The activities for the AUA Leadership Program are pre-scheduled as part of the program and participation is mandatory for Leadership Class participants and mentors. To further foster the engagement between mentors and Leadership Class participants, we encourage mentors and participants to meet outside of these planned activities (e.g., at Section meetings, at the mentor's workplace, or even for dinner).
Welcome Reception/Social Event at Annual Meeting
During the May 2023 AUA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, a Welcome Reception/Social Event will be held to formally announce and welcome the incoming Leadership Class. Past graduates, mentors and other AUA leadership are also invited to attend this event for an evening of networking and camaraderie.
Leadership Training Weekend
The Leadership Training Weekend is designed to provide an introduction to the structure, governance and strategic initiatives of the AUA; highlight key program areas within the AUA, and provide activities for the Leadership Class to identify key competencies for urologic leaders, understand the importance of good communication skills and work with a mentor to develop leadership qualities – all while providing networking opportunities in a relaxing atmosphere.
Group Projects/Conference Calls/Webinars
Once all participants have been confirmed, project teams will be established. Each team will be responsible for developing two group project proposals based on defined criteria. The AUA’s Executive Team will pick one of the proposed projects for each team. The AUA encourages mentors and mentees to hold conference calls, meetings or webinars as often as possible to touch base on selected leadership articles and readings about leadership strategies, ideas and tactics. Progress on the group projects are also a main topic of conversation. Group projects are judged and first and second place winners are identified at the AUA Summit held in March 2024.
Fall 2023/Spring 2024
Class may be required to participate in a leadership discussion panel with your mentor and AUA leaders during your Section meeting.
Annual Urology Advocacy Summit
The Summit will feature two days of in-depth educational and trending policy sessions with an opportunity for attendees to earn continuing medical education credits. It will then be followed by a day of agency and Capitol Hill meetings. The event will leave Leadership Program participants feeling empowered and well-versed in advocating for policy matters that impact our practices, patients and the future of urology. The day before the Summit each team will present their group projects to a panel of judges made up of the AUA Board of Directors. The presentations will be judged and a first and second place winner will be announced that evening at a special dinner.
Graduation at AUA Annual Meeting
The culmination of the Leadership Program experience, the participants will be honored for their accomplishments over the past year and for graduating from the Leadership Program with a reception in their honor. Members of the AUA Board of Directors, along with the program's mentors and graduates from the previous Leadership Program classes, will be present for this event, which will be held at the 2024 AUA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX.