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Did our efforts pay off? We need to hear from you!
By: Amy E. Rosenman, MD
As you know AUGS has been leading several coding initiatives over the past few months to protect the way physicians in our subspecialty get reimbursed. It is now time to hear from you on how these efforts are affecting your practice. AUGS is seeking feedback on two separate areas surrounding its member's reimbursement. Please take a moment to review and comment.

You may submit all of your comments to Mitra Aminrazavi, AUGS staff, at by June 5.
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Apply for the Call for Volunteers by June 8
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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    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: Which source do you primarily rely on for Information about research and scientific developments?


    Click here to see the results of last week's poll.

    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.


    Practice patterns regarding management of rectovaginal fistulae: A multicenter review from the Fellows' Pelvic Research Network
    Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
    Rectovaginal fistulae, epithelialized tracts connecting the rectum and vagina, develop after insult or ischemia to the involved tissues, and may follow injury from childbirth, inflammatory bowel disease, malignancy, pelvic surgery, or radiation. Depending on their size and exact location, RVFs may cause flatal or fecal incontinence, vaginal discharge, chronic pelvic pain, dyspareunia, and pelvic malodor, all of which can be physically and emotionally debilitating to affected women.
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    Comparison between the retropubic and transobturator approaches in the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence: A systematic review and meta-analysis of effectiveness and complications
    International Braz J Urol
    Stress urinary incontinence is a major health problem that affects millions of women throughout the world. It is estimated to affect 15 percent to 35 percent of women in the general population. Since it was first described by Ulmsten et al. in 1996, the tension-free vaginal tape has been considered as the first-line approach for the treatment of SUI. Although the TVT procedure was shown to have a high and stable cure rate in the medium and long terms, complications such as bladder perforation, retropubic hematoma related to the passage of the sling through the retropubic space and voiding dysfunction have been reported.
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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.

    Isolation and characterization of mesenchymal stem/stromal cells in the ovine endometrium
    PLoS One
    Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells were recently discovered in the human endometrium. These cells possess key stem cell properties and show promising results in small animal models when used for preclinical tissue engineering studies. A small number of surface markers have been identified that enrich for MSC from bone marrow and human endometrium, including the Sushi Domain-containing 2 and CD271 markers. In preparation for developing a large animal preclinical model for urological and gynecological tissue engineering applications we aimed to identify and characterise MSC in ovine endometrium and determine surface markers to enable their prospective isolation.
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    Longitudinal vaginal septa with associated uterine anomalies: A case series
    Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
    Vaginal septa and associated mullerian anomalies can be difficult to diagnose and manage. This case series intends to educate the readers about the benefits and limitations of radiologic techniques both for the investigation as well as for the surgical management of these cases. It also seeks to inform them about a unique combination of vaginal and uterine anomalies known as Herlyn-Werner-Wunderlich syndrome.
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    Integration of nondegradable polystyrene and degradable gelatin in a core-sheath nanofibrous patch for pelvic reconstruction
    International Journal of Nanomedicine via PubMed Central
    Pelvic organ prolapse is a serious health issue affecting many adult women. Complications of POP include pelvic pressure, pelvic pain, and problems in emptying their bowels or bladder. Sometimes, POP may even cause urinary outflow obstruction and lead to bladder or kidney infections. Currently, synthetic and naturally derived materials have been chosen for treatment of POP to reduce the high recurrence rates after surgical interventions. However, existing materials for POP treatment cannot meet the clinical requirements in terms of biocompatibility, mechanics, and minimal risk of rejection. Especially, erosion in synthetic polymers and rapid degradation in natural polymers limit their further applications in clinics.
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    Overactive bladder medications only slightly beneficial
    HealthDay News via Renal and Urology News
    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.
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    Smart Kegel trainer pairs with a smartphone
    If you're having trouble with your pelvic muscles, the Magic Kegel Twins could be just the thing to help get them into shape. Shanghai-based company Magic Motion showed off their waterproof silicone gadget onat CES Asia, and also gave an out-of-body demonstration on how it works. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth, the smart Kegel trainer pairs with an app that recommends exercise plans based on a user's various needs. When a successful exercise is performed, the tracking app automatically updates — much like a fitness tracker.
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