Meeting Overview: See What's Flowing

Last update: July 9  (please check back regularly)
Program approved for maximum 32.5 CME

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Meeting Snapshot: 
277 Papers ♦ 160 Posters  ♦ 13 Essays  ♦ 15 Videos ♦ 9 State of Art Talks ♦ 28 Sessions ♦ 32.5 CME

State of the Art Talks and Panels


Tuesday, Aug. 8

  • Steve Kraus, MD - A Case-based Approach to the OAB Clinical Care Pathway.
  • Michael Albo, MD - SUFU urodynamic Antibiotic Guidelines.
  • Panel: David Ginsberg, MD, Chris Twiss, MD, Craig Comiter, MD - The index SUI Patient and Beyond, Should Urodynamics Be Performed?
  • Larry Lipshultz, MD - Testosterone 2017:  Efficacy and Safety.
  • Panel: Lindsay Hampson, MD, Kourosh Afshar, MD -  The Design of Modern "Transition Clinic":  Specialized Care Needs of Young Adults with Chronic Urologic Diseases of Childhood.
  • GU Tumor Board -  Joe Presti, MD, Daniel Lin, MD, Martin Gleave, MD, Won Kim, MD, Medical Oncologist, Jonathan Tward, MD, Radiation Oncologist
  • Daniel Lin, MD & Christopher Amling, MD - MRI vs Biomarkers in Diagnosis, Surveillance and Management of Prostate Cancer.

Wednesday, Aug. 9

  • Panel: Jonathan Wright, MD, Jay Shah, MD, Karim Chamie, MD, Stanley Yap, MD, Anne Schuckman, MD - Practical Issues In Non-muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer.
  • Kathleen Kobashi, MD (Emil A. Tanagho Lecture) – The History of Neuromodulation.
  • Ksenija B. Stefanovic, MD, PhD  - Medical Management of Kidney Stones.
  • Panel: Herb Ruckle, MD - Treatment Choices for SRMs.

Thursday, Aug. 10

  • Martin Gleave, MD -  Management of mCRPC - Recent Advances Towards Precision Oncology.

Monday, August 7

Post-graduate Review and Exam Preparation Courses

Overall Director: Daniel Lin, MD, Univ. of WA
A Western Section AUA Program Especially for Physicians and Residents wanting:
  • Preparation for the In-Service Exam
  • Maintenance of Certification
  • An Overall Didactic Urology Review

All Courses are included in your registration fee.

Each course offers 2 hours of intense didactic material and take place Monday morning and end around 12 noon.
  • Bladder Cancer:
    • Anne Schuckman, MD, Jonathan L. Wright, MD, Tanya Dorff , MD
  • Transgender Genital Surgery for General and Specialized Urologists and GU Nurses:
    • Maurice Garcia, MD, Polina Reyblat, MD, Daniel Rosenstein, MD
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery & Endourology Review

    • Duane Baldwin, MD, Ben Chew, MD, Jonathan Harper, MD
  • Infertility Update 2016: A Comprehensive Approach to the Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Infertile Male:
    • Larry Lipshultz, MD


Health Policy Luncheon & Forum

Sunday, August 6

Lunch: 11:45am
Program: 12 noon - 2:30pm

Program Directors:
Jeff Frankel, MD, Chairman, Health Policy Committee
Eugene Rhee, MD, MBA, Vice-Chair

Preliminary Program Agenda

• Welcome – Jeff Frankel, MD

AUA Update - Robert C. Flanigan, MD, AUA Pres-Elect

Canadian Urologic Workforce under One Payer System
Omar Nazif, MD President BC Urological Society and Chair Health Policy Committee– Canadian Urological Assn

MIPS/APM--The Transformation of Health Care Delivery
Jeffrey Kaufman, MD, Past-Chair Health Policy Commitee

• Special Presentation:
Disruptive Technologies in Performance Assessment:  a Pathway Towards Improved Surgical Performances
Panel: Drs. Tim Brand, Eugene Rhee, Tom Lendvay

Health Policy Essay & Abstract Presentations

1. Essay Winner: Racial Disparities in Hospital Admissions in the First 30 Days After Urethral Sling Procedures in California - Kai B. Dallas
2. Practicing Urologists Who Directly Work with Non-Physician Providers in the United States - Raymond Fang
3. Assessment of Urology Residency Application Letter of Recommendations by Gender and Faculty Rank - Unwanaobong Nseyo

