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This fountain at the entrance of the Portola Hotel in Monterey, Calif., is a welcome site for travelers arriving at the 89th Annual Meeting of the WSAUA. Guest rooms will sell out soon — click on the photo to make your reservations now!

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AUA Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program for 2014-2015 Application Cycle Now Open!

Application Deadline: Oct. 18
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Overview of the Program:
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Applicants must be AUA member urologists who have demonstrated a commitment to or have a keen interest in the field of health policy and who are dedicated to advancing urology's health policy agenda. Training includes mentoring from seasoned physician volunteers, participation in key meetings and conferences, and study of selected didactic articles.
One urologist per year will be selected for the program. Participants will, over the course of the program, gain essential knowledge about policy issues that impact urology—including coding and reimbursement processes, relevant legislation and regulations, and other challenges to and changes in the practice of urology (such as the adoption of electronic health records, proposed federal payment models and integration of ancillary services).
During the course of their one-year obligation, the scholar will spend up to 30 days away from their practice or academic appointment on a variety of activities. A stipend of $15,000 and reimbursement of travel and other expenses will be provided over the course of the year-long program. For more information, email Christina Saunders, AUA Health Policy Division at
Interested urologists are required to submit the following: application, curriculum vitae; a statement of interest in the program (500 word essay); photograph, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants will be notified by Dec. 6.
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More Experts Take The Stage At WSAUA's Monterey Meeting

Keynote Lecture presented by:
Dr. Andrew Vickers, Research Methodologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Craig Comiter, Stanford University, speaking on "Evaluation and Management of Post Prostatectomy Incontinence: Is There Anything New?"

Panel Discussion/Case Management with:
Dr. Sia Daneshmand, USC; Dr. Maxwell Meng, UCSF and Dr. Jonathan Wright, University of WA discuss "High Risk Superficial Bladder Cancer."

Expert Debate with: Dr. Jaime Landman (Partial), UCI, and Dr. Jonathan D. Harper (Radical), University of WA, debate "Radical Versus Partial Nephrectomy."

State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Peter R. Carroll, University of California San Francisco, speaking on "Active Surveillance for Early Stage Prostate Cancer — Who Now, Who in the Future"

Panel Discussion presented by:
Dr. Michael Albo, University of California San Diego and Dr. Christian O. Twiss, University of Arizona analyze "Urodynamics: Do They Matter?"

State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Thomas S. Lendvay, Seattle Children's Hospital, speaking on "Surgical Simulation Pre-op, Warm-up: New Credentialing Tools?"

Special Update on AUA Practice Guideline featuring:
Dr. Kirsten L. Greene, University of California San Francisco

New! The Changing Economics and Regulation of Health Care
presented by: Dr. Larry Van Horn, MPH, MBA Associate Professor of Management (Economics), Director Office of Sustainable Health Care Finance Vanderbilt School of Medicine

Just Added! State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Thomas J. Walsh, University of Washington, speaking on "Testosterone Replacement."

Panel Discussion/Case Management with: Dr. Brian K. Auge, St. Lukes, Boise, Dr. Matthew Dunn, USC, Dr. Blake D. Hamilton, University of Utah, and Dr. Trevor Schuler, University of Alberta discuss the "Management of Difficult Stone Cases."

Resident Educational Program featuring: Dr. Jonathan E. Perley, Harbor UCLA, Dr. Mark T. Edney, Peninsula Urology Associates, Salisbury, Dr. Eugene Y. Rhee, MBA, Kaiser Permanente San Diego, Dr. David Y. Josephson, Tower Urology, Los Angeles

Special Update on Important Changes to the Journal of Urology featuring: Dr. Mike M. Nguyen, MPH, USC

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Health Policy Forum And Practice Management Courses
At this year's WSAUA Health Policy Forum, we will provide many of the answers to your questions about where medical care is going and how you can best adapt to coming changes. Healthcare delivery in America is rapidly changing. In response to PPACA, many new programs are being piloted as we transition from a fee for volume system to one based on fee for value.
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Date Event
Sept. 13 Presentation Submission Deadline
Sept. 20 Hotel Reservations — Sellout Expected


New Noninvasive Test for Prostate Cancer May also Identify Severity of Tumor
MedCity News
Exosome Diagnostic Inc. has developed a revolutionary noninvasive approach to molecular diagnostic testing that is gaining popularity, especially in the field of prostate cancer detection and prognosis. The company, based in New York, was founded in 2008 and has licensed its proprietary exosome technology from Massachusetts General Hospital for use in the development of novel biofluid-based in vitro diagnostic tests.
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Study Confirms Link Between Herb, Upper Tract Cancer
Urology Times
Using genomic sequencing, researchers have confirmed a link between a plant compound contained in common herbal remedies and upper urinary tract cancer. For their study, genomic sequencing experts at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore partnered with pharmacologists at Stony Brook University in New York to reveal a striking mutational signature of upper urinary tract cancers caused by aristolochic acid, a plant compound contained in herbal remedies used to treat a variety of ailments such as arthritis, gout and inflammation.
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MRI-Guided Cryoablation Feasible for Recurrent PCa
Renal & Urology News
In men with recurrent prostate cancer following radiation therapy, magnetic resonance imaging-guided focal cryoablation is feasible and seems safe, according to a study published in Radiology. Joyce G.R. Bomers, of Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands, and colleagues studied 10 consecutive patients with histopathologically proved recurrent prostate cancer after radiation therapy, without evidence of distant metastases.
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Overactive Bladder Treatment Given the All-Clear
A study from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine looks at whether a medication, darifenacin, taken for overactive bladder also affects cognition. Researchers studied a group of 129 volunteers, taking darifenacin or placebo, and found no difference between the two groups on cognitive tests.
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CMS Releases Proposed OPPS, Physician Fee Rules
HealthLeaders Media
The proposed Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule seeks to make more episode-based payments, while the proposed physician payment rule contains changes to the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive program.
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New Research Reveals How Stem Cells Can Be Used to Treat Cancer
The Huffington Post
People suffering from cancer have been given fresh hope after scientists revealed that stem cell technology can be used to mass-produce cancer-killing immune cells. The research shows that it could treat all kinds of tumors, and opens up the prospect of immunotherapy treatments helping many more cancer patients in the future.
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Teens Show Highest Rate of Kidney Transplant Failure
Urology Times
Patients who received their first kidney transplant at ages 14 to 16 years appear to be at increased risk for transplant failure, with African-American adolescents having a disproportionately higher risk of graft failure, new research shows. Dr. Kenneth A. Andreoni of the University of Florida, Gainesville and colleagues analyzed 168,809 first kidney-only transplants from October 1987 through October 2010. Age at transplant was the primary factor studied.
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Foreign-Trained Doctors Could Solve Looming Doctor Shortage
Foreign-trained physicians could help ease the looming doctor shortage, but are stymied by the long and cumbersome process for becoming licensed in the U.S, The New York Times reported. The costly, decadelong process includes numerous requirements: Demonstrating proficiency in English, passing three stages of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination, getting recommendation letters from U.S. hospitals, becoming permanent residents or receiving a work visa and — most difficult — obtaining and completing a medical residency in the U.S.
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