FROM THE EDUCATION COUNCIL: Missing the Meeting Doesn't Mean Missing Out

By: Jay D. Raman, MD, FACS | Posted on: 01 Jun 2022

“Technology will not replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers can be transformational.” —George Couros

AUA2022 offered more than 450 hours of continuing medical education credit. The opportunity to access this wealth of instructive material is one of the benefits of a hybrid meeting format. The 5 days in New Orleans provided countless opportunities to learn new information and acquire innovative skills. If you were not able to join us or your schedule did not allow you to participate in all that you would have liked … the chance still exists!

“If you were not able to join us or your schedule did not allow you to participate in all that you would have liked … the chance still exists!”

For annual meeting registrants, the online meeting platform with all of the captured content will be available for access until August 31, 2022. Easy access to the system is available on the AUAUniversity app home page. Launched in November 2021, this brand new app is your one-stop source for all of AUA’s educational activities and clinical content, including guidelines and white papers, Update Series lessons, Urology Core Curriculum and the entire surgical video library.

We are excited to offer a selection of courses on the AUAUniversity YouTubeTM channel, which hosts a variety of AUA courses and surgical videos available to all members of the urological care team. This video channel has over 6,000 subscribers who have watched more than 969,000 videos since its launch. A few of the new courses available this year include 1) AUA Guidelines in Advanced Prostate Cancer; 2) Should I Order a PET Scan? Integrating Molecular Imaging into Urologic Oncology Clinical Practice: Current Approaches and Future Opportunities; 3) Prostate Cancer Diagnostics: Biomarkers, MRI and Biopsy Techniques, and 4) Contemporary Pharmacotherapy for OAB 2022: Monotherapy and Combined Pharmacotherapy to Optimize Treatment. If you are not currently a subscriber, I encourage you to seek out this free resource.

In addition to all of the clinical content offered at AUA2022, the AUA officially launched the new AUA Institute for Leadership and Business in New Orleans. This initiative has been in development for the past 2 years and provides an organizational structure that encompasses all of AUA’s existing leadership programs and practice management resources, as well as creates a foundation to develop a new curriculum of leadership and business-related education. In 2021, the Business of Urology Task Force, headed by John McConnell, MD, CEO Emeritus of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, developed a Business Core Competency Outline to identify the areas of education needed by urologists throughout their careers.

“With so much new content being offered, learning does not stop when a meeting ends.”

Modules within this outline include (but are not limited to) Economic Models of Practice, Personal Financial Decisions, Professional Development and Leadership, Practice Operations, Assessment of New Business Opportunities, and Strategy and Strategic Planning. The first new course, The Economics of Healthcare: Understanding Physician Compensation, was developed by Dr. McConnell and Dr. Kenneth Berger (Chair of the new Leadership and Business Education Committee). This all-day course allowed participants to discuss their practice-specific scenarios in small groups to individualize their experience. Furthermore, as a member benefit, the Office of Education will release a new business and leadership-focused episode on the AUA Inside Tract podcast each month. I encourage you to subscribe to Inside Tract so you don’t miss out!

With so much new content being offered, learning does not stop when a meeting ends. I recommend you identify your favorite modality—website, video, audio or app—and subscribe to receive ongoing notifications and take advantage of all the AUA has to offer.

As always, I welcome your feedback. Please feel free to contact us at education@auanet.org.

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