Urological Association of Physician Assistants
1st Annual Meeting
January 20 – 22, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
On behalf of the Urological Association of Physician Assistants, it is with great pride and pleasure that I invite you to attend the first annual Urological Association of Physician Assistants Conference, January 20 – 22, 2012, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This inaugural event will feature a diverse group of multi-institutional physician assistants dedicated to the development of PAs in the field of urology as well as provide education to all PAs delivering urological care. This innovative educational opportunity will provide information and insight on emerging leadership opportunities, practice collaboration, surgical tools and platforms, current legislative challenges and more. This conference is intended for PAs in urology, surgery, internal medicine, family practice, gynecology, hospital-based or academic institutions. Practice administrators who have an interest in adding a PA to their existing urologic practice will also have a unique opportunity to be exposed to the diverse and expansive roles of PAs in urological care. Some key highlights of the conference include:
- Lectures presented by over 20 PA key opinion leaders from multiple urological subspecialties on: voiding dysfunction, urodynamics, improving outcomes in urologic cancers, patient survivorship, cystoscopy, sexual medicine and more
- Urologic specific didactic cases and hands-on training labs, providing an unmatched learning experience in urologic procedures from a PA perspective
- Interactive training and demonstrations in cystoscopy, neuro-modulation, sexual medicine techniques and urodynamics
- Communication tips for working with patients, physicians, practice managers, administrators and community outreach programs
- Discussions on current healthcare legislation and changes that affect PA practice
All attendees will have the unique opportunity to have face-to-face interactions with their colleagues who are considered experts in their respective fields. We’ll kick things off with a Welcome Reception on Friday, giving all attendees time to visit with exhibitors and catch up with old friends, as well as meet some acquaintances.
So please join us for this exciting and innovative physician assistants conference focused on urologic care. Network with your peers, say hi to old and new friends in your field and help support this PA driven initiate dedicated to the future development of PAs in the field of urology.
Looking forward to seeing you in exciting Las Vegas!
Kenneth Mitchell, MPAS, PA-C
GENERAL MEETING INFORMATION
This conference is intended for PAs in urology, surgery, internal medicine, family practice, gynecology, hospital-based or academic institutions. Practice administrators who have an interest in adding a PA to their existing urologic practice will also have a unique opportunity to be exposed to the diverse and expansive roles of PAs in urological care.
|Registration/Information Desk Hours are as follows:
|Friday, January 20, 2012:
||7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
|Saturday, January 21, 2012:
||7:00 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
|Sunday, January 22, 2012:
||7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
|Exhibit Hall Hours are as follows:
|Friday, January 20, 2012:
||7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
|| 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
|Saturday, January 21, 2012:
||7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
One ticket is included in your registration fee.
Date: Friday, January 20, 2012
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Roman II & IV
Attire: Business Casual
Cost: One ticket is included in Member and Non-Member registration fees; additional tickets are $25.00
The Urological Association of Physician Assistants welcomes its members to the 2012 Annual Meeting. Members can visit with exhibitors while connecting with their fellow members, over cocktails and delicious Hors d’oeuvres.
The UAPA 2012 Annual Meeting will be held at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where special room rates have been arranged for meeting attendees.
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: (866) 227-5938 (toll free)
Fax: (702) 731-7172
Room Rate: $139
Hotel Deadline: December 20, 2011
Reservation Line: (866) 227-5944
UAPA has reserved a block of rooms at the Caesars Palace Hotel at a discounted rate of $139.00 plus any applicable taxes. The current tax rate is 12%. Check-in time for all attendees is 4:00 p.m. Attendees may be checked in earlier depending on occupancy levels and availability of rooms. Check out time is 11:00 a.m.
The deadline to receive the UAPA group rate is December 20, 2011. UAPA encourages you to make your reservation early, as the hotel and discount block may sellout before this date. After this date, reservations will be accepted on a space-available basis and higher rates may apply.
Attendees are responsible for making their reservations by calling the hotel at (866) 227-5944. Please reference the UAPA to receive the discounted rate.
Hotel Deposit & Cancellation Policy
A deposit equal to one night’s stay is required to hold a reservation. These deposits are fully refundable if the hotel is notified 72-hours prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained.
TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION
The main airport for the Las Vegas Valley is McCarran International Airport (LAS). Located at the southernmost tip of the Las Vegas Strip, McCarran is approximately 4 miles from Caesars Palace or 12 minutes by car.
Rental Car Information
Avis Rent-A-Car is the official rental car company for the UAPA 2012 Annual Meeting. For reservations, please call (800) 331-1600, and use the code “J901055” to receive the discounted rates.
The newly redesigned and expanded Monorail system is a state-of-the-art single rail train that runs parallel to and links properties on the East side of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Monorail stops: MGM, Bally's, Flamingo, Convention Center, Hilton, Harrah’s/Imperial Palace and Sahara.
Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Friday – Sunday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Please visit www.lvmonorail.com for more information and to reserve tickets online.
Single Ride Ticket – $5
One-Day Pass – $12
Three-Day Pass – $28
**Prices and hours are subject to change**
Taxi Cab Services
Several taxi companies work with McCarran International Airport. A few options are as follows:
Checker/Yellow/Star: (702) 873-2000
ANLV/ACE/Union/Vegas-Western: (702) 736-8383
Whittlesea/Henderson: (702) 384-6111
Western Cab Company: (702) 736-8000
Caesars Palace offers a complimentary parking garage located off the Las Vegas Strip with a clearance of 6 feet 10 inches. Complimentary valet is also available, when space allows.
For oversized parking, you may park at either Harrah's or the Flamingo and walk back across the Las Vegas strip to Caesars Palace. For the Flamingo oversized parking area, please contact the Flamingo Security Department when you arrive for availability at (702) 733-3524. For Harrah's, call the Security Department at (702) 369-5250.
About Las Vegas, Nevada
The meeting location for the 2012 UAPA Annual Meeting is Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. This prestigious resort offers shops of world-renowned designers like Valentino and Louis Vuitton and nightlife you won’t experience anywhere else, plus a world of luxury at the extraordinary swimming pools and spa.
Las Vegas has a wealth of tourist attractions just waiting to be discovered, both on and off the strip. The mesmerizing Fountains of Bellagio is a top attraction and, best of all, it’s free. Spend a few hours at the Shark Reef Aquarium in the Mandalay Bay, the world’s only aquarium that’s based in a desert. If you’d like to take a break from the busy strip, gain a different perspective of Vegas with panoramic views from the Observation Deck at the Stratosphere Tower; adrenaline-seekers can head to the Stratosphere Thrill Rides.
Other notable attractions include Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage, MGM Grand Lion Habitat, the Roller Coaster at New York, New York, Pawn Stars Shop, and Vegas Indoor Skydiving.
It’s the variety of shopping options in Las Vegas that has pushed it near the ranks of New York City, London and Rome. The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace is Las Vegas’ premier retail, dining and entertainment destination featuring more than 160 boutiques and shops as well as 13 restaurants and specialty food shops. Most strip hotels offer elegant and exquisite designer clothing and logo merchandise for the hotel or its latest show, while beyond the strip, shoppers looking for more practical items can head for neighborhood malls, supermarkets, shopping centers and specialty stores.
Las Vegas has recently become America’s hottest restaurant market. Many celebrity chefs have chosen Vegas as the prime location to open clones of their famous signature restaurants from across the nation as well as newborn establishments within the strip’s top casino resorts. In fact, the Vegas chefs commanding the most attention are French imports like Joel Robuchon and Guy Savoy along with popular US chefs like Charlie Trotter and Mario Batali. There’s also great (and more affordable) food to be had off the beaten strip. In fact, Las Vegas’ growing international, especially Asian, population has created a market for some of the best Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Pan-Asian restaurants in the country.
Las Vegas shows are as well-known as the city itself, and they don’t disappoint. Masquerade balls, magic shows, comedy acts, headliner concerts, theatrical performances, symphonies—no matter when you visit, there’s a show to see. A Las Vegas trend is restaurants with exclusive nightclub vibes. For a night of celebrity spotting, visit the Asian-themed Tao Nightclub Vegas in the Venetian.
Las Vegas enjoys cool temperatures in January with an average high temperature of 58 °F and an average low of 34 °F.
ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION INFORMATION
The Executive Office of the UAPA manages registration for the UAPA 2012 Annual Meeting. Please call the UAPA office at (847) 517-7225 if you have any questions.
Registration Fee Includes:
- Welcome Reception
- Continental Breakfasts
- Scientific Sessions
Early Registration Deadline
Meeting registration forms must be received by the UAPA Executive Office by 12/20/11 to receive the discounted early registration rate. All forms received after this deadline will be assessed the regular registration fee.
