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Congratulations Essay Contest Winners! To be presented at the 89th Annual Meeting in Monterey.
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MILEY B. WESSON / OLYMPUS RESIDENT ESSAY CONTEST
 

1ST PLACE: Dr. Hossein S. Mirheydar
University of California, San Diego
2ND PLACE: Dr. Suzanne Gudeman
Naval Medical Center San Diego
3RD PLACE: Dr. Alan L. Kaplan
University of California, Los Angeles

JOSEPH F. McCARTHY / OLYMPUS PHYSICIAN ESSAY CONTEST


1ST PLACE: Dr. Thomas Chi
University of California, San Francisco
2ND PLACE: Dr. Benjamin N. Breyer
University of California, San Francisco
3RD PLACE: Dr.Matthew R. Cooperberg
University of California, San Francisco

HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST


1ST PLACE: Dr. George Kaplan
University of California, San Diego Rady Children’s Hospital
2ND PLACE: Dr. Mark Tyson
Mayo Clinic
3RD PLACE: Dr. Arnold Heyman

HEALTH POLICY ESSAY CONTEST

Dr. Brian Kim, (Young Urologist)
Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles
Dr. Mark Tyson, (Resident)
Mayo Clinic

For the Program Outline click HERE.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Special Offer for WSAUA members — Practice Review
Are you concerned about diminishing reimbursements? Time to take action and give your practice a check up!
1) Take advantage of the complimentary Practice Analysis.
2) See how you can prepare for the Affordable care Act.
From production and reimbursement to coding and A/R, find out where you are and what you can do to take advantage of the changes in healthcare and to protect your practice.
 


We now have 13 Western Section Resident Bowl Participants as of October 10! Is your Institution represented?
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Residents Bowl Participants as of Oct. 10!
Dr. William Chu - Kaiser Perm., Los Angeles
Dr. Roger Li - Loma Linda
Dr. Rich Greene - Madigan Army MC
Dr. Mark Tyson - Mayo Clinic Arizona
Dr. Brian Cox - OHSU
Dr. Aviva Weinberg - Standford
Dr. RJ Caras - Tripler Army Medical Ctr.
Dr. Renea Sturm - UC Davis
Dr. Nishant Patel - UC San Diego
Dr. Uwais Zaid - UC San Francisco
Dr. Reza Hamidizadeh - Univ. of BC
Dr. Franklin Lee - Univ. of WA
Dr. Brock O'Neil - Univ. of UT

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)

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Allied Health Program Planned For Annual Meeting In Monterey Held During the Western Section AUA's Annual Meeting
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Send your NP, PA, nurse and other allied professional colleagues!

This program is included in the Health Professional's registration package and is also open to all physicians. This program approved for 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Preliminary Schedule                           Program Nov. 4, Cottonwood Room — Portola Hotel
Time Event
7:50 A.M. - 8 A.M. Welcome and Announcements – Louis Koncz PA-C & Linda Adams LVN, SUNA Northern California Chapter President
8 A.M - 8:50 A.M. Pelvic Floor Strengthening – Patricia Leigh, RN, B.Sc.
9 A.M. - 9:50 A.M. Utilization of NPP’s in Urology – Kenneth Mitchell PA-C
10 A.M. 10:50 A.M. Radiology in Urology – Leo Doumanian, MD
11 A.M. - 11:50 A.M. Overactive Bladder (Diagnosis and Treatment) – Kathleen C. Kobashi, MD, FACS
12 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. Lunch Break (Symposia luncheon options available)
1:40 P.M. - 3:40 P.M. Hands-on breakout stations: PEYRONIES INJECTIONS AND TESTOPEL INSERTION (each station one hour long repeated twice)
5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. Networking Reception
To register go here.
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Health Policy Forum and Practice Management Courses
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OVERVIEW: TRANSITIONS IN PRACTICE PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE DELIVERY

Sunday, November 3, 2013 (Included in your registration fee)

Health Policy Forum & Luncheon
Moderated by Jeffrey Kaufman, M.D., Chairman, Health Policy Committee

The Changing Economics and Regulation of Health Care
Dr. Larry Van Horn, PhD, MPH,
Associate Professor of Management (Economics), Director
Office of Sustainable Health Care Finance
Vanderbilt School of Medicine

Two Perspectives: The Future of the Employed Urologist

Dr. Chris Gonzalez (Academic)
Dr. Mark Beaghler (Private to Employed)

The Future of Private Practice
Dr. Jeff Frankel

AACU Update
Dr. Richard Pelman, President AACU

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Post-graduate Review and Exam Preparation Courses (PREP-C)
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Director: Dr. Chris Porter, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA

A Western Section AUA Program Especially for Residents and Physicians wanting:
• Preparation for the In-Service Exam
• Maintenance of Certification
• An Overall Didactic Urology Review

All Courses are included in your registration fee.

