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Submit a nomination for the Award for Excellence in FPMRS
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.
Residency directors are invited to use the application form to select one resident from their program for this award. The selected resident will receive a certificate recognizing him or her as a winner of the award, as well as free membership in AUGS for one (1) year. Membership includes online access to the journal Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.
Selections should be returned to AUGS headquarters no later than March 31, 2014. Any questions can be directed to AUGS staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date — Registration for the AUGS-IUGA 2014 Scientific Meeting opens April 11
Attend the AUGS-IUGA 2014 Scientific Meeting and join the largest venue for those in the field of urogynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery to come together for education, networking and sharing.
Registration opens on April 11, so be sure to register early to save! As the meeting nears, we will add more information to the website as it becomes available. Be sure to return frequently for updates.
Register for the National Provider Call on March 18 to learn about reporting once for 2014 Medicare Quality Reporting Programs
Join CMS on March 18 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. ET for a National Provider Call about reporting across Medicare quality reporting programs in 2014.
This call will provide an overview of how to report across various 2014 Medicare quality reporting programs, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM), and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
CMS subject matter experts will guide providers who wish to report quality measures one time during the 2014 program year to maximize their participation in the various Medicare reporting programs.
To register for this National Provider Call, please visit the CMS MLN Connects Upcoming Calls registration website.
A screening tool for clinically relevant urinary incontinence
Neurourology and Urodynamics via Wiley Online Library
The Michigan Incontinence Symptom Index (M-ISI) is a validated measure for urinary incontinence. This study evaluates the M-ISI as a screening tool for clinically relevant urinary incontinence in a population-based sample of women. The Establishing the Prevalence of Incontinence (EPI) Study is a case-control, population-based study that enrolled women ages 35-64, with and without urinary incontinence.
A new surgery for recurrent or persist stress urinary incontinence in females after primary mid-urethral slings
International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine via PubMed
In this study, researchers sought to retrospectively evaluate the efficacy of a new complementary mid-urethral sling surgery (Tong's hammock anterior, THA) in treatment of recurrent or persist stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in females after primary synthetic mid-urethral slings (MUSs). THA was performed in 27 females with recurrent or persist SUI after primary MUSs from June 2005 and July 2010.
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Submit your nomination for the Resident Scholar Program
The Resident Scholars Award Program is for third-year Ob/Gyn residents and fourth-year urology residents. Residents who have demonstrated an interest in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery will be selected to attend the AUGS/IUGA 2014 Scientific Meeting to experience the current research initiatives going on in the field. Each scholar will receive a $1,500 award to cover travel, hotel accommodations and meeting registration.
Surgery can usually treat urinary incontinence, but less invasive options are available
Urinary urgency is the most bothersome lower urinary tract symptom at the population level, whereas urgency incontinence causes the most bother to individuals, a large European survey reveals.
In this population-based cross-sectional study, researchers mailed the Danish Prostatic Symptom Score questionnaire to 6000 randomly selected adults aged 18–79 years across Finland.
Urinary incontinence and prevalence of high depressive symptoms in older black versus white women
International Urogynecology Journal via Springer
Previous studies report higher prevalence of depression among women with urgency (UUI) or mixed (MUI) urinary incontinence than those with stress UI (SUI). UUI is the dominant type among black women, whereas SUI is the predominant type among white women. Thus, UI-related mental health issues could be a key consideration among black women. The researchers hypothesized that the association between UI and depression might be stronger in black versus white women.
Effect of fesoterodine on urethral closure function in women with stress urinary incontinence assessed by urethral pressure reflectometry
UroToday via PubMed
Researchers at Denmark's Herlev Hospital sought to evaluate, using urethral pressure reflectometry (UPR), the effect of fesoterodine on urethral function in women with stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Women aged 18 to 65 years were eligible for this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study if they had had clinically significant SUI or SUI-predominant mixed urinary incontinence for more than 3 months.
2 surgeries may work equally well for incontinence
HealthDay News via WebMD
Two surgeries are equally effective and safe for women who have pelvic problems that can cause pain and incontinence, say the authors of a new study.
Pelvic organ prolapse is a weakening of the pelvic organs often seen in older women and those who've given birth several times. Surgeons typically choose one of two procedures to repair the condition, but little hard data has been available to back up their choice.
Women with vaginal prolapse are most likely to benefit from vaginal mesh surgery
Certain women with vaginal prolapse are most likely to benefit from undergoing vaginal mesh surgery, a technique that has become controversial and is the focus of numerous lawsuits. The findings, which are published early online in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, provide valuable information regarding who should and should not be considered candidates for the surgery.
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