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AMERICAN UROGYNECOLOGIC SOCIETY (AUGS) / INTERNATIONAL UROGYNECOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (IUGA) JOINT REPORT ON THE TERMINOLOGY FOR SURGICAL PROCEDURES TO TREAT PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE

AUGS and IUGA are looking for volunteers to help establish standardized terminology for commonly accepted surgeries for pelvic organ prolapse utilizing a collaboration of experts.  Both societies are soliciting applications from their members, who will work collaboratively to develop the terminology paper.  The resulting document will address voids in clinical practice and research and allow surgeons and scientists to better advance the field of FPMRS.

Background

Surgeries for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are common. Despite this, many professionals find the terms describing different surgeries performed to correct POP confusing, heterogeneous, and difficult to explain to patients and other providers.  Even among experts in POP, terms regarding POP surgeries are often inconsistently used and rapidly evolving.  These issues lead to possible miscommunication, which limits patient care and research.

The aim of this document is to propose a standardized set of consistent and correct terms to describe common surgeries for POP repair.  The main document will cover standard terms in common surgical procedures for treatment of POP, guidelines for correct use of these surgical terms, and limitations of these terms.

The document will be developed using a collaborative process that requires regular communication via email, periodic conference calls, and completion of assignments.  The duration of the commitment is 18-24 months.

To learn more about this project, read the scoping document available by clicking here.

We are seeking members with the following skill set and/or interests:

  • Practicing urogynecologist, urologist, or general obstetrician-gynecologist
  • Clinical expertise in the surgical management of POP
  • Knowledge and understanding of the scientific literature regarding the surgical management of POP
  • Experience writing technical reports, reviews, or other scientific papers
  • Commitment to teamwork, responsiveness, and dedication to complete assignments

Participation in terminology projects requires a fair amount of time and dedication from all involved in the joint writing group, but your commitment and involvement will help clarify understanding and standardize communication in our important field. We therefore look forward to receiving your application!

Applications

To apply, please follow these two steps:

1) Submit a letter of interest stating your qualifications for the position and a brief CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

2) Complete the online COI form available by clicking here.

Applications are due by September 26, 2018.

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