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Photo taken at the Resident's Bowl during the AUA's Meeting in San Diego where these sharp Western Section Residents placed a very close 2nd place in the final round. The T-Shirts say "Luck has nothing to do with it."

Announcing The Inaugural Western Section Residents Bowl!
For the first time, the WSAUA will start a new tradition of hosting a Residents Bowl at the annual meetings. Each training institution was already sent an invitation to be represented by one resident who can participate. There will be mixed teams of four residents and the final winning team will represent the Western Section at the AUA's Annual Meeting Resident Bowl in Orlando next year. Will you participate?

Game Schedule (all taking place in exhibit hall)
Round 1: 2:40-3 p.m. Nov. 5
Round 2: 6:30-7 p.m. Nov. 5
Round 3: 9:30-10 a.m. Nov. 6 (Finals)

Residents Bowl Participants as of Sept. 4!
Dr. Reza Hamidizadeh - Univ. of BC
Dr. Aviva Weinberg - Stanford
Dr. Mark Tyson - Mayo Clinic Arizona
Dr. Brian Cox - SMU
Dr. William Chu - Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
Dr. Nishant Patel - UC San Diego
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  New Report for WSAUA members Healthcare Trends — 2013
Where are YOU on the road to healthcare reform? What do you need to do to be ready for January 1, 2014?
* Meaningful Use? ICD-10?
* Fee for Value? EHR?
This concise 7 page overview touches on the biggest trends in healthcare. If you have more questions you can always "Ask The Experts" at


Catch These Exam Prep Courses At The Upcoming WSAUA Meeting In Monterey!

Course #1 – BPH
Dr. J. Kelly Parsons, UCSD & Alan So, MD, Univ. of British Columbia
Epidemiology, natural history, and diagnosis
Evidence-based principles of medical management
Evidence-based principles of minimally-invasive and surgical management
Case discussions: practical approaches to common problems

Course #2 - Urologic Trauma and Reconstruction
Dr. Allen Morey, UT Southwestern, Dr. Daniel Dugi, Oregon Health Sci. Univ. & Dr. Jeremy B. Myers, Univ. of Utah
Upper Tract Trauma
Lower Tract Trauma/Genital Trauma
GU Trauma Case Discussions

Course #3 - Testis Cancer
Dr. Sia Daneshmand, USC, Dr. Craig Nichols, Virginia Mason Med. Ctr. & Dr. Chris Porter, Virginia Mason Med. Ctr.
Management of Stage 1 Germ Cell Tumors
Management of Disseminated Germ Cell Tumor

Course #4 - Advanced Ureteroscopy
Dr. Michael Conlin, OHSU, Dr. Duane Baldwin, Loma Linda Univ. Med. Ctr. & Dr. Brian Duty, Oregon Health Sci. Univ.
Ureteroscopic Instrumentation and Challenging Access
The Complex Stone Patient
Reteroscopy for Transitional Cell Carcinoma

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Date Event
Sept. 13 Presentation Submission Deadline
Sept. 20 Hotel Reservations — Sellout Expected


Use Of Robotics In Pediatric Urology
Urology Times
The application of robotic surgery to children, like laparoscopy, evolved after a considerable experience in adult urology. The first reports of robotic cases in children arrived in 2002 when there were few pediatric urologists performing robotic surgery. Today, robotic surgery has a firm hold in nearly every pediatric urology fellowship training program.
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The Wave Of The Future: Noninvasive Tests For Kidney Transplants
By Darla Ferrara
Rejection is always a consideration when discussing the success rate of solid organ transplants. Currently, the only way to tell the difference between rejection and other types of post-transplant kidney injury is through biopsy. But a recent study by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases offers a noninvasive way to provide early indication of rejection. The study suggests that low levels of the CXCL9 protein are an indicator of how likely rejection is after transplant surgery. What does this mean to the transplant community?
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Summertime, And The Living's Not So Easy For Urologists
Urology Times
“Summertime and the living is easy,” goes the classic song. Unfortunately, for physicians who have dedicated their careers to patient care, they are besieged by the many ongoing uncertainties within the U.S. healthcare system, this summer, this year, and for the last decade(s), which have promulgated a great deal of apprehension as to how we can best “practice” our profession.
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Exercise Is Tolerable, Beneficial In CKD
Renal and Urology News
Exercise training and lifestyle intervention has beneficial effects on cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition, and diastolic function in patients with moderate chronic kidney disease, according to research published online in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
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Coffee May Cut Risk Of Prostate Cancer Recurrence, Progression
Renal and Urology News
Prostate cancer patients who drink at least one cup of coffee per day may experience a significantly decreased risk of PCa recurrence or progression after treatment or while on active surveillance, researchers reported online ahead of print in Cancer Causes and Control. In a study of 630 men aged 35-74 diagnosed with PCa from 2002 to 2005, drinking one cup of coffee per day was associated with a 56 percent decreased risk of recurrence or progression compared with drinking one cup or fewer per week, in adjusted analyses.
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Apps For Your Smartphone
ACS Surgery News
The number of health apps continues to grow at a rapid pace, and if you’re in search of more apps to download and experiment with, Dr. Craig Burkhart has a list for you.
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A Cut Above
Los Angeles Times
Emerging robotics technology promises less invasive surgeries and faster recovery times. Lourdes Medina had undergone two spinal operations to treat a debilitating degenerative disc. They provided little relief, and she soon developed a herniated disc in her lower back. In the realm of traditional medicine, the 32-year-old's only option appeared to be a procession of painful and likely ineffective procedures. Enter the advanced technology of SpineAssist, a robotic surgical system.
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