ONE PUA

Confronting New Challenges Through UNITY and GLOBAL COLLABORATIONS

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Join us as we hold the 63rd Philippine Urological Association Annual Convention on November 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21 2020 via a virtual platform. This convention will be held in conjunction with the 17th East Asian Society of Endourology (EASE) Annual Meeting. Aside from the collaboration between the PUA and EASE, the convention will also highlight the different subspecialty societies of the PUA, namely the Philippine Endourological Society (PES), the Philippine Society of Urologic Oncologists (PSUO), the Philippine Alliance for Urolithiasis (PAU), the Philippine Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons (PhilGURS) and the Philippine Society for Pediatric Urology (PSPU), to give you a scientific programme that will tackle all of your interests in the field of urology.

The PUA will continue to work together with the EAU Philippine Chapter (EAU-PH), the European School of Urology (ESU) and the EAU Section of Uro-Technology (ESUT) in holding the 2nd South East Asian Urology Residents Education Programme (SEA-UREP) that will be of great benefit to urology residents.

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PUA President's Message
for The Annual Convention 2020

Dear PUA members and guests,

It is with great privilege and pleasure that I welcome you all to the 63rd PUA Annual Convention. Welcome to our first virtual convention. This is all unusual for us, but we still aim to continue learning and progress by watching and listening to the fabulous scientific program prepared.

Thank you to all the people who worked on planning and executing the exceptional program that you will see. They transcended expectations and took up the challenge.

“Confronting New Challenges Through Unity and Global Collaborations,” the theme of this year’s meeting, reflects our need to come together and adapt to our new normal. We have made significant progress as we are still able to continue with several of our activities virtually.

The PUA is committed to continuing in the advancement of its members through all means. This year, our workgroups were able to make several webinars and guidelines and continue with our social responsibilities despite the lack of physical interaction caused by the ongoing pandemic.

The Scientific Committee has worked tirelessly to arrange the program you are about to experience under the leadership of Dr. Patrick Tuliao. We have assembled an outstanding set of highly respected experts to address the issues that impact the practice of Urology, here and around the world.

I would like to thank all the speakers for their exceptional presentations and their dedication to continued education. PUA subspecialties have significantly participated in making this indeed a ONE PUA convention.

I hope that you find this year’s scientific meeting exciting and inspirational.

Thank you!

Harry G. Longno, MD
PUA President 2020

Message from the
Over-All Organizing Chairman

November 2020 marks the 9th month of public health emergency where the country was declared under quarantine and strict lockdown in March 2020. The virus remains to be a part of our daily lives and continuously threatens us. Though things have greatly changed and life has been more challenging, the PUA Executive Council and the concerned committees, guided by leadership set on determination, concern for members and high regard for continuous education despite the international health emergency, the activities of the society pushed thru weathering the storm and faced the challenge head on.

The Annual Scientific Convention has been one of the fundamental educational activities of our organization. During the early planning months where everything seems uncertain, we have to make crucial evaluations, situational assessments and risk-benefit calculations whether to push thru with our convention or not. After a lot of brainstorming, consultations, and benchmarking with other international and local conventions, it was with firm determination and concern for its member’s welfare that we decided to continue with our annual convention in whatever form.

We will see a totally different convention structure this year. During this pandemic with all its uncertainties, we came to the decision to go for virtual convention. The theme for this year aptly applies to the current situation “CONFRONTING NEW CHALLENGES THROUGH UNITY AND GLOBAL COLLABORATIONS”. This year’s international meeting will be a collaboration with East Asia Society of Endourology (EASE) facilitated by the Philippine Endourology Society (PES) and International Society of Reconstructive Urology (ISORU) facilitated by the Philippine Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons (PhilGURS). This would likewise be a multi sub-specialty meeting with the Philippine Society of Uro-Oncologists (PSUO), Philippine Alliance for Urolithiasis (PAU), Philippine Society for Pediatric Urology (PSPU) and the European Association of Urology – Philippine Chapter (EAU-PH). An exciting and unique virtual convention was prepared, organized and arranged by the hard-working members of the Scientific Committee competently headed by Dr. Patrick Tuliao. Moreover, unlike before, where we conduct our convention on four continuous days, we decided to have it in two weekends in order to avoid digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome and to allow our members to do clinic and see their patients during the weekdays.

