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Urology
April 19th, 2019

AUA 2019: Chicago with the flow!


Cook Medical is headed to the Windy City for the 2019 American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting, May 3-6, 2019. We hope you’ll join us at our booth (#2201) to learn about our products, to find a Vista® course that addresses an area of interest, to get a feel for virtual surgery with a VR demo from Marion Surgical, and to discuss the latest industry trends.

Want to get hands-on? Whether it’s extracting stones at the AUA skills challenge or dusting and busting in our laser lab, we’ll have several stations at our booth where you can get up-close and personal with a few of our game-changing product innovations.

Residents Bowl
Now in its eighth year, Cook is once again a proud sponsor of the AUA Residents Bowl. Teams of residents representing each of the eight AUA sections along with one international representative per team will compete over the course of three days. Competitors will be answering questions on urological subspecialties, the history of urology, and the latest research. The excitement builds for this competition as teams advance to the finals. Come cheer on your section!

Everything education
Looking for your ideal educational experience? Stop by our booth to learn more about our expansive education offering and find the course that’s right for you. Spanning a variety of topics in urology, our Vista programs focus on enriching skills and technique with our innovative and extensive product catalog. Attendees learn from experienced physicians who are integrally involved in their respective societies and are passionate about training.

Want the experience but without the travel and time commitment? Using KARL STORZ’s VisitOR1® system and software from InTouch Health®, our tele-education courses give you an in-the-OR experience—providing product and procedure training—from the convenience of your local hospital or facility.

Hands-on with a holmium laser
Learn more about our variable pulse-width holmium laser in our hands-on area where our laser capital equipment specialists (CESs) will give you a firsthand demonstration. Practice using the long pulse setting with smaller-diameter fibers to dust a stone while minimizing migration1,2 or switch to the short pulse to break the stone apart.

AUA skills challenge
See how you measure up to your peers at the AUA skills challenge, where you will race against the clock to remove stones from a model using our nitinol stone extractors. Test your technique with favorites like our game-changing tipless extractor or the original hybrid, or experience a multiwire design to capture even the smallest fragments. Then try your hand at PCNL stone removal with our percutaneous extractors. Your score will be calculated by the amount of stone burden you can extract within the time limits—one minute for the percutaneous approach and two minutes for a ureteroscopy.

Whether you’re a first-time challenger or you’re coming back to try to top last year’s score, we can’t wait to get going.

We’ll see you in Chicago!
Join the conversation with us on Twitter for all things AUA—scoring for the Residents Bowl and skills challenge, booth information, session updates, and more. Follow the hashtag #ChicagoWithTheFlow.


  1. Kang HW, Lee H, Teichman JM, et al. Dependence of calculus retropulsion on pulse duration during Ho: YAG laser lithotripsy. Lasers Surg Med. 2006;38(8):762-772.
  2. Finley DS, Petersen J, Abdelshehid C, et al. Effect of holmium:YAG laser pulse width on lithotripsy retropulsion in vitro. J Endourol. 2005;19(8):1041-1044.