Due to relatively static numbers of urology resident trainees per year and the rapidly increasing number of elderly patients with urologic problems in our national populations it is estimated that in the next 5 to 10 years there will be an overall shortage of both private practice and academic urologists.1 This trend will put greater demands on primary care healthcare professionals to address the frontline needs of patients with urologic problems and diseases. Therefore, the AUA has adopted a mission to assist in the education of primary care healthcare providers in urologic diseases and disorders in an effort to facilitate the effective and efficiency management of these patients nationally. While the AUA has sought industry support and grant funding to develop these educational activities, all of the course content, enduring materials and course faculty have been developed by the AUA Office of Education in an effort to provide the best possible urology educational program. All materials incorporated into these courses have undergone review by the AUA Content Review Committee, a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, AUA's APN/PA Education Committee and the Chair of the AUA Office of Education.
1. Lightfoot AJ, Rosevear HM, Steers WD, Tracy CR. Current and future need for academic urologists in the United States. J Urol 2011; 185(6): 2283 – 2287.