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“High on a hill, it calls to me,” Tony Bennett famously sang. “It,” of course, is San Francisco, and Bennett is not the only one to leave his heart there. Of all the cities where the AUA holds its annual meeting, this is probably my favorite. The food, the bay, the culture, and yes, the conference. AUA 2018 should be grand!
What specifically am I looking forward to this year? After reviewing the program and browsing the AUA2018.org site, I made a list of the top 10 reasons I’m excited about this event.
Timing/format. Like other AUA members, I filled out a survey last year asking about the ideal number of days the conference should be, and the AUA apparently listened to our collective input. Unlike prior meetings that ran 5 days, this year’s is a compact 4 days long. The conference starts on May 18 and concludes May 21. Looking a year ahead, AUA 2019 in Chicago will also be 4 days, though it will be held a couple weeks earlier (May 3-6). The other good news about this year’s dates is that they don’t overlap with Mother’s Day (May 13), which should keep everyone out of trouble!
Online access. As far as I can tell, even though the conference is one less day this year, the volume of material being presented is about the same. With that in mind, I intend to once again purchase virtual access to the Instructional Courses. I could spend the entire 4 days in these courses, but there is too much else to learn to do that. For those not familiar with the Instructional Courses, this is a conference within the conference. World-renowned speakers give detailed break-out sessions on a wide range of topics. Three of the courses I’m most looking forward to are:
043IC: Novel Agents and Concepts in the Management of Hormone-Naïve and Castrate-Resistant Prostate Cancer. The growth of medications to treat advanced prostate cancer has been rapid and the role of the urologist in this space increasing. I am excited to learn about the next generation of drugs I will be prescribing.
025IC: Robotic Single-Port Surgery: Appropriate Adoption into Your Practice. I grew up with the da Vinci robot and am well aware of its limitations. Single-port surgery is the next step, and I am eager to learn how to incorporate it into my daily work.
022IC: Perioperative Opioid-Sparing Analgesia Strategies for Enhanced Recovery after Urologic Surgery. We are all aware of the ravages that the opioid crisis has inflicted upon society, and I am thrilled that the AUA is presenting a course on options to avoid or minimize the use of opioids after surgery while acknowledging that controlling acute pain is still a priority.