AUA Summit - Plenary



Speaker Centeral

Plenary: Prime Time and Plenary: Next Frontier

Session Information for Invited Plenary Speakers

  • All panel moderators should be in contact with all of the participants on their presentation prior to the meeting to touch base and confirm the plan for the presentation.
  • To view and contact the other participants on your presentation, you may access the speaker portal (login information provided at time of invitation). All speakers are listed beneath your list of "tasks" to be completed. If you need help accessing this information, please contact Melissa Goodman,
  • There is no Q&A from the audience scheduled in the Plenary sessions and you should use all of the time allotted for your presentation.

Presentation Types

Please see below for a list of Plenary presentation descriptions:

Critical Discussion

  • Critical discussions are usually a review of recent research studies on a particular topic or subject area (clinical or basic). The critical discussant makes "critical" comments on the presentations.
  • Discussant introduces the topic and assigns the amount of time for each presenter.
  • Presentation by each presenter covers recent studies and describes their perspective.
  • Discussant asks questions or critical comments to the presenters and provides a conclusion.

Crossfire: Controversies in Urology

  • Crossfire: Controversies in Urology is a 30-minute debate on a hot topic in urology. The debate will be led by a moderator who will give an introduction of the topic (must refer to the guideline or policy statement of the AUA on that subject), then there will be two debaters who will present their opposing positions on the topic, followed by two additional debaters who will provide the rebuttal to each. The moderator will then provide a conclusion.


  • Highlights presenters review abstracts/presentations from the day before on the specific topic assigned or Highlights from a specific program (i.e. Oncology Research Program, Society for Pediatric Urology) then present the information on the most interesting or innovative science.

Late-Breaking Abstracts – (10 minutes, 8 minute presentation with a 2-minute discussion from moderators)

  • AUA's late-breaking abstract policy allows the submission of late-breaking abstracts only for trials for which no preliminary data are available at the time of the abstract submission deadline.
  • The policy is not a mechanism to allow for updated data to be submitted late when preliminary data are available by the abstract submission deadline or to provide an opportunity for previously rejected abstracts to be revised and resubmitted for consideration.
  • Authors are required to confirm that their work has not been previously presented or published elsewhere as an abstract or manuscript.

Panel Discussion

  • A panel discussion is usually directed at one clinical issue. The panelists will address different perspectives on the issue. The moderator in this circumstance simply summarizes the presentations by the panelists.
  • Moderator determines the overall format and timing for each panelist to discuss key areas, asks questions to the panelists and provides a conclusion.

Point-Counterpoint Debate

  • Point-Counterpoint debates are debates on one clinical issue. A moderator will present an overview of the debate topic and two debaters will provide their perspectives followed by a summary from the moderator.

Second Opinion Cases

  • Second Opinion Cases presentations are 30 minutes in length with a moderator and panelists who will present two cases on common scenarios within their topic highlighting challenges and potential differing opinions on the cases.

Setbacks and Operative Solutions (SOS)

  • Each session will feature panels discussing three different cases of a surgical error or challenge. Panels will show a short intraoperative video or simulation of the surgical error/challenge (e.g.,. Radical Retro-pubic Prostatectomy: Bleeding from the Dorsal Vein), then have a discussion on how to manage the issue.

State-of-the-Art Lecture

  • Single lecturer presents on a single topic.

Surgical Techniques

  • Program focuses on common urologic surgeries with surgeons presenting their unique techniques. Moderator presents a historical perspective of the surgery and introduces the surgeons. Then, each surgeon will have 15 minutes of edited video demonstrating the critical steps of the procedure highlighting innovations in their technique. The session will end with the moderator critiquing each technique followed by a panel discussion.

Survivor Debate

  • Survivor Debates will begin with debaters on stage with several rounds where they will present their different views on either a specific topic or how they would handle a specific case. After each round, the audience will vote for the top finalists and those with the least amount of votes will be removed from the debate. After two rounds, there will be one "survivor" that will have won.

Take Home Messages

  • Take Home Message presenters review podium, poster, forum and subspecialty presentations on assigned topic given during the meeting. Abstracts can be reviewed in advance or onsite at a session. Only those abstracts or sessions of greatest interest, significance or impact should be highlighted in this rapid paced presentation.

Tumor Board

  • Feature a moderator presenting cases for panel discussion on recommendations for the patient from a surgical, radiation or chemotherapy option.

Day of Presentation

Please check-in at "Speaker Check-In" which will be located in the room (i.e., at the front of the room, on stage left) where you will be presenting at least 30 minutes prior to your presentation.


For more information, please visit the Speaker Central Home Page. If you have any questions regarding your Plenary presentation, please email Melissa Goodman at