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    AUA 2017: A small-town plumber’s 10 can’t-miss sessions

    New guidelines, prostate cancer tests, men’s health centers just a few topic highlights


    7. Men’s health/hypogonadism. I acknowledge that the doc-in-a-box street corner men’s health clinic arose because we, in the urology community, were failing to meet a need, and I’ve made known my opinion on these over-charging and under-performing centers. As such, I was thrilled to read about course 046IC on creating a successful men's health clinic. It seems the best way to learn what to do to offer these services to my patients and prevent them from being taken advantage of by the local low testosterone clinic.

    8. Complications. Maybe it’s because I am young and still naive to the world of surgery, but when I step back and think about what we do in the OR, it amazes me. With that in mind, I always try to attend at least one session on complications as a reminder that, borrowing a phrase from my mentor Richard D. Williams, MD, “S**t happens in the OR.” This year, I’ll be watching Patricio Gargollo, MD, present on “Surgical Misadventures and Complications of Robotic Reconstruction” on Friday morning. Leaving the AUA grounded in the reality of what can happen during surgery is never a bad thing.

    9. Court in session. Speaking of complications, one of the new sessions at the AUA this year is entitled “Court is in Session.” This Friday afternoon plenary session aims to show us small-town plumbers what a real live courtroom situation would look like. I’m eager to report back on how this session works out!

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    10. Poster, podium, and video presentations. If there is a cutting-edge portion of the meeting, this is it. The year’s most innovative, thought-provoking, and best research is presented here. While some of it never pans out, the vast majority of the next year’s major journal articles are being presented in some form here. Want to know what the trends in prostate cancer epidemiology are? Try one of the three sessions on this topic (PD3, MP14, PD47). Have an interest in the latest in infertility? Try session MP7 or PD8. If you’re seeing more nonmuscle-invasive bladder cancer in your practice and wondering what’s new in the field, then session MP15, PD19, or PD48 is for you. Regardless of what your research or clinical interest is, I guarantee that you will find multiple sessions allowing you to leave Boston having learned something new.

    I hope everyone else is as excited as I am about this year’s AUA, and I look forward to seeing you in Boston!

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    Henry Rosevear, MD
    Dr. Rosevear, a member of the Urology Times Clinical Practice Board, is in private practice at Pikes Peak Urology, Colorado Springs, CO.


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