From the AUA Secretary: An Update on the Impact of COVID-19

By: John D. Denstedt, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS | Posted on: 01 Jun 2021

After more than a year of living in the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have started to settle into a new normal. While most urologists and medical professionals are back to practice, performing elective surgeries and having adapted to virtual learning, the specialty of urology will forever be impacted by the pandemic.

Virtual programming has become the go-to for education. The pandemic gave us the opportunity to find new ways to utilize technology to connect and educate our global community, advance our specialty and improve the care of the patients we serve. While we look forward to returning to in-person education, we remain proud of our swift adaptation over the last year to digital education.

Last year, the AUA leveraged the latest technologies to bring the best science from the AUA Annual Meeting to its members through various virtual programs. The success of this online education format provided the AUA with new opportunities to deliver urological education right to your computer. The AUA adapted to digital formats for its educational courses, Annual Urology Advocacy Summit and other programs that were traditionally in-person events. We’re hopeful to reunite the world of urology in Las Vegas this September and are pleased with the response to last month’s virtual kick-off weekend. With our AUA Summer School courses starting, we have a lot of great science and information to share with you leading up to the in-person Annual Meeting in September.

As providers around the globe work to diagnose, treat and understand COVID-19, a growing body of clinical insights are becoming available, and the AUA has curated the latest clinical information of interest to the urology community. The Journal of Urology™ and Urology Practice have published COVID-19-related articles that are open access for all readers. The AUA also has a COVID-19 Info Center full of information about the pandemic’s impact on urology clinical insights, telehealth, advocacy and more. The AUA COVID-19 Info Center can be accessed at www.AUAnet.org/COVID19.

This unprecedented public health emergency has showcased the resilience of the global urology community. While we are still feeling the impact of this pandemic, we are thankful for the new opportunities it has created, the lessons it has taught us and how it has brought people, communities and nations together. As we continue to navigate our new normal, the AUA will continue to support the urology community and the patients they serve.

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