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President's Perspective: AUGS Launches Quality Improvement & Outcomes Research Network — Call for applicants
For those AUGS members who have been asking “How can I get involved with AUGS? How can I get involved with research?" This is the opportunity you have been waiting for. Please read ahead and consider applying.

Quality measure development has been a focus of the AUGS Quality Outcomes Committee for the past several years and has resulted in the development of 15 quality measures. The Committee depends upon available scientific literature and evidence reviews which are currently underdeveloped in our subspecialty. It also requires a demonstration of feasibility, reliability and validation of quality measures as required by the various endorsing bodies (NQF, CMS). Given this need and the volume of work required, the AUGS Board of Directors approved the creation of a Quality Improvement & Outcomes Research Network (QI-ORN). This Network will help inform future decisions in the development and maintenance of relevant quality measures, clinical practice guidelines, appropriate use criteria and health care policy relevant to FPMRS.

The QI-ORN is looking for high-quality, dedicated Principal Investigators and sites to perform multi-center projects focused on quality outcomes and safety, resulting in the development, implementation and publication of quality outcome research studies. These members will also support the work to develop, implement and maintain relevant quality outcome measures that will be used to improve patient safety and enhance the quality of care for patients with pelvic floor disorders.

The network is open to all AUGS physician members who have the interest, knowledge and/or skills in quality improvement and performance research. For additional details concerning the QI-ORN, please click here. If you are interested in being a principal investigator and site to the QI-ORN, please download the Request for Site Applications. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 12, 2014.

This weekend, the AUGS Board of Directors will be holding a Strategic Planning Session that is focused solely on how to better support AUGS members in this time of payment reform and continued expansion of quality improvement. I will continue to keep you apprised as to our developments in these areas. In the meantime, I am very excited to see this new Network launch and look forward to your participation and support!
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Apply now for the ACS/AUGS Year 2015 scholarship
The American College of Surgeons and the American Urogynecologic Society are pleased to announce a shared scholarship open to U.S. members in good standing of both organizations.

This scholarship supports attendance and participation in the "Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management," which will take place May 31- June 6, 2015 at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. Additional details are available on the Brandeis University website.

Click here for the requirements for the scholarship. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is Feb. 2, 2015. We anticipate that applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection committee’s decision by March 31, 2015.

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF via email to:, with "Attn: ACS/AUGS" in the Subject line.

Please address questions to Ms. Kate Early, the ACS Scholarships Administrator, at 312-202-5281, or

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Robotic interface for transabdominal division of the levators and pelvic floor reconstruction in abdominoperineal resection: A case report and technical description.
The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery via Wiley
Extralevator abdominoperineal resection in a prone jackknife position was developed to avoid a positive circumferential resection margin, and its application led to lower rates of local recurrence. The paper describes a technique of robotic extralevator APR with transabdominal levator division followed by pelvic floor reconstruction with bilayered composite mesh.
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Acetabular distraction: An alternative for severe acetabular bone loss and chronic pelvic discontinuity.
The Bone & Joint Journal via PubMed
Acetabular bone loss is a challenging problem facing the revision total hip replacement surgeon. Reconstruction of the acetabulum depends on the presence of anterosuperior and posteroinferior pelvic column support for component fixation and stability. The Paprosky classification is most commonly used when determining the location and degree of acetabular bone loss.
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Relationship among vaginal palpation, vaginal squeeze pressure, electromyographic and ultrasonographic variables of female pelvic floor muscles
Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy via SciELO
This cross-sectional study evaluated 80 women between 18 and 35 years of age who were nulliparous and had no pelvic floor dysfunction. PFM function was assessed based on digital palpation, vaginal squeeze pressure, electromyographic activity, bilateral diameter of the bulbocavernosus muscles and the amount of bladder neck movement during voluntary PFM contraction using transperineal bi-dimensional ultrasound. The Pearson correlation was used for statistical analysis.
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Non-drug, non-surgical treatment for OAB
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Vaginal cones or balls to improve pelvic floor muscle performance and urinary continence in women postpartum: A quantitative systematic review and meta-analysis protocol
Journal of Advanced Nursing via Wiley
The vaginal use of cones or balls is a pelvic floor muscle training method that aims to enhance muscle performance and thereby prevent or treat urinary incontinence. Nonetheless to date, no systematic review has focused on the effectiveness of these devices specifically during the postpartum period.
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Contribution of behavioral and cognitive therapy to managing overactive bladder syndrome in women in the absence of contributive urodynamic diagnosis
International Urogynecology Journal via PubMed
Overactive bladder is a syndrome characterized by symptoms of urgency with or without incontinence, frequency, and nocturia. Pathophysiology of OAB is incompletely characterized. Therefore, there is great variability surrounding OAB evaluation. In some cases, urodynamics is normal and the challenge is to propose the least invasive treatment. Behavioral therapies have been used for decades as they are conservative, inexpensive, and do not induce side effect.
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Elvie provides personal training for the pelvic floor
Further proof that there's almost always "an app for that," Elvie is a personal fitness aid that works with an accompanying app to provide women with real-time guidance and tracking of pelvic floor exercises. Elvie is designed to help track Kegel exercises and provide guidance on how to improve them. It isn't actually the first device of its kind. Sexual health product designer Minna announced the kgoal earlier this year and the success of its Kickstarter campaign shows that there's a definite demand for ways to improve Kegel exercise training.
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