The American Urological Association (AUA) annual meeting is the world's largest gathering of urologists, and is in its impressive 108th year. Offering quality urologic education for urologists and urologic health care professionals, this year AUA is located in exciting San Diego, California!
To give an idea of the magnitude of this conference, here are some numbers:
Plenary sessions: 4
Presentations in urologic medicine: 2,000
Courses: over 100
Exhibitor booths: over 300
Abstracts presented: 2,318
Professional attendees: 10,000
Topics range from presenting the history of urologic medicine to demonstrating new surgical techniques and technologies. Walking around the exhibit floor offered an exciting opportunity to view a multitude of devices and pharmaceuticals for the treatment of urological conditions in the same room. Recently, a lot of press has surrounded Intuitive Medical's Da Vinci Robot, which is used as a minimally invasive option for complex surgical procedures. We were able to view a surgery being performed in 3D. In addition, debates were held in a Plenary session about whether or not it should be mandatory to use robotic simulators for training and skill maintenance for robotic surgeons.
We were able to view and handle devices from leading device manufacturers, including KARL STORZ, Stryker, C.R. Bard and Olympus, just to name a few. The award for most creative booth goes to Janssen, promoting the pharmaceutical agent Zytiga, which is indicated to delay chemotherapy for patients diagnosed with castration-resistant prostate cancer. We got to walk inside of a giant tumor model!
Here is a picture we took of us standing outside the tumor: