Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
AUA Diversity Statement
The American Urological Association (AUA) and Urology Care Foundation are committed to intentional actions aimed at being fully inclusive, deliberately diverse and equitable organizations that respect and value our membership, our staff and the urologic communities we serve worldwide.
Dr. Larissa Bresler, Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Bresler is an associate professor of urology, obstetrics and gynecology at the Loyola University Medical Center. She obtained her MD from Oregon Health and Sciences University and completed her urology residency at Loyola University Medical Center.
Diversity & Inclusion Committee
The Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee represents the diversity of AUA membership and a mix of geographical perspectives. Committee members have knowledge, experience or passion in one or more of the following diversity areas: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, culture, religious, age, (dis)ability and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Supporting the Pipeline of Developing Researchers
Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program
The Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program is a chance for outstanding medical students to pursue urology research by engaging them in summer research fellowships alongside world-class urologic scientists. New in 2022: Five awards are specifically available only to applicants from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in research.
Boston Scientific Medical Student Innovation Fellowship
Designed to support current or matriculating medical students from racial and ethnic backgrounds underrepresented in urologic research who would like to invest one year during medical school to engage in innovative research training under a mentor urologist and gain exposure to research in the field of urology.
Leadership in Education, Achievement and Diversity (LEAD) Program
Supported by the Urology Care Foundation and Urovant Sciences, the LEAD Program supports three urology residents, per year, from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented in urologic research. The residents will conduct mentored research, engage in AUA research education opportunities and be championed through networking events as they develop successful research careers and better serve the urology patient community.
The USMART Academy envisions a mentoring program in which every mentee experiences nurturing one-to-one relationships and community support, which in turn allows each of them to develop to their full potential as scientists capable of independence, impactful research, and giving back as involved members of the urologic research community.
Podcasts and Webinars
- AUAUniversity Podcast: Cultural Barriers for Ethnic Minorities
- AUAUniversity Podcast: Advancing Equitable Opportunities for Recruitment of Diverse Patients to Clinical Trials
- Urology Care Podcast: Latino Men's Health with Dr. Humberto Villarreal
September 8, 2022
- Diversity Equity and Inclusion in Urology: What Do We Need to Know Webcast
- Urology Care Webinar: Women's Health in Urology with Dr. Rena Malik and Dr. Fenwa Milhouse
May 6, 2022
- Urology Care Podcast: Black History Month and the Importance of Black Men's and Women's Health
February 17, 2022
- Urology Care Podcast: Black Women's Health with Dr. Ekene Enemchukwu
December 21, 2021
- AUAUniversity Podcast: Surgical Implications for LGBTQ Patients
- AUAUniversity Podcast: Financial Toxicity as Drugs Move Earlier into Treatment Paradigm and How This Related to Disparities in Treatment Patterns
- Engaging Disparities in Prostate Cancer Care Podcast Series
- Urology Care Podcast: African American Men's Health with General Practitioner, Dr. Byron Varnado
June 17, 2021
AUA Diversity & Inclusion Task Force: Blueprint and Process for Justice, Equity, Diversity and InclusionRead the Full JU Article
The American Board of Urology: In Pursuit of Diversity, Equity, and InclusionRead the Full UPJ Article
The Urology Care Foundation, the official Foundation of the American Urological Association, is committed to being the leader in improving health care for urologic patients worldwide through our humanitarian efforts. To support this global mission, the Urology Care Foundation established a series of Humanitarian Endowments, which provide funding for urologic medical missions and humanitarian efforts.
Global Residents Leadership Retreat
To cultivate the next generation of leaders in urology, and foster a connection between residents and trainees around the world, the AUA is launching the Global Residents Leadership Retreat. This invitation-only event will welcome residents from across the globe for a unique one-day program dedicated to leadership training and development.
Interested in DEI Opportunities?
If you would like to be included in future DEI initiatives or projects, please email Khair Maab at kmaab@AUAnet.org.