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How to be the Best Public Speaker on the Planet
WSAUA
James Altucher writes, "I was scared to death. I thought I was going to cry. Polls say people would rather be dead than speak in public. Seinfeld joked that a guy giving a eulogy would rather be in the coffin. I've given 100s of talks but last week I wanted to die before I went on stage. I was speaking to an audience of about 200 CEOs. I felt inadequate and that they would hate me."
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The Case for Changing how Doctors Work
The New Yorker
Celine Gounder writes, "Last week, I saw a patient in my primary-care practice who suffers from H.I.V. and seizures. Lately, the patient—I’ll call him Carl—had been having seizures more often. He told me he didn’t take his seizure medication every day because it reminded him of his illness; he took the medicine only when he felt a seizure coming on, and by then it was too late. Carl had come with a social worker from the housing program where he lived, who told me that Carl’s seizures frightened the staff, since they had no medical training. If the episodes continued, he would have to be transferred elsewhere."
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IMPORTANT WESTERN SECTION DATES

Date Event
Oct. 17 Pre-Registration Deadline
Nov. 3- 7 89th Annual Meeting in Monterey


TOP STORIES


Radiation Therapy Overused in Advanced Prostate Cancer, Study Says
U.S. News & World Report via HealthDay News
Most men given radiation to control pain from advanced prostate cancer undergo more treatments than they really need, a new study suggests. Once cancer advances to invade the bones, radiation therapy is usually used to ease the pain it causes. And in the past decade, studies have shown that one treatment is enough for most patients.
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Nourishment for Bladder Cancer Surgery
dailyRx News
Surgery can put the body under a great deal of stress. That's why surgeons want their patients to be as healthy as possible before going under the knife. Recently, researchers found that being in good shape nutritionally is also important. According to a new study, bladder cancer patients who had low albumin levels were twice as likely to have complications after surgery as patients with healthy levels.
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Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Low Testosterone
Renal & Urology News
Researchers who studied a group of healthy middle-aged Japanese men found that those with lower testosterone levels had a higher risk for metabolic syndrome, according to findings published online ahead of print in Urology. Dr. Akira Tsujimura, of Okaka University Graduate School of Medicine in Osaka, and colleagues measured total testosterone levels and assessed metabolic factors in 1,150 men aged 30 years or older.
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How the Bundling Model Could Change How Urologists are Paid
Urology Times
The bundled payment model for episodes of care is a major player in what could be sweeping changes to the physician payment system that will likely see traditional fee for service taper off. Bundling has already made inroads in some surgical specialties, and it may very well apply to inpatient urologic procedures as well. It's critical that physicians across all specialties, including urologists, better understand and get involved in how bundling and other payment models may take shape, says Christian Shalgian, director of the division of advocacy and health policy at the American College of Surgeons.
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Environmental Toxins Harm Fertility, Prostate Health
Urology Times
Toxic chemicals in the environment harm our ability to reproduce and are associated with poor semen quality and prostate cancer, among other long-term health problems, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). In a joint committee opinion, the two organizations called for government policy changes to identify and reduce exposure to toxic environmental agents.
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Healthy Habits Help Men Cut Prostate-Cancer Death Risk
The Record
A set of six healthy habits, including eating more tomatoes and less processed red meat, helped men reduce their risk of dying from prostate cancer, a study found. Researchers analyzed information gathered from almost 46,000 men for 25 years and found that those who adopted five or six of the habits had a 39 percent lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer than those who adopted one or none of the habits, according to the results presented at the European Cancer Congress in Amsterdam recently.
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Erectile Dysfunction Drugs, Such as Viagra, May Protect Against Colon Cancer
The Huffington Post
Erectile dysfunction drugs may be able to help prevent or even treat colon cancer. Researchers are studying three drugs, including Viagra, that appear to protect the lining of the colon from inflammation and other damage resulting from the relentless onslaught of food, drink, and bacteria that we consume. They say the drugs work by protecting the integrity of the colon's natural barrier and reducing excessive and risky cell proliferation.
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Crossed 50? Stay Guarded Against Prostate Cancer
The Times of India
Of the 7.6 million deaths due to cancer worldwide, one-sixth are caused by prostate cancer which is also today the second most frequently diagnosed cancer type after lung cancer. A disease whose risk increases proportionately with age, prostate cancer is growing in incidence as life expectancy increases. According to Dr. Ganesh Bakshi of Tata Memorial Hospital, 70 percent of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65.
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6 Best Foods for Erectile Dysfunction
The Huffington Post
Sorry, guys: There's no miracle food to prevent erectile dysfunction. However, there is some evidence that certain foods may help. "Evidence that foods can help with ED is probably related to a vascular connection," says Dr. Firouz Daneshgari, professor and chairman of the department of urology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. "Erectile problems are usually due to not having a good blood supply to the penis, so foods that are good for your vascular system may also help prevent ED."
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