I am truly honored to serve as the President of our Florida Urological Society (FUS) for the 2018 – 2019 year. The FUS is comprised of nearly 60% of all practicing urologists in Florida, making us one of the largest state urological societies in the United States, and the largest state urological society in the Southeastern Section of the American Urological Society (SESAUA).
I have spent all my years since residency in Florida in various capacities — first as a solo practitioner in rural Central Florida, later as a University of Florida faculty member in Winter Haven, and now as a member of the Bond Clinic, a multispecialty clinic also in Winter Haven. There were lots of changes and challenges for me during this time, but one thing that has remained constant was and is the FUS. Through networking with academic and private practice urologists, I’ve made friendships that have stood the test of time and that I hold dear to my heart.
The FUS has also changed during my years as a urologist. I’ve witnessed the FUS become financially stable and grow the annual scientific session into one of the premier programs for state societies across the nation. Over the last few years, we have become more aware of the political and business sides of the practice of medicine, and we’ve made some progress in this arena as well. We also promote and cherish our younger members and resident involvement with the Pylegram conference, and the resident debates have been a great success and fun to watch.
As I look forward to this upcoming year, I would like to continue the work that was done by my predecessor, Dr. Rafael Carrion, and to see what more we can do for practicing urologists in our state — especially those that have only recently embarked on their career journeys.
I would like to echo my immediate predecessor by saying that we need to increase the strength of our collective voice at all levels of organized medicine. We will continue doing this via our delegates to the Florida Medical Association (FMA) and the Florida chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS); our representatives to the SESAUA, the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU), the AACU State Society Network, and the American Urological Association (AUA); and by continuing to work closely with the Florida Medical Association (FMA). I also encourage our members to add their voices using the FUS website or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any information worth sharing, and I encourage anyone who wishes to be more actively involved to let our board members know.
The ranks of academic urologists are growing. More and more of us are employed than ever before, and these changes bring different needs and challenges for the FUS. Physician burnout has become one of the hot topics of late, and unfortunately, studies are showing that urologists in practice and residency have one of the highest burnout rates. We should have a better-coordinated effort for advocating for all of us in different work settings.
Dr. Carrion, Dr. Julio Gundian, and Dr. Ray Pak have done excellent jobs this past year as President and Chairs of the Scientific Program. The meeting at Saddlebrook was exemplary, and the academic program was truly outstanding. Under the guidance of Dr. Sijo Parekattil, the attendance of our allied health section has been growing every year, and this past year has been no exception.
Our next meeting is going to be in Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando. It is a wonderful facility centrally located to all the theme parks that has amenities for the whole family. The meeting will be chaired by Drs. Paul Crispen and Larry Yeoung from the University of Florida. We hope to continue the tradition of putting up a great scientific program, and we are already hard at work to provide an excellent meeting for all. So come join us, and bring anyone who is interested in learning about the field of urology.
I would also like to thank the Weiser group for doing a great job for the FUS and our exhibitors and sponsors for their continued support.
Kevin K. Lee, MD, FACS