Our work and lives have radically altered in the year 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the practice of medicine and led to cancellation of scientific meetings around the globe. While our ability to meet in person has been compromised, our commitment to our patients and to supporting one another in the practice of sexual medicine is as strong as ever. It therefore gives us great pleasure to invite you to the 21st Annual (and first ever Virtual) Fall Scientific Meeting of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America. The SMSNA remains the pre-eminent North American organization dedicated to promotion of holistic sexual wellness…a global pandemic cannot change that!
We will miss the opportunity to congregate with old friends and colleagues and to meet new ones. However, the virtual format offers the opportunity for a broadened attendee base, in terms of both geography and discipline. We believe the sense of community we have come to expect at our Fall Scientific meeting will remain self-evident in cyber-space.
We have crafted an intensive, diverse program featuring a diverse faculty of experts from numerous disciplines.
Our meeting will start with evening abstract sessions on Monday November 9. Tune in Monday through Thursday to hear about the latest developments and ideas in sexual medicine practice.
The basic science session this year will be focused on the interplay between Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms and sexual dysfunction. Does proximity alone explain why these issues are so often comorbid? Or are there physiological mechanisms at play? Join us to find out!
We will continue to devote a large block of time to issues in penile surgery; aside from technical aspects we will explore the interpersonal dynamics between partners considering penile surgery for Erectile Dysfunction or Peyronie’s Disease and the medicolegal risks that may go along with these procedures.
Our mental health symposium this year will be focused on holistic assessment of couples. All of us in sexual medicine have much to learn from one another other and this session will help us in that endeavor. In addition to the mental health symposium, we will feature a number of sessions discussing the aspects (ethnodemographic and sexual) that distinguish us from one another. The year 2020 has made it clear that we have much to learn about the people with whom we share this world and for whom we provide care; join us to learn more and enhance your ability to understand our diverse patient populations.
COVID-19 and its influence on the practice of sexual medicine must of necessity be a highlighted topic this year. A series of special sessions on the impact of COVID-19 on sexual wellness will surely be a highlight of the program this year.
We look forward to seeing you online!
Alan W. Shindel, MD and Faysal Yafi, MD, FRCSC
21st Annual Fall Scientific Meeting of SMSNA
November 9-15, 2020