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2015 Call for Volunteers now open
By: Amy E. Rosenman, MD
Dear AUGS Members,

I'm excited to announce that the 2015 Annual Call for Volunteers is now open. AUGS prides itself on being a society that represents the entire subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS). In order to continue to accomplish this, we need enthusiastic volunteers, like you, to serve AUGS with your talent, experience, and expertise.

The AUGS Strategic Plan has identified several key areas of focus for the organization over the next several years. These areas include:
  • Coding and reimbursement,
  • Quality outcome measure development,
  • Establishing alternative payment models and
  • Tracking outcomes as individual surgeons which will be done through the PFDR (Pelvic Floor disorders Registry)
  • In order to meet these key areas, we are seeking individuals who may have unique skill sets and/or interests in joining the following new groups, in addition to the already established AUGS committees:
  • Alternative Payment Model Task Force
  • Question Writers Work Group for the Fellows Assessment Tool
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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 PFD Week 2015, the AUGS Annual 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, as well as complimentary registration to the FPMRS Fellows Research Day.

    Faculty with a qualified nominee must complete this application by June 15, 2015.

    The AUGS Education Committee serves as the selection committee for all nominations. The review criteria are based on:
  • Level of performance in their training program as evidenced by the nomination narrative
  • Interest in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery
  • For additional information and to nominate a qualified resident, visit the AUGS website.

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    AUGS seeks next editor of FPMRS
    AUGS is seeking candidates for the position of Editor-in-Chief of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. FPMRS is the official journal of AUGS and is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal dedicated to specialists, physicians and allied health professionals concerned with prevention, diagnosis and treatment of female pelvic floor disorders. The journal publishes original clinical research, basic science research, education, scientific advances, case reports, scientific reviews, editorials and letters to the editors.
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    Comparison of transobturator tape surgery using commercial and hand made slings in women with stress urinary incontinence
    Urology Journal
    To compare the complications and success rates of hand-made sling with commercial sling used in transob­turator tape surgery.
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    A novel operative procedure for pelvic organ prolapse utilizing a MRI-visible mesh implant: Safety and outcome of modified laparoscopic bilateral sacropexy
    BioMed Research International via PubMed Central
    Surgical treatment of pelvic organ prolapse underwent a remarkable transformation over the last decade. Starting with facilitated use of vaginal meshes through simplified mesh kits and followed by Food and Drug Administration warnings about their safety there has been a change in practice patterns among urogynecologists. One of the observed trends seems to be a decrease of vaginal mesh use and an increase in sacropexy.
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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.

    Mini-slings — an option in stress urinary incontinence treatment
    Central European Journal of Urology via PubMed Central
    Stress urinary incontinence is a social disease caused by numerous contributing factors such as natural childbirth, obesity, hormonal deficiencies and changes in collagen fibers, to name a few. Currently, mini-slings, among all the surgical treatment methods, have gained significance. The aim of this study was to establish the effectiveness of this method.
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    Standardized pelvic floor exercises improve stress urinary incontinence in women with intrinsic sphincter deficiency
    Neurourology and Urodynamics via Wiley
    Pelvic floor rehabilitation is the conservative therapy of choice for women with stress urinary incontinence. The success rate of surgical procedures in SUI patients with intrinsic sphincter deficiency is low. The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of a standardized physiotherapy on patients with SUI and normotonic urethra and ISD.
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    Office-based Neuromodulation for OAB
    Leslie Wooldridge, GNP-BC, explains how to deliver Urgent® PC in an efficient way with shared or staggered treatments. To view the practice tip: CLICK HERE
    Lantheus Proven Success
    Discovering, developing and marketing innovative medical imaging agents provides a strong platform from which to bring forward new breakthrough tools for the diagnosis and management of disease.

    Effects of mechanical stretching on the morphology and cytoskeleton of vaginal fibroblasts from women with pelvic organ prolapse
    International Journal of Molecular Sciences
    Mechanical load and postmenopausal hypoestrogen are risk factors for pelvic organ prolapse. In this study, we applied a 0.1-Hz uniaxial cyclic mechanical stretching with 10 percent elongation and 10−8 M 17-β-estradiol to vaginal fibroblasts isolated from postmenopausal women with or without POP to investigate the effects of CS and estrogen on cell morphology and cytoskeletons of normal and POP fibroblasts. Under static culture condition, POP fibroblasts exhibited lower cell circularity and higher relative fluorescence intensities of F-actin, α-tubulin and vimentin.
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    Advances in female urology
    Urologic Nursing via Medscape
    The field of female urology covers a broad spectrum of lower urinary tract dysfunction and pelvic disorders. The aim of this article is to provide a comprehensive review of the most significant literature published during 2013.
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    6 everyday things to avoid if you have urge incontinence
    It involves the loss of urine as a result of strong, uncontrollable urges to urinate. Certain foods, drinks and medications can worsen those urges and therefore increase the severity of your incontinence. Consider reducing your intake of these six things if you suffer from urge incontinence.
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