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Fellows' Day at PFD Week 2015
We are pleased to provide a full day of complementary education to fellows during PFD Week 2015. Fellows must register for Fellows' Day during the online registration process for PFD Week 2015.

Wednesday, October 14
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Fellows Forum
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Networking Lunch
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Research Education Session
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. AUGS-SGS Fellows Pelvic Research Network Meeting

Fellows' Forum
An opportunity for OB/GYN and Urology Fellows from across the country to meet one another and present their scientific work in a fellows-only podium session.

Research Education Session
Incorporating Research into Your Career and How to Still be Clinically Active Learn from research experts in the field of FPMRS how to incorporate research into your career. The research education session will feature a didactic lecture and a roundtable breakout where fellows may choose from the following topics:
  • Grant Opportunities
  • Study Design: Brainstorming Ideas
  • Biostatistics
  • Basic Science/Translational Research
  • Grant Writing: Getting to the heart of the Issue
  • Getting your manuscript published: Learning to think like a reviewer
AUGS-SGS Fellows Pelvic Research Network
The Fellows' Pelvic Research Network (FPRN) will host an in-person meeting during Fellows' Day. The network enables fellows to work together cooperatively and conduct multi-center pelvic floor research projects. This network is open to all fellows in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Interested fellows from accredited and non-accredited programs across the United States and Canada are welcome to attend this meeting. All members of the network will have the opportunity to be actively involved in developing, implementing, conducting, and publishing research studies.

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Register for PFD Week 2015 before the early bird deadline — 7/31!
Join AUGS in Seattle from October 13-17 for the premier 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: What criteria most likely represents the criteria you use to choose a mesh?


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.


Countdown to ICD-10 with the new CMS video
To respond to myths and common misperceptions about ICD-10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a new video. The animated short features a countdown with 10 facts about the new code set and transition.

Watch the video to learn the facts about ICD-10.

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Procedure for prolapse and hemorrhoids vs traditional surgery for outlet obstructive constipation
World Journal of Gastroenterology via PubMed Central
Constipation is the most common chronic digestive symptom of many causes. It is characterized by decreased defecation frequency, decreased amount of feces, dry feces, and difficulty in defecation. The incidence of constipation is associated with many factors including sex, age, dietary habit, and occupation. Statistics show that the incidence of constipation is as high as 20 percent in the general population. In recent years, due to the continuous improvement of living standards, the incidence of constipation has been increasing, and thus has become one of the important factors that seriously affect human health.
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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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Transversal incision of the vagina favors the remaining of the tape in the middle-third urethra compared to longitudinal incision during transobturator sling procedures for stress urinary incontinence
BMC Surgery
Suburethral synthetic slings are becoming the first-line surgical method for the treatment of the urinary stress incontinence. The surgical outcome of the TOT (transobturator tape) sling depends on the complex interaction between the tape and the urethra. Tape position along the urethra after the mid-urethral sling procedures seems to play a role in the development of the de novo urgency and voiding difficulties. Different authors indicate that tape location outside the middle third of urethra is associated with recurrent stress incontinence and increased incidence of de novo urgency.
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Vitamin D deficiency in postmenopausal women with pelvic floor disorders
Journal of Mid-life Health via PubMed Central
Pelvic floor disorder is a major clinical problem in postmenopausal women. It is a group of disorders, which includes pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence. These can occur alone or in combination. The associated symptoms are vaginal bulge or protrusion, involuntary leakage of urine, flatus or feces. The overall prevalence of PFD in the non-pregnant women is 24 percent, which almost doubles as the age of the women increases, with prevalence being 36-49 percent after 60 years of age.
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Efficacy and outcomes of transobturator tension-free vaginal tape with or without concomitant pelvic floor repair surgery for urinary stress incontinence: 5-year follow-up
Hong Kong Medical Journal
Urinary stress incontinence is a common distressing problem affecting women worldwide. The prevalence of USI ranges from 19 percent to 55 percent for different age-groups and communities with a prevalence of 33.8 percent in Hong Kong. It has a significant adverse impact on quality of life for 12 percent of women with the condition in Hong Kong. Surgical treatment with tension-free vaginal tape is a known effective and durable procedure for patients in whom conservative treatment with pelvic floor exercises are unsuccessful.
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Greater physical activity may increase incontinence in women
HealthDay News via Renal and Urology News
For middle-aged women, substantially increased overall lifetime physical activity is associated with slightly increased odds of moderate/severe stress urinary incontinence, and greater strenuous activity during the teen years may modestly increase SUI risk. The findings were published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Ingrid E. Nygaard, M.D., from the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, and colleagues examined whether moderate/severe SUI correlated with overall lifetime physical and leisure activity in middle-aged women.
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