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2017 AUA Quality Improvement Summit


Challenges and Opportunities for Stewardship of Urological Imaging

Maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The Quality Improvement Summit is focused on improving patient safety, ensuring appropriate use of advanced imaging, and reducing associated costs. The day will include didactic presentations, panel discussions, and question and answer sessions.

Summit Date

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Summit Location

AUA Headquarters
1000 Corporate Blvd
Linthicum, MD 21090
Phone: (410) 689 – 3700

October 21, 2017

Quality Improvement Summit
Registration Fee: $25.00


The 2017 AUA Quality Improvement Summit is presented in conjunction with the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

NOTE: Non-AUA members will need to request a new account before registering.


Call 410-689-3925 or e-mail

Previous Summit Resources and Materials

2016 Quality Improvement Summit: Shared Decision Making and Prostate Cancer Testing

2014 Quality Improvement Summit Access: Infection Complications of Transrectal Prostate Needle Biopsy

Summit Description

Read the QI Summit Chair's Letter to Attendees

The 2017 Quality Improvement Summit will focus on improving patient safety, ensuring appropriate use of advanced imaging, and reducing associated costs. The agenda includes didactic presentations, panel discussions, and question and answer sessions.

The Summit will welcome urologists, radiologists, and emergency department physicians, in addition to researchers, policy makers and others. Their discussions throughout the day will focus on four primary goals: 

  • Review experience of urologist-led stewardship of prostate cancer staging imaging and define the problem
  • Summarize and consolidate current data related to radiation exposure from medical imaging and strategies to reduce harms and costs associated with advanced imaging for urinary stone disease
  • Create a health services research and policy agenda that advances physician-led stewardship of advanced imaging across the relevant stakeholder communities of emergency medicine, radiology, and urology
  • Build a national interdisciplinary consortium to disseminate and implement health services research information and tools to improve quality and safety, and reduce costs associated with advanced imaging 

During the Quality Improvement Summit, there will be ample opportunity for audience participation.  The cost to attend the QI Summit is $25 per attendee.  CME will be available. Following the event, a proceedings paper will be published.

Funding for this conference was made possible [in part] by grant 1R13 HS22520-01A1 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


7:30 - 8 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8 - 8:10 a.m.

Opening Remarks
J. Stuart Wolf Jr., MD, FACS
Chair of AUA Science and Quality Control

8:10 - 8:30 a.m.

Need for Physician-Led Stewardship of Imaging in Urology
Matthew Nielsen, MD MS FACS
Summit Chair, AUA Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Urologist-Led Success Stories in Stewardship of Imaging for Prostate Cancer
James Montie, MD
Michigan Urologic Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MUSIC)

9:00- 9:45 a.m.

Keynote: Imaging Wisely: Improving the Value of Medical Imaging
Rebecca Smith-Bindman, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

9:45 - 10 a.m. 


10:00 - 10:30 a.m. 

National Quality Initiatives in Renal Colic Imaging from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
Arjun Venkatesh, MD MBA MHS
Yale University 

10:30 - 11 a.m.

The DOSE Initiative: Supporting Dissemination of Reduced-dose Renal Colic CT
Christopher Moore, MD
Summit co-Chair; Yale University

11 - 11:30 a.m.

Multispecialty Collaboration on Best Imaging Practices in Renal Colic: ACEP/ACR/AUA E-QUAL Workgroup
Christopher Moore, MD
Summit Co-Chair, Yale University
Kevan Sternberg, MD
University of Vermont
Erick Remer, MD
Cleveland Clinic

11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Practical Issues in CT Dose Optimization: Panel Discussion
George Fung, PhD
Rebecca Smith-Bindman MD
University of California, San Francisco

12 - 1:15 p.m.

Working Lunch/Panel Discussion of Toolkit from AUA Imaging Stewardship Workgroup
Justin Ziemba, MD
University of Pennsylvania
Thomas Chi, MD
University of California, San Francisco
Kevan Sternberg, MD
University of Vermont

1:15 - 1:50 p.m.

Resources from the American College of Radiology to Support Stewardship of Imaging

Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network (RSCAN)
Judy Burleson, MHS
Nancy Fredericks, MBA

ACR Appropriateness criteria
Erick Remer MD
David Kurth, MPH, MA
Christine Waldrip, RN MHA

1:50 - 2:20 p.m.

