampsia
  • Recognize the proposed future models of pre-eclampsia screening  
9:55 - 10:15 Nutrition Break
10:15 - 11:10

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Malcolm Munro, Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Adenomyosis: A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma


By the end of the presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • List the current theories of pathogenesis and clinical impact of adenomyosis
  • Describe the ultrasound and MRI features the suggest the presence of adenomyosis
  • Summarize the available evidence on medical and procedural management of adenomyosis
11:15 - 12:10

Dr. Shannon Arntfield, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Western University

Gynecologic Care of Genetic Mutations


By the end of the presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • Review the medical, surgical, and psychological aspects of caring for patients with gynecological genetic mutation
  • Reflect on insights from BRCA management recommendations
12:15 - 13:00

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session: Female Sexual Dysfunction

Approach to female sexual pain, low desire, orgasm, and more! Panel Presentation and discussion

13:00 - 13:45

Dr. Marisa Horniachek, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Queen’s University

Female Sexual Dysfunction: A Gynecologist’s Perspective

By the end of the presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • Define female sexual dysfunction
  • Conduct a thorough assessment of patients presenting with sexual concerns
  • Create an evidence-based plan for management of common types of female sexual dysfunction
13:45 - 14:15

Dayna Morelatto, Physiotherapist, Masters of Physiotherapy, Western University

Female Sexual Dysfunction: A Pelvic Physiotherapist’s Approach

By the end of the presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the role of the pelvic floor in female sexual dysfunction across the lifespan
  • Identify the Pelvic Physiotherapist’s assessment for sexual dysfunction across the lifespan
  • List the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of female sexual dysfunction
14:15 - 14:25  Nutrition Break
14:25 - 14:55

Sue Browning, Registered Psychotherapist, BESTCO Certified, London

Female Sexual Dysfunction: A Psychotherapist’s Perspective

The Psychological Impact of Sexual Pain Disorders and Low Libido

By the end of the presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • Select questions to ask their patients which will help to discern whether psychotherapy or relational therapy will be helpful for psychological issues that arise because of low libido and/or pelvic pain disorders
  • Describe types of therapy and/or interventions a psychotherapist or relational therapist might use to help with these issues
  • List of resources, in addition to counselling, that may help patients with the problem of low libido or pelvic pain
15:00 - 15:45

Panel Discussion & Questions & Answers

15:45 - 16:00 

Closing Remarks – Dr. Carol King


Reception – please join us for cocktails and an opportunity to network with colleagues


The day will take place at:

Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre Hotel
1150 Wellington Road South
London, ON, N6E 1ME

Virtual Conference link will be sent to those who register for the virtual conference option

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