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The 5th BJUI Social Media Awards

It’s hard to believe that we have been doing the BJUI Social Media Awards for five years now! I recall vividly our inaugural BJUI Social Media Awards in 2013, as the burgeoning social media community in urology gathered in the back of an Irish Bar in San Diego to celebrate all things social. At that time, many of us had only got to know each other through Twitter, and it was certainly fun going around the room putting faces with twitter handles for the first time. That spirit continues today as the “uro-twitterati” continues to grow, and the BJUI Awards, (or the “Cult” Awards as our Editor-in-Chief likes to call them), remains a fun annual focus for the social-active urology community to meet up in person.

As you may know, we alternate the Awards between the annual congresses of the American Urological Association (AUA) and of the European Association of Urology (EAU). Last year, we descended on Munich, Germany to join the 13,000 or so other delegates attending the EAU Annual Meeting and to enjoy all the wonderful Bavarian hospitality on offer. This year, we set sail for the #AUA17 Annual Congress in Boston, MA, along with over 16,000 delegates from 100 different countries. What a great few days in beautiful Boston and a most welcome return for the AUA to this historic city. Hopefully it will have a regular spot on the calendar, especially with the welcome dumping of Anaheim and Orlando as venues for the Annual Meeting.


On therefore to the Awards. These took place on Saturday 13th May 2017 in the City Bar of the Westin Waterfront Boston. Over 80 of the most prominent uro-twitterati from all over the world turned up to enjoy the hospitality of the BJUI and to hear who would be recognised in the 2017 BJUI Social Media Awards. We actually had to shut the doors when we reached capacity so apologies to those who couldn’t get in! Individuals and organisations were recognised across 12 categories including the top gong, The BJUI Social Media Award 2017, awarded to an individual, organization, innovation or initiative who has made an outstanding contribution to social media in urology in the preceding year. The 2013 Award was won by the outstanding Urology Match portal, followed in 2014 by Dr Stacy Loeb for her outstanding individual contributions, and in 2015 by the #UroJC twitter-based journal club. Last year’s award went to the #ilooklikeaurologist social media campaign which we continue to promote.

This year our Awards Committee consisted of members of the BJUI Editorial Board – Declan Murphy, Prokar Dasgupta, Matt Bultitude, Stacy Loeb, John Davis, as well as BJUI Managing Editor Scott Millar whose team in London (Max and Clare) drive the content across our social platforms. The Committee reviewed a huge range of materials and activity before reaching their final conclusions.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Most Read Blog@BJUI – “The optimal treatment of patients with localized prostate cancer: the debate rages on”. Dr Chris Wallis, Toronto, Canada


Most Commented Blog@BJUI – “It’s not about the machine, stupid”. Dr Declan Murphy, Melbourne, Australia


Most Social Paper – “Novel use of Twitter to disseminate and evaluate adherence to clinical guidelines by the European Association of Urology”. Accepted by Stacy Loeb on behalf of herself and her colleagues.


Best BJUI Tube Video – “Combined mpMRI Fusion and Systematic Biopsies Predict the Final Tumour Grading after Radical Prostatectomy”. Dr Angela Borkowetz, Dresden, Germany


Best Urology Conference for Social Media – #USANZ17 – The Annual Scientific Meeting of the Urological Association of Australia & New Zealand (USANZ) 2017. Accepted by Dr Peter Heathcote, Brisbane, Australia. President of USANZ.


Best Urology App – The EAU Guidelines App. Accepted by Dr Maria Ribal, Barcelona, Spain, on behalf of the EAU.


Innovation Award – BJUI Urology Ontology Hashtags keywords. Accepted by Dr Matthew Bultitude, London, UK, on behalf of the BJUI.


#UroJC Award – Dr Brian Stork, Michigan, USA. Accepted by Dr Henry Woo of Brian’s behalf.

Most Social Trainee – Dr Chris Wallis, Toronto, Canada


Best Urology Journal for Social Media –Journal of Urology/Urology Practice. Accepted by Dr Angie Smith, Chapel Hill, USA, on behalf of the AUA Publications Committee.


Best Urology Organisation – Canadian Urological Association. Accepted by Dr Mike Leveridge, Vice-President of Communications for CUA.


The BJUI Social Media Award 2017 – The Urology Green List, accepted by Dr Henry Woo, Sydney, Australia.


All the Award winners (except Dr Brian Stork who had to get home to work), were present to collect their awards themselves. A wonderful spread of socially-active urology folk from all over the world, pictured here with BJUI Editor-in-Chief, Prokar Dasgupta.


A special thanks to our outstanding BJUI team at BJUI in London, Scott Millar, Max Cobb and Clare Dunne, who manage our social media and website activity as well as the day-to-day running of our busy journal.

