From the AUA Secretary: Thanks for Making AUA2021 a Success

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

Even with a quick pivot to a fully virtual meeting, the AUA was able to provide its members and the global urology community with innovative, evidence-based, quality programming. The AUA 2021 Virtual Meeting included a robust offering of educational courses, abstracts, keynotes, surgical videos and space to connect with sponsors, exhibitors, educators and colleagues from across the globe.

This year’s virtual program included such Annual Meeting favorites as new clinical guidelines, poster, podium and video sessions, special programming, including the Residents and Young Urologists forums, plenary programs and more. This year’s plenary included 2 fascinating and informative sessions on COVID-19 and its vaccines with Dr. Philip Dormitzer, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, RNA and Viral Vaccines at Pfizer, and Dr. Tolu Adebanjo McKenzie, Associate Field Director, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines at Janssen.

The AUA 2021 Virtual Meeting was still truly a global event with attendees from ALL 50 states and more than 90 countries worldwide! The meeting was comprised of 2,158 presentations and 2,630 speakers, including 133 poster and podium sessions and 14 video abstract sessions. Remarkably, total time watched for this year’s virtual program equated to nearly 14 days, and the most popular session averaged more than 92K views. Social media chatter garnered nearly 38M impressions, and once again, #AUA21 was trending on social media as the number 1 health care event in the world.

Did you know there were more than 400 sessions highlighting the latest urological science and education? If you were unable to get to every session on your agenda, be sure to access the sessions on demand. The full AUA 2021 program, including plenary, forums, Instructional Courses and more, is available for streaming through December 31, 2021 at AUA2021.org.

I would like to say thank you to the AUA Board of Directors for their leadership throughout this planning process. Additionally, I would like to personally thank the speakers, moderators and faculty for being so flexible as we shifted to a fully virtual meeting. Lastly, I would like to thank the AUA staff, under the direction of CEO Mike Sheppard, for their hard work and dedication for pulling off this herculean, but first-class effort.

Planning for the 2022 AUA Annual Meeting is already underway. See you in New Orleans!

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