From Mr Rowland Rees
Chair of the BAUS Section of Andrology & Genito-Urethral Surgery
"... updates and best practice guidance ..."
On behalf of the AGURS Section’s Executive Committee, a warm welcome to this year’s meeting in Glasgow. The emphasis this year will be on UK surgical practice, as well as focussing on future training in andrology and genitourethral surgery in the UK. The programme will still aim to provide a combination of clinical updates, as well as new insights into a number of topical areas within the scope of andrology and genitourethral surgery, which will appeal to both consultants and trainees.
The meeting opens on Monday with the popular updates session which, this year, will provide an updated synopsis of important topics including priapism and penile cancer – two areas where the UK has continued to be at the forefront of new developments.
With the current ongoing changes in specialised commissioning and training in the UK, a special session has been convened in order to provide an update on commissioning and training in andrology. Mr Ian Eardley will provide an insight into how training compares with Europe, having been past President of the ESSM and SAC Chair. Miss Pippa Sangster, the current SURG representative on the AGURS section, will present an overview of UK training in andrology and the challenges facing trainees.
The morning will conclude with a special guest lecture from Mr Steve Payne who is this year’s recipient of the BAUS Gold Medal. Having recently retired, Steve has contributed a huge amount to the activities of the section over the years and continues to help with the website. Having personally known him since my time as a house officer at Manchester Royal Infirmary, I am delighted that Steve will be giving a guest lecture looking back at the developments in andrology during his own career.
The afternoon session will focus on testicular cancer, to include challenges to our traditional management of men with testicular lesions, both the obvious and uncertain cases. We will also have an update on the management of the undescended testis provided by Mr Paul Jones.
The final session of the day will be a joint session with SFNUU which will cover some of the common subject areas between the two sections, and we have invited a host of international speakers to give an expert opinion.
The Tuesday session will focus on genital surgery in challenging cases, including bariatric patients and revision surgery for Peyronie’s disease. There will be an ePoster session on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, we will be running two teaching courses relevant to andrology: "Practical Andrology for the General Urologist" and "Prosthetic Surgery in Urology" which was launched last year.
The Andrology Section meeting is aimed at the general urologist, both Consultants and trainees, as well as those with a specialist interest in andrology, to ensure that there is something for everyone. The section meeting continues to provide both updates and best practice guidance at a time where there are ongoing changes in specialised commissioning and NHS funding.
I hope that you will be able to join us for what is going to be an excellent meeting in Glasgow. See you there!