The Conference will target practicing professionals, the Midtown Urology Health and Education Foundation hosted the first annual Below the Belt: The Southeastern Women’s Sexual Health Conference last year on October 8, 2011. Below the Belt was a special educational event, to learn, and discuss women’s sexual health issues. This day was organized as an open, interactive, and informative set of presentations on topics such as sexual dysfunction, breast cancer, cervical cancer and HPV, urologic disorders, and gynecologic disorders. Various area physicians provided lectures and engaged guests in discussion. Many participants walked away more knowledgeable about female disorders than before. Nevertheless, Drs. Foote and Ashby came to the realization that more needed to be done at the physician level to further medical education in the aforementioned areas.
In determining the continual need for the Below The Belt Conference: The Southeastern Women’s Sexual Health Conference, it is evident to the planning committee that many urologists, residents, and healthcare professionals alike do not have an adequate understanding as it pertained to the diagnosis and management of a number of female conditions. The members of the Below the Belt Planning Committee include Dr. Jenelle Foote, Dr. Hope Ashby, Dr. Jamil Harp, Adwoa Asare-Kwakye, Ebony Mackey, and Tim Dodson. The MorehouseSchool of Medicine Office of CME works collaboratively with the planning committee to assure compliance with CME guidelines.
Topics for the meeting include:disease and conditions with recent advances in treatment such as female sexual dysfunction, voiding dysfunction and Interstitial cystitis, infertility, vulvarpain, congenital abnormalities, and pelvic organ prolapse. The list also includes diseases and conditions occurring disproportionately among patients cared for by area physicians and others who would potentially attend theprogram. Medical professionals will benefit from a discussion of the characteristics of a number of these disorders, especially the distinction between the diagnoses, the current treatment modalities, as well as the differential diagnosis of the disorders and what can be done to raise awareness of the disorders in our patient populations and healthcare community.