Morning Practice Management Courses

8:30am to 11:00am
Sunday, August 6

♦ 8:30am - Top 10 Actions for Urology Practices in 2018

        Mark N. Painter, Physician Reimbursement Systems

♦ 10:00am - UR-INE BIG TROUBLE! Medical Malpractice Reforms, Trends and How to Protect Yourself in Litigation

Brian Hoffman – Medical Malpractice Attorney Partner at Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Resident's Luncheon Program

Sunday, Aug. 6, 11:45am

Surviving After Residency – Learning the Business Side of Practice



Course Director: Jonathan Perley, MD, Clinical Instructor, Harbor UCLA & Private Practice, Long Beach, CA
Faculty: Polina Reyblat, MD and  Jesse Mills, MD
How to select the right job, gain a better understanding into today's medical / financial landscape, how to maximize your training into a successful practice by incorporating minimally invasive therapies, and understand the basics of insurance and coding.


  • How to decide on the right job
  • Academic vs. private vs. HMO
  • Groups large and small
  • Partnerships
  • Understanding insurance, reimbursement and coding
  • How to get started in a practice and what is expected of me
  • Understanding the economic landscape and how it relates to medicine today
  • Panel discussion with academic and Kaiser faculty
  • Update on ancillary care services (surgery centers, pathology labs, & lithotripsy, radiation centers)


Sunday, Aug. 6, 11:00am

CUA Annual Meeting - All Urologists Invited

Sunday, Aug. 6, 5:30pm

AZUS Reception - All AZ Urologists Invited, spouse/guest welcome!

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Aug. 7, Monday 4pm

Resident’s (Rock 'n Roll) Bowl Competition

This year we introduce a new twist to this exciting program. Three teams will compete together in one jeopardy style game show. You can guess the theme (fun!) as we unwind from the day and enjoy happy hour action with our great rock star resident teams.

Each training institution will be represented by one resident who can participate. There will be mixed teams of four residents and the winning team will represent the Western Section at the AUA’s Annual Meeting Resident Bowl next year. Plan to attend and match wits with your favorite team at each of the games!

Symposia Schedule - click here

All Urologists & APP-Allied Health Pros Invited. Please RSVP in advance on-site.

Advanced Practice Provider (APP) / Allied Health Program

Program Director:
Louis Koncz, PA, Spokane, WA

August 8 & 9 - Tuesday and Wednesday
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.

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.

Detailed program - click here

Bring your Urologic Health Care Team to Vancouver!

Plan to join your colleagues each day for breakfast, breaks and happy hour! The ExpoLab is a mixture of education, networking, enrichment and hospitality.

Happy Hour on Monday and Tuesday after the Sessions with Live Entertainment.

Western Section AUA Stone Extraction Challenge

During the meeting, be sure to try your hand to extract a stone burden both percutaneously and ureteroscopically in a set amount of time! Participants will be judged by overall weight and greatest amount of stone burden! Held in The ExpoLab at the Cook/Storz Booths.

GU Tumor Board  

Aug 8 Tuesday 1:30pm

The GU Tumor Board is 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”. 
Program Director, Dr Joe Presti (Urology, moderator). 
This will be a valuable learning experience for our attendees.

Young Urologist and New Member

Mentorship Mixer

Tuesday,  5-6pm

Directed by Sean Stroup, MD

Learn from your peers and colleagues in an informal and social environment. Plan to enjoy some career networking (job opportunities) and a short program.


Aug. 10, Thursday, 10:30 am

Round Table Program & Brunch 

A creative blend of urological humor, science and oddities combine to make this famous session the trademark Western Section event. Enjoy door prizes, great food and camaraderie at its best!

Social Events with a touch of Canadiana you won't want to miss!

Beyond the engaging sessions, you’ll also make connections with friendly people at high quality social events that are included in most registration packages.

  • Sunday President's Welcome Reception at the Westin Pool Gardens, 6:30-8:30 pm, featuring live music with "Carumba"

  • Monday Happy Hour @ The Lab (exhibits area) followed by the Resident's "Rock 'n Roll" Bowl - The Lab will energize you to engage with your peers and partners

  • Tuesday day trip to Granville Island for the spouse/guest, 10:30am depart from hotel, returns about 2pm.