Registration Cancellation & Refund Policy
Registration refund requests must be submitted in writing to the UAPA Executive Office by 12/20/11. All refund requests will be subject to a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made after 12/20/11.
UAPA pre-registrants will receive a complete registration packet on-site at the registration/information desk located at the Roman Ballroom Promenade. The packet will include badges, social tickets and general meeting information.
For accommodations on the basis of disability or special dietary needs, please call (847) 517-7225.
Please feel free to contact the UAPA Executive Office by:
Phone: (847) 517-7225
Fax: (847) 517-7229
Accreditation Statement/Educational Needs & Objectives
There are approximately 600 physician assistants working in the urology specialty. The Urological Association of Physician Assistants members were surveyed in March 2011 and listed challenges as practice obstacles and recognition of their role. Additionally, in 2005 the American Urological Association acknowledged the looming workforce shortage issue and identified physician assistants as a potential solution. In order to fill this need, physician assistants in urology should understand the conditions leading to urology workforce issues and be able to illustrate to stake holders the conditions that optimize productivity.
Approximately 60% of physician assistants indicate they have a specialty in sexual medicine and voiding dysfunction/incontinence and need additional education regarding new treatment options and guidelines for treatment. Additionally, treatment of urologic malignancies include multiple modalities that require that physician assistants to understand current issues regarding treatment choices. Because physician assistants are often the source of patient education regarding management of the long term complications of cancer treatment, it is also necessary to provide them with clinically relevant information regarding patient survivorship.
With the rapid growth of integrating physician assistants into urology practices comes the need to provide training in urologic procedures including cystoscopy and neuromodulation programming.
- Describe the conditions leading to urology workforce issues
- Illustrate to stake holders the conditions that optimize productivity
- Create a physician-PA team that incorporates industry best practices
- Identify how to optimally bill and account for patient workload to maximize productivity
- Recognize the medical comorbities associated with male hypogonadism
- Describe the diagnostic evaluation for male hypogonadism
- Explain the different testosterone replacement options and goals
- Describe the proper monitoring and management of common side effects
- Describe testosterone replacement options in special populations
- Identify the anatomy of the lower urinary tract (LUT) and the pathophysiology of urinary storage and micturition
- Recognize the common symptoms associated with lower urinary tract dysfunction and how to evaluate patients with these disorders
- Define urodynamic testing and its role in the evaluation of lower urinary tract dysfunction
- Understand the various urodynamics tests, and indications, techniques and interpretation of urodynamic studies
- Describe the role and technique of biofeedback training for voiding dysfunction
- Describe the non-surgical and surgical management of voiding dysfunction
- Describe the indications and patient selection for neuromodulation
- Review the prevalence, presentation, and diagnosis of Bladder, Kidney, Prostate and Testicular Cancer
- Explain the latest advances in treatment of localized and advanced Bladder, Kidney, Prostate, and Testicular Cancer
- Review guidelines regarding long term follow up of urologic malignancies
- Identify management options for the common side effects of the treatment of urologic malignancies
- Illustrate the proper technique for testosterone pellet insertion
- Discuss best practices for educating patients regarding the use of vacuum erection devices
- Understand anatomy appropriate for intracavernosal injections and potential side effects of treatment.
- Describe the indications and potential complications of cystoscopy
- Demonstrate the ability to operate a cystoscope
- Identify the principals of advanced cystoscopic techniques
- Describe those patients that will benefit for pudendal, sacral, and tibial nerve stimulation
- Demonstrate how to program interstim and learn tricks of the trade for difficult patient problems
- Demonstrate how to place tibial nerve electrodes and programming
- Demonstrate how to place test stimulation electrodes in the office without fluoroscopy and programming
- Explain the steps involved in sacral nerve stimulation and how best to assist in surgery
This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 18.75 hours of AAPA Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity.
This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.
The statements and opinions contained in this program are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the UAPA. The appearance of the advertisements is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The content of this publication may contain discussion of off-label uses of some of the agents mentioned. Please consult the prescribing information for full disclosure of approved uses. The UAPA disclaims responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas or products referred to in the abstracts or advertisements.
We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us better serve you. Call (847) 517-7225 if you require special assistance to fully participate in the meeting.