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President's Perspective: Advocacy in Action at PFD Week


Dear Colleagues,


As we enjoy the summer season and indulge in well-deserved vacations, it's incredible to realize that , is only three months away! Our community of clinicians and researchers will convene in Washington, DC in October to exchange ideas, hear inspiring presentations, participate in interactive workshops, and network with experts. It promises to be an exceptional event.


I'm thrilled to share that we received over , setting a new record. These submissions will fill our oral and poster sessions, ensuring a vibrant scientific program. A new presentation format this year includes Rapid Fire Oral Presentations. These three-minute podium talks are designed to highlight the most important aspects and findings of the research. In keeping with this year’s theme, Advocacy in Action, attendees will also be able to hear the latest research on barriers to access for urogynecologic care for special populations.


Dr. Danielle Antosh, Dr. Amy Park, and the dedicated members of the have been diligently working to make this meeting truly memorable for all attendees. I would like to thank them all for their hard work and dedication.


We have some exciting, new additions to the program including , tailored for our early career physicians. This half day event will delve into the intricacies of clinical practice, suggestions for navigating career transitions with confidence, discussions regarding physician side gigs, and insights from financial planning experts.


Additionally, the AUGS Scientific Committee is hosting our first-ever Research Exchange. This event is designed to connect researchers with research funding agencies and companies. Attendees will have the opportunity to sit down for interactive small group discussions with program directors and representatives from various funding agencies including NICHD, NIA, NIDDK, and PCORI, as well as industry members to discuss research funding opportunities.


Lastly, we look forward to unwinding with colleagues for an unforgettable evening at the National Museum of Women in the Arts during the on Wednesday. This gathering will feature the Philanthropy and Development Committee’s new fundraiser—a silent auction showcasing an array of enjoyable items and exclusive experiences. This schedule change will allow for more time to recharge and connect with colleagues on Thursday and Friday evenings.


We cannot wait to see you at what will surely be an exciting AUGS meeting. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at


I look forward to reconnecting with all of you in person this fall. Let's make PFD Week 2024 an unforgettable experience for our community!


Warm regards,

Jennifer Wu, MD, MPH


AUGS President



Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

Jul. 12 – Call for Volunteers Deadline

Jul. 17 – Urogynecologic Considerations in Women with a History of Female Genital Circumcision/Mutilation Webinar

Aug. 19 – Late-Breaking Submissions Open

Sep. 1 – Fast Track Manuscript Submission Deadline

Sep. 1 – UrogynCREST Application Deadline

Sep. 4 – Early Bird Registration Deadline




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