June 2018 Issue
From the President: Hartford Annual Meeting Highlights
By Arthur Tarantino, MD, President
Art Tarantino, MD
Arthur Tarantino, MD

The 2018 NEAUA Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching. Until you have experienced it, the process is daunting with many people to acknowledge from both our veteran PRRI staff and our Section members who are volunteering their time and expertise to develop a dynamite program. Of course, the meeting would not be possible without the support of our industry colleagues.

The NEAUA has a long tradition of supporting resident education. As a result of numerous conversations with Program Directors and residents, this year’s meeting will hopefully meet and exceed all expectations. A special thanks goes to Dr. Andy Das, Chair of our Socioeconomic Committee and its members comprised of your State Reps. They have put together several moderated panel discussions on topics critical for our residents as they embark on careers in Urology. Topics are as follows:

  1. Thursday
    1. "Medial Liability Threat Assessment" with guest expert Attorney Joyce Lagnese
    2. "The Essentials of Employment Contracting" with guest expert Attorney Wendy Kroll, Dr. Dicken Ko from Steward Health and two recent graduates, Drs. Andy Boylan and Ravi Kacker
  2. Friday
    1. "Understanding Compensation Formulas" with Drs. Ann Gormley and Art Tarantino, both who have served on their health systems compensation committees and guest expert Mr. Joshua Teplitzky
  3. Saturday
    1. "Navigating A Career in Urology", a panel discussion with representatives from Academic Medicine, Dr. David Penson; a large health system, Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Eugene Rhee; a large private group, Dr. Michael Curran and a small private group, Dr. Guy Manetti

In response to feedback from both Program Directors and resident members, we are offering tremendous resident "Hands On" surgical experiences. With the help of Dr. Steven Shichman, Director of Hartford Hospital's Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI), his team of experienced physician educators, multiple volunteer member faculty and our industry colleagues there will be two resident focused sessions.

  1. Friday night
    1. Robotics Olympics – much like what was offered 5 years ago, multiple robotic stations will be set up with specific skills challenges. Prizes to be awarded! Also, depending on the number of participants, they have the ability to run our house staff through designed clinical scenarios assessing their responses to specific urologic emergencies.
  2. Friday and Sunday morning
    1. Dr. Lori Lerner is once again organizing a "Fundamentals in Laser" course. The didactic component will be held on site at the meeting on Friday morning at 7 AM. This lecture is required to participate in the "Hands On" component Sunday morning at the Wet Lab in CESI from 7:30-9:00. While this course is primarily for residents, all are invited to attend the lecture component.
  3. Sunday Morning
    1. CESI provides a unique opportunity for more Hands On experiences for our residents. A tremendous amount of work and coordination is required to offer this program. We are extremely grateful to all of our industry colleagues, volunteer faculty and CESI staff for all of their efforts. Topics include:
      1. BPH room with simulators
      2. Stone room with simulators
      3. Prosthetics/implants/sling room with trainers
      4. As we move closer to the meeting and can better assess interest, we also have the capability to provide programming for APP’s

As you can see, there is a lot going at this year's meeting.

The icing on the cake will be a silent auction to help grow our Section Education Fund, the proceeds of which are to continue to be able to offer meaningful continuing education and social networking for our members at our Annual Meeting. We are in the process of soliciting our members for any auction items...ski weekends, sports tickets and memorabilia, rounds of golf etc.

I am looking forward to seeing you in Hartford this September!


Art Tarantino

Treasurer's Update: 2018 Q2
By Gregory Adey, MD, Treasurer
Gregory S. Adey, MD Gregory S. Adey, MD

Welcome to Summer 2018. By now, your kids are out of school (if you have children and they are school ages), your partners are away and you are covering their practices, and everyone is happy that it is no longer winter in New England. The New England Section remains in good financial standing. The first half of 2018 saw some interesting days in the stock market. Overall, our investment accounts are on the positive side for the year. This spring we conducted an analysis of the NE AUA investment accounts in comparison with the thirteen medical organizations that PRRI helps manage. The analysis showed that the NE AUA remains solidly in the middle of the pack for our returns on investments. These results align with our portfolio risk and diversification profiles. The NE AUA continues to utilize the services of Mediqus Asset Advisors, based in Chicago. I have quarterly phone conference with their team, and Mr. Joel Blau, President of Mediqus, communicates by conference call with our leadership during Board of Director meetings. The Section is able to take advantage of extremely low fees, as Mediqus takes into account all of the money their company manages for PRRI clients. As always, if you have any questions about Section finances, please reach out by phone or email.

The Section continued its support of the AUA Advocacy Summit this past March. The New England Section continued its strong participation at this meeting. In a survey of our Section participants, an overwhelming number had a positive experience in Washington. Most participants believed this Advocacy Summit was better than past Joint Advocacy Conference (JAC) programming. If you have not attended this meeting in the past, I would encourage you to do so next year. As health care reform continues to evolve, the role of advocacy is only strengthened. We need urologists to understand the issues that are important to urology, how to access their legislators, and how to communicate the messages. Please reach out to me if you would like to learn more about the experience at the Advocacy Summit.

Education, and how we as physicians and providers access education, continues to change. The NE AUA hopes to be a leader in this changing market. You will soon learn more about initiatives that the Board is pursuing to meet our mission. We are on our way to meet our goal of raising $500,000 for our Education Fund. You may be asked to serve on committees to help the NE AUA meet its education initiative. Please lend us your time to help us stay ahead of the curve. I hope to see you all in September in Hartford.


Gregory S. Adey, MD FACS

The History Behind the Awards Given at NEAUA: Max K. Willscher, MD and Wyland F. Leadbetter, MD
By Karim Hamawy, MD, Historian

Two awards are given annually during the NEAUA in recognition of the tremendous contributions that two individuals have made to our profession. The first is presented to a urology resident in memory of Dr. Max K. Willscher, a pioneer and a prolific contributor to urologic care. The New England Section has been presenting the Max K. Willscher Award since 1995 to the best presentation by a urology resident at the New England Section Annual Meeting. The second award, named the Leadbetter Lectureship, is given in honor of one of the great legends in urology. Dr. Leadbetter's contributions have shaped many aspects of our field. The Section has been supporting the Lectureship since 1974 with forty four outstanding speakers and interesting lectures. The following link will lead you to the history section of the NEAUA. Here you will find more detailed bios of these two individuals who practiced in and provided so much to the New England Section, and helped shape the field of urology. neaua.org/history.cgi

We look forward to seeing you in Hartford!
Program Co-Chairs: Jared Bieniek, MD and Joseph Wagner, MD
NEAUA 2018 Annual Meeting

Donate Items to the Section Annual Meeting Auction in Hartford to Support the NEAUA Section Education Fund!
To support the mission of the New England Section Education Fund, the NEAUA will hold a Silent Auction during the Annual Meeting in Hartford starting on Thursday, September 6th. Final bids will be due during the Attendee Reception in the Exhibit Hall on Friday, September 7th. The New England Section Education Fund was created to support NEAUA educational activities in future years.

To ensure a successful silent auction, we need your help. At this time we are asking for items to include in the silent auction.

There are many wonderful items that you can donate and here are some ideas: a signed copy of a new book that you have written/edited, registration to a course that you are organizing, a certificate for air travel using your frequent flyer program, hotel stays, professional sports tickets, weekend ski condos, country club member rounds of golf, or sports memorabilia. There are many talented NEAUA members who are accomplished artists and these would be great donations. Because 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Section Educational Fund we cannot incur any shipping costs. All items will need to be brought to Hartford by Thursday September 7, 2018 or shipped to the hotel at your expense. If you have an item to donate, please respond with a description of your donation directly to Anthony Golia (agolia@prri.com) by email at the NEAUA central office. This will help us with the organizational planning of this event. Thank you for your support of the New England Educational Fund. See you at the NEAUA Silent Auction!

Arthur E. Tarantino, MD; NEAUA President

See the 2017 Section Education Fund Donors

Essays and Post-AUA Advocacy Summit Reports from the 2018 Sponsored Residents

Eric Jung, MD, Brown University, Providence, RI: Winning Essay and Post Summit Reflection
Curtis Cleveland, MD, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT: Winning Essay and Post Summit Reflection
Tyler McClintock, MD, Brigham and Women's, Boston, MA: Winning Essay and Post Summit Reflection
Michael Rezaee, MD, Dartmouth Hitchcock, Lebanon, NH: Winning Essay and Post Summit Reflection

AUA Board of Directors Update: May 2018
AUA Board of Directors May 2018 Meeting Combined Executive Summary ( 600k)

AACU Government Relations and Advocacy Update

Based on a partnership between the New England Section of the AUA and the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) the following provides updates on legislative processes and issues affecting urologists. Contact the AACU government affairs office at 847-517-1050 or info@aacuweb.org for more information, or with comments or suggestions.

AUA State Advocacy

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Meetings