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AUGS Membership Spotlight | Cheryl B. Iglesia, M.D.
AUGS is proud to highlight the contributions of individuals who have been members of AUGS for 20 or more years.

Cheryl B. Iglesia, M.D.
Cheryl Iglesia has been an active member of AUGS for 20 years. She has served on the Board of Directors as well as multiple committees. One of her proudest career accomplishments was starting a new division and accredited fellowship program at MedStar/Georgetown. Iglesia fondly remembers both key milestones in the subspecialty, such as completing her boards, and good times at AUGS meetings where she regularly attends the Friday Night Party for lively karaoke! Click here to view Cheryl Iglesia's complete Membership Spotlight.
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The annual Call for Volunteers is now open!
Want to get involved in AUGS? Apply for one of our many volunteer opportunities and help us shape the future of our Society. Open positions are listed below. The number in parenthesis indicates the number of available positions. All terms begin Oct. 17, 2015.
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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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    New for your patients: New printable version of Pelvic Floor Dialogues, the AUGS patient newsletter
    By: Amy E. Rosenman, MD
    AUGS continues to increase our efforts to raise awareness amongst women about female pelvic floor disorders. As many of you know, we launched our first patient-focused website in 2010 which has evolved over the years to a robust, online community filled with useful resources for physicians, their patients, as well as future patients. Voices for PFD,, currently has over 2,300 registered users, with an active online discussion forum where women are sharing their personal stories and experiences.

    In an effort to be more proactive with our patient information, in 2013 we launched Pelvic Floor Dialogues, a bi-monthly electronic newsletter that provides women with the latest research and resources concerning female pelvic floor disorders. New in 2015, we have created a printable version of Pelvic Floor Dialogues for AUGS members to share with their patients. We are pleased to provide you the first issue in honor of Mother's Day. Going forward AUGS will send you an email with the new issue which will include links to the printable and online version.

    Please consider sharing Pelvic Floor Dialogues in one or all of the following ways:
  • Print and display Pelvic Floor Dialogues in your office
  • Email the online version of Pelvic Floor Dialogues to your patients
  • Link to the Voices for PFD Website, or link directly to the newsletter,
  • If you come up with additional ways to share Pelvic Floor Dialogues and promote awareness of pelvic floor disorders with the newsletter, we want to hear about it. Email and we will share your successful practices with the AUGS membership.

    Link to printable newsletter:
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    AUGS Weekly Poll
    In order to increase the knowledge and understanding of the growing AUGS membership, AUGS created the AUGS Weekly Poll. This poll, circulated in FPMRS News, will help AUGS collect information from the membership on a variety of topics. The poll will also feature clinical questions to help members benchmark themselves with their peers. The weekly poll will allow AUGS to receive feedback that will be used by staff as well as volunteer leaders from AUGS committees and SIGs to make decisions that will benefit the membership.

    Question: What suture do you utilize for uterosacral ligament suspension?


    Do you have an idea for a poll question? Email your question to to be reviewed by the AUGS Membership Committee.


    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.


    Complexity and confusion in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery: Creating a paradigm for increasing patient understanding and assessment
    Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
    The field of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery has become increasingly complex in the last 10 years. With surgical procedures for pelvic floor dysfunction constantly evolving, the consent process has become daunting. Conflicting evidence to guide management continues to confuse physicians and patients. For instance, sacral colpopexy is considered the "criterion standard" in prolapse repair, yet 7-year follow-up data demonstrate that one third of patients experience symptomatic or anatomic failure. Mesh is touted as the best means to reduce recurrence rates in prolapse repairs, but then, recurrence is later redefined. Mesh undergoes extreme and continued scrutiny because adverse events are spotlighted and its efficacy beyond traditional repairs is questioned.
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    Effect of aging on urodynamic parameters in women with stress urinary incontinence
    Korean Journal of Urology via PubMed Central
    In men and women, profound structural and functional alterations occur in the lower urinary tract in association with aging, which may be responsible for lower urinary tract symptoms in the elderly population. Most studies of LUTS in community- or hospital-based populations indicate that an increase of LUTS with age is not gender-specific. In the Korean EPIC study, the overall prevalence of LUTS was 61.4 percent (53.7 percent of men, 68.9 percent of women) and the prevalence increased with age. Among the symptoms, urinary incontinence was reported by 28.4 percent of women and the most prevalent type was stress urinary incontinence.
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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:
    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.

    Biomaterials for pelvic floor reconstructive surgery: How can we do better?
    BioMed Research International via PubMed Central
    Stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are major health issues that detrimentally impact the quality of life of millions of women worldwide. Surgical repair is an effective and durable treatment for both conditions. Over the past two decades there has been a trend to enforce or reinforce repairs with synthetic and biological materials. The determinants of surgical outcome are many, encompassing the physical and mechanical properties of the material used, and individual immune responses, as well surgical and constitutional factors.
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    Do symptoms of pelvic floor disorders bias maternal recall of obstetrical events up to 10 years after delivery?
    Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
    An accurate patient medical history, whether obtained from the patient's interview or medical record, is integral to clinical decision making. The National Health Interview Surveys, performed over 50 years ago, suggested that patient recall of medical diagnoses and interventions one year after hospitalization was greater for childbirth events than for other types of hospitalizations. However, recall declines over time. Individuals have difficulty recalling 20 percent of critical details related to autobiographical events after one year and 60 percent after five years. This can be problematic for the provision of quality health care and for research that relies on self-report of historical information.
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    High structural stability of textile implants prevents pore collapse and preserves effective porosity at strain
    BioMed Research International via PubMed Central
    Reinforcement of tissues by use of textiles is encouraged by the reduced rate of recurrent tissue dehiscence but for the price of an inflammatory and fibrotic tissue reaction to the implant. The latter mainly is affected by the size of the pores, whereas only sufficiently large pores are effective in preventing a complete scar entrapment. Comparing two different sling implants, which are used for the treatment of urinary incontinence, we can demonstrate that the measurement of the effective porosity reveals considerable differences in the textile construction. Furthermore the changes of porosity after application of a tensile load can indicate a structural instability, favoring pore collapse at stress and questioning the use for purposes that are not "tension-free."
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    No new safety signals for Botox in incontinence
    OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) can be safely used as a chronic therapy for overactive bladder and neurogenic detrusor overactivity, according to the results of two new studies. These are the first long-term reports on onabotulinumtoxinA for overactive bladder and incontinence, and are likely to give patients "reassurance that if you help them now, they're likely to be good for multiple years in the future," said Michael Chancellor, M.D., director of the Aikens Neurourology Research Center at the Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, Michigan. The studies were large enough and long enough to help reassure clinicians that onabotulinumtoxinA is long-lasting and that "the side effects, in fact, go down," Dr Chancellor told Medscape Medical News.
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    Meds offer slight symptom relief in overactive bladder
    HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
    For women with overactive bladder, medications delivered as a daily dose correlate with small reductions in urge incontinence episodes and voiding, according to a review published online in Obstetrics & Gynecology. W. Stuart Reynolds, M.D., M.P.H., from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and colleagues conducted a systematic review to summarize evidence about reduction in voiding and resolution of urine loss in overactive bladder, comparing data from the active drug arms with the placebo arms. Data were included from 50 randomized controlled trials (one good quality, 38 fair, 11 poor).
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    Incontinence takes its toll on younger women
    Research from the University of Adelaide shows middle-aged women are more likely to suffer depression from a common medical problem that they find too embarrassing to talk about: urinary incontinence. Women are ore likely to be depressed, however, help is available for women if they seek medical advice, researchers say. In a study of the experiences of women with urinary incontinence, researcher Jodie Avery found that middle-aged women with incontinence (aged 43-65) were more likely to be depressed than older women (aged 65-89).
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