See you all in Copenhagen for #EUA18 where we will present the 6th BJUI Social Media Awards ceremony!


Declan Murphy

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Associate Editor, BJUI


Canadian Urological Association 69th Annual Meeting on the Rock

June 27 to July 1, 2014 saw close to 900 Canadian urologists & associates come together in the country’s most easterly city – St John’s, Newfoundland – for the 69th annual Canadian Urological Association meeting (https://www.cua.org/). As ‘Newfies’ have a well-established reputation in our country for their extreme friendliness, unique traditions and ability to throw one hell of a party, it was a highly anticipated four days!

The meeting kicked off on Friday with various pre-CUA affiliated meetings, such as the Executive Committee Meeting, CAGMO and CUOG meetings. An optional Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Urology Skills Course was held over two days on Thursday & Friday. Also on Friday, the incoming final-year residents from across Canada began the annual senior resident retreat (CSUR), which included excellent sessions with Dr Gerald Brock on resident involvement with the CUA and Dr Robert Siemens on critically reviewing the literature. We residents were also lucky enough to be invited to enjoy a lobster dinner and beer tasting at YellowBelly Brewery & Public House – one of the oldest structures in North America dating back to 1725. Sitting at the intersection of Water St & George St, this impressive stone gastropub is the location where the ‘Great Fire of 1892’ was finally extinguished. The evening, for most, carried on to George St – the street with the most bars & pubs per square foot of any street in North America!

The CSUR course finished on Saturday after a great half-day review of urodynamics with Drs Greg Bailly and Jerzy Gajewski. Further affiliated meetings were held including the 2nd CUA Multidisciplinary Meeting for members of CAGMO, CUOG, GUROC and CNUP. An instructional course entitled Better Botox – from patient prep to injection protocols, was also offered to attendees. The major part of the CUA meeting (https://cuameeting.org/index.php/en/) began officially on Saturday afternoon with the first two Educational Forums – both on the topic of Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer with tips and tools for the Canadian urologist to improve care of patients with CRPC. This included presentations from Drs Neil Fleshner, Ricardo Rendon, Alan So, Lorne Aaron, and Geoff Gotto. Here it was stressed that urologists should be comfortable as the primary physician giving medical treatment for CRPC. Saturday evening held the conference welcome reception – always a fantastic reunion – and unmoderated poster session.

Sunday morning started with a Welcome Address from CUA President Dr Peter Anderson, followed by the first State-of-the-Art Lecture on the role of medical management of nephrolithiasis in the age of lithotripsy with a focus on AUA Guidelines – an excellent overview presented by Dr Glenn Preminger of Durham, NC. A similarly themed Educational Forum covering medical management of stones in a case-based approach followed this; faculty included Dr Preminger as well as Drs Sero Andonian, John Dushinski and Jason Lee. The second State-of-the-Art Lecture saw Dr Surena Matin from Houston, TX present on neoadjuvant chemotherapy for UTUC, where he discussed benefits such as taking advantage of pre-op renal function and results showing both down-staging and a survival advantage. An Educational Forum followed on strategies for upper tract surveillance in urothelial carcinoma, management of post-op urinary diversion complications and contemporary use of biomarkers by Drs Matin, Adrian Fairey and Alan So. In the afternoon, Dr Eric Rovner from Charleston, SC gave a State-of-the-Art Lecture on SUI and slings. He presented an algorithm using the best available evidence on appropriate selection of sling type and reiterated that urodynamic studies are not necessary pre-operatively in the ideal index SUI patient. A forum entitled ‘Innovations in Functional Urology’ had Dr Catherine Dubeau from Worcester, MA joining Drs Sender Herschorn and Eric Rovner to discuss female SUI, post-prostatectomy incontinence and management of elderly patients with OAB. Dr William Gee from Lexington, KY then gave the address of the AUA President-elect, which was followed by the CUASF lecture by Dr Ron Kodama who discussed education & evaluation of residents. The late afternoon took a pediatric turn including a lecture by Dr Anthony Caldamone from Providence, RI on ‘Putting the Undescended Testicle in its Place!’ A point/counterpoint followed between Dr Caldamone and Dr Martin Koyle on the ideal surgical management for congenital duplication anomalies. The day wrapped up with podium sessions on pediatric urology, endourology and surgical education.

