FROM THE EDUCATION COUNCIL: It's about the Engagement
By: Jay D. Raman, MD, FACS | Posted on: 01 Dec 2021
“The more you engage with customers the clearer things become and the easier it is to determine what you should be doing.” –John Russell
It was exciting to watch, and be a part of, the engagement between colleagues and peers on the new annual meeting platform used to support AUA2021. Although we all wish we could have been together in Las Vegas, the knowledge exchange, academic interactions and friendly banter give me confidence for this platform to be part of future educational offerings. To give some perspective on its use, we offered more than 2,150 presentations from over 2,600 speakers with 6,000 unique viewers and 92,678 total individual session views! These numbers are phenomenal considering the short time interval to pivot to a virtual meeting. Although the intent is for an in-person AUA2022 meeting, I am certain we will leverage this digital platform to expand our meeting offerings.
As the Office of Education also strives to improve engagement and access to our content, we are very excited to announce the launch of the new AUAUniversity mobile app. If you have not had the opportunity to download or use this app yet, I strongly encourage you to do so! Since the Office of Education launched the Future of Education initiative in 2019, the ultimate goal was to bring together all urological content into 1 searchable platform, making it easier for users to search our content.
On the new AUAUniversity app, you now can query across content in the AUA Urology Core Curriculum (including videos and presentations), the AUA Update Series, the AUA guidelines and whitepapers, and the surgical video library (across multiple years). In addition, the app home page has direct access to The Journal of Urology® and the AUAUniversity podcasts, as well as other AUA mobile apps (including AUA2021, SASP and the Oral Board Study Guide). Another new feature of this app is folders that allow you to identify the content you are looking for and place it all into a folder for future reference. If you like, you can also share folders with a colleague or resident.
The AUAUniversity app gives you the breadth of urological content right on your mobile device. We believe this is how our members want to access our incredible volume of content, and the Office of Education will continue to work to integrate more of the AUA’s content into the search function with progressive iterations of the app.
These achievements and accomplishments in 2021 could not have occurred without the leadership and hard work of all of the AUA’s volunteers. At this time, I would like to thank all of the members of the AUA Education Council and each education committee for their commitment. These colleagues contribute hours of their time supporting the educational mission of the AUA Office of Education.
The Office of Education represents our members’ educational needs. As always, I welcome your feedback and input into areas of education we should focus on or new technology modalities we should employ. Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.