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AUA Masterclass in Executive Leadership

February 28-March 2, 2025

A unique new weekend program designed for mid-career professionals looking to strengthen and grow their executive leadership skills.

Applications open August 1.

Program Overview

The AUA Institute for Leadership & Business presents a unique, 1-1/2-day program designed for mid-career professionals looking to be more impactful leaders and advance their careers. Becoming a great leader is a lifelong pursuit. Even those in management positions need to nurture their skills to successfully communicate, motivate and navigate today’s complex work environments. Having a fundamental understanding of the business behind the practice is also critical for today’s leaders in urology.

This immersive weekend will be limited to just 24 participants and features an extraordinary group of established leaders who lead participants through sessions that explore:

  • building advanced leadership skills to lead, inspire and influence others
  • learning to set a strategy and vision, and chart a course to success
  • understanding how to impact the culture of an organization
  • improving communication skills and emotional intelligence to successfully navigate politics and resolve conflict
  • building a solid foundation in finance to drive better decision making

This unique program requires an application and approval prior to registration and will be limited to 24 participants to allow for small-group engagement. The weekend will also include a cocktail reception and dinner on Friday evening, and an off-site group dinner on Saturday evening to foster networking and engagement with faculty and other participants. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Time, Date, Location

5 p.m. Friday, February 28 to 12 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2025
AUA Headquarters, Linthicum, MD

Program Co-Directors

Stephen Y. Nakada, MD, FACS, FRCS(Glasg)
AUA President
The Uehling Professor and Chairman
UW Department of Urology
Jay D. Raman, MD, FACS, FRCS(Glasg)*
Chair, AUA Office of Education
Professor and Chair of Urology
Penn State Health


Kirsten Greene, MD, MAS, FACS*
Associate Chief Medical Officer
Paul Mellon Professor and Chair, Department of Urology
UVA Health
Jennifer Miles-Thomas, MD, MBA
AUA Treasurer-elect
Vice Chair of Integration and Innovation
Assistant Professor of Urology
Northwestern Medicine
David F. Penson, MD, MPH
AUA Secretary
Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology
Hamilton and Howd Chair in Urologic Oncology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Eugene Rhee, MD, MBA*
Immediate Past-Chair, AUA Public Policy Council
National Chair of Urology
Permanente Medicine
Assistant Medical Director for the Business Line, KP San Diego
Kyle A. Richards, MD, FACS*
AUA RUC Member
Associate Residency Program Director
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Urology

*Leadership Program graduates

Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduate of the AUA Leadership Program or urologist (MD or DO) with demonstrated and progressive leadership experience
  • Must be an AUA member in the Active, Affiliate or International member category
  • 7+ years in practice is preferred

Application Processes

  • Applicants must submit a formal application during the application cycle (August 1 – September 30, 2024).
  • Application requirements:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • History of progressive leadership roles (professional and/or volunteer)
    • Two letters of recommendation, each speaking to demonstrated leadership qualities:
      • One from a professional colleague in a supervisory role, professional mentor or sponsor
      • One from a professional colleague/peer
    • A 500-word personal statement on the value of leadership

Selection Process

  • Applications will be reviewed and assessed by the program directors and faculty.
  • Applicants will be notified of selections on or before October 21, 2024. Selected applicants must secure their spot within 10 days of notification (via payment of program fee).

Fee: $1,995

Includes program fees plus Friday evening reception and dinner; breakfast and lunch on Saturday; offsite dinner on Saturday evening; breakfast on Sunday. 

Hotel and Travel

Transportation and hotel costs are not included in the program fee. AUA has a partnership with a hotel within walking distance to AUA headquarters which will provide a discounted rate to participants. Those details will be provided to accepted applicants. AUA headquarters is located just 3 miles from BWI airport.

Program Overview

Friday, February 28

5 p.m. Arrival to AUA Headquarters, Check-in
5 – 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception, Networking
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner, Introductions & Keynote
Influencing Culture

Saturday, March 1

7:30 a.m.  Check-in, Breakfast
8 – 8:15 a.m.  Welcome
8:15 – 10:15 a.m.  Session 1: Setting a Strategy and Vision, and Charting a Course to Success 
10:15 a.m.– 12:15 p.m.  Session 2: Building Financial Literacy
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch
1:15 – 3:30 p.m.  Session 3: Successfully Navigating Politics and Conflict
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Session 4: Maximizing Your Effectiveness as a Negotiator
Evening Offsite group dinner

Sunday, March 2

7:30 a.m. Check-in, Breakfast
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Recap Day 1
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Session 5: Becoming a Purposeful Leader
12:00 p.m. Program Concludes

Note: The Annual Urology Advocacy (AUA) Summit kicks off on Monday, March 3 in Washington, DC, just a short distance from AUA headquarters. Access information on the AUA Summit.


How is this Program Different from the Leadership Program?

As the most venerated and longstanding of AUA’s leadership initiatives, the AUA Leadership Program was developed to nurture AUA’s leaders of tomorrow. Selected by AUA Sections, participants must be ABU certified and 15 years or less out of residency. The Leadership Program is a year-long commitment that includes a weekend of leadership training as well as cohort-based research projects that address current issues impacting the specialty. Participants in the Leadership Program are funneled into an AUA committee position following their graduation. By comparison, individuals will apply to participate in the Masterclass in Executive Leadership program and pay a registration fee. We would encourage graduates of the Leadership Program to apply for this Masterclass for more advanced leadership skills and training.  Unlike the Leadership Program, the Masterclass is open to international members of the AUA.