Spring 2021 Newsletter
A Message from the President

Dr. Mark Walsh
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Multi Organ Transplant Program
Hepatobiliary Surgery & General Surgery
Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine
What's New at CAGS?!

We've been busy over the past couple of years. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Creation of the Women in Surgery and Rural Surgery Mentorship Programs
  • Development of the Masters Laparoscopic Colectomy Program
  • Addition of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion advisors to the CAGS Committees and Board of Directors
  • Expansion of affinity programs to offer members cost savings in a variety of areas
  • Robust live webinars, with video recordings available on demand
  • New members'-only space with opportunities to connect and network
  • Reinvigorated global surgery initiatives including resident education in Guyana
2021 CGSF Operating Grant Competition
Applications are being accepted for the 2021 Operating Grant Competition. The grant is available to support and foster the development of research projects by new and emerging surgical researchers.
  • There is one operating grant of $40,000.
  • Applicants must have a full-time appointment at a Canadian institution associated with a research institute or university.
  • Applicants must be new investigators within their first 5 years of practice, not including interruptions, such as medical/family/parental leaves, relocation, or extenuating clinical service requirements.
  • The deadline for receipt is April 1, 2021.
  • Applicants must be CAGS members at the time of application submission.
In the News
Fewer amputations in Yukon, thanks to pioneering frostbite treatment
- CBC News
Crisis brewing as COVID-19 derails life-saving surgeries at Canadian hospitals
- CTV News
Elderly patients with esophageal cancers do not always get optimal therapy due to perceived risks of their age
- American College of Surgeons
Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five
- Life in the Fastlane
Some good ole' fashioned medical trivia to lighten your day!
Who said? "There is no body cavity that cannot be reached with a number fourteen gauge needle and a good strong arm"
Member Resources
CAGS Membership has many benefits including:
Live Online Webinars
CAGS hosts monthly webinars on a variety of clinical and non-clinical general surgery topics.

Upcoming topics include:
  • Endoscopy Tips & Tricks
  • Melanoma
  • 'How I Do it' Video Webinar: Left / Sigmoid Colectomy
  • Alternative Practice Models
Job Board
With 27 new postings already in 2021 (and 80 in 2020), our Job Board has become one of the most comprehensive repositories for general surgeon positions in Canada.

Members can also subscribe to a bi-weekly eblast that highlights new and expiring postings - never miss a thing!
Video Library
Over 35 videos are currently included in our library, with more being added on a monthly basis.

Videos include webinars such as:
  • Colorectal Liver Met Management
  • ‘How I Do It’ Video Webinar: Difficult Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Alone in the Night: Difficult Scenarios in ACS
  • CT in the ED: What the Surgeon Needs to Know
Reduced Submission and
Processing Fees
CAGS members have access to $100 submission fee waiver AND $100 discount on article processing if your article is published.
Accredited Self-Learning through Virtual Patient Cases
Virtual patient cases (VPs) are online scenarios that represent authentic, simulated representations of clinical encounters. They provide a powerful, immersive and engaging learning experience that focuses on decision-making and case-management.

Our case library currently includes four cases with several more in production and scheduled for 2021 release.