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AUGS launches new Quality Improvement and Outcomes Research Network: Advancing quality improvement
By: Amy E. Rosenman, M.D.
In my first presidential blog, I attempted to lay out our strategic initiatives for the year. As planned, to benefit our membership we have created the Quality Improvement and Outcomes Research Network (QI-ORN).

AUGS is committed to ensuring our members have FPMRS-specific quality measures to submit to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). In order to achieve this goal we needed to create a mechanism for identifying, validating and recording our measures. AUGS created the QI-ORN to focus on the development and maintenance of relevant FPMRS quality measures, clinical practice guidelines, appropriate use criteria and health care policy.
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AUGS Award for Excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery: Call for nominations
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The Award for Excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is designed to recognize one PGY-3 OB/GYN Resident and/or PGY-3 or PGY-4 Urology Resident from each department who demonstrates a commitment to the care of women with pelvic floor disorders and to incorporating quality of life improvement into his or her clinical care of patients.

Nominations are due by March 31. 2015. Click here for more information and to submit your nomination.


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The 2015 Call for Abstracts is now open
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AUGS is now accepting submissions for 2015 abstracts for inclusion at the AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting, PFD Week, in Seattle, Washington from October 13-17, 2015.

Submissions are due by April 2, 2015. For more information or to submit your abstract, click here.

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Introducing the Open Call Peer Review Project
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In an effort to expand the universe of research viewpoints expressed in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal editors are launching an innovative pilot project: Open Call Peer Review!

Although the process for researchers to submit their latest papers to Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is simple, the reviews are by invitation-only. In an effort to reach out to everyone in the FPMRS community, the journal editors are opening up the peer review process. Open Call Peer Review aims to incorporate new reviewers—and their unique perspectives—into the article selection process of our journal.

As this is a pilot project, only authors who consent to this process will have their papers included in the Open Call Peer Review project. Participation is entirely voluntary. Please note that only manuscript titles will appear on this blog; author names will not be posted nor will the manuscript itself. The manuscript titles will be posted as they become available for peer review.

Readers who are interested in becoming reviewers for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery are invited to peruse the posted manuscript titles for the Open Call Peer Review project and email Alfred Bent at alfred.bent@gmail.com. In your email please include:
  • Title of the manuscript that you wish to review
  • Prior peer reviewing experience
  • Areas of expertise
  • Conflicts of interest
  • CV as attachment
Requests will be evaluated and responded to on a first-come first-served basis.

Please check this blog often for new titles posted to the Open Call Peer Review project! You can also subscribe to the RSS feed on the journal website to get news of new manuscript titles.

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Comprehensive Review Course Registration is now open
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2015 Comprehensive Review Course will be held in Dallas, TX from March 27-28. This course is presented by AUGS and SUFU and will provide a state-of-the-art review of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. It has been designated for 21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. To register for the Review Course, or for more information, click here.
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Remember to renew your AUGS dues
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It is that time of year when we reflect on our many accomplishments, consider future goals and most importantly — renew our AUGS dues. As the leader in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, AUGS is committed to advancing the highest quality patient care through excellence in education, research and advocacy. Your continued membership in AUGS is vital to our ability to accomplish this mission and continue to make an impact in the lives of women suffering from pelvic floor disorders.

To renew your membership online, visit www.augs.org/renew. If you require a paper invoice to renew, please contact AUGS at info@augs.org.

After you have completed the dues renewal process, please check your membership profile to verify that all contact and demographic information is correct and make any necessary updates so that other members and potential patients have the information they need to reach you. By keeping your member profile up to date, you are guaranteed access to all of the exclusive benefits an AUGS membership offers.

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FPMRS ARTICLES


Cost utility analysis of urethral bulking agents versus midurethral sling in stress urinary incontinence.
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery via PubMed
The aim of this study was to determine the cost utility of urethral bulking agents compared with midurethral slings in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in patients without urethral hypermobility.
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Differences in pelvic floor morphology between continent, stress urinary incontinent and mixed urinary incontinent elderly women: An MRI study
Neurourology and Urodynamics via Wiley
To compare magnetic resonance imaging of the pelvic floor musculature, bladder neck and urethral sphincter morphology under three conditions (rest, PFM maximal voluntary contraction, and straining) in older women with symptoms of stress or mixed urinary incontinence or without incontinence.
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Short-term postoperative functional outcomes in older women undergoing prolapse surgery
Obstetrics & Gynecology via PubMed
To evaluate whether preoperative markers of functional status predict postoperative functional outcomes in older women undergoing surgery for pelvic organ prolapse.
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Reproducibility of intra-abdominal pressure measured during physical activities via a wireless vaginal transducer
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery via PubMed
In the urodynamics laboratory setting, a wireless pressure transducer, developed to facilitate research exploring intra-abdominal pressure and pelvic floor disorders, was highly accurate. We aimed to study reproducibility of IAP measured using this transducer in women during activities performed in an exercise science laboratory.
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Transvaginal repair of stage III-IV cystocele using a lightweight mesh: Safety and 36-month outcome
International Urogynecology Journal via Springer
The aim of this study was to assess the 36-month safety and efficacy of a lightweight polypropylene mesh used for the transvaginal repair of stage III-IV cystocele.
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Trends and patterns of urodynamic studies in US women, 2000-2012
Obstetrics & Gynecology via PubMed
To estimate utilization rates for cystometrograms and describe trends in urodynamic procedures among U.S. women from 2000 to 2012.
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Ultrasound evaluation of midurethral sling position and correlation to physical examination and patient symptoms
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery via PubMed
The primary objective was to evaluate the position and angle variation between three different midurethral slings using 3-dimensional ultrasound technology. The secondary objective was to compare differences in findings on physical examination and symptoms of incontinence and sexual dysfunction between subjects.
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FPMRS NEWSBRIEFS


Biggest US health insurer tightens rules on hysterectomy coverage
The Wall Street Journal
The nation's largest health insurer is imposing tighter controls on its coverage for hysterectomies after more than a year of debate over a medical device that was found to spread hidden cancer in some women undergoing the procedure. As of April, UnitedHealth Group Inc. will require doctors to obtain authorization from the insurer before performing most types of hysterectomies, according to a bulletin sent to physicians and hospitals.
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