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Submit a nomination for the Robin Haff Research Award by June 15, 2015
This award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of outstanding and sustained contribution to female pelvic floor disorders research. The Robin Haff Research Award recognizes the important role of clinical research nurses and research coordinators play in the clinical research process. Without dedicated and committed research staff, high quality research would not be possible.

For nomination criteria and requirements, please visit the AUGS website.
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Apply for the AUGS Board of Directors by June 8
AUGS members are represented by a 13 member Board of Directors who is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the society. The Board is comprised of five officers and eight Directors-at-Large. The officers of the society include a President, President-Elect, Vice President, Immediate Past President and a Treasurer.

Open Officer and Director positions are listed below. The number in parenthesis indicates the number of available positions. All terms begin on October 17, 2015.

Click here to apply for the AUGS Board of Directors by Monday, June 8, 2015.

Board Officer and Director Positions
  • Vice President (1)
  • Treasurer
  • Director at Large (2)

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    Volunteers for Committee, Special Interest Group and Work Group positions by June 15
    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 October 17, 2015.

    Click here to learn more and apply today!

    Committee Member Positions
  • Coding and Reimbursement (3)
  • Public Engagement (3)
  • Education (2)
  • Finance (2)
  • Clinical Practice (2)
  • Quality Outcomes (2)
  • Research (4)
  • Registry (3)
  • Special Interest Group (SIG) Positions
  • Advanced Practice, Physical Therapy, and Allied Health SIG Vice Chair (1)
  • Basic Science SIG Vice Chair (1)
  • Mesh SIG Vice Chair (1)
  • Fellows SIG Vice Chair (1)
  • Question Writing Task Force
    AUGS is forming a Question Writing Task Force to work in conjunction with the Education Committee to create a Fellows' Assessment Exam. The Question Writing Task Force will be required to attend an in person training workshop at PFD Week 2015. Following the completion of the training, you will write questions under the direction of the Education Committee Fellows' Assessment Exam Working Group. If you are a USLME trained question writer, or have experience in writing test questions, please consider applying to be a part of the Question Writing Task Force.
    Click here to learn more and to apply. All volunteer applications must be submitted by midnight Pacific Time on June 15, 2015.

    Please contact AUGS staff at or 202-367-1167 with any questions or concerns.

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    Don't forget these other ways to get involved
    In addition to the Board of Directors and committees, there are two other opportunities for AUGS members to get involved!

    AUGS has developed a formal Leadership Program that aims to identify future leaders of the organization with a special emphasis on junior members. Applications for the Leadership Program are due June 8.

    AUGS is forming an Alternative Payment Task Force to explore different payment models for FPMRS physicians. Applications for this opportunity are due June 15.

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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.

    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: What sutures do you use to attach mesh to the cervix and/or vagina during sacrocolpopexy?


    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.

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    Effective treatment of dyssynergic defecation using sacral neuromodulation in a patient with cerebral palsy
    Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
    Cerebral palsy is a disease of the central nervous system with broad effects spanning multiple systems. Although cerebral palsy does not directly affect the gastrointestinal tract, many of the systemic changes contribute to problems with bowel and bladder habits throughout the patient's life. Muscle spasms and lack of coordination impair both voluntary retention of stool and effective elimination of stool. Furthermore, bowel habits are affected by a patient's immobility and inability to ambulate to promote gastrointestinal motility. Chronic muscle spasms also lead to skeletal deformity and structural abnormalities that further impair bowel function.
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    Expectations of stress urinary incontinence surgery in patients with mixed urinary incontinence
    Reviews in Urology via PubMed Central
    Mixed urinary incontinence is estimated to affect 30 percent of all women who have urinary incontinence, and it has been shown to be more bothersome to women than pure stress incontinence. Given the degree of bother, many women will undergo surgical correction for incontinence. Patients have high expectations about the success of these interventions. Understanding mixed incontinence and the effects of our interventions can help guide therapeutic choices and manage patients' expectations.
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    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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    The mechanism of continence after posterior urethroplasty
    Arab Journal of Urology via ScienceDirect
    The standard of care after a pelvic fracture urethral injury is a repair via a one-stage anastomotic posterior urethroplasty using a step-wise perineal approach. The initial injury, immediate postoperative management, and surgical repair can all affect urinary continence in these patients. Proximal continence mechanisms, particularly the bladder neck, are particularly important in maintaining urinary continence in these patients. Patients with bladder neck dysfunction should be counselled about the greater risk of urinary incontinence.
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    Implants in urogynecology
    BioMed Research International via PubMed Central
    Implants aim to substitute or to support in case of own tissue deficiency and therefore played an increasing role for pelvic floor reconstruction in last decades. Several scientific theories (i.e., integral theory) and promising results from tertiary centers promoted the rising application of alloplastic materials. With industry being deeply engaged in this field from the very beginning a huge variety of products was launched over the years and was approved due to simple administrative procedures.
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    Vaginal Tactile Imager receives FDA approval
    PR Web
    The rapid aging of the world's population, driven by a reduction in fertility and mortality, implies additional requirements to the healthcare for the age related clinical conditions. The pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in women are among them. These conditions affecting female pelvic floor interfere with daily life, normal functioning and accompanied by increased dependence on caregivers. POP is a highly prevalent condition affecting more 50 percent of women in the U.S. during their lifetimes.
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    Exercises focused on engaging core, pelvic floor helping moms get in shape
    Fox News
    Mothers everywhere mostly agree that any negative side effect associated with pregnancy and childbirth is often forgotten after meeting their newborn for the first time. However, while new moms may mentally be able to forget or block out some of those pains and symptoms, some of the physical affects may last long after childbirth.
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