A record number of urologists attended the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) 2018 State Society Network Advocacy Conference held Oct. 20-21. The inventive program included nationally recognized specialists in the art and science of medicine, as well as urologists with unique professional experiences and socioeconomic expertise.
State Society Network Chair Kevin Loughlin, MD, achieved several goals in terms of programming and attendee demographics to distinguish the 10th annual event. Continuing medical education sessions kicked off the conference featuring private practice, academic, and hospital-employed urologists from across the country. Presenters addressed varied scientific topics and practical take-home tips to enhance attendees' skills not only in the clinic, but the board room, as well.
"I am proud that our program included young urologists, female urologists, and urologists from every type of practice setting," Dr. Loughlin reported. "Expanding our reach to these audiences will benefit the entire profession, as will appealing to urologists from distinct locales. Physician pre-meeting registration from a record 39 states set a new conference standard."
Dr. Loughlin continued, "In the 21st century, 'advocacy' is required by each of us to ensure government and payer intrusions do not permanently harm the doctor-patient relationship."
To this end, several past presidents of the AACU and subject matter experts addressed topics in a block of programming entitled, “Advocating for Your Patients, Practice and Profession.” Illinois State Urology Society Secretary Christopher Coogan, MD, author of several seminal papers on medical liability in urology, explained that something other than negligence drives malpractice suits. The AACU's representative to the American Board of Urology, Mark Austenfeld, MD, detailed the transition from high-stakes testing to lifelong learning. Jeffrey Frankel, MD, and Richard Pelman, MD, meanwhile, spoke to the nuts and bolts of individual and society-based state advocacy.