In these unfamiliar times, we have learned and changed a lot but we continue to learn more on how to adapt to the new normal. The fundamentals of our society that holds on to continuous education and keeping abreast to what is current and what is the new standard shall continue to be of utmost priority. We will remain resilient despite all odds.

We encourage everyone to participate and experience this unique convention. The international and local speakers prepared exciting topics and updates worthy to be called world-class. Although we will see each other only virtually, we will strive and exert all efforts to send the spirit of unity of One-PUA to everyone. Mabuhay tayong lahat and may God keep us all safe.

Ernesto L. Gerial, Jr., MD
PUA Vice-President
Over-all Chairman, PUA Annual Convention 2020

Message from the Scientific Chairman

Welcome to the 63rd Philippine Urological Association (PUA) Annual Convention.  Known for its world-class plenary sessions and master classes, the PUA Annual Convention remains the most-anticipated and grandest scientific meeting of Philippine urology.  This year’s theme is: Confronting new challenges through unity and global collaborations.  Perhaps by serendipity, this theme is more fitting now than it was several months ago when it was first coined.

To say that the COVID-19 pandemic presented new challenges for organizers of scientific conventions is a grave understatement.  Fortunately, when confronted with such adversity, the PUA chose to embrace the uncertain and elected to blaze a new trail as far as conventions go.  As a result, the first totally-virtual PUA convention was forged.  Regardless of whether this ends up to be the first of many or the first and only virtual PUA convention, it will undoubtedly endure as a shining beacon in PUA history.  For the first time, the convention adapts a new format which highlights the PUA’s various subspecialty societies.  This year features major contributions from the Philippine Endourological Society, Philippine Society of Urologic Oncologists, Philippine Alliance for Urolithiasis, Philippine Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons, Philippine Society for Pediatric Urology and the European Association of Urology Philippine Chapter.  Also, for the first time, the International Society of Reconstructive Urology is collaborating with the PUA to share their experience on reconstructive surgery.

The 63rd Annual Convention would not be possible without the support of the PUA’s greatest strength, it’s members.  It is indeed ironic that in this time, wherein there is barely any physical interaction between fellow urologists, the PUA has become even more united as an organization.  This convention is the sublimation of the dedication and hard work from the PUA executive council, headed by our President, Dr. Harry G. Longno, the Over-all Organizing Chairman of the annual convention, Dr. Ernesto L. Gerial, Jr., the heads of the different subspecialty societies, and of course the members of the 2020 annual convention scientific committee.

Pandemic notwithstanding, the spirit of global collaboration in urology continues to pulsate with ideas and energy.  The convention’s virtual format has allowed us to break down the physical barriers to interaction which, not too long ago, presented a formidable logistical challenge.  This year’s program boasts of participation by urologists from our Asian neighbors as well as those who join us from half-way across the globe.  The 2020 PUA convention is being held in conjunction with the 17th East Asian Society of Endourology Annual Meeting.  Our colleagues from the European Association of Urology continue to share in the PUA’s mission to promote new concepts and emerging technologies in the field of urology.

Despite the new challenges posed by our new normal, let us remain ONE PUA and ONE with urologists the world over in expanding our love and knowledge of urology.

Patrick H. Tuliao, MD, FPUA
Scientific Chairman, PUA 2020 Annual Convention

SAMUEL VINCENT G. YRASTORZA

President
Philippine Urological Association, Inc.

HARRY G. LONGNO

Over-all Chair
62nd PUA Annual Convention

JUVIDO P. AGATEP, JR.

Scientific Chair
62nd PUA Annual Convention

International Faculty

SAMUEL VINCENT G. YRASTORZA

President
Philippine Urological Association, Inc.

SAMUEL VINCENT G. YRASTORZA

President
Philippine Urological Association, Inc.

SAMUEL VINCENT G. YRASTORZA

President
Philippine Urological Association, Inc.

SAMUEL VINCENT G. YRASTORZA

President
Philippine Urological Association, Inc.

SAMUEL VINCENT G. YRASTORZA

President
Philippine Urological Association, Inc.

SAMUEL VINCENT G. YRASTORZA

President
Philippine Urological Association, Inc.

SAMUEL VINCENT G. YRASTORZA

President
Philippine Urological Association, Inc.

SAMUEL VINCENT G. YRASTORZA

President
Philippine Urological Association, Inc.

SAMUEL VINCENT G. YRASTORZA

President
Philippine Urological Association, Inc.

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