Health Policy in Urological Diseases VL

The Future is Female: Urology Workforce Projection from 2020 to 2057 - Catherine Nam

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Andrea Miyahira speaks with Catherine Nam about her paper, "The Future is Female: Urology Workforce Projection from 2020 to 2057," published in Urologic Clinics of North America. Dr. Nam addresses the critical issue of the urologic workforce shortage, driven by factors like aging practitioners and limited residency slots due to the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. As the demand for urologic care is se...

Pelvic Floor Disorders among Minority Women: Differences in Prevalence, Severity and Health-Related Social Needs - Raveen Syan & Aaron Gurayah

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Ruchika Talwar interviews Aaron Gurayah and Raveen Syan about their study on pelvic floor disorders among minority women. The research highlights that while these disorders affect a quarter of U.S. women, minority women receive treatments less frequently. The study examines the prevalence, severity, and impact of unmet health-related social needs among Hispanic and Black women, revealing that thes...

Surgical Variations in Pediatric Kidney Stone Management: A Discussion on the PKIDS Trial - Gregory Tasian & Nicolas Fernandez

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Ruchika Talwar hosts a discussion with Greg Tasian and Nicolas Fernandez about surgical variations in managing pediatric kidney stone disease. They discuss the PKIDS study, involving 30 centers, which examines surgical preferences and outcomes for children aged 8-21 undergoing ureteroscopy, shockwave lithotripsy, and percutaneous nephrolithotripsy. Dr. Fernandez highlights the variability in surgi...

Automated Identification of Key Steps in Robotic-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy Using Artificial Intelligence - Abhinav Khanna

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Ruchika Talwar interviews Abhinav Khanna about his work on AI and prostate cancer surgery. Dr. Khanna discusses his team's development of an AI platform that can identify key surgical steps during robotic prostatectomy with high accuracy. By analyzing video footage from minimally invasive surgeries, this technology aims to turn raw surgical video data into a valuable resource for training, quality...

Advancing Urology Priorities Through the AMA House of Delegates - Hans Arora

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Ruchika Talwar interviews Hans Arora about his extensive involvement in organized medicine through the AMA and the AUA. Dr. Arora shares his journey from an MD-PhD student to a key figure in medical advocacy, emphasizing the importance of organized medicine in influencing healthcare policy. He explains how the AMA’s policy-making process through the House of Delegates affects all medical specialti...

Introducing the Kidney Stone Collaborative: A New Nonprofit for Kidney Stone Patients - Justin Ziemba

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Ruchika Talwar interviews Justin Ziemba about a significant development in kidney stone disease advocacy and research. Dr. Ziemba announces the creation of the Kidney Stone Collaborative (KSC), a new nonprofit organization dedicated to improving research and advocacy for kidney stone patients. He explains that this initiative has been months in the making, involving scientific experts, patient adv...

Beyond Stone Burden: Investigating Quality of Life in Kidney Stone Patients - Justin Ziemba

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Ruchika Talwar interviews Justin Ziemba about his research on health-related quality of life in kidney stone patients. Dr. Ziemba explains that quality of life encompasses daily activities, work, relationships, and pain management, which are often not captured by traditional medical metrics. His research focuses on the broader impact of kidney stone disease, looking beyond stone size and surgical...

Combating Urology-Related Disinformation on Social Media - Justin Dubin

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Ruchika Talwar interviews Justin Dubin about his use of social media to combat urology-related misinformation. Dr. Dubin emphasizes the importance of educating patients not just in the clinic but also online, where misinformation is rampant. Dr. Dubin co-created the "Man Up" podcast to destigmatize men's health issues and provide accurate, doctor-driven information. He advises urologists to be sin...

Addressing the Urology Workforce Shortage Crisis in Rural America - Nathan Grunewald

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Ruchika Talwar interviews Nathan Grunewald discussing the critical issue of workforce shortages in rural America. Dr. Grunewald explains that while 20% of the US population lives in rural areas, only 10% of urologists serve these regions, many of whom are nearing retirement. This shortage leads to significant access issues, as patients often lack timely preventive care and face more severe health...

Value-Based Payment Models and Management of Newly Diagnosed Prostate Cancer - Avinash Maganty

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Ruchika Talwar welcomes Avinash Maganty to discuss research on value-based payment models in prostate cancer management, published in Cancer Medicine. Dr. Maganty explains that following the MACRA initiative of 2017, urologists had to adapt to payment models like MIPS and accountable care organizations, which potentially influence treatment decisions, especially in discretionary cases like low-gra...