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Register now for the 2014 Comprehensive Review Course in FPMRS
AUGS and SUFU invite you to attend the 2014 Comprehensive Review Course in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, to be held March 21-22 in Dallas. Both physicians preparing for board certification and those who desire a review of state-of-the-art developments in the field are welcome to attend!
Course Director, Mark D. Walters, M.D. has assembled an all-star faculty including leaders in the field from AUGS and SUFU. New developments in the field and current concepts will be incorporated along with new American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and American Board of Urology related issues using the case-based approach. Lectures will be supplemented by board simulation sessions, imaging studies, as well as daily case conferences and question review sessions for extra preparation.
The full program has been designated for a maximum of 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Register now to attend the Comprehensive Review Course! New this year-add the FPMRS Question Bank to your registration at a special rate for attendees!
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Apply now for the 2014 PFD Research Foundation Grant Program
The PFD Research Foundation together with the June Allyson Foundation has awarded over $1.5 million in grants to AUGS members since 1998. The Foundation serves the medical profession by supporting promising, innovative research regarding the causes, prevention, cure and treatment of pelvic floor disorders.
Grant opportunities for fellows and junior faculty include 1-year grants of $10,000 and 2-year grants of up to $25,000 for research into pelvic floor disorders, including research specific to neuromodulation, interstitial cystitis and mesh/graft science in pelvic reconstructive surgery.
For detailed information about the grants program and to apply, visit the PFD Research Foundation website.
Submit a nomination for the Robin Haff Research Award by Feb. 14
This award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of outstanding and sustained contribution to female pelvic floor disorders research. The Robin Haff Research Award recognizes the important role of clinical research nurses and research coordinators play in the clinical research process. Without dedicated and committed research staff, high quality research would not be possible.
For nomination criteria and requirements, please visit the AUGS website.
Resident Scholar Program application period now open
The Resident Scholars Award Program is for third-year Ob/Gyn residents and fourth-year urology residents. Residents who have demonstrated an interest in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery will be selected to attend the AUGS/IUGA 2014 Scientific Meeting to experience the current research initiatives going on in the field. Each scholar will receive a $1,500 award to cover travel, hotel accommodations and meeting registration.
Faculty with a qualified nominee must complete this application by March 7, 2014.
The AUGS Education Committee serves as the selection committee for all nominations. The review criteria are based on:
For additional information and to nominate a qualified resident, use the following link: http://www.augs.org/p/cm/ld/fid=92
- Level of performance in their training program as evidenced by the nomination narrative
- Interest in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery
A cohort study: Use of symptom-relieving drugs before and after surgery for urinary incontinence in women
Researchers in Denmark sought to describe the use of symptom-relieving drugs before and after surgery for urinary incontinence; and for those with use of antimuscarinic drugs or duloxetine before surgery, to estimate the risk of being a postoperative user relative to those without use before surgery. A historical population-based cohort study was conducted involving women ages 18 and older with a first-time surgical procedure for UI in the county of Funen, Denmark, between Jan. 1, 1996, and Dec. 31, 2006, extended to the Region of Southern Denmark from Jan. 1, 2007 to the end of 2010.
Pelvic floor muscle strength evaluation in different body positions in nulliparous healthy women and its correlation with sexual activity
International Braz J Urol
The aim of this study was to assess pelvic floor muscle (PFM) strength in different body positions in nulliparous healthy women and its correlation with sexual activity. Materials and Methods: Fifty healthy nulliparous women with mean age of 23 years were prospectively studied. Subjective evaluation of PFM was assessed by transvaginal digital palpation of anterior and posterior areas regarding the vaginal introitus.
Introducing a method of in vitro testing of different anchoring systems used for female incontinence and prolapse surgery.
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Since the introduction of TVT Secur in 2006, various devices with self-anchoring systems for use in female pelvic floor surgery have made their way onto the market. This market experienced some disturbances in 2012 when Johnson&Johnson felt obliged to withdraw many of their products due to regulatory affairs that involved TVT Secur. In the face of some uncertainty concerning the future use of mesh devices, we feel that it is important to take a step back and have a closer look at single aspects of custom-made devices. This reversal in thinking can help to detect weak points of mesh kits before using them in clinical trials.
Sling technique boosts post-RARP early continence recovery
Researchers have shown that addition of the bladder neck sling suspension technique to robot-assisted radical prostatectomy can improve the early return of continence after surgery. The study involved 57 patients of whom 27 underwent the bladder sling suspension technique, while the remainder underwent standard nonsling technique.
Painless fix treats pelvic floor dysfunction
Researchers have demonstrated that a comprehensive, nonsurgical treatment significantly improves symptoms in women with pelvic floor dysfunction.
One in three women suffer from PFD, a range of symptoms that includes bladder and bowel problems as well as pelvic pain, according to the American Urogynecologic Society.
Dance and virtual reality: A promising treatment for urinary incontinence in elderly women
Virtual reality, dance and fun are not the first things that come to mind when we think of treating urinary incontinence in senior women. However, these concepts were the foundations of a promising study by Dr. Chantal Dumoulin, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Urogynaecological Health and Aging, a researcher at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, and an associate professor in the Physiotherapy Program of the Rehabilitation School at Université de Montréal, and her master's student, Miss Valérie Elliott.
Incontinence prophylaxis shows potential in pelvic organ prolapse
Research from Taiwan suggests that combining trocar-guided transvaginal mesh surgery with a midurethral sling in the treatment of women with advanced pelvic organ prolapse could be an effective way to manage associated stress urinary incontinence. The researchers followed up 89 patients who underwent both procedures at the same time for a median of 35 months. Overall, 17 had a concurrent vaginal hysterectomy, 20 underwent vault suspension and 52 underwent uterine suspension.
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