UrologyTrends.com Web site launched at American Urological Association Annual Meeting

Chicago 24 April 2003UrologyTrends.com, an on-line community dedicated to providing educational resources to the practising urologist, has been launched at the American Urological Association (AUA) annual meeting. The Web site is intended to help urologists improve patient care by providing a convenient forum to expand their knowledge of key clinical, economic, and patient management issues.

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UrologyTrends.com, which is funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Indevus Pharmaceuticals Inc., features a portfolio of tools to aid the practising urologist, including interactive cases offering the opportunity to receive continuing medical education (CME) credits; bi-monthly teleconferences covering challenges faced by urologists and hosted by key opinion leaders; a Medical Librarian with links to the latest research appearing in peer-reviewed journals and at medical meetings such as the AUA annual meeting; and a selection of articles from Urology Times devoted to practice management issues.

"The ultimate goal of this Web site is to improve patient care", stated Rodney A. Appell, M.D., F.A.C.S., professor of urology and gynaecology and chief, Division of Voiding Dysfunction and Female Urology, at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, who serves as a medical advisor to the Web site. Dr. Appell added: "This site allows urologists to advance their knowledge on their own schedule and at their own pace."

"We believe the convenience of this medium combined with the comprehensive overview of urology issues, will ultimately make UrologyTrends.com the must-have tool for practising urologists across the country", added Roger R. Dmochowski, M.D., professor of urology in the Department of Urology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and also a member of the Web site's medical advisory panel. "In particular, we are excited about the substantial benefits specialists will reap from the virtual patient cases that are available for CME credits."

A unique feature of the site involves a series of interactive clinical cases requiring users to review virtual patient profiles and applying pertinent research and guidelines in order to recommend an appropriate treatment. These cases will offer physicians an opportunity to receive AMA category 1 continuing medical education credit from Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) accredited organisations such as Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation.

The site will also host its first teleconference entitled "Mixed Incontinence with Surgical Intervention". Drs. Appell and Dmochowski will lead a discussion aimed at helping practitioners differentiate between stress and urge incontinence, identify mixed incontinence, and recognise how to treat each type of disorder.

UrologyTrends.com complies with all current privacy and regulatory guidelines as outlined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). UrologyTrends.com is managed and hosted by IntraMed Educational Group, a global medical educational company, and Avenue-e Health Strategies, a provider of innovative eMarketing programmes for pharmaceutical brands. Both companies are based in New York City.

Indevus Pharmaceuticals is engaged in the development and commercialisation of a portfolio of products and product candidates, including multiple compounds in late-stage clinical development. The company's core products under development target medical needs in the areas of urology, panic/anxiety disorders, ischemic stroke, pain and inflammation, and prevention of infection by HIV and other sexually transmitted pathogens.

Located in San Antonio, Texas, the Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation is an accredited provider of the ACCME. Founded in 1984, the Foundation is dedicated to providing educational content that is in full compliance with the guidelines of the ACCME, AMA, and FDA, allowing it to grant category 1 CME credit for all educational activities that it sponsors. The Dannemiller Foundation also works with education and communications companies to design, develop and present educational programmes to meet the needs of physicians and other health care professionals.


Leslie Versweyveld

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