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.
The Koh World Suturing Champion application will open in August 2023.
The competition to claim the 2023 Koh World Suturing Champion title will take place as a live event in the Exhibit Hall at the 2023 AAGL Global Congress. Through simulation, 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. Competitors will then be narrowed down into a semi-final, and then final round, to choose the winner.
The applicant must demonstrate significant suturing skill and meet the following requirements:
All applicants must include the following documents:
The Foundation of the AAGL Board will notify applicants who has been selected to compete and will announce the championship winner.
The winner of this prestigious award will receive:
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Joseph Hudgens, MD