Program Topics and Speakers
Last update: Oct. 15, 2015 (please check back regularly)
Dress code for moderators and presenters: Business casual
Enjoy a wide variety of relevant content in high quality sessions that foster engagement, collegiality, connections and learning. This is urology Upgraded.
Special Saturday Pre-Meeting Workshop
Violence in Medical America: Is your Clinic Prepared?
Protect Your Practice – Empower your Staff
Saturday, October 24, 2pm-5pm at the Renaissance Indian Wells
(Spouses and Office Staff Welcome )
State of the Art Lectures and Expert Panels
TUESDAY, OCT 27
Pelvic Floor Medicine Session, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
- Evaluation and Management of Pelvic Pain – Female and Male presented by Christopher Payne, MD / Jeannette Potts, MD
- Expert Panel on Management of the Extruded Polypropylene Sling – Panel: Fred Govier, MD / Chris Elliott, MD / Ja-Hong Kim, MD
Pediatrics Session, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Stone Management and Surgery in Children presented by Aaron P. Bayne, MD
Sexual Medicine Session, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
- Transgender Surgery presented by Maurice Garcia, MD
Special Talks, 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
- AUA Core Curriculum Update presented by Benjamin Breyer, MD
- IVU Experience presented by Alan Kaplan, MD
- AUA Research Scholars Experience presented by Sungyong You, PhD / George Schade, MD
- AUA Guidelines Update presented by Christopher Tessier, MD
Prostate 1 Session, 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM
- Expert Panel on BPH. Panel:
Harcharan Gill, MD, Andrew Southwick, MD, Mitch Humphreys, MD & Maurice Garcia, MD
WEDNESDAY, OCT 28
Bladder/Testis/Urethra Session, 10:30 AM – 12:25 PM
- Practical Approach to the Management of Urethral Strictures presented by Joel Gelman, MD
- Management of Superficial Bladder Cancer in the Era of BCG Shortages presented by Erik Castle, MD
Calculi Session, 1:35 PM – 2:20 PM
- To MET (Metabolic Expulsion Therapy) or Not to MET: Re-analysis of an Accepted Practice presented by Roger Sur, MD and Mark Anderson, MD
Kidney & Laparoscopy, 3:30PM – 4:45 PM
- Comprehensive Management of the Small Renal Mass presented by James Porter, MD and Ben Chung, MD
- Ultrasound vs. CT Imaging for ER Evaluation of Renal Colic: Appraisal of the NEJM Study presented by Thomas Chi, MD
GU Tumor Board
- A new session will be introduced at the WSAUA this year. The GU Tumor Board will be a multidisicplinary panel discussion of challenging cases in Urologic Oncology. The format will involve case presentations that include multiple choice questions at various decision points in the evaluation and treatment of these patients. An audience response system will be used to poll the audience and then the panel will discuss “best choices”. Currently the panel consists of Dr Joe Presti (Urology, moderator), Dr Sia Daneshmand, MD (USC), Chris Kane (Urology), Dr Chris Amling (Urology) and Dr Alan Bryce (Medical Oncology). This should be a valuable learning experience for our attendees.
THURSDAY, OCT 29
Prostate 2 Session, 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
- Genetic Testing Prostate Cancer – Ready for Prime Time? presented by Mark Garzotto, MD
- Management of Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC) for the Practicing Urologist presented by Medical Oncologist Alan Bryce, MD
Round Table Program & Brunch, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Health Policy Luncheon & Forum
Sunday, October 25
Moderated by Jeff Frankel, MD, Chairman, Health Policy Committee
This year we will continue with our nationally recognized program on health policy and practice management. The morning sessions begins with our essay contest winners and later that morning Mark Painter will provide practical information on proper coding and an update on ICD 10 which is scheduled to start 3 weeks before our meeting. His session is both practical and educational. The coding tips are critical to adequate reimbursement and in avoiding coding problems.
Dr. Arthur Lurvey, Medicare Contractor Medical Director, Noridian Jurisdiction E, joins us once again to help us examine the latest data to fine tune ICD-10 and MU for maximum efficiency. He will also be available to help one-on-one with any individual problems. You can visit him after the session at his help desk in the foyer. This is a rare and valuable opportunity – please come prepared.
We are also planning a session on medical scribes-a practical approach to coping with the burden of EMR and providing better patient care. This course will be presented by a Western Section member who is successfully using scribes and examines the reasons why it has made him 1/3 more efficient. Scribes have the potential to increase your productivity and get you out of the office earlier.
Our keynote speaker is Dr. Kevin Loughlin from Boston. He has served organized urology well. He has been involved in health policy for many years and has lived through the Massachusetts experience. His talk will be enligtening, insightful and entertaining. You don’t want to miss it. We will also hear from Dr. William Gee, the current AUA president. He represented Urology on the medicare RUC committee for many years. Finally, Dr. Eugene Rhee will be highlighting the rapidly expanding field of telemedicine with a panel of experts.
Please look at the agenda for more details–which also includes lunch! Health policy continues to have a greater and greater influence on our practices, regardless of your practice setting.. See you in California and thanks for supporting these important topics.
Jeffrey Frankel, MD, Chair – WSAUA Health Policy Committee
Preliminary Program Agenda
Welcome – Jeff Frankel, M.D.
