A wonderful ISU meeting in a stunning setting with exquisite weather in my home county, Wicklow. Great talks and posters from our Residents, but it was the audience discussion they prompted that made this such a stellar meeting. Tremendous senior academic input from the Members of the Urological Club of Great Britain and Ireland as well as Guest Speakers Ian Eardley from Leeds and Mike Naslund from the University of Maryland and BAUS President Adrian Joyce. Excellent back and forth discussion on Surgical Training, Urological Emergencies, Prostate Biopsy Sepsis, Incidentalomas, creating Centres of Excellence for Testis and Penile Cancer and (of course!) the Search for the Truth About Robots.
Basic Science topics were of a very high standard with Boyce et al promising a blood test of 4 proteins that was far better than the Partin tables!! Professor Mike Naslund made the complex so simple for us to understand in his talk on Health Care Economics – the take home message being that when you create a system where the patient is not personally out of pocket in accessing health care, you cannot control the costs. Ian Eardley spoke on “Men vs Health”, enumerated all of the increased risks to the male from Metabolic Syndrome and concluded with the premise that the specialty best suited to drive forth the Men’s Health agenda is Urology. Most felt that it was one of the best meetings they had been to because it was all about common garden topics they encounter in everyday practice and not the esoteric topics that tend to dominate the larger meetings. So, come mid-Atlantic in Killarney Co Kerry for the ISU 2014 Meeting on the 25th and 26th of September with Guest Speakers Craig Peters from the US and Prokar Dasgupta from the UK!!!!
Dr David Quinlan
Consultant Urologist, St Vincent’s Hospital,
Senior Lecturer, University College Dublin