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Submit your nomination for the Resident Scholar Program by June 15
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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    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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    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.

    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.
    • AUGS is forming an Alternative Payment Task Force to explore different payment models for FPMRS physicians.
    Applications for these opportunities 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.

    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: Do you watch the videos in the AUGS Online Education Portal?


    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.


    Attitudes toward transvaginal mesh among patients in a urogynecology practice
    International Urogynecology Journal via PubMed Central
    Pelvic organ prolapse is among the most common gynecological conditions experienced by women. Approximately 40 percent of women develop some form of pelvic organ prolapse during the course of their lifetime, and it is estimated that 11–19 percent of all women will undergo a surgical procedure for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse.
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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:
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    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.

    Relationship of advanced glycation end products and their receptor to pelvic organ prolapse
    International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology via PubMed Central
    Pelvic organ prolapse is a common disease affecting women, frequently leading to significant reductions in quality of life. Old age, obesity, multiparity, hereditary factors, chronic straining and coughing are the most known important risk factors, but the detailed pathophysiology of POP remains unknown. The quantity and quality of collagen and elastin determine the mechanical properties of connective tissue and are regulated by a precise equilibrium between synthesis, maturation and degradation. This dynamic process of constant remodeling often underlies POP occurrence. When the equilibrium is broken by many factors, tissue weakness and POP may occur.
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    Left lateral position and common gynecologic examining position in anal manometry measurements for evaluation of urogynecologic patients
    Journal of the Turkish German Gynecological Association via PubMed Central
    The reported prevalence of anal incontinence in women with urogynecologic problems ranges from 20 percent to 54 percent; therefore, the significance of anorectal function assessment has become more important in the evaluation of patients suffering from urogynecologic problems. Among the various tests that are available, anorectal manometry is an essential clinical tool. Anorectal manometry has almost always been performed with the patient in the left lateral position. However, the left lateral position does not permit one to examine the pelvic organs properly and is not suitable for a urogynecologic evaluation.
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    Intra and inter-rater reliability study of pelvic floor muscle dynamometric measurements
    Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
    Pelvic floor muscle evaluation is recommended by the International Continence Society and considered essential to evaluate a post-therapeutic intervention effect. Several methods are used by different researchers, among them vaginal dynamometry has been particularly investigated throughout scientific fields. According to Dumoulin et al., vaginal dynamometry can be an efficient tool for the direct investigation of female PFM strength.
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    To mesh or not to mesh: A review of pelvic organ reconstructive surgery
    International Journal of Women's Health via PubMed Central
    Pelvic organ prolapse is a major health issue with a lifetime risk of undergoing at least one surgical intervention estimated at close to 10 percent. In the 1990s, the risk of reoperation after primary standard vaginal procedure was estimated to be as high as 30 percent to 50 percent. In order to reduce the risk of relapse, gynecological surgeons started to use mesh implants in pelvic organ reconstructive surgery with the emergence of new complications. Recent studies have nevertheless shown that the risk of POP recurrence requiring reoperation is lower than previously estimated, being closer to 10 percent rather than 30 percent.
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    Risk factors for UTI recurrence and renal scarring in kids
    Bladder and bowel dysfunction and vesicoureteral reflux may be risk factors for recurrent urinary tract infection in children, especially when both problems occur simultaneously, according to a study published in Pediatrics. The results could help providers identify children at risk for recurrent UTI who might benefit from preventive treatment.
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