American Urological Association - Residents and Fellows Committee Essay Contest


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Residents and Fellows Committee Essay Contest

Contest Theme: "How I Maintain Resilience in an Era of Physician Burnout."

Urology training can be difficult,  challenging, and overwhelming at times, replete with long nights, early mornings, and days filled with physical and mental exhaustion. In an era of rising physician burnout, maintaining balance and well-being can help sustain professional and personal purpose. Whether you have reconnected with hobbies from before you entered medicine, discovered new coping strategies as you advanced in your training, or helped overcome challenges in your institution or community, please reflect on your experiences with the burden of burnout and how urologists can stay grounded in training and in their careers.

Requirements and Deadline

Essays should be no more than 750 words and will be judged based on clarity and impact of the writing, relevance to the theme and applicability to urologists and urology trainees. Submissions should be emailed to and should also include:

  • Name
  • Bio with headshot
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  • Name and location of your medical school or urology training program

The deadline to submit essays is Friday, January 25, 2019.

The winning essay will be:

  • Published in The Journal of Urology®
  • Recognized at the AUA2019 Residents Forum
  • Published on the AUA website

Past AUA Residents and Fellows Committee Essay Contest Winners

Dr. Unwanaobong Nseyo

Unwanaobong Nseyo, MD - 2018 Grand Prize Winner

Resident, University of California, San Diego 
Read Dr. Nseyo's winning essay.

Julia Fiuk, MD - 2018 Honorable Mention 
Resident, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Read Dr. Fiuk's essay.

Natalie Hartman - 2018 Honorable Mention
Medical Student, University of Southern California
Read Natalie Hartman's essay.

Ramphis Morales-López, MD - 2018 Honorable Mention
Resident, University of Puerto Rico
Read Dr. Morales-López's essay.

Nathan Wong, MD - 2018 Honorable Mention
Resident, McMaster University
Read Dr. Wong's essay.