The Year Was 1995…Look How Far We’ve Come!

Twenty years ago, IVUmed was incorporated by its award-winning founder, Catherine deVries, MD, to address the enormous need for patient care and professional training in urology in resource-poor areas of the world. From common congenital malformations to pelvic floor injuries, various cancers and other diseases, urology represents a vastly underserved area of global health.Vol. 1 Issue 1 Newsletter

Initially established to help meet the staggering need for pediatric urology in developing countries, IVUmed has grown to include virtually all areas of urology and incorporates education for nurses, anesthesiologists, radiologists, pathologists and other related areas of medical and surgical care. IVUmed’s services have been requested in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Central America and South America. With a proven model that has helped to successfully build surgical training programs in countries as diverse as Honduras, Vietnam, Senegal and Mongolia, IVUmed tailors its efforts to the needs of each of its many partner hospitals and communities.  Our partners in these sites have demonstrated strong long-term commitments to IVUmed’s work and mission and will ultimately serve as a bridge between today’s investment of resources and our shared vision for access to quality healthcare in the future.

Our success is based on uniting peers and strengthening relationships among medical providers with a common shared purpose of ensuring access to quality urological care.

* We connect physicians and nurses in low-resource settings with experienced colleagues for peer to peer interaction.
* We provide hands-on education through ongoing on-site surgical workshops.
* We build self-reliant surgical teaching programs capable of providing local and regional education.
* We are the chosen provider of care and education in partnership with multiple global urological organizations.
* We identify, support, and develop future generations of IVUmed volunteers and host colleagues.

We have refined our capacity-building model over two decades and have become the go-to organization for urology training in developing parts of the world. Our intensive, onsite hands-on workshops equip physicians and nurses throughout the world with the skills they need to serve their communities. Meanwhile, the greater objective of IVUmed training is to develop future generations of medical personnel by building lasting surgical teaching programs. Your support helps ensure that children and adults in resource-poor areas of the world will no longer have to suffer for years with treatable conditions that greatly affect their quality of life.

Our surgical workshops are complemented by distance consultation and other means of instruction and support to help ensure that our partners progress toward their training goals. We also utilize telehealth technology for distance education and are collaborating on educational modules comprised of surgical video, lectures, medical animation, and testing.

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IVUmed hosting CME Video Conference on Wednesday, June 4th

IVUmed is hosting a webcast video conference on Wednesday, June 4th, from 12-1pm, through the IVUmed Frontier Program. CME will be provided to those who attend and return the CME evaluation.
IVUmed, the University of Utah Center for Global Surgery and Utah Telehealth Network will be hosting quarterly topics in Urology for primary care providers. If you have specific topics of interest in Urology, or if you have questions, contact Amy Steele at or (801) 524-0201.


Management of Asymptomatic Microscopic Hematuria

CME Video Conference
Wednesday, June 4 2014, 12:00-1:00 PM

Presented by:

Dr. Andy Southwick
Chief of Urology, Veterans Affairs, Salt Lake City
Assistant Professor of Urology, University of Utah

Supported by:
Utah Telehealth Network
University of Utah, Center for Global Surgery

Connection Details:
Live Video Stream
Conference ID: 54239
Live Stream:
Video Conference System on Utah Telehealth Network
Conference ID: 54239
Video Conference System outside Utah Telehealth Network
54239@ (for Polycom systems)


  1. Define microscopic hematuria
  2. Identify high risk patients
  3. Implement further diagnostic testing
  4. Know when to refer patients for urologic or nephrology consultation
  5. Learn how to follow patients with a negative initial evaluation
  6. Understand the controversies regarding screening and evaluation of patients for microhematuria

CME credit graciously provided through Utah Healthy Living Foundation. Required CME Evaluation

Credit Designation Statement
The Utah Healthy Living Foundation (UHLF) designates this educational activity for a maximum of two (2) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The UHLF is accredited by the Utah Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The UHLF takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of the program.


IVUmed Frontier Urology Education Program:
Addressing Healthcare Needs among Utah’s Medically Underserved

IVUmed’s Frontier Urology Education Program offers expert training for community healthcare providers to address a significant need among patients throughout Utah. Currently, Utah has a shortage of urology specialists to diagnose and treat significant conditions such as prostate cancer, women’s health issues, and common birth defects. Most of Utah’s urologists are located in the Salt Lake area, including all five of Utah’s pediatric urologists. Meanwhile, many of Utah’s over 1.5 million residents living outside of Salt Lake County must travel vast distances for specialized care. This creates significant geographic and financial barriers to accessing the services they need.

Utah has a large medically underserved population, many living in isolated rural areas where community health centers (CHCs) stand as their only source of primary healthcare. This leaves much of the responsibility for diagnosis of urological conditions to primary care physicians and nurses. In a recent survey of community health center personnel:

  • 100% of respondents, representing half of the centers in Utah expressed interest in receiving urology training.
  • Over 85% have requested multiple training events per year.
  • In their evaluations forms, a vast majority of participants have cited stimulating presentations that will change their practice patterns.

IVUmed is working to build upon our past program success to address the growing need for urological care and education among primary care providers and patients. We provide continued medical education (CME) and consultation addressing the most common conditions that affect children and adults.

IVUmed experts have conducted several on-site presentations in community health centers, and due to increased demand, IVUmed now works with the Utah Telehealth Network to broadcast urology training to primary healthcare providers throughout the state. The innovative program gives community providers the credentialed training they need to better diagnose, treat, and refer the many urological conditions among their patients. This increases local access to quality healthcare and enhances collaborative networks among primary care and specialist providers.


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IVUmed is committed to making quality urological care available to people worldwide.