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Science and Quality Fellow Program

The Science and Quality Fellow Program advances the fields of guidelines and quality and data. It also helps residents and fellows develop insight into how the AUA develops and promotes the advancement of evidence-based science.

Application Information

Required Documents

References

Please provide two letters of recommendation attesting to involvement and knowledge in science & quality issues. One of the references must be a department or program chair.

Essay

The candidate should provide a personal statement describing experience and/or interest in science & quality issues of importance to urology and why the AUA should select them to participate in this program. The candidate should expand on how characteristics and experience have prepared them for this next step in their career and describe their commitment to serving the AUA and the profession in the future with respect to advancement of the urology science & quality agenda. The candidate should also include science & quality related professional interests, AUA interests and experience, how this experience would prepare them to assume key science & quality leadership roles on behalf of urology and how they hope to contribute to the advancement of urology’s agenda. Limit your essay to 500 words, typed and double-spaced.

Photograph

Provide a recent photograph for publication should you be selected. All photographs must be at least 800x600 pixels or a minimum of 1 MB in size.

Curriculum Vitae

Please provide C.V. along with an expanded page on personal and professional leadership experiences, volunteerism, advocacy and interests relevant to science & quality.

Submission

To submit your application, email all required documents to Alicia Kemp at AKemp@auanet.org. Applications must be received by the February 1 deadline for consideration.

Program Eligibility

  • Open to all AUA residents in their research year, fellows, and first year post-graduates
  • Applicants will demonstrate a strong interest or aptitude for science and quality issues
  • If the applicant is currently a resident, the Fellow's Resident Director must sign-off on and verify that the Fellow will be available for the travel and time allotted for the program

Program Term

The program runs for 12 months beginning each May. To be considered, applications must be submitted by February 1 for the upcoming May program cycle.

The 2020 application cycle is closed.

Program Highlights

  • Participate in the AUA Quality Improvement Summit
  • Attend the Brandeis University Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management
  • Participate in a guideline panel meeting
  • Attend the AUA Annual Meeting and attend the S&Q Council meeting, three committee meetings and the AQUA Forum
  • Attend the Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute at Columbia University (online course)
  • Attend the fall meetings of the AUA Science and Quality Council and its committees

Additionally, the Scholar has the option to also participate in the activities listed below during the year-long program

  • Participate in a Guidelines International Network (GIN) conference
  • Participate in a Cochrane course/conference
  • Participate in the National Quality Forum Annual Conference
  • Attend Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement Meetings; March meeting in Washington, D.C. and October meeting in Chicago

Selection Criteria

Based on careful review of the applications and accompanying materials, one (1) fellow will be selected for the next cycle’s program. Selection will be based on a commitment and strong interest in science and quality issues as evidenced by:

  • Enthusiasm and relevance of the applicant’s essay
  • Strength of recommendations from references
  • Commitment and contributions to science & quality activities related to the AUA or other relevant medical organizations
  • Commitment and achievements in medical and non-medical leadership positions
  • Community service and volunteer activities relevant to science & quality

Notification Process

Letters will be emailed by the end of March of the upcoming program cycle year to all applicants regarding their status.

Commitment

The award recipient must agree to participate fully in all program activities. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Participate in the ACS summer course held at Brandeis University in June 2020
  • Participate in the Quality Improvement Summit
  • Participate in a Guidelines Panel Meeting
  • Attend the Fall and Spring Science & Quality Council and Committee Meetings
  • Attend the AUA Annual Meeting

Funding

Thanks to the generosity and commitment of the AUA Board of Directors, all registration fees, travel, lodging, and legitimate expenses associated with program participation will be covered. There will be no out-of-pocket expenses associated with the chosen candidate’s participation in this program.

2018-2019 Science and Quality Fellow

Jennifer Robles, MD

Jennifer Robles, MD

Jennifer Robles attended medical school at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, during which she spent one year at the National Institutes of Health as part of the prestigious Clinical Research Scientist Training Program. She subsequently completed a Urologic Surgery residency at Washington University in Saint Louis in 2016 and is currently an Endourology and Laparoscopic/Robotic Surgery Fellow at Vanderbilt University. She is also a VA Quality Scholar and is completing a fellowship in Quality Improvement, including a master's in Public Health.

Dr. Robles' goals are to achieve meaningful systemic improvements in the safety and/or quality of urologic patient care. Her research is focused on evaluating physician prescribing behavior of antibiotics and opioids in order to improve patient safety and outcomes by increasing appropriateness of use and reducing harmful variation. She is particularly interested in using implementation science and clinical informatics to improve the efficiency and quality of surgical care delivery.