Workshop Provides Unique Opportunities to Learn and Interact

More than 130 clinicians from around the world attended the Pediatric Urology Division’s fourth annual workshop, which provided extensive opportunities for professional enrichment and education.

Presentations, case studies and panel discussions focused on the care of children with complex conditions involving the genitourinary tract. Topics included strategies for vaginal reconstruction, management of megaureter, and complex hypospadias repair, among others.

“This workshop is a great opportunity to connect with national and international colleagues to discuss various conditions, pitfalls and challenging cases,” says pediatric urologist Brian VanderBrink, MD, who led a session highlighting case presentations of disorders and differences of sexual differentiation. “The workshop was designed to discuss the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care of complex urologic reconstructive procedures. It is an honor and joy to have current urology fellows participate in such an educational forum.”

Antonio Macedo, MD, says he considers the workshop to be valuable in training the new generation of pediatric urologists. “This was a meeting devoted to the practical exchange of experience in the way that faculty lectures can bring their expertise and present concepts that they in fact use in their home institutions,” says Macedo, who is chief of Pediatric Urology at Federal University, Sao Paulo, Brazil. “I would especially recommend this workshop to pediatric urology fellows, because this meeting was created basically for them—the fellows were the purpose and inspiration.”

During the Saturday evening dinner, pediatric urologist Bob DeFoor, MD, MPH, co-director of the Stone Center at Cincinnati Children’s and professor of clinical surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, was honored with an endowed chair in urology. DeFoor has been with Cincinnati Children’s since beginning his fellowship here in 2001, and is director of clinical research for the hospital. The endowment will support clinical resource and outcomes research.

Many thanks to the more than 20 specialists who presented at the 2018 workshop. Online registration for the 2019 workshop, scheduled for March 1-3, is open.

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