Charles H. KOH, MD, FRCOG, FACOG, Excellence in Suturing Award

About the Award

The Koh World Suturing Championship was established in 2022 to encourage excellence in laparoscopic suturing and innovation and will be a yearly competition to award the “Koh World Suturing Champion Award” to the winning surgeon. The finest and most challenging aspect of surgery in the end is repair, reconstruction, or new construction – all of which require proficiency and excellence in suturing. Mechanical modalities have a limited scope and cannot replicate the complexities of ‘free hand’ suturing, which is virtually infallible in addressing all challenges, including those not yet conceptualized. This challenge was created to encourage the competitive spirit of laparoscopic surgeons so that they develop innovation and attain excellence in suturing for current and future procedures.

How to Win

The Charles H. Koh Excellence in Suturing Award recognizes excellence and innovation in laparoscopic suturing and is presented to the winner of the Koh World Suturing Championship held at the annual AAGL Global Congress.

The first Koh Challenge will task surgeons with accomplishing what is commonly performed in advanced endometriosis surgery including excision and repair of the ureter, bladder, and bowel disc resection. Occasionally a hysterectomy is part of the solution and vaginal repair becomes a needed task. Therefore, the first Koh Challenge will simulate the repair of these organs in a pre-qualifying video, with semifinals and final then held at the 2022 AAGL Congress.

To be considered for participation in the Suturing Championship, submit your award application and non-refundable $75 application fee at the link below by 12:00pm PST, Friday, August 12, 2022. Once the application is complete, the participant will be sent a link to upload their pre-qualifying video in the week of August 15th. Videos must be uploaded between August 22, 2022 – September 7, 2022. The Koh World Suturing Championship participants will then be chosen out of the qualifying video applicants. All chosen participants must be registered for the AAGL Global Congress.

Award Eligibility

The applicant must demonstrate significant suturing skill and meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a member of the AAGL and a Practicing Physician
  • Must be registered for the AAGL Global Congress
  • If selected to participate, the applicant will compete in the Koh Suturing Championship at the AAGL Global Congress in Aurora, Colorado, USA.
  • If chosen as the winner of the Championship, the winner will accept the award in-person at AAGL’s Global Congress in Aurora, Colorado, USA.

Required Documents

All applicants must include the following documents:

  • Completion of the award application outlining how the nominee has significantly contributed to the development of MIGS surgeons through ten or more years of mentorship.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) of the nominee.

Award Notification

The Foundation of the AAGL Board will notify the championship participants and winner.

Award Winnings

The winner of this prestigious award will receive:

  • Recognition on the Foundation of the AAGL website.
  • Recognition in Foundation of the AAGL promotional materials.
  • Recognition in the AAGL Global Congress Final Program.
  • Recognition on stage at the AAGL’s 51st Global Congress in Aurora, Colorado.

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