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Remember to renew your AUGS dues
It is that time of year when we reflect on our many accomplishments, consider future goals and most importantly — renew our AUGS dues. As the leader in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, AUGS is committed to advancing the highest quality patient care through excellence in education, research and advocacy. Your continued membership in AUGS is vital to our ability to accomplish this mission and continue to make an impact in the lives of women suffering from pelvic floor disorders.

To renew your membership online, visit If you require a paper invoice to renew, please contact AUGS at

After you have completed the dues renewal process, please check your membership profile to verify that all contact and demographic information is correct and make any necessary updates so that other members and potential patients have the information they need to reach you. By keeping your member profile up-to-date, you are guaranteed access to all of the exclusive benefits an AUGS membership offers.
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Quality Improvement & Outcomes Research Network request for site applications
AUGS is looking for high-quality, dedicated Principal Investigators (PI's) and sites interested in participating in the Quality Improvement & Outcomes Research Network (QI-ORN) to perform multi-center projects focused on quality outcomes and safety, resulting in the development, implementation, and publication of quality outcome research studies. This cadre of network members will 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 QI-ORN is open to all AUGS physician members who have the interest, knowledge and/or skills in quality improvement and performance research. PI’s chosen to participate in the QI-ORN will be required to participate in an in-person meeting held in conjunction with the SGS 2015 Annual Meeting. The network meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 12:30-7:00pm Eastern at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel.

Details of the budget will be finalized once sites are selected and quality projects are confirmed. The budget will cover a portion of salary and statistical support. We estimate each site will receive up to $12,500 depending on the project. Selected individual clinical sites will enter into a contract with AUGS.

If you are interested in being a principal investigator and site to the Quality Improvement & Outcomes Research Network, please apply no later than Friday, Dec. 12.

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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 February 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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Diagnosis and surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence
Obstetrics & Gynecology via PubMed
Stress urinary incontinence is a major problem affecting more than 20 percent of the nation's female population, with increasing prevalence as our population continues to age. Incontinence places a great burden on individuals, and the economic effect is large. Stress urinary incontinence occurs when there is involuntary leakage of urine during coughing, laughing, sneezing or physical activity. It can be diagnosed during physical examination and by using low-cost office diagnostics.
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Incisional reinforcement in high-risk patients
Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Hernia formation after surgical procedures continues to be an important cause of surgical morbidity. Incisional reinforcement at the time of the initial operation has been used in some patient populations to reduce the risk of subsequent hernia formation. In this article, reinforcement techniques in different surgical wounds are examined to identify situations in which hernia formation may be prevented. Mesh use for midline closure, pelvic floor reconstruction, and stoma site reinforcement is discussed.
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The role of synthetic and biologic materials in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse
Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Pelvic organ prolapse is a significant medical problem that poses a diagnostic and management dilemma. These diseases cause serious morbidity in those affected and treatment is sought for relief of pelvic pain, rectal bleeding, chronic constipation, obstructed defecation, and fecal incontinence. Numerous procedures have been proposed to treat these conditions; however, the search continues as colorectal surgeons attempt to find the procedure that would optimally treat these conditions.
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Systematic assessment of surgical complications in 438 cases of vaginal native tissue repair for pelvic organ prolapse adopting Clavien-Dindo classification
Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics via Springer
To systematically review surgical complications of vaginal native tissue prolapse repair using Clavien–Dindo classification and to show whether concomitant surgery leads to increased complication rates.
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Quantitative assessment of new MRI-based measurements to differentiate low and high stages of pelvic organ prolapse using support vector machines
International Urogynecology Journal via PubMed
The objective of this study was to quantitatively assess the ability of new MRI-based measurements to differentiate low and high stages of pelvic organ prolapse. New measurements representing pelvic structural characteristics are proposed and analyzed using support vector machines.
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Incidence of adverse events after uterosacral colpopexy for uterovaginal and post-hysterectomy vault prolapse
American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
To describe peri- and postoperative adverse events associated with uterosacral colpopexy, to describe the rate of recurrent POP associated with uterosacral colpopexy, and to determine whether surgeon technique and suture choice are associated with these rates.
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Surprise WHI finding points to age, not menopause, as a risk factor for pelvic organ prolapse
Removing ovaries at hysterectomy does not increase a woman's risk of pelvic organ prolapse after menopause. In fact, removing ovaries lowers the risk of prolapse. This surprising finding from a Women's Health Initiative study was published online this week in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society.
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