30th Annual Southwestern Ontario Obstetrics & Gynaecology Update Day - HH Allen Day


Friday, October 20th, 2023

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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 only


Early Bird: $150 In-person Physician/Basic Scientists, $85 In-person Allied Health Professional, Free for Western/Schulich Residents, Fellows, and Medical Students

Late Registration: $175 In-person Physician/Basic Scientists, $95 In-person Allied Health Professional, Free for Western/Schulich Residents, Fellows, and Medical Students

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Join us for a truly extraordinary celebration at this year's HH Allen Day event! As we commemorate the remarkable life and achievements of Dr. Allen, it's an honour to mark his 100th birthday. We have the privilege of welcoming special presenters who will share their insights and pay tribute to this extraordinary individual. Don't miss out on this unforgettable occasion!


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 healthcare 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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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
  • Incorporate and apply up-to-date knowledge on new treatments and practices through collaborative teaching and discussions between experts in the field, bringing closer the gap between community and academic practice patterns and optimizing management and referral patterns in Southwestern Ontario


7:45 - 8:00

Welcome - Dr. Carol King, Continuing Medical Education Director

8:00 - 8:55

Dr. Ali Mourad, Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Western University

Endometriosis Unveiled: Beyond Pain, Towards Innovative Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies


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

  • Apply advanced diagnostic techniques to enhance accuracy in diagnosing endometriosis
  • Design an evidence-based treatment plan tailored to the severity and manifestations of endometriosis in individual patients
  • Discuss the latest research findings and their implications for the future management of endometriosis
9:00 - 9:55

Dr. Meryl Hodge, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Resident

Recipient of the Tew Award for Best Resident Presentation

Female Fertility Preservation: Oncofertility


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

  • Recognize barriers to fertility preservation in the oncology population
  • Describe patient selection for fertility preservation in the oncology population
  • Identify available fertility preservation interventions
9:55 - 10:15 Nutrition Break
10:15 - 11:10

Dr. Barry MacMillan Urogynecology, Western University, and Dr. Barbra de Vrijer Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Western University



  • Review pathophysiology and diagnosis of placenta accreta spectrum (PAS)
  • Review current invasive placenta nomenclature in context of peri-operative management
  • Describe conservative and non-conservative surgical approaches to PAS
  • Recognize the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to pre-operative care of patients with PAS
  • Review outcome improvements expected with current suggested approach to PAS patient
11:15 - 11:55

Dr. Robert Gratton, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Western University & Dr. Nancy Whitmore, Registrar/CEO, CPSO

Applying Right-Touch to Medical Regulation


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

  • Understand how the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is using right-touch regulation to provide regulatory oversight of medical practice in Ontario
  • Identify how right-touch improves interactions with CPSO and how right-touch regulation serves as the foundation for modernization underway at CPSO
12:00 - 13:15

Lunch Break (Tribute to Dr. Allen)

13:15 - 13:40

Dr. George Vilos, MIS, Western University

The story of the Pap smear and the Odyssey of George and Andromache Papanicolaou


  • Describe the history of the Pap smear
  • Recognize the pioneering contributions of Dr. George and his wife Andromache Papanicolaou to medicine
13:45 - 14:10

Dr. John Collins, Member, Order of Canada

Evaluating Studies of Long-Term Risk


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

  • Indicate where studies of risk in the scope of clinical studies of prevalence, diagnosis, prognosis and therapy (benefits and risks)
  • Choose the most appropriate study designs for a study of risk or causation;
  • Contrast the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence derived from randomized controlled trials and epidemiological studies
14:15 - 14:30  Nutrition Break
14:30 – 15:20

Keynote Speaker Dr. Jen Gunter, OBGYN

Sex, Lies, And Hormones: What the OB/GYN Need to Know About Medical Misinformation 


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

  • List major factors that contribute to the dissemination of medical misinformation online
  • Explain why OB/GYN is uniquely vulnerable
  • Describe evidence-based approaches for dealing with medical misinformation 
15:30 – 15:45

Closing Remarks – Dr. Carol King


The day will take place at:

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

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