The Prostate Cancer Impact Alliance (PCIA) hosted three webinars as part of the Impact Diversity in Urology series focusing on racial disparities in urology, men who have sex with men and their battle with prostate cancer, and emotional wellness. The PCIA also advocated for support of the PSA 4 HIM Screening Act (H.R. 1176) on Capitol Hill as a full alliance.
Hosted Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) virtual briefing for Congressional staff, which included researchers, AUA Office of Research, and patient advocates.
The Kidney Cancer Impact Alliance (KCIA) held their first in-person full alliance meeting in Washington, D.C. while advocating to House representatives on the need and importance for funding towards Kidney Cancer Research.
Hosted Patient Advocacy Connections Program (PACP) during the AUA Advocacy Summit including participation from more than nineteen patient, physician, and research advocacy organizations. AUA members, allied health professionals and representatives from the pharmaceutical industry participated in roundtable discussions.
Held three webinars as a part of the Prostate Cancer Impact Alliance’s Impact on Urology series. Webinar topics included increasing Black or African American medical school students picking urology, Men Who Have Sex with Men and Emotional Wellness within the prostate cancer space.
Established Innovation Nexus, the first-of-its-kind research incubator powered by the AUA. The inaugural Innovation Nexus event will occur April 27, 2023 just prior to the AUA Annual Meeting in Chicago, and will give startups, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, investors and urologists the opportunity to come together to ignite urologic discovery like never before.
Launched the Boston Scientific Medical Student Innovation Fellowship to fund a 12-month research project for a medical student interested in translating urology research into innovation. Strong preference to award applicants from groups underrepresented in urology and/or projects focused on health disparities.
Hosted the 10th annual Early Career Investigators Workshop at AUA Headquarters to help promising urologic researchers develop grant writing skills.
Doubled the number of accepted mentees to the Urology Scientific Mentoring and Research Training (USMART) program from five to ten and met the goal that at least 50% of mentees would be from groups traditionally underrepresented in the scientific and biomedical workforce.
Two new Guidelines were published on Localized Prostate Cancer and Non-Ischemic Priapism in addition to updates to Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome, Recurrent UTIs in Women, and Vesicoureteral Reflux.
Guidelines web pages logged over 1.1 million views in 2022.
At the beginning of 2022, Dr. Robert Siemens began his tenure as Editor of The Journal of Urology®. His focus on Editorial Board engagement, open peer review, and implementation of an Early Career Editor program have been noteworthy. He also initiated a DEI education series for the Ed Board, which provides insights from editorial leaders in scholarly publishing outside of urology about their important efforts in this area. The Journal of Urology® earned its highest Journal Impact Factor to date: 7.60.
Urology Practice®’s impact continues to grow year over year as evidenced by weekly and monthly Altmetrics reports showing the wide reach of dissemination of articles in the press, social media, and beyond. The Journal’s Editorial Board showcases global talent notable for diversity across career stage, specialty, practice type, gender, race, and ethnicity.
JU Open Plus, the AUA’s new Gold Open Access journal, opened for submission in August 2022. Dr. John Davis is the inaugural Editor, and he and his editorial team have already accepted multiple papers for publication in January 2023, the journal’s first issue.
Our dedicated volunteer peer reviewers completed 3,647 reviews in 2022 (3,195 for The Journal of Urology®, 430 for Urology Practice®, and 22 for JU Open Plus).
The AUA’s scholarly journals are proud to have the most citations and the largest number of social media followers in all of urology.
AUANews published its second ever “Celebrating Diversity with the AUA” focus issue in April 2022, doubling the content offered the previous year.
Hosted AUA’s in-person QI Summit session Laying the Foundation for Primary Palliative Care in Urology
Conducted empirical reliability and validity testing for urology-specific measures supported through the AQUA Registry
Developed the 2022 MIPS Toolkit
Our investigator award programs are essential to the development of young urology researchers and provide critical support to develop the field’s future research leaders (to date we have funded over 950 young scientists).
This year the Foundation:
Provided more than $1.5 million in funding to forty-nine early career investigators to support their pursuit of discoveries and breakthroughs in patient care in 11 urologic disease/condition areas. The awardee’s included 19 women and 13 from communities underrepresented in urology.
Supported three inaugural recipients of the Leadership in Education, Achievement and Diversity (LEAD) Program as they began their mentored research projects.
Announced the new Boston Scientific Medical Student Innovation Award Program.
The Foundation continues to grow as the single largest repository in the world for urologic patient education aligned with current AUA clinical guidelines.
This year the Foundation:
Welcomed more than 12 million visitors to our website, Urologyhealth.org, providing access to more than 600 pieces of physician-led patient education for patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers.
Expanded its global presence with translated patient education in 9 languages aiming to reach those facing urologic cancers and conditions. More than 100 Spanish patient education materials were made available to the public with a digital Spanish Resource Center.
Addressed diversity, inclusion and disparities in care within its scope of patient education with more than a dozen new resources around Latino and African American Men’s Health, Black Women’s Health and Adult Gender Affirmation.
The AUA and UCF teams had a busy year supporting patient advocacy efforts:
Lead and provided collaboration opportunities between four patient, physician and research advocacy organizations including, Patient Advocacy Connections, Bladder Health Alliance, Prostate Cancer Impact Alliance, Kidney Cancer Impact Alliance.
Provided patient advocacy organizations the opportunity to showcase patient-centered resources, and encourage interaction and dialogue about collaboration tactics that effectively promote patient advocacy policy agendas.
The Foundation recognizes and supports the work of urologists who are making outstanding contributions to improve urologic health in underserved areas both within and outside the U.S.
This year the Foundation:
Awarded the Humanitarian Recognition Award presented to Sakti Das, MD, for decades of service to patients in underserved areas across the globe, his passion for teaching and for supporting humanitarian initiatives in urology.
Awarded 7 Humanitarian grants supporting humanitarian projects in Belize, India, Rwanda, Trinidad and Tobago, Florida, and New York.