Dear SCS colleagues,
It is truly an honor to serve as president of the South Central Section of the American Urological Association for the coming year. I certainly hope that I can live up to the tradition of excellence exemplified by all of the previous presidents of this organization. The South Central Section enjoys a reputation for outstanding participation by its members not only in our annual meeting but in the world of urology as a whole. I hope to continue that tradition.
The 98th annual meeting was simply superb. Dr. Tomas Griebling and his husband Michael Miklovic put together an outstanding 4 days in the mountains of Colorado. This was the fifth time in 16 years the section has met at the Broadmoor Hotel and as always the venue has lived up to its hype. But beyond the venue itself, there were certainly many opportunities to enjoy oneself in the fresh mountain atmosphere and wonderful sights to see.
The educational portion of the meeting covered a broad range of topics. A definite attempt was made to cover many, if not most of the relevant areas of urology with either panel discussions or invited lectures. The program was definitely enhanced by the inclusion of many newer junior faculty who as upcoming experts in their fields were able to share interesting novel perspectives which led to great discussions both during the sessions as well as afterwards. In addition, we were honored to include two renowned outside speakers in the program. Dr. Kenneth Peters delivered a fascinating lecture on the future of neuromodulation in urology and Dr. Wayne Hellstrom educated the group on current management of Peyronie’s disease.
Over the last few years, the program has included several breakout sessions as a way to add to the educational value of the section meeting. This year the breakout sessions included a Chairs and Program Directors program which had attendance that filled the entire meeting room. The VA/Military breakout session was also fascinating and likewise filled with attendees. A new breakout this year was the Young Urologists Forum which focused on building a niche in the urologic world. I am hopeful that we can continue to add features such as these to the program in the future.
The 99th annual meeting of the section will convene in Austin, Texas October 7 – 10, 2020. The venue is the Hilton Austin which has great facilities and is located very near multiple entertainment venues for those who wish to experience the vibrant night life and music of Austin. Dr. Michael Cookson is the program chair and is already organizing what I am certain will be the best urological program that one could want. I look forward to seeing everyone there.
As an aside, the 100th annual meeting will be September 29 through October 2, 2021 in Scottsdale Arizona. It is never too early to be planning to attend what I am certain will be a great occasion for us all.
James M. Cummings, MD
President of the the South Central Section of the AUA