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Residents and Fellows Committee Essay Contest

The AUA Residents and Fellows Committee Essay Contest is an annual competition that gives medical students, residents and fellows the opportunity to share their experience and insights on a particular theme through the power of the written word. Prompts are developed by the Committee each year and cover topics pertinent to urology trainees.

Winning essays are:

  • Submitted for publication in The Journal of Urology®
  • Recognized at the annual Residents Forum program at Annual Meeting
  • Published on the AUA website

2021 Essay Contest Theme: “Guidance in the Void: Exploring Urologic Proverbs”

In medical and surgical training, we often hear pithy phrases that endure and become part of our vernacular. Frequently, wisdom is imparted in classic expressions, ubiquitous across specialties (e.g. “the enemy of good is better,” “eat when you can, sleep when you can, sit when you can,” etc.). Alternatively, we may tune in to new phrases that then become part of our own educational armamentarium. Discuss the medical proverb you have found most meaningful and reflect on how it has affected your practice and training.

The 2021 Essay Contest is now closed. Please check back in Fall 2021 for details about the 2022 competition.

If you have questions or would like more information, email Camille Chilcoat at cchilcoat@auanet.org.


2021 AUA Residents and Fellows Committee Essay Contest Winner

Courtney Yong, MD — 2021 Grand Prize Winner
Resident, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Dr. Yong's essay was published in the June 2021 issue of The Journal of Urology ®

Read Dr. Yong's winning essay.

Kiran Sury, MD — 2021 Honorable Mention
Resident, University of Pennsylvania
Read Dr. Sury's essay.

Esther Nivasch Turner, MD – 2021 Honorable Mention
Resident, University of Pennsylvania
Read Dr. Nivasch Turner's essay.

Wesley Yip, MD – 2021 Honorable Mention
Resident, University of Southern California
Read Dr. Yip's essay.

Past AUA Residents and Fellows Committee Essay Contest Winners

2020

Meghan A. Cooper, DO, MA - 2020 Grand Prize Winner
Resident, University of South Florida
Read Dr. Cooper's winning essay.

Paulette C. Dreher, DO - 2020 Honorable Mention
Resident, Main Line Health
Read Dr. Dreher's essay.

Lauren Poniatowski, MD, MS - 2020 Honorable Mention
Resident, University of Washington
Read Dr. Poniatowski's essay.

Blair Townsend, MD, MBA - 2020 Honorable Mention
Resident, Carolinas Medical Center at Atrium Health
Read Dr. Townsend's essay.

2019

Karen Wheeler, MD, PhD - 2019 Grand Prize Winner
Fellow, University of Texas Health Center San Antonio
Read Dr. Wheeler's winning essay.

George Goucher, MD - 2019 Honorable Mention
Resident, McMaster University
Read Dr. Goucher's essay.

Blair Townsend, MD, MBA - 2019 Honorable Mention
Resident, Carolinas Medical Center at Atrium Health
Read Dr. Townsend's essay.

JJ Zhang, MD- 2019 Honorable Mention
Resident, Cleveland Clinic
Read Dr. Zhang's essay.

2018

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
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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.

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