• William Gee, MD, AUA President
Health Care Reform: Past, Present and Future
• Keynote Speaker – Kevin R. Loughlin,M.D., Boston, MA
Universal Health Care: Context, Consequences and Conundrums
• Expert Panel: Drs. Eugene Rhee, Aaron Spitz, and Peter Bretan
Telemedicine in Urology: The Doctor is in….Online
Morning Practice Management Courses
Sunday, October 25
Planning for Success for Urology Practices in 2016
Mark N. Painter, Physician Reimbursement Systems
Managing Medicare and the Tsunami of Change
Arthur Lurvey, MD, FACP, FACE
Medicare Contractor Medical Director, Noridian Jurisdiction E
Scribes for Urologists: The Wave of the Future
Al Borhan M.D., FACS (Phoenix)
Affiliated Urologists , Managing Partner
Honor Health John C Lincoln Medical Center, Vice Chair of Surgery
Creighton University Medical School, Clinical Assistant Professor
Health Policy Essay Presentations
Post-graduate Review and Exam Preparation Courses (PREP-C)
Overall Director: Sia Daneshmand, M.D., USC
Each course offers 2 hours of intense didactic material that you can use to study for upcoming exams or general review. All courses are included in your registration fee and include a take-home workbook to help prepare you for the In-service exam, Maintenance of Certification or a general urology review.
Monday, October 26th
A Western Section AUA Program Especially for Residents and Physicians wanting:
• Preparation for the In-Service Exam
• Maintenance of Certification
• An Overall Didactic Urology Review
All Courses are included in your registration fee.
Course #1 – Female Pelvic Medicine
Christian Twiss, MD, Univ. of AZ
Donna Deng, MD, UCSF
Una Lee, MD, Virginia Mason Clinic
Course #2 – Kidney Cancer
Ithaar Derweesh, MD, UCSD
Sean Stroup, MD, UCSD
Ryan Kopp, MD, UCSD
Course #3 – Markers, Mapping and MRI for Localized Prostate Cancer
David Crawford, MD, Univ. of Colorado
Nelson N. Stone, MD, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, NY
Matthew Cooperberg, MD, UCSF
Course #4 – Nephrolithiasis
Matthew Dunn, MD, USC
Gerhard Fuchs, MD, USC
Charles Metcalfe, MD, USC
Robert V. Day (Keynote) Lecture
Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Author and Tech Futurist
From Yesterday’s Science Fiction, to the Wonderful Futures yet to Come
Plan to hear this presentation on Wednesday, October 28 at approx. 2:30pm.
Gregory Benford, is that unusual creative combination of scientist scholar, talented artist and professional speaker. Author of top-selling novels, including Jupiter Project, Artifact, Against Infinity, Eater, and Timescape, his stories capture readers – hearts and minds – with imaginative leaps into the future of science, technology and of us. He uses inspiration and humor as he shares his story and creates a powerful message that is both personal and applicable to the technology we likely will someday be using.
A professor emeritus of physics and astronomy from UC Irvine, Benford is involved in several bio-tech startups and has conducted research in plasma turbulence theory and experiment, and in astrophysics. A recipient of two Nebula awards, he has written over 100 articles in the field of physics, and has served as an advisor to the Department of Energy for NASA and the White House Council on Space Policy. His published scientific articles include papers in fields of physics from condensed matter, particle physics, plasmas and mathematical physics, and several in biological conservation.
Often called hard science fiction, Benford’s stories take science and technology into inspired realms. How will the future unfold in front of us? What would happen if cryonics worked and people, frozen, were awoken 50 years in the future? What might a re-engineered human look like? How far will embedded technology merge with medicine? The questions that physics and scientists ask, Benford’s imagination explores.
Advanced Practice Provider (APP) / Allied Health Program
This program is included in the Health Professional’s registration package, is also open to all physicians and will include CME which is pending review.
For the third year, we are pleased to continue a special CME segment on Tuesday and Wednesday that is directed toward our Advanced Practice Provider attendees, nurse practitioners and other allied professional colleagues in Urology. We encourage you to register the non-MD professionals in your practice and have them attend.
Resident’s Bowl Competition
Each training institution will be represented by one resident who can participate. There will be mixed teams of four residents and the final winning team will represent the Western Section at the AUA’s Annual Meeting Resident Bowl next year. Plan to attend and cheer your favorite team at each of the games!
Round 1 : 10:15 – 10:45am – Oct. 27
Round 2 : 6:30-7 pm – Oct. 27
Round 3 : 9:45-10:15 am – Oct. 28 (Finals)
Young Urologists and Aspiring Leaders Program
Plan to Attend the Young Urologists Mentorship Mixer and Happy Hour
Monday, Oct. 26, 5:30 to 6:30pm
Moderated by John Lam, MD, AUA Young Urologist Representative for the Western Section AUA
Resident’s Luncheon Program
Surviving after Residency – Learning the Business Side of Practice
Sunday, October 25, 11:45AM – 1:30PM
The Grand Finale Event:
Round Table Program & Brunch – Do Not Miss!
A creative blend of urological humor, science and oddities combine to make this famous session the trademark Western Section event. We promise you will not be disappointed!
Thursday, October 29, 10:00AM to 1:00PM