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Mission Statement

To optimize the care of women, men, and children with lower urinary tract dysfunction and/or pelvic floor disorders through education, research and involvement in health care policy.

The purposes of this Society are to improve the art and science of Urology through basic and applied clinical research in urodynamics and neurourology, voiding function and dysfunction, female urology and pelvic floor dysfunction, and to disseminate and teach these concepts. Urodynamics means the study of the transport, storage, and expulsion of urine. Applied clinical research involves both diagnostic and treatment modalities.

The Society also fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and communication, promotion of the development of young scientists, and the development of scientific, educational, and professional activities through publications (specifically, The Journal of Neurourology and Urodynamics will serve as the official journal of the society), meetings, and original activities to assist in the establishment of standards of care. The Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction is a not-for-profit corporation in the state of Missouri for these purposes of education, research, health, culture, and professional advancement.

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS)

What is Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) — the specialty?

FPMRS is now formally recognized by the American Board of Medical Subspecialties, and certification exams began to be administered in 2013. FPMRS specialists include urologists and gynecologists, who must first complete residency training in their discipline, followed by additional subspecialized training (2-3 years) at programs approved by the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).* This discipline combines portions of urology and gynecology relevant to benign (non-cancerous) conditions of the pelvic floor, and is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to pelvic floor disorders (PFDs).

Approximately 50 fellows graduate from accredited fellowships in the United States each year

What is “female urology” and “urogynecology?”

“Female urology” and “urogynecology” are historical terms that have been used for years to describe some specialists in the field of female pelvic floor disorders. What used to be referred to as “female urology” or “urogynecology” “is now formally recognized as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FMPRS).

*Board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive surgery is granted upon a rigorous review of a provider’s training and experience in FPMRS followed by passage of a focused specialty examination that is administered by the joint Boards of Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology