Sexual Medicine Society of North America, Inc.

Message of the Scientific Chair

Welcome to the 21st Annual Meeting of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) in Fabulous Las Vegas! This meeting promises to build upon our history of stimulating and informative scientific programs.

The 21st Annual Fall Scientific Meeting of SMSNA has been designed to build on the strengths of prior meetings while simultaneously expanding our content to encompass the educational needs of our diverse membership. The days are long, and the schedule is full, but this is reflective of the nature of sexual medicine. It is our firm belief that this meeting will serve the needs of urologists, allied health practitioners, mental health experts, basic science and clinical researchers, trainees, and all other professionals interested in sexual health and wellness.  We have enlisted the participation of top clinicians and researchers for the scientific program; we are confident that there will be something for everyone at this meeting. 

The SMSNA continues to benefit from reciprocal relationships with organizations that share our commitment to sexual health. Our program will include special guest lectures by experts from the American Society for Men’s Health (ASMH), the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) and the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM).

The program is loosely organized into tracks so that all attendees will feel engaged throughout the meeting; while these tracks are a guide we are well aware that our diverse membership has diverse interests. We hope and believe that there will be ample opportunity for “cross pollination” at this meeting.

A select sampling of our program content is highlighted below:

The SMSNA is proud to continue its commitment to education. The highly regarded half-day Advanced Practice Providers program is scheduled for Thursday November 19th. Under the direction of Kenneth Mitchell and the APN/PA committee, this symposium will highlight the essentials of sexual medicine practice for mid-level providers. Content geared towards the mid-level provider will continue on Friday November 20th with the APN hands-on session. Funding to help offset the cost of the meeting and travel  for APP’s is available on a first come first serve basis, so sign up today. Also, on Friday, a full day for the Cadaver LabResidents to learn penile implant surgery has been organized with the assistance of our industry partners. Our highly successful “trainee mixer” from the 2014 Miami meeting will be repeated Saturday the 21st. Finally, Sunday the 22nd will be dedicated in large part to resident presentations and a special session featuring established SMSNA members providing advice on career moves for trainees. Residents and medical students alike have an opportunity to win prizes and cash awards with our essay contests and awards for best abstracts (anyone within 10 years of completing their training is eligible).

The health and well-being of war veterans has been acknowledged as a pressing public health need. The SMSNA is proud to help contribute to the betterment of care for our veterans with a special one hour session on sexual health and trauma; this will be followed by a new Public Affairs Symposium, focused on the urologic/sexual health care needs of wounded warriors. This new program for social and civic engagement represents a brave new world for the SMSNA and underscores our commitment to advancing not just science but public health advocacy.

Based on the very positive feedback we have received on our past video sessions on sexual medicine surgery we will feature expert led sessions on Peyronie’s Disease and penile implant surgery with a focus on basic maneuvers utilized by acknowledged leaders in the field. The art of surgery is a lifelong process and there is always an opportunity to learn new “tricks of the trade” from our friends and colleagues.

This year’s meeting will feature an increased emphasis on the sexual health of women.
We have schedule a special symposia on surgical management in women with sexual
health concerns, persistent genital arousal disorder, sexuality and pregnancy/motherhood, and contraception.

We have also made an effort to incorporate content relevant to the broad spectrum of patients that we see in our practices. We have included content on non-normative sexual behaviors and sexuality issues in LGBT persons.

Basic science remains a core priority of the SMSNA; the latest breakthroughs in ED, Peyronie’s, and priapism will be highlighted in dedicated state of the art presentations by world class researchers.  A special symposium on neuroplasticity and its relevance to sexual function recovery after nerve damage will be of particular interest to clinicians/researchers who address sexuality issues related to nervous system injury.

Finally, we will discuss many of the business aspects of sexual medicine practice that are relevant to success and patient outreach. This portion of the meeting will include content on using social media to promote one’s practice and work and a session on the medico-legal fundamentals essential to good medical practice.

Our venue this year is at the luxurious Wynn hotel. Be sure to review all of SMSNA’s available awards & grants to potentially leave that little bit extra to test your luck at the tables. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Tobias S. Köhler, MD, MPH, FACS - Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Tobias S. Köhler, MD, MPH
SMSNA Scientific Program Chair


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