Optimizing Implementation of Prostate MRI
Andrei Purysko, MD
Cleveland Clinic, ACR

2:20 - 2:50 p.m.

Cross-Cutting Measures: A Novel Vision for Quality Measurement
Arjun Venkatesh, MD MBA MHS
Yale University

2:50 - 3:20 p.m.

Reflections from QI Summit Trainee Scholars and Attendees

3:20 - 3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Timothy Averch, MD
AUA Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee Chair

3:30 p.m.

Summit Adjourns

Location/Hotel Information

The AUA recommends that you register for the Summit BEFORE making travel arrangements.
Once the meeting capacity is reached,  the AUA is unable to guarantee a spot.

Summit Location

AUA Headquarters
1000 Corporate Blvd
Linthicum, MD 21090 


There are several hotels within walking distance of AUA Headquarters. We recommend the Hilton Garden Inn BWI Airport or Hyatt Place Baltimore/BWI Airport. Both hotels are within easy walking distance and also offer a complimentary shuttle service. When booking your hotel room, please reference "AUA" to obtain the reduced rate and to schedule transportation. 

Hilton Garden Inn BWI Airport
1516 Aero Drive
Linthicum, MD 21090
Phone: 410-691-0500
Fax: 410-694-0638

Hyatt Place Baltimore/BWI Airport
940 International Drive
Linthicum, MD 21090
Phone: 410-859-3366
Fax: 410-859-3331


Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) is located a few miles from the AUA Headquarters. The area is also serviced by Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, VA, and Washington Dulles International Airport in Sterling, VA. If traveling via train is your preferred method,

BWI Airport also has an Amtrak train station, called Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport Station. The Hotel shuttle will also pick up from this train station.


Complimentary on-site parking

CME Information


The American Urological Association (AUA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The American Urological Association designates this live activity and enduring material for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Learners

The AUA is not accredited to offer credit to participants who are not MDs or DOs. However, the AUA will issue documentation of participation that states that the activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Evidence Based Content

It is the policy of the AUA to ensure that the content contained in this CME activity is valid, fair, balanced, scientifically rigorous, and free of commercial bias.

AUA Disclosure Policy

All persons in a position to control the content of an educational activity (i.e., activity planners, presenters, authors) participating in an educational activity provided by the AUA are required to disclose to the provider any relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The AUA must determine if the individual's relationships may influence the educational content and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the commencement of the educational activity. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent individuals with relevant financial relationships from participating, but rather to provide learners information with which they can make their own judgments.

Resolution of Identified Conflict of Interest

All disclosures will be reviewed by the program/course directors or editors for identification of conflicts of interest. Peer reviewers, working with the program directors and/or editors, will document the mechanism(s) for management and resolution of the conflict of interest and final approval of the activity will be documented prior to implementation. Any of the mechanisms below can/will be used to resolve conflict of interest:

  • Peer review for valid, evidence-based content of all materials associated with an educational activity by the course/program director, editor, and/or Education Content Review Committee or its subgroup.
  • Limit content to evidence with no recommendations
  • Introduction of a debate format with an unbiased moderator (point-counterpoint)
  • Inclusion of moderated panel discussion
  • Publication of a parallel or rebuttal article for an article that is felt to be biased
  • Limit equipment representatives to providing logistics and operation support only in procedural demonstrations
  • Divestiture of the relationship by faculty

Off-label or Unapproved Use of Drugs or Devices

It is the policy of the AUA to require the disclosure of all references to off-label or unapproved uses of drugs or devices prior to the presentation of educational content. The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain reference(s) to off-label or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please consult the prescribing information for full disclosure of approved uses.

Attendee Information and Policies


The opinions and recommendations expressed by faculty, authors and other experts whose input is included in this program are their own and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of the AUA.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

Attendance at or participation in AUA meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to AUA's use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the attendee's image or voice in photographs and electronic reproductions of such meetings and activities.

Audio, Video and Photographic Equipment

The use of audio, video and other photographic recording equipment by attendees is prohibited inside AUA meeting rooms.

Reproduction Permission

Reproduction of written materials developed for this AUA course is prohibited without the written permission from individual authors and the American Urological Association.

Special Assistance/Dietary Needs

The AUA complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act §12112(a). If any participant is in need of special assistance or has any dietary restrictions, please see the registration desk or email