Invitation for the First International Elite Gynecologic Surgery Competition (2019 Masters of Gynecologic Surgery)

Published: 2019-05-10

We cordially invite you to participate in the First International Elite Gynecologic Surgery Competition, which is jointly hosted by AME Publishing Company and the West China Second University Hospital of Sichuan University.

AME Publishing Company has successfully held a series of surgical video competitions since 2012 and has received positive responses and recognition from surgeons domestically and abroad. The contest not only provides a platform for competition and mutual learning, it also provides young surgeons with an opportunity to participate in a dialogue of views with international leading experts.

All gynecologists are eligible to participate in this competition, and the competition includes all of the operations in the field of gynecology. The contest will be held based on the submission of videos via the internet, and the review process will be performed online. The video expert judges will be editorial board members from the journal Gynecology and Pelvic Medicine (GPM). The winners of the event will have priority access for publishing their surgical video articles in GPM. The winners of the competition will be invited to attend the award ceremony that will be held at the West China Gynecology Forum in December of 2019, and will have an opportunity for a one-week study tour of the West China Second University Hospital.

We eagerly await your submission of the videos!

Competition Schedule
Stage 1. Video Collection: 2019/5/17 - 2019/9/2 (Deadline)

Stage 2. Video Review: 2019/9/3 - 2019/9/25
Stage 3. Competition Results: 2019/9/27 (Email notification)
Stage 4. Article Writing: 2019/9/28 - 2019/10/28
Stage 5. Award Ceremony: 2019/12/14

All gynecologists are eligible to participate in this competition.

Participants should first fill in the first attachment and then email it to the AME editorial office. The subject of the email should be, “2019 Masters of Gynecologic Surgery-Participant’s Full Name.” After receiving a receipt of confirmation from the editorial office, please send the videos and accompanying materials (second attachment) to:
Recipient: Lucine M. Gao,
Phone: 020-66355775
Attachments: Please download the attachments at the bottom of this page.
Deadline for submission: 2019/9/2.

Entry Requirements
1. Thematic range: operations in the field of gynecology.
All videos must be original works and neither published nor submitted to other surgical video contests.

2. Video Requirements:
(1) Video Length: within 15 mins. Chinese characters are not allowed in the video.
(2) Video Format: MP4、Flash video (.flv), MPEG, DVD video format, MOV, AVI, and WMV. H.264/mp4 for the video codec and AAC for the audio codec is recommended.
(3) Screen Ratio: 4:3 or 16:9.
(4) Resolution: no less than 640×480 (no less than 854×480 in widescreen format)
(5) The corresponding author must confirm in the Copyright Transfer Agreement that he/she has received a signed release form from each patient recorded on the submitted video. Ideally, patients should not be identifiable in these videos.
(6) No background music should be inserted into the video. All materials submitted should be by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) and be original unless appropriate permission is obtained.

Video Example:

3. Illustrating text (attachment 2):
It is recommended that the video be accompanied by a descriptive text in English. The text includes the following information:
(1)Title for the video.
(2)Author(s): limited to 6 authors, including full name, education level, and affiliation.
(3)Corresponding author: full name, email, and phone number.
(4)Abstract: summary of the video, limited to 350 words.
(5)Video description: detailed descriptions of the surgical operation procedures in a step-by-step format.
(6)Comments:comments and discussions on the operative techniques, possible pitfalls and the comparison of the described procedure with other methods are encouraged.
(7)Conflict of interests: anything that need to be disclosed.
(8)Corresponding author of the video should sign the “Copyright Transfer Agreement” in the second attachment.

Judging Mode
1. Review Team: editorial board members from Gynecology and Pelvic Medicine

Editorial Board Member


Hennie Botha

Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, South Africa

Lior Lowenstein

Rambam Health Care Campus, Israel

Walter H.Gotlieb

Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, Canada

Howard Goldman

Cleveland Clinic, Lerner College of Medicine, USA

Andrea Papadia

University Hospital of Bern, University of Bern, Switzerland

Louis Dubeau

Keck School of Medicine, University Southern California, USA

Michael Dahan

MUHC Reproductive Centre, Canada

Attilio Di Spiezio Sardo

University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Ambrogio P Londero

University of Udine, Italy

Rossella E. Nappi

University of Pavia , Italy

Giampiero Capobianco 

University of Sassari, Italy

Simone Ferrero

Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Italy

Maria Luisa Gasparri 

Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Giorgio Bogani

IRCCS National Cancer Institute, Italy

Yong Sang Song

Seoul National University College of Medicine, Republic of Korea

Francesco Cosentino

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

Philippe R. Koninckx

Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Liselotte Mettler 

University Hospitals Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Murat Gultekin

Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey

Antonio Simone Lagana

"Filippo Del Ponte" Hospital, University of Insubria, Italy

Gabriele Siesto

Humanitas Research Hospital, Italy

David G. Mutch

Washington University School of Medicine, USA

Anna Maria Paoletti

University of Cagliari, University Hospital of Cagliari, Italy

Charles Sultan

Hôpital A. de Villeneuve, France

Luca Saba 

Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria of Cagliari, Italy

Giacomo Corrado

IRCCS - Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, Italy

2. Judging Criteria:
Videos will be judged based on how effective the videos are in promoting gynecologic surgery techniques by the editorial board member from GPM following the 5 standards below (100 points total):
• Operative Difficulty(20 points)
• The standardization and the fluency of the operation(20 points)
• Originality(20 points)
• Quality of the video(20 points)
• Educational values of video demonstration (20 points)

The adjudicators will pick two first, three seconds and five third prize winners from the entries.
1. Winners will be awarded the certificate “2019 Masters of Gynecologic Surgery”.
2. All the winning videos will stand a chance to be published in Gynecology and Pelvic Medicine (GPM,
3. Winners will be sponsored by the organizers to attend the award ceremony which will be held in West China Gynecology Forum in December 2019. The sponsor will cover the round-trip travel (remarks: economy-class air ticket or second-class seat of the high-speed train) and 2 nights accommodation.
4. Winners have an opportunity for a one-week study tour of the West China Second University Hospital. All travel fees, including accommodation, transportation, and food shall be borne by the winners.

Term of Confidentiality
All information and materials collected for this contest will not be used for any non-academic purpose. We reserve all the rights for the final explanation of the competition and all the videos.

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Attachment 1-Participant Information
Attachment 2-Video Information