Friends and Colleagues,
As the summer is coming to an end, this year has been anything but a normal one. Typically, we all would be looking forward to the annual meeting in October and making sure we had our travel arrangements completed, but 2020 had different plans for us.
As you know, we have converted to a virtual meeting to be held October 8-10. I understand that this year has been difficult in many ways both professionally and personally including financial uncertainties for some members. To that end, this year’s meeting will have a reduced registration fee compared to the traditional face-to-face meeting. The PFD Week Planning Committee has an excellent meeting prepared for us with the same high-quality scientific content that we have become accustomed to in prior years. While we won’t have the benefit of running into an acquaintance between sessions, we will be utilizing a platform that will allow for viewing of scheduled programming including live sessions and unique virtual venues that will still give us an opportunity to interact in small groups.
I also realize that some of you are busy with a backlog associated with the initial shut down and might have had trouble traveling to a meeting this year. The virtual experience is a benefit in this respect, allowing you to participate when you can, but also watch any missed content with an on-demand feature that will be available to you for 12 months. As always, CME will be available for this virtual meeting.
In a similar spirit to supporting small businesses impacted by the pandemic, I wanted to remind everyone that AUGS is our “small business/organization” that represents you and our field. Like many others, AUGS has been financially impacted this year. The annual meeting is one of the main revenue sources for our society and supports other vital programs throughout the year.
Despite the financial slow down, AUGS has not decreased our services or outreach during the past year. We have continued to work tirelessly to support our specialty independently and by collaborating with other societies on reimbursement, pelvic floor research, health disparities, publications, and education.
This year, more than the past, it is imperative that we all support AUGS by registering for and attending the annual meeting. Early registration ends soon on August 23. AUGS is the voice for pelvic floor disorders and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and your support is needed for your society to continue to represent you and your patients. And for those of you who have already registered (thank you!), please encourage your partners and colleagues to register as well.