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AUGS Membership Spotlight  |  Rhonda Kay Kotarinos, PT, DPT
AUGS is proud to highlight the contributions of individuals who have been a member of AUGS for 20 or more years.

Rhonda Kay Kotarinos, PT, DPT
Rhonda Kotarinos has been an active member of AUGS for 22 years. Kotarinos served on the AUGS Membership Committee and is currently a member of the Allied Health Special Interest Group (SIG). Her greatest career accomplishment was being asked to write the physical therapy protocol for the recent RCT's that established physical therapy as the preferred second line management for the treatment of IC/PBS and CPPS. Click here to view Rhonda Kotarinos’ complete Membership Spotlight.
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The 2015 Call for Abstracts and Meet the Experts Roundtables is Now Open
AUGS is now accepting submissions for 2015 abstracts and Meet the Experts Roundtable Breakfast topics.
Meet the Experts Roundtable submissions are due by March 2, 2015
Abstract submissions are due by April 2, 2015
Submit your work or topic for inclusion at the AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting, PFD Week, in Seattle from Oct. 13-17, 2015.

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Exciting 2015 research opportunities for AUGS members
AUGS, with the support of the PFD Research Foundation, has created a multi-center research network for AUGS junior faculty members. In its inaugural year, the Junior Faculty Research Network (JFRN) will conduct a study focused on neuromodulation. An advisory board of senior advisers will oversee the progress of the Network. Monthly conference calls will include research training and education topics in addition to facilitating protocol development and implementation of a multicenter research project focused on neuromodulation. Individuals from both academic and community hospitals are encouraged to participate. Applicants do not have to have a history of previous research funding, nor are they required to have been involved in multicenter studies in the past. Junior faculty members eligible for the JFRN are within 6 years of fellowship graduation. Click here for additional information.

The application period is now open for the PFD Research Foundation Grants. Foundation research funds are made available to qualified ob/gyn and urology fellows and junior faculty to pursue their research question. Goals of this research grant program are to support the completion of research projects which will lead to publication and presentation at future AUGS Annual Scientific Meetings and to support the development of junior researchers in the field who will go on to obtain additional funding for future research on pelvic floor disorders. For detailed information about the grants program and to apply, visit the PFD Research Foundation website.

The application period for both the JFRN and PFD Research Foundation Grant Cycle will close on March 2.

The AUGS Junior Faculty Research Network and the PFD Research Foundation Grants Program are made possible through the generous support of American Medical Systems, Astellas, Medtronic and our individual donors.

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Introducing the Open Call Peer Review Project
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 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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ALLERGAN is continuing to research and develop new treatments for urogynecologists and urologists. In fact, that devotion is demonstrated by our considerable investment to address the continuum of care for patients with Overactive Bladder.

Comprehensive Review Course Registration is Now Open
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
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 If you require a paper invoice to renew, please contact AUGS at

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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Neuromodulation for OAB symptoms
Incontinence experts discuss the prevalence of refractory OAB and how Urgent® PC can help this undertreated population. To view the supplement:
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Prolapsed vaginal ureterocele as a cause of urinary incontinence in a child
Urology Journal
A 5-year-old child was referred to our department with a clinical history of urinary incontinence, dysuria and urinary tract infections. Physical examination (abdomen and genitalia) was unremarkable. Abdominal ultrasonography revealed the presence of a left duplicated system with normal bladder. Antenatal history was unremarkable.
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Chronic pelvic pain syndrome: Reduction of medication use after pelvic floor physical therapy with an internal myofascial trigger point wand
Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback via Springer
This study documents the voluntary reduction in medication use in patients with refractory chronic pelvic pain syndrome utilizing a protocol of pelvic floor myofascial trigger point release with an FDA approved internal trigger point wand and paradoxical relaxation therapy. Self-referred patients were enrolled in a 6-day training clinic from October, 2008 to May, 2011 and followed the protocol for 6 months.
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Laparoscopic-assisted extralevator abdominoperineal excision using a parastomal prophylactic mesh and a biological mesh for pelvic floor reconstruction
Techniques in Coloproctology
Extralevator abdominoperineal resection for low rectal cancers has shown superior oncological results compared with conventional abdominoperineal resection with less circumferential margin involvement, less intraoperative bowel perforation and a lower local recurrence rate.
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Clustering of pelvic floor disorders 20 years after one vaginal or one cesarean birth
International Urogynecology Journal via Springer
The objective was to assess the prevalence and risk factors for co-occurring pelvic floor disorders: urinary incontinence, symptomatic pelvic organ prolapse, and fecal incontinence, 20 years after one vaginal or one cesarean delivery.
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Dynamic magnetic resonance imaging evaluation of pelvic reconstruction with porcine dermal collagen mesh following extra-levator abdominoperineal excision for primary rectal cancer
International Journal of Colorectal Disease via PubMed
Extra-levator abdominoperineal excision for rectal cancer includes resection of the levator ani muscle and therefore makes pelvic reconstruction advisable. The aim of our study was to evaluate morphologic and functional long-term results of pelvic floor augmentation with porcine dermal collagen mesh by dynamic magnetic resonance imaging and clinical examination.
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Having a hysterectomy? Why you might not need one
U.S. News & World Report
It's the second most common surgery women undergo in the U.S., yet new research suggests that nearly 20 percent of hysterectomies performed to treat noncancerous conditions are actually unnecessary, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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Uroplasty announces positive coverage decision for Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation by Cigna
Uroplasty, Inc., a medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets innovative proprietary products to treat voiding dysfunctions, today announced that Cigna has written a positive coverage policy for Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation delivered via Uroplasty's Urgent(R) PC Neuromodulation System for treatment of overactive bladder and associated symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency and urge incontinence. The new policy applies to approximately 14 million lives covered by Cigna and was effective Feb. 15, 2015.
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