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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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AUGS Membership Spotlight — Deborah L. Myers, M.D.
AUGS is proud to highlight the contributions of individuals who have been members of AUGS for 20 or more years.

Deborah L. Myers, M.D.

Deb Myers has been an active member of AUGS for 20 years. She served on the Public Relations Committee and Foundation Board and was elected to serve as the AUGS president in 2011. Myers is currently the co-director of the AUGS Leadership Program. Her greatest career accomplishment is helping to development of the FPMRS fellowship program at WIH/Brown. Click here to view Deborah Myers' complete Membership Spotlight.

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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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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:
Lantheus Proven Success
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.

Comprehensive Review Course registration opens Dec. 16
The 2015 Comprehensive Review Course will be held in Dallas from March 27-28. This course is designated for 21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Registration will open on Dec. 16, 2014. Click here for more information.
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Interplay between bladder microbiota and urinary antimicrobial peptides: Mechanisms for human urinary tract Infection risk and symptom severity
Resident bacterial communities and host antimicrobial peptides are both essential components of normal host innate immune responses that limit infection and pathogen induced inflammation. However, their interdependence has not been investigated in the context of urinary tract infection susceptibility.
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Prevention of postpartum stress incontinence in primigravidae with increased bladder neck mobility: A randomized controlled trial of antenatal pelvic floor exercises
BJOG via PubMed
To test whether supervised pelvic floor exercises antenatally will reduce the incidence of postpartum stress incontinence in at-risk primigravidae with bladder neck mobility, ultrasonically proven.
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Sleep quality in women seeking care for pelvic organ prolapse.
To identify the prevalence of sleep disturbance in women seeking treatment for pelvic organ prolapse and identify correlates of poor sleep quality in this population by using a validated sleep scale.
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Meshology: a fast-growing field involving mesh and/or tape removal procedures and their outcomes
Expert Review of Medical Devices via Informa Healthcare
Stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are two of the commonest conditions affecting women today. It is associated with significant compromise to quality of life. Through the years, there has been an evolution of technique and graft material to augment repairs for durability. Transvaginal placements of synthetic mid-urethral slings and vaginal meshes have largely superseded traditional tissue repairs in the current era because of presumed efficacy and ease of implant with device "kits."
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Histo-mechanical properties of the swine cardinal and uterosacral ligaments
Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials via PubMed
The focus of this study was to determine the structural and mechanical properties of two major ligaments that support the uterus, cervix, and vagina: the cardinal ligament and the uterosacral ligament. The adult swine was selected as animal model. Histological analysis was performed on longitudinal and cross sections of CL and USL specimens using Masson's trichrome and Verhoeff-van Giesson staining methods. Scanning electron microscopy was employed to visualize the through-thickness organization of the collagen fibers.
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What is a urologist? What do urologists do?
Medical News Today
A urologist is a physician who specializes in diseases of the urinary tract and the male reproductive system. This can include diseases affecting the bladder, urethra, ureters, kidneys, and adrenal glands, along with the epididymis, penis, prostate, seminal vesicles and testes specifically in men. Urology is commonly regarded as a surgical specialty. There are a wide variety of different procedures that urologists carry out, such is the scope of urology as a field.
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