With the AUA annual meeting quickly approaching, Victor W. Nitti, MD, chair of the AUA Office of Education, provided a snapshot of new course offerings and other AUA educational opportunities. He was interviewed by Barry A. Kogan, MD, of the Urology Times Editorial Council.
The AUA Office of Education courses are among the highlights of the AUA annual meeting for many of us. Can you tell us about any new courses this year?
This year the Office of Education will be offering 85 2-hour Instructional Courses, of which 30 are brand new. New courses will be available in all major areas of urology, including sexual and reproductive medicine, female pelvic medicine, reconstructive urology, lower urinary tract dysfunction, endourology, geriatric urology, public policy, new technologies, and urologic oncology. In addition, will be offering two new Hands-On Courses on office-based transperineal prostate interventions (including biopsy) and flexible ureteroscopy, for a total of six Hands-On Courses.
I imagine you repeat the courses that have had the most interest over the years. Which courses have attendees found to be most popular?
The most popular courses by number of attendees are in endourology (especially stone management), testosterone therapy, infertility update, prostate cancer (including treatment options and active surveillance), and robotic technologies.
The meeting is always pretty jam packed. What are the options for those who have conflicts for a given course?
In 2019, we will have several ways to access the AUA Instructional Courses. The Live Course Pass is our traditional option, providing access to all 85 Instructional Courses. One can also choose the Course Pass Bundle that gives the same access to all live courses plus all online webcasts. Lastly, we will be offering a single-course ticket for those attendees who want to go to just one course. Access to the Instructional Courses can be purchased with meeting registration, through the mobile app, or at registration upon arrival in Chicago.