Urology-Training & Practice

Use of patient reported outcome questionnaires in the urogynecologic literature - Abstract

AIMS:We aimed to describe the current use of patient reported outcome questionnaires (PROQ) in the urogynecologic literature.

BJUI Mini Reviews - Conversion rates of abstracts presented at the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ) Annual Scientific Meeting into full-text journal articles

BERKELEY, CA (UroToday.com) - The numbers and characteristics of the abstracts presented at the Annual Scientific Meetings (ASM) of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ) that are converted to peer-reviewed publications have not previously been analysed and published.

Healthcare cuts will negatively impact nation's patients

TALLAHASSEE, FL USA (Press Release) - September 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Patients and Physician Unite to Protect Access to IMRT

Burnout and satisfaction with work-life balance among US physicians relative to the general US population - Abstract

Background: Despite extensive data about physician burnout, to our knowledge, no national study has evaluated rates of burnout among US physicians, explored differences by specialty, or compared physicians with US workers in other fields.

Urologic nurses to enhance practice knowledge in Washington, DC for SUNA Annual Conference

PITMAN, NJ USA (Press Release) - June 22, 2012


Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates 43rd Annual Conference
November 2-5, 2012 • Washington, DC


A dynamic education program and outstanding faculty will drive urologic nurses and associates to the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) 43rd Annual Conference, November 2-5, 2012, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

The conference provides urologic nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, technicians, medical assistants, office personnel, and others the opportunity to enhance their practice knowledge of all settings at all levels. Attendees will have the chance to see and learn what happens to their patients in pre-op and post-op, as well as in the operating room itself.

Expert faculty will speak on the latest evidence-based and clinical innovations in urologic care, pediatrics, professional development, and urodynamics. Conference attendees will also earn CNE contact hours, network with colleagues, participate in Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings, meet with vendors in the exhibit hall, and attend special events. A complete conference brochure is available online.

Advanced Practice Track

For the third year, SUNA is offering a special education track for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants. The track features hands-on workshops, dedicated education sessions, and networking opportunities, all designed specifically for advanced practice clinical knowledge and skills. The advanced practice track includes:

  • An all day cystoscopy workshop (includes lectures and hands-on training) and a new half day pre-conference on image evaluation of GU conditions
  • Rotating sessions on pelvic floor rehab and myofascial release, male and female genital exam, pessaries, penile injections for erectile dysfunction, and treating priapism.
  • Dedicated advanced practice track education sessions on pharmacology, urodynamic interpretation, metabolic stone evaluation, and an advanced update on menopause
  • Networking opportunities with other APNs and PAs throughout the conference

Conference Program

Five preconference workshops will be offered on Friday, November 2: Certification Review, Advanced Practice Diagnostic Imaging Evaluation, Basic Urology, Advanced Practice Cystoscopy, and Urodynamics.

On Saturday, November 3, Jan Towers, PhD, NP-C, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, will present the Keynote Address, “Hot Topics for Nurses in the Current Health Care Environment;” a must-see discussion on the latest happenings on Capitol Hill.

Concurrent sessions will run Saturday, November 3, through Monday, November 5. Sessions include the following (and more):

  • Testicular Cancer in Children
  • Management of the Hostile Bladder
  • Robotic Cystectomy: Implications for Nursing Care
  • CyberKnife – Robotic Radiosurgery
  • Urologic Care for Multiple Sclerosis Patients
  • Intravesical Therapy for Bladder Cancer

View the complete conference program

The SUNA Foundation will host a Silent Auction on Saturday, November 3, during the SUNA Party. Money raised will help the Foundation fund research grants, educational scholarships, and specialized training for SUNA members.

Online Library

SUNA will offer all attendees free access to conference sessions in the Online Library after the event. Attendees will be able to print handouts prior to the conference, complete evaluations and print CNE certificates. After the conference, they can listen to recorded sessions and earn additional contact hours.

Certification Exam

The Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates (CBUNA) will offer the urologic certification exam on Saturday, November 3, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pre-registration is required.) Certification applications are available at www.cbuna.org and must be postmarked by September 7, 2012.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)

Attendees may earn up to 14.25 contact hours during the three-day conference. Additional contact hours are available for preconference workshops.

SUNA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA).

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

This program is not yet approved for CME credit. Conference organizers plan to request 19 hours of AAPA Category I CME credit from the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Total number of approved credits yet to be determined.

Registration Information

Visit www.suna.org to view the complete conference brochure and register online. For more information about SUNA, visit www.suna.org or contact the SUNA National Office: East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone: 1-888-TAP-SUNA; e-mail: .



The Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates is a professional organization committed to excellence in patient care, clinical practice, and research through education of its members, patients, families, and community.


The Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates




Great Comebacks® recognizes Joanna Burgess, RN, as National Award recipient

CHARLOTTE, NC USA (Press Release) -- /PRNewswire/ -- June 9, 2012

Burgess overcame bladder cancer and two ostomy surgeries to become a WOC nurse

Joanna Burgess, RN, CWOCN of Apex, NC, was honored today as this year's Great Comebacks® National Award recipient at a ceremony held at the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN®) Society™ 44th Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC. The Great Comebacks® Program, now in its 27th year, annually honors outstanding individuals who inspire others to live life to the fullest after ostomy surgery.

Burgess' ostomy journey of 45 years began when she was diagnosed with a rare type of bladder cancer at only three years old. Urostomy surgery and radiation therapy saved her life, but led to a lifetime of complications. The strong cobalt radiation affected the growth of her bones, and for much of her life she has had difficulty walking. Thirty years after her urostomy surgery, she also chose to have a colostomy to end years of recurring pain due to radiation-induced colitis.

Declared "disabled" from work, Burgess nevertheless pursued her passion: becoming a nurse, initially specializing in pediatrics, and travelling on mission trips around the world. Based on her personal experiences, she developed a special interest in supporting patients with an ostomy and, in 2008, became a wound, ostomy and continence nurse. Burgess is currently working to establish an outpatient ostomy clinic at her hospital, to make it possible for more patients to work with a specialty-care nurse through all stages of their follow-up care after surgery.

"Through all of Joanna's medical challenges, her positive attitude and desire to help others kept her going. Great Comebacks is proud to recognize Joanna for everything she has done, as a patient and as a nurse, to build greater awareness and educate others about living life with an ostomy," said Rolf Benirschke, founder and chairman, Great Comebacks® Program.

Each year, the Great Comebacks® Program recognizes people who have faced challenges associated with intestinal and bowel diseases and are now leading active, productive lives. Four regional award recipients are selected by the Great Comebacks® Advisory Committee, and a national award winner is chosen from among these finalists. In addition to Joanna Burgess, the regional awardees for 2011 are Randy Henniger, Folsom, CA; Karen Lewis, Brighton, MI; and Jenn Stahl, Perryville, MD.

Great Comebacks® is sponsored by ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, in partnership with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (CCFA), the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA), the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN®) Society™ and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS).

"When Joanna had urostomy surgery more than 40 years ago her family had trouble finding information about ostomy surgery. Her life's goal of making sure that patients have the support and resources they need is one that ConvaTec has long shared, as a leader in providing innovative products and services in ostomy care," said Brad Barton, president, ConvaTec, U.S.

More information about all of the Great Comebacks® Award recipients is available at www.GreatComebacks.com.

About the Great Comebacks® Program

Now in its third decade, the Great Comebacks® Program raises awareness of quality of life issues for people with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, colorectal cancer and other diseases that can lead to ostomy surgery. The mission of Great Comebacks® is to provide information and inspiration to people facing the emotional and physical challenges of living with serious intestinal diseases and ostomy surgery. The program also aims to remove the stigma surrounding ostomy surgery and to educate patients, their families and friends, and the general public that ostomy surgery can be a second chance to fulfill dreams, and lead a full and productive life with joy and passion. For more information, please visit www.GreatComebacks.com.

About Ostomy Surgery

An ostomy is an artificial opening in the abdomen to the intestines or urinary system to allow for the elimination of bodily wastes. It is estimated that more than 100,000 ostomy surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year, and more than 700,000 Americans of all ages are currently living with an ostomy. An ostomy procedure is essential to many patients affected by colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, birth defects, and other intestinal or urinary medical conditions.

About ConvaTec

ConvaTec is a leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies that have helped improve the lives of millions of people worldwide. With four key focus areas – Ostomy Care, Wound Therapeutics, Continence and Critical Care, and Infusion Devices – ConvaTec products support health care professionals from the hospital to the community health setting. For more information, please visit www.ConvaTec.com.

Great Comebacks and the Great Comebacks Logo are registered trademarks of ConvaTec Inc.



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NYU Langone Medical Center physicians among city’s finest on New York Magazine 2012 “Best Doctors” list

NEW YORK, NY USA (Press Release) - June 5, 2012 - New York magazine named 116 physicians at NYU Langone Medical Center among New York’s finest practitioners on its 2012 “Best Doctors” list, released earlier this week.

“We are proud to be recognized on New York magazine’s 2012 ‘Best Doctors’ listing, and we commend our passionate physicians for their unwavering commitment to delivering the highest level of patient care,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center. “Our dedicated faculty place patients at the center of everything they do and their efforts and outcomes are being recognized as among the best in the nation.”

