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Residents and Fellows Committee Essay Contest

Medical students, residents and fellows are invited to participate in the fourth annual AUA Residents and Fellows Committee essay contest.

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.


Requirements and Deadline

Essays should be no more than 500 words and will be judged on clarity and impact of the writing, relevance to the theme and applicability to urologists and urology trainees. Submissions should be emailed to ResCommittee@AUAnet.org and should also include: 

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

 The deadline to submit is January 25, 2021.


The winning essay will be:

  • Submitted for publication in The Journal of Urology®
  • Recognized at the AUA2021 Residents Forum program
  • Published on the AUA website


Past AUA Residents and Fellows Committee Essay Contest Winners

2020

Meghan A. Cooper, DO, MA 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  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
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.

 

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