|December 2015 Issue|
|Happy Holidays from the NEAUA President, Dr. Thomas Kinkead|
Season's greetings from the New England Section! As the holiday season is upon us and the year is coming to an end, I would like to take a few minutes to reflect on a successful year for the Section.
Dr. Tiffany and the Program Committee hosted another successful Joint Meeting with the Mid-Atlantic Section of the AUA. Professional as well as family participation was stellar, and the scientific presentations were superb. The Section has adopted two new membership categories to include our industry colleagues as well as our advanced practice provider colleagues. Details of both those categories will be shared in greater detail soon. The Board of Directors selected an excellent nominee for the AUA Research Forum in Dr. Quoc-Dien Trinh from Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Section's slates for 2016 AUA Awards and national level representative positions are strong. The Board continues to identify ways to increase engagement of its state representatives and state urologic societies through a variety of initiatives, and our Sectional committees continue to be active in carrying out Section operational matters. In addition, the Section leadership recently elected to help fund the annual budget of UROPAC for this upcoming fiscal year. Financial support of UROPAC compliments the Section's existing health policy and socioeconomic advocacy promotion efforts. The New England Section funds the travel of our entire Board of Directors and two residents or fellows' attendance at the annual Joint Advocacy Conference, the Section subsidizes state urologic society President attendance at the annual state society meeting in Chicago, and the Section has also increased promotion of health policy and socioeconomic issues through expansion of annual meeting programming and more frequent Sectional correspondence. As I hope you can see, the Board has taken member feedback about the importance of urologic health policy and advocacy to heart and continues to invest resources to supplement activism taken on by individual urologists in our region.
In closing, I would like to thank all the New England Section members, especially the leadership, for its contributions and participation in 2015. You have all made this an outstanding year for the Section. I look forward to seeing you in Portland, Maine for the 2016 NEAUA Annual Meeting September 29-October 2, 2016. Please visit the NEAUA website for all meeting details.
Happy holidays and cheers to a prosperous 2016.
Thomas M. Kinkead, MD
|The Blizzard of '78, Big Red and Doctor Mahoney by Dr. Kevin Loughlin|
New England had already suffered through a harsh winter. On January 21, 1978 most of New England had been blanketed by twenty-one inches of snow. It was a wet, heavy snow and actually caused the collapse of the roof of the Hartford Civic Center.
By Sunday February 5th, most New Englanders were just about ready to settle back into their brumal routines. The weather forecasts on the Sunday evening news warned of a heavy storm that would arrive sometime around mid-day on Monday. It is important to remember that sophisticated meteorological technology was still in its nascent stage almost four decades ago and weather forecasts were often imprecise.
When Bostonians left for work on Monday morning, the severity of the storm was still uncertain, so no special precautions were taken by most individuals or by local and state governments. No one was advised to stay home from work and no schools were closed. Snow flurries began at about 10AM. However, by early afternoon the snow began to fall in earnest, up to two to four inches per hour in some places.
Even with some businesses releasing their employees early, the evening rush hour was a disaster. Compounding the heavy snowfall were winds that, in places, exceeded 100mph. Many people simply did not attempt to travel home, those who did, drove into what was to become known as the "storm of the century."
As conditions became more severe, Governor Dukakis declared a state of emergency and the National Guard was called up. Route 128 was hit especially hard and eventually 3,000 cars and 500 trucks were abandoned on an 8 mile stretch of the highway.
By Tuesday morning, the entire region, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, was shut down. The greater Boston hospitals were essentially manned by residents or staff who had been stranded the night before. The almost 12,000 fans who had attended the Beanpot Hockey Tournament the night before spent the night in the Boston Garden.
All automobile traffic was banned for the remainder of the week and attending physicians were unable to reach their hospitals for three to four days. However, one physician made his daily rounds at Carney Hospital, uninterrupted, every day for the remainder of the week. Dr. Edward Mahoney and his wife Gert had a beautiful home on Brush Hill Road in Milton. Ed was an avid horsemen and his love for riding was shared by Gert. They had a stable on their property where they kept several horses. Ed's favorite horse was "Big Red", a 17 hand American Saddle Bred chestnut. Big Red was eleven years old in 1978, in excellent condition, and still ridden regularly by Ed.
When Ed awoke on the morning of Tuesday, February 7, 1978, he knew he wanted to make his usual rounds at Carney Hospital. Some of the drifts in his neighborhood exceeded ten feet, but Ed was undaunted. He went out to his stable, saddled up a willing Big Red, and road to the Carney amid the snow which was still coming down at a considerable rate. Both patients and staff were amazed to see him. He was the only physician who had made it into the hospital. Ed continued to ride Big Red daily for the rest of the week until the roads became passable for automobiles. Years later, Ed donated Big Red to the state police.
The link between men and horses are part of our New England lore. The Ride of Paul Revere is immortalized and known to every schoolchild throughout New England. Likewise, the Ride of Big Red, Dr. Ed Mahoney and the Blizzard of '78 should be immortalized and known by every urologist throughout New England.
Below is a picture of Dr. Mahoney on Big Red
|Recent AUA Board of Directors Activity Provided by Section Representative, Dr. Kevin Loughlin|
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|Resident and Fellow Travel Grants Available for the 2016 JAC, Due December 31, 2015|
The 11th Annual AUA/AACU Urology Joint Advocacy Conference will take place February 28-March 1, 2016 at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, DC. The meeting is urology's health policy "main event." The agenda features talks by members of Congress and key policy makers who will shape the regulatory future of medicine. It also affords attendees the chance to meet with members of Congress from their home state to advocate for urology's current policy initiatives. To review details of the 2015 program to get a sense of what the 2016 program will entail visit the JAC website.
The New England Section will fund the trip of 2 residents or fellows in 2016 to attend the 11th Annual JAC, as it recognizes that engagement of young urologists in urologic advocacy is important to the specialty. To apply for this funded trip, residents and fellows should submit their contact information, a 1-page essay outlining their interest in urology/healthcare policy and advocacy and how attending the 11th Annual JAC would support their interest and future aspirations at the link below. A brief letter from resident or fellow's Program Director confirming that if selected s/he will be able to attend the 2016 JAC conference in DC should also be submitted. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2015.
After the conference, the participants will be asked to submit a 1-page summary of his/her experience at the JAC for the NEAUA website and newsletter.
|AUA Leadership Program Application Deadline Extended to December 31, 2015|
In 2004, the AUA and its Sections launched the AUA Leadership Program to identify urologists who have demonstrated effective leadership skills within organized medicine or the community. This program seeks applicants who are driven to tackle future roles of responsibility within the AUA. This is a call for younger AUA members to polish their leadership skills, take advantage of networking opportunities and become better acquainted with AUA programs and services. To date, 107 AUA members have participated in one of six different Leadership Program classes.
Every two years, there is a selection process for the next incoming class of program participants. To qualify, candidates must be American Board of Urology (ABU) (or equivalent) certified urologists, and 15 years or less out of training, and have demonstrated leadership skills. The candidate must have an interest in developing these skills to serve their Sections and the AUA as future volunteer leaders. They must also be Active members of the AUA and the AUA Section where they live and practice.
Benefits of the Leadership Program
If you have further questions, please contact Florence Freeman at ffreeman@AUAnet.org or 410-689-3724.
|AACU Legislative and Socioeconomic Updates|
The following articles are provided by the American Association of Clinical Urologists in partnership with the New England Section of the AUA. The AACU is pleased to update NEAUA members on legislative and socioeconomic issues affecting urologists. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Contact the AACU government affairs office at 847-517-1050 or email@example.com for more information. Articles by Ross E. Weber, AACU State Affairs Manager.
Urologists take action on worrisome definitions of "quality"
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Urologists take aim at prior auth, work force at state advocacy conference
State lawmakers pushing telemedicine coverage in 2016
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|AUA Interactive State Legislation Map|
The AUA tracks state legislation that could impact the practice of urology in your region. View which bills the AUA is monitoring by visiting the interactive state legislation map.