  • Tuesday Happy Hour @ The Lab (exhibits area), 4-5pm

  • Wednesday Western Section Night Reception Dinner, 6:30-9:30 pm with special entertainment and live music

Optional Event:

Monday, Aug. 7 at 10am
Whale Watching Adventure Eco-Tour
$80/ per person

Enjoy a private 4 hour charter aboard the flagship Prince of Whales "Ocean Magic" departs at 10am from hotel dock, includes lunch. Safe and fun for the whole family! Limited to 60.

Daily Flow

See "Schedule" tab for time detail.

Sunday's Flow

  • Networking Breakfast
  • Spouse Hospitality
  • Poster Sessions and Awards
  • Video Surgi-Sessions (part 1)
  • Practice Management Courses (three)
  • Resident Lunch Program
  • Health Policy Form & Luncheon
  • President's Welcome Reception - featuring the upbeat reggae sounds of Carumba

Monday's Flow

  • Spouse Hospitality
  • Symposia Breakfast
    Supported by PACIFIC EDGE - Dr. Siamak Daneshmand, USC, "Bladder Cancer Diagnosis”.
  • Networking Breakfast in "The Lab" (exhibits area)
  • PREP-C Courses (exam prep and review courses)

    • PREP-C 1: Bladder Cancer - Ann Schuckman, MD
    • PREP-C2: Transgender Genital Surgery for surgeons & nurses - Maurice Garcia, MD
    • PREP-C 3: Minimally Invasive Surgery - Duane Baldwin, MD
    • PREP-C 4: Infertility Update 2017 - Larry Lipshultz, MD
  • Symposia Lunch - Genomic Health
  • Video Surgi-Sessions (part 2)
  • General Session
  • Optional event: Whale watching eco-tour
  • Happy Hour in "The Lab" featuring Live Music from Rob Eller
  • New - Resident's "Rock 'n Roll" Bowl

Tuesday's Flow

  • Networking Breakfast in "The Lab" (exhibits area)
  • Spouse Hospitality
  • Allied Health Program
  • General Sessions:
    • Pelvic Floor Medicine
    • Sexual Medicine
    • Pediatrics
    • Prostate 1
  • Symposia Lunch - Abbvie
  • GU Tumor Board
  • Happy Hour in "The Lab" featuring Live Music from Koko Soul
  • Allied Health Pro's Reception
  • Young Urologists Program: Practice Points, Career Connections

Wednesday's Flow

  • Member's Business Meeting
  • Networking Breakfast in "The Lab" (exhibits area)
  • Spouse Hospitality
  • Allied Health Program
  • General Sessions:
    • Bladder/Urethra/Testis
    • Calculi
    • Kidney & Laparoscopy
  • Symposia Lunch - ASTELLAS / MEDIVATION (a Pfizer Co.)
  • Special Talk: Tanagho Lectureship - Dr. Kathleen Kobashi
  • Western Section Night Reception/Dinner - Live Band, Dancing with Side One

Thursday's Flow

  • Networking Breakfast
  • Special Talks
  • AUA Guideline Update
  • General Sessions:Prostate 2
  • Round Table Program & Brunch
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Thank You 2017 Exhibitors

Ambry Genetics
American Urological Association
Astellas Pharma US
Astellas Pharma US & Pfizer Oncology
Bard Medical
BK Ultrasound
Blue Earth Diagnostics
Boston Scientific
Cogentix Medical
Cook Medical
Dornier MedTech
Endo Pharmaceuticals
FusionRx Compounding
Genome Dx Biosciences
Genomic Health
Guerbet - Liebel Flarsheim
Janssen Biotech
Karl Storz
Kaweah Delta Health Care District
MDx Health
Mission Pharmacal
Myriad Genetic Laboratories
OPKO Health
Pacey Medtech Ltd.
Pacific Edge Diagnostics
Pacific Litho
Prometheus Laboratories
Richard Wolf Medical Inst
Siemens Healthineers
Tolmar Pharmaceuticals
United Medical Systems
Universal Hospital Services
University Compounding Pharmacy