The annual CUA ‘fun night’ took place Sunday evening and was entitled Rally in the Alley. This was a very well-organized pub crawl that saw roughly 500 people split into 5 groups, each with a signature scarf colour and a different instrument to follow. For example, if you were in the blue bagpipe group, you put on your blue scarf and followed the bagpiper who would lead from pub to pub on George St (https://www.georgestreetlive.ca/). With one minute left before switching locations, you’d hear the bagpiper start up again – the signal to down your drink and move on! The five groups each did the pubs in a different order so that there was no overlap until everyone convened at the same final destination. In addition, each pub had a very ‘Newfie’ activity for everyone to try – including Irish Dancing, singing Newfie songs (‘we’ll rant and we’ll roar like true Newfoundlanders!’), and of course getting ‘Screeched in’ – a Newfoundland tradition involving reciting a poem, downing a shot of the cheap high alcohol spirit and kissing a freshly caught cod! It was an awesome night that truly gave all the ‘come from away’ folks a glimpse of life in Newfoundland (and perhaps a hangover to boot).

Monday was another full day, starting with moderated poster sessions on prostate cancer, pediatrics and sexual health and infertility. Next, Drs Paul Johnston and Stephen Steele gave a brief overview of clinical pearls that could change your practice. A State-of-the-Art Lecture by Dr Daniel Lin from Seattle, WA followed; he discussed selection of patients and outcomes in active surveillance. An Educational Forum came after this with Drs Laurence Klotz, Daniel Lin, and Chris Morash covering prostate biopsy and active surveillance.

The afternoon kicked off with the EAU Address from Dr Andrzej Borkowski of Warsaw, Polland, followed by a State-of-the-Art Lecture from Dr Mark Speakman of Somerset, UK on LUTS/BPH. Dr Speakman’s lecture was both highly entertaining and informative, and he stressed the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle in preventing LUTS progression. Drs Speakman, Gerald Brock, Sender Herschorn, and David Staskin of Boston, MA then gave an educational forum on prevention and management of LUTS/BPH. Dr Laurence Levine then discussed treatment of Peyronie’s Disease in the seventh State-of-the-Art Lecture, giving a useful summary on which type of surgery to choose depending on patient factors such as penile length and erectile function. An Educational Forum finished off the afternoon and covered the often-dreaded topic of Management of Scrotal Pain. Drs Keith Jarvi, Jay Lee, and Laurence Levine emphasized the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach in dealing with this type of chronic pain, and created a systematic approach that most urologists could utilize to avoid feeling helpless in dealing with this disorder. Dr Levine also showed promising results of micro-denervation of the spermatic cord for patients with refractory scrotal pain and good response to a cord block.

Monday evening held the annual President’s Reception. At the back of the room was a bar made entirely from carved ice – proving that Newfies really do love their icebergs. You can even drink beer made using 25,000-year-old iceberg water harvested from a Newfoundland ‘berg! These huge ice formations can be seen, along with whales, from the very picturesque, well-worth-the-climb, Signal Hill in St John’s. The reception also saw Dr Peter Anderson present Dr Jerzy Gajewski with the CUA Lifetime Achievement Award; clearly a surprise to Dr Gajewski but a well-deserved honour. Dr Anderson then handed over the reigns as CUA president to Dr Stuart Oake, who gave a sneak preview of what to expect in Ottawa for the annual meeting in June of 2015.

The final day of the conference started with a smorgasbord of topics in six different moderated poster sessions. Drs Bobby Shayegan and Keith Rourke covered ‘clinical pearls that could change your practice’ – a collection of useful tidbits collected during the various lectures and forums throughout the 4-day conference. Dr Derek Puddester gave a State-of-the-Art Lecture on physician health & wellness, reminding us all to practice mindfulness often. The final State-of-the-Art Lecture was by Dr Axel Heidenreich from Aachen, Germany, who covered the role of radial prostatectomy in the management of locally advance and metastatic prostate cancer. The last educational forum was on optimizing patient outcomes in kidney cancer – a session given by Drs Heidenreich, Rodney Breau, Steven Pauler and Simon Tanguay.

As the conference came to a close, staff and residents from across the country sat in the St John’s airport and reminisced about the week’s events. It was not only a great educational opportunity that many took advantage of; it was also a relaxing reunion for the relatively small group of urologists that are spread out across this vast country. Kudos to Dr Anderson and the Local Organizing Committee lead by Chair Dr Chris French, for putting on a meeting to remember. Newfoundland is certainly a beautiful and unique corner of our great country, and anyone would be wise to pay ‘the Rock’ a visit (https://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/). Finally, if there is anywhere better to spend Canada Day than the charming easterly city of St John’s Newfoundland, it’s Ottawa, Ontario. So mark your calendars, as everyone is invited to the CUA meeting in Ottawa, June 27-30 2015! See you there!


Ellen Forbes is a Urology Resident at the University of Alberta. Twitter: @DrElForbes


Canadian Urological Association annual meeting at Niagara Falls

The Canadian Urological Association held its annual meeting in the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario from June 22-25, 2013. Traditionally this meeting signals the start of summer in Canada and after a prolonged cool and wet spring the hot weather arrived as everyone convened. The central location in our vast country assured that the meeting was well attended with attendance far exceeding expectations. Even though I probably have seen this place two dozen times since childhood the physical spectacle of this natural wonder of the world never fails to awe.

