2015 Meeting Summary by President, Dr. Matthew Gretzer

AZUS Officers pictured left to right: Drs. Jason Jameson, Mathew Gretzer, Anthony Woodruff

AZUS Officers pictured left to right: Drs. Jason Jameson, Mathew Gretzer, Anthony Woodruff

I hope everyone enjoyed the 2015 Arizona Urological Society’s Annual Meeting. The meeting was held at the Lowes Ventana in Tucson, and provided a family friendly destination and casual venue. This year’s meeting provided a variety of relevant clinical, management, and legislative updates. Once again, attendees were eligible to earn 5.5 Level 1 CME credits.

The residents from the Mayo/Scottsdale and the University of Arizona did a stellar job presenting the updates on the management of renal masses as well as the point-counterpoint discussions. I especially enjoyed the audience participation during the discussions following the resident debates on urethral stricture disease, localized prostate cancer, and small renal masses.

We were fortunate to have the current President of the AUA Dr. Bill Bohnert, as well as the President-Elect Dr. Bill Gee in attendance. Dr. Gee’s discussion on financial survival and the future of Urology was timely and well received.

Dr. Michael Farrigamo was our keynote speaker this year. All in attendance benefited from his vast knowledge on urology coding. He presented many coding tips that will benefit our clinical practice and reimbursement.

New to the program was a case presentation session. I would like to thank Drs. Susan Kalota and Tony Woodruff for presenting difficult/interesting patient cases. I have already received positive feedback from many members who enjoyed the collegial nature of this management discussion.

Our Vice President Dr. Jason Jameson’s legislative update provided insight into the various State and National legislative issues confronting medicine in 2015. Arizona urology is fortunate to have active members at the local and state level providing representation on all of our behalf. We plan to send out an email asking all AZUS members to join the  “Right to Speak” registry.

The social events Friday and Saturday night provided a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and meet new friends. The accommodations could not have been better and were enjoyed by all.

Without a doubt this years meeting was a success! I would like to thank all of the industry organizations that attended whose support is vital to our annual meeting. In addition I would like to acknowledge Jeannie, Chris and Kathy DeSantis for their professional expertise, support, and friendship, without which our meeting could not be possible.

Thank you! I look forward to seeing you all next year in Scottsdale.

Matthew Gretzer, MD

President Arizona Urological Society