Ten NYU Langone clinical department chairs are included on this year's “Best Doctors” listing:

    • Steven R. Flanagan, MD, the Howard A. Rusk Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, and chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
    • Silvia C. Formenti, MD, the Sandra and Edward H. Meyer Professor of Radiation Oncology, chair, Department of Radiation Oncology and professor, Department of Medicine
    • Aubrey C. Galloway, MD, the Seymour Cohn Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and chair, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • John G. Golfinos, MD, associate professor and chair, Department of Neurosurgery, and associate professor, Department of Otolaryngology
    • Herbert Lepor, MD, professor and the Martin Spatz Chair of the Department of Urology and professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
    • Joseph McCarthy, MD, the Helen L. Kimmel Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, and chair, Department of Plastic Surgery
    • Seth J. Orlow, MD, PhD, the Samuel Weinberg Professor of Pediatric Dermatology, chair, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, and director of the NYU Center of Excellence on Cancers of the Skin
    • H. Leon Pachter, MD, the George David Stewart Professor of Surgery, and chair, Department of Surgery
    • J. Thomas Roland, MD, the Mendik Foundation Professor of Otolaryngology, chair, Department of Otolaryngology, and professor, Department of Neurosurgery
    • Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, the Walter A. L. Thompson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

 As part of this year’s “Best Doctors” issue, nine NYU School of Medicine graduates are also profiled in the article “The Graduates”:

  • Kimberly Atiyeh, MD, 25, Otolaryngology
  • Stephanie Culver, MD, 25, Otolaryngology
  • Gregory Katz, MD, 28, Internal Medicine
  • Syril Keena Que, MD, 26, Dermatology
  • Alon Mass, MD, 26, Urology
  • Alexandra Milin, MD, 26, Internal Medicine
  • Allison West, 26, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Hayley Wolfgruber, MD, 26, Pediatrics
  • David Zagha, MD, 26, Internal Medicine

Additionally, Dr. Flanagan and Mark Pochapin, MD, director of the Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine at NYU Langone, are featured in the article “Ask a Best Doctor,” in which select physicians from the 2012 “Best Doctors” listing respond to readers’ health queries.

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2012 ASCO Annual Meeting press program announced

ALEXANDERIA, VA USA (Press Release) - May 23, 2012

 −June 1-4: Onsite Press Conferences in Chicago−

AUA 2012 - Expanding role of APNs/PAs in urology practice - Session Highlights

ATLANTA, GA USA (UroToday) - This was an insightful and productive discussion on the use of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in urology, and their expanding roles.

AUA 2012 - A bridge too far or not far enough? - Slide Presentation

ATLANTA, GA USA (UroToday) - Presented by Alan J. Wein, MD, PhD (Hon.) at the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting - May 19 - 23, 2012 - Georgia World Congress Center - Atlanta, GA USA

BJUI Mini Reviews - Urology training: Past, present and future

BERKELEY, CA (UroToday.com) - A urological training programme produces trained surgeons equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to eventually become consultant urologists.

Modern urology comprises a range of inter-related sub-specialties, which include urological oncology, endourology, female and reconstructive surgery and andrology (Table 1 ). bjui 109 10 coverIn all sub-specialities rapid medical and surgical developments, e.g. laparoscopic, robot-assisted and single-port surgery are occurring. As the nature of the work is changing, the defi nitions of competency in urology are also changing. It is vital that urological training constantly adapts to these changes in practice to ensure that standards are maintained and patient safety is not compromised.

With the introduction of the European Working Time Directive in 2004, the training time available, for all doctors, is estimated to have dropped from 30,000 h to only 8000 h.[1] Furthermore, with earlier diagnosis, progress in minimally invasive surgery and pharmacological advances, fewer patients require major urological surgery.[2] The volume-based traditional (‘see one, do one, teach one’) Halstedian model of training is therefore likely to play a smaller role in future training. Surgeons are constantly looking for novel methods of effective training that are valid and reproducible. With quality assurance targets in place and rising patient expectations and litigation cases, it is becoming increasingly necessary to have acquired basic technical skills before operating on patients. This has led to huge interest in the field of medical simulation...View or save the full text Mini Review as a .pdf file


Rishma Gohil, Reenam S. Khan, Kamran Ahmed, Pardeep Kumar, Ben Challacombe, Mohammed Shamim Khan, and Prokar Dasgupta

MRC Centre for Transplantation, King’s College London, Department of Urology and Urology Simulation Centre, Guy’s Hospital, London, UK


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Countdown to AUA 2012 - What you need to know before you go!

LINTHICUM, MD USA (Press Release) - May 14, 2012 - The 2012 Annual Meeting is just days away. Here is helpful last-minute information for Annual Meeting Attendees.

Spring cleaning should include medical websites -- UroToday launches next-generation urology-oncology website model

BERKELEY, CA USA (Press Release) - May 1, 2012 - UroToday.com went live on May 1 with a next-generation website platform yielding faster and more advanced searches within their already extensive list of urologic diseases including prostate, bladder, and renal cancers. Since 2002,

BJUI Mini Reviews - Operative experience of urological trainees in the UK

BERKELEY, CA (UroToday.com) - Until 2007, trainees wishing to pursue a career in urology in the UK, after leaving medical school, underwent a pre-registration year, followed by a 2 – 3 year period in basic surgical training during which they acquired basic, broad-based surgical competencies while sampling the various different surgical specialties. Most then undertook a period of time in research, typically acquiring a higher degree within a 2 – 3 year period.

They then entered specialty training in urology, which took place over 5 – 6 years before being certifi ed as competent to practice independently. bjui 109 9 cover When a trainee commences surgical and urological training, his or her operative experience is usually minimal. During the course of the training period he or she acquires a range of knowledge, clinical skills, technical skills and behaviours such that by the end of training he or she is certified as competent to practice independently. For a surgeon, among the chief competences that he or she needs to acquire are the technical skills required to undertake surgery. These were traditionally acquired using an apprenticeship model whereby the trainee observed a surgeon at work, then would be assisted through one or more procedures before being allowed to undertake the procedure themselves...View or save the full text Mini Review as a .pdf file


Jonathan D. Gill, Lianne F. Stewart,* Nicholas J.R. George, and Ian Eardley

Pyrah Department of Urology, St. James's University Hospital, Leeds, *Joint Committee on Surgical Training, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London , and Department of Urology, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK


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Alan Wein, MD, PhD (Hon) named 2012 recipient of the AAGUS Keyes Medal

BERKELEY, CA USA (Press Release) - May 1, 2012 - The Keyes Medal, an award conceived in 1926, is presented to an individual for "outstanding contributions in the advancement of urology." It is recognized as the greatest individual citation in the specialty, and it has been awarded sparingly since its inception.wein2

This award was named after Edward L. Keyes, MD (a NYC physician and one of the founders of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons) an organization established in 1886. In the 1890s, the first reports on prostate surgery were presented during the annual program and since that time, continuing medical education has focused on surgery of the genitourinary tract.

All Keyes Medals are in cast, on order, and were originally of 14-karat gold. However, at the 1974 meeting, the membership voted that these might be cast in bronze because of the increased cost of gold.

Dr. Wein, the most recent recipient of this prestigious award, is Professor and Chief of the Division of Urology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Chief of Urology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Residency Program in Urology at the University of Pennsylvania at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Additionally he serves in the capacity of Chief Medical Editor for UroToday.

Previous recipients of the Keyes Medal award are:

  • 1933 – A.M. Richards
  • 1936 – E.L. Keyes, Jr.
  • 1937 – Hugh H. Young
  • 1944 – Henry G. Bugbee
  • 1950 – H. L. Kretschmer
  • 1951 – W.F. Braasch
  • 1954 – Frank Hinman
  • 1956 – C.C. Higgins
  • 1960 – V.J. O’Connor
  • 1965 – J.A.C. Colston
  • 1967 – D. M. Davis
  • 1969 – Edgar Burns
  • 1974 – Rubin H. Flocks
  • 1977 – Ormond S. Culp
  • 1979 – William W. Scott
  • 1982 – Harry M. Spence
  • 1983 – J. Hartwell Harrison
  • 1985 – Hugh J. Jewett
  • 1987 – Willard E. Goodwin
  • 1990 – Willet F. Whitmore
  • 1992 – William H. Boyce
  • 1994 – Victor F. Marshall
  • 1996 – John K. Latimer
  • 2001 – John T. Grayhack
  • 2003 – William Catalona
  • 2004 – Thomas Stamey
  • 2006 - Emil Tanagho
  • 2008 - John P. Donohue
  • 2010 - Donald G. Skinner
  • 2011 - Patrick C. Walsh







Beyond the Abstract - Bridging the urological divide, by Robin Roberts, MD

BERKELEY, CA (UroToday.com) - Can we in the developing countries provide a standard of urological care equivalent to that of developed countries?

BJUI Mini Reviews - What is the current status of revalidation in urology?

BERKELEY, CA (UroToday.com) - In recent years there have been a series of high profile medical adverse events resulting from inadequate regulation of healthcare provision.[ 1,2 ]

Challenges for a resident in urology in Tunisia in 2011 - Abstract

This article presents the actual state of urology and highlights some of the most significant challenges facing resident urological training in Tunisia.

BJUI Mini Reviews - Urological litigation in the UK National Health Service (NHS): An analysis of 14 years of successful claims

BERKELEY, CA (UroToday.com) - It is well known that surgical care is associated with iatrogenic injury and resulting patient harm.

Is the training and continuing education for urologists in Germany still up to date? - Abstract

Klinik und Poliklinik für Urologie und Kinderurologie, Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Sigmund-Freud-Straße 25, 53127, Bonn, Deutschland.

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