Even renewing acquaintances with the venerable old Maid of the Mist after many years provided a memorable experience.

The meeting started on Saturday and as with other international societies, many specialty sections held their meeting on this day. These included the Canadian Urological Oncology Group (CUOG) as well as the Canadian Endourological Group (CEG). A Multi-Disciplinary Collaborative meeting for Genitourinary Cancers also took place. Canadian urology has long enjoyed a fruitful and respectful relationship with our radiation and medical oncology colleagues. The featured speaker of CEG was Dr. Brian Matlaga from @brady_urology who spoke about the role of technology assessment and health economics and how they will intersect to alter care in the treatment of urolithiasis over the next decade. I suspect the same debate will occur in many other domains of our specialty. The first of many Educational Forums also began on Saturday with a review of the management of castrate-resistant prostate cancer.

Sunday served as the formal start to the meeting with the first plenary sessions and a number of abstracts presented. Dr. Patrick Walsh from Hopkins was the keynote speaker to start things off and gave an outstanding evidence-based review as well as personal account of where we are in prostate cancer care and how we can work to improve things.

Day 1 ended with the annual CUA fun night. The CUA annual meeting has always enjoyed a reputation for being a very social meeting. Our country is relatively small and the urological community is well connected. While everyone took advantage of walking behind the falls in tunnels within the Niagara Escarpment the highlight of the night was the debut of the band “The Void”. Six talented urologists from across the country held court and provided a very high-calibre performance to the delight of everyone. They have been hired back for #cua14 in St Johns Newfoundland and I suspect will offer a member’s discount.

Monday June 24 brought more great abstracts and vigorous discussion. A major highlight for me was an outstanding talk given by @Robert_Uzzo of @FCCCUroOncology on the management of renal cell carcinoma in the elderly. It was a tour-de-force that was in large part philosophical discussion on managing risk and probability in clinical decision-making supported with good evidence. It was a talk that could easily be applied to most of what we do as urologists.

Dr. Andrew Macneilly the long-time program director at the University of British Columbia gave the CUA Scholars Fund address that surveyed training of residents and implications in a future environment where job prospects may be tight and where concerns about whether we have adequate volumes to teach operative skills will continue to grow.

As with the AUA and EAU the Canadian Urological Association has a well-established set of guidelines. New guidelines approved at this meeting include:

1. Management of Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer
2. Postoperative Surveillance of Upper Urinary Tract Urothelial Carcinoma
3. Management of the Small Renal Mass

The President’s dinner on Monday night was very well attended. Dr. Klotz teamed up with half of the other member of The Void as well as Dr. Andrew Hussy from Stratford, Ontario to form a proficient jazz quartet. Four CUA Scholars Awards were given that night. Congratulations to Dr. Robert Hamilton of University of Toronto, Dr. Geoff Gotto from the University of Calgary, Dr. Lysanne Campeau from McGill University and Dr. Andrew Fiefer aka @urologymd1, also of the University of Toronto. The major disappointment of the night for me personally was the late collapse in the Stanley Cup Finals of my beloved Boston Bruins.

The final day brought with it more great educational forums and abstract presentations. A highlight for me was an address given by Dr. James Orbinski, the co-founder of Dignitas International and former president of Medicins Sans Frontieres. It was a brilliant overview on humanitarianism, global health and our role as urologists and citizens of the developed world. I think we have a strong obligation to promote these themes in our specialty.

Finally #cua13 was the year that the use of Social Media arrived in full force at the CUA.

A twitter board was set up in the main meeting hall to provide a real-time update of the conversation.

A good WIFI connection, which has been an issue at other recent meetings, served everyone very well. With a growing number of Canadian urologists now on twitter (joining early adopters including @_theurologist_, @urooncmd, @qdtrinh and myself). As these analytics show, 78 people participated via twitter during the actual meeting.

Many international colleagues joined in and @mattbultitude even made the top 10 from across the pond.

This form of communication has greatly enhanced our ability to connect and exchange ideas with colleagues from around the world. All urologists would be well advised to explore this technology. A nice primer with a Canadian perspective by @cmaer on the use of social media and twitter for physicians can be found here. At the recent #USANZ13 meeting use of Social Media for Urology was part of the scientific agenda as this presentation by @declangmurphy illustrates. I would like to see the number of participants at #cua14 surpass 200!

Of course living in Toronto made leaving on Tuesday from Niagara Falls about as easy an escape as one can make from any meeting. As we approach summer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) I wish everyone a safe and restful time and look forward to continuing to engage with colleagues over the next year.

Dr Rajiv K Singal is a Urologist at Toronto East General Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.
Follow him on Twitter @DrRKSingal


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