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Call for Volunteers

Members interested in serving in a volunteer position should complete the application during our annual Call for Volunteers process which occurs in the spring (May). Throughout the year, AUGS may make additional opportunities available, at which time a Call for Volunteers will be issued. 

Current Openings

Joint Report on the Terminology for Cosmetic Gynecology Writing Group

Application Deadline: October 4, 2019

We are seeking  5-6 AUGS volunteers to serve on a Writing Group to help establish standardized terminology for cosmetic gynecological procedures and surgeries and to define good practice in the field. This will be a joint publication with IUGA.

At present, there are no universally agreed upon, evidence-based terms for the surgical procedures related to cosmetic gynecology.  This paper will define terms and clearly and specifically describe each procedure including materials and instruments used. Each term must indicate to researchers, clinicians, and learners a specific and reliable set of steps. 

Procedures to be included in the paper are aesthetic procedures of the mons pubis and vulva, aesthetic procedures of the labia minora and clitoral hood, and aesthetic procedures of the vagina. The paper will also address the importance of the assessment of patients motivation for treatment, the need to ensure realistic expectations, the opportunity to be referred for psychological evaluation, providing patient education on normal (range of) anatomy, the need for informed consent to be re-confirmed on day of procedure, and the need for a cooling off period between initial consultation & procedure. The paper will also focus on research outcomes by reviewing and listing current clinical outcome tools and developing psychometrically validated patient reported outcome tools.

Support from IUGA staff will be provided. The Writing Group may also develop companion pieces specifically written for patients to assist them with understanding the treatment they will be receiving.

Background

There had been an increase in number of cosmetic gynecological surgical (sometimes also known as female cosmetic genital surgery - FGCS), procedures available to women. There was also a confusing array of terms and expectations associated with these procedures, purported to improve appearance/function of a women’s genitalia or her sexual function.  Evidence supporting the efficacy and safety of these procedures is lacking.  In addition, standardized definitions of these procedures may help foster high quality research, standardization of technique and outcome measurement in this field, which is currently lacking. 

Cosmetic medical and surgical procedures are lifestyle choices not driven by medical need, undertaken to enhance appearance to achieve what patients perceive to be more desirable and to boost self-esteem and confidence.

Applicants should fulfill the following criteria (note, not all are required).:

  • Have clinical expertise in performing cosmetic gynecological procedures and/or surgeries.
  • Must be current members of AUGS (required)
  • Must work in the field of urogynecology (required)
  • Prior experience reviewing scientific literature and writing technical reports, reviews, or other scientific papers
  • Commitment to teamwork, responsiveness, and dedication to complete assignments

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FPMRS Journal Editor Positions

Application Deadline: October 14, 2019

The Editor-in-Chief of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery has made a commitment to provide regular opportunities for participation in the journal’s editorial activities. Effective January 1, 2020, several positions will become open.  Individuals who are currently serving in these roles may re-apply.

Assistant Editor
One position available (2-year term, renewable)

Following orientation and training, the Assistant Editor's responsibilities include:

  • Key ambassador for the journal
  • Active participation in Visual Abstract project
  • Assistant Editor phone calls (approximately every 8 weeks)
  • General assistance to the Editor-in-Chief
    • Optimize journal standards
    • Improve author experience
  • Solicitation of quality FPMRS manuscripts
  • Annual Editorial Board meeting (in person at AUGS)
  • Frequent (monthly) manuscript reviews as experienced reviewers

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Associate Editors
Two positions available (new applicants can apply for an initial 2-year term, renewable as a 4-year term; individuals holding current role may apply for 4-year role)

Following orientation and training, the Associate Editors responsibilities include:

  • Key ambassador for the journal
  • Solicitation of quality FPMRS manuscripts
  • General assistance to the Editor-in-Chief
    • Optimize journal standards
    • Improvements to author experience
    • Incorporation of stand-alone video submissions
    • Improved use of social media
  • Monthly Editorial Board phone calls
  • Participation on FPMRS Journal Clubs
  • Annual Editorial Board meeting (in person at AUGS)
  • Oversight of manuscript reviews
    • Engage appropriate reviewers
    • Assess reviews

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Submission Process
 Interested individuals should submit the following:

  • Cover letter describing:
  • Applicant’s professional goals related to the role and prior editorial experience, if any;
  • Other commitments to editorial boards or journals;
  • Updated curriculum vitae; and
  • Commentary and critique of current FPMRS journal practice, including assessment of website, print version and social media presence. (Approximately one page maximum.)

Decision and Notification
The individuals selected will be notified of their new roles no later than the week of October 28, 2019.  Other applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.

 

Application Process

The application for all open positions will be hosted in the AUGS Connect volunteer manager.  

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