North Central Section of the AUA, Inc. North Central Section of the AUA, Inc.

2020 Secretarys Message

2020 Secretary’s Message
August 11, 2020

Elizabeth B. Takacs, MD

With the uncertainty of the past several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic the NCS Board of Directors determined that given continued uncertainty, limited ability to travel by many of our members and residents, and for the safety of all, the meeting was converted to a virtual format. With this decision much effort has been put into revamping and recreating the 94th Annual Meeting for the Section. Our goal remains to provide our membership with a very strong scientific meeting with valuable content. Though the look and feel of the meeting will be different, and the overall content has been reduced, there is still ample opportunity to learn and hear from experts in the fields and obtain CME. The meeting will be held on October 15 - 16, 2020. Please be sure to register online at

During all sessions the speakers will be available through the chat function to answer questions.  Thursday the meeting will feature all speakers from within our section. The morning session will begin with an in-depth three-part series progressing from assessment and clinical management of straight forward adult neurogenic bladder conditions to more complex surgical considerations. This will then be followed by an update in the current state of transgender care. The morning will conclude with a pediatric lecture on varicocele. Thursday afternoon we shift focus to endourology and BPH. The focus of endourology will be a lecture on lasers available for use in urology and panel case discussion of treatment of stone disease. The remainder of the afternoon will be aimed at answering the question, “What is the right treatment for BPH in 2020?” We will shift to an oncology focus for Friday morning with Dr. Laurence Klotz, Dr. Yair Lotan, Dr. Michael O’Donnell, and Dr. Lee Ponsky. We will also celebrate the conclusion of our current section’s President, Dr. Mark Stovsky with his insightful presidential address. Friday afternoon will start with a new educator’s session. This session is designed for chairpersons, program directors and assistant program directors, or anyone with special interest in undergraduate and graduate medical education in mind, but all are welcome. This year the session will examine what predicts resident success and how to determine this on resident applications. This is followed by the Health Policy Session; Dr. Candance Granberg has put together a session focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on practice, education, legislation, and billing. The meeting will then conclude with a brief update for the ABU and the NCS Annual Business Meeting.

As always, the Section has produced high-quality research, and though we are disappointed not be able to provide moderated sessions, all accepted abstracts will be available for viewing throughout the duration of the meeting on the meeting site. This includes accepted video presentations, and bizarre and interesting cases.

Our industry partners continue to provide us with support during these challenging times, and we are very grateful for this. There will be industry sponsored events over the noontime breaks with updates of current and emerging treatments. Additional opportunities will be available to learn and interact with all sponsors through the various electronic media sites linked to the meeting site.

While we will miss seeing everyone in person and cannot replace the networking opportunities that are unique to the in-person meeting, we hope that all will find something of education value and benefit in this meeting. Please mark your calendars for the upcoming presentations on October 15 and 16.