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AUGS Membership Spotlight | Mitchell Schuster, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, F.A.C.S
AUGS is proud to highlight the contributions of individuals who have been members of AUGS for 20 or more years.

Mitchell Schuster, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, F.A.C.S
Mitchell Schuster has been an active member of AUGS for 21 years. He has attended every Annual Meeting except for one in that time, and says that he believes this is the best way to keep up with current developments and to network with like-minded clinicians and academicians. Schuster credits his professional successes to the great mentors he has worked with over the years. He is currently serving on the AUGS Coding Committee and is involved with the Mesh SIG. Click here to view Mitchell Schuster’s complete Membership Spotlight.
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AUGS expands membership rights to all pelvic health specialists
By: Amy E. Rosenman, MD
The vision of the American Urogynecologic Society is to serve as the organization representing all healthcare providers who care for women with pelvic floor disorders. With this vision in mind, the AUGS Board of Directors recommended that the Bylaws be updated to extend voting rights to basic scientists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants and physical therapists.

In order to make this specific Bylaws change, the AUGS membership needed to vote to approve the change. An overwhelming 75 percent of individuals voted in favor of updating the Bylaws to be inclusive of all providers that treat women with PFDs.

With the Bylaws change passed, scientists and allied health professionals are eligible to vote, serve on committees and run for a seat on the AUGS Board of Directors (if they meet the election criteria).

Thank you for supporting the vision of an inclusive Society that represents and serves as the home for all healthcare providers within the FPMRS subspecialty working to improve the care of women with PFDs!

If you have any questions please contact AUGS at 202-367-1167 or

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PFD Week 2015 registration is now open!
Join AUGS in Seattle, from Oct. 13-17 for the premiere of PFD Week, an expansion of the successful AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting. With the traditional two and a half days of scientific presentation and an addition of one day of clinical and surgical workshops, PFD Week 2015 is the go-to meeting for healthcare professionals interested in or actively practicing Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Register by July 31 for early bird rates!
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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: Are you a member of an AUGS special interest group (SIG)?


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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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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Magnetic stimulation for stress urinary incontinence: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.
There is currently a lack of randomized, sham-controlled trials that are adequately powered, using validated outcomes, to allow for firm recommendations on the use of magnetic stimulation for stress urinary incontinence. We report a protocol of a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled parallel-group trial to evaluate the efficacy of magnetic stimulation for stress urinary incontinence.
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Incontinence-specific quality of life measures used in trials of sling procedures for female stress urinary incontinence: A meta-analysis
International Urology and Nephrology via PubMed
e conducted this review to summarize the short-term and long-term efficacy of several midurethral sling procedures on quality of life improvement based on incontinence-specific QoL measures in clinical trials among women with stress urinary incontinence.
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Delayed sigmoid colon perforation and enterocutaneous fistula due to tension free transvaginal tape operation for stress urinary incontinence
Canadian Urological Association Journal via PubMed Central
A 56-year-old female patient presented with sustained sigmoid colon perforation at the time of a tension-free vaginal tape procedure and subsequently developed enterocutaneous fistula and subcutaneous abscess. She came to our emergency department complaining of left lower abdominal tenderness and swelling for two weeks previously. Her right thigh also was tender and swollen. A foreign body in sigmoid colon and subcutaneous abscess were found on computed tomography scan.
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Weight-loss surgery may help curb urinary incontinence
Reuters via Fox News
Weight-loss surgery may help reduce urinary incontinence in extremely obese people, a study suggests. Researchers followed nearly 2,500 obese men and women who had so-called bariatric surgery, which alters the stomach or intestines to induce weight loss. Before the surgery, nearly half the women and about a fifth of the men had experienced urinary incontinence. A year later, the rate of incontinence was down to about 18 percent in women and 10 percent in men.
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A source of extreme discomfort
As we continue to make progress in addressing women's health in the post-reproductive years, it is important to confront the most difficult and uncomfortable of topics in search of assistance and information for the female population. One of these topics — pelvic organ prolapse — is a source of incredible discomfort for a huge number of women, both on a physical and emotional level.
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Pelvic floor muscle displacement during voluntary and involuntary activation in continent and incontinent women
Investigations of the dynamic function of female pelvic floor muscles help us to understand the pathophysiology of stress urinary incontinence. Displacement measurements of PFM give insight into muscle activation and thus help to improve rehabilitation strategies. This systematic review was performed to summarize the current evidence for PFM displacement during voluntary and involuntary activation in continent and incontinent women.
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