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AUA 2021 Quality Improvement Summit

The American Urological Association’s 2021 Quality Improvement (QI) Summit is a three-part program that will focus on a critical issue in medicine today--the use of palliative care for patients with advanced benign and malignant urologic diseases. CME credit will be available.

Virtual Sessions

Building a Primary Palliative Care Model for Urology

Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT

Learn about aspects of palliative care that benefit patients, the urologist’s role and their collaboration with palliative care clinicians, including:

The current state of palliative care:

  • Evidence for subspecialty-based primary palliative care
  • Aspects of palliative care that most benefit patients
  • Patient perspective – how doctors can best support patients at the end of life
  • Delivery of palliative care services in Urology

When palliative care is needed:

  • Panel discussion on identifying the continuum of care, timing, and the extent to which palliative care clinicians should be involved, with an emphasis on oncology, stone disease, and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery

Registration for AUA2021 Annual Meeting is not required.

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Perspectives on Increasing the Use of Palliative Care in Advanced Urologic Diseases

May 22, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

Discover evidence-based innovations in primary palliative care in urology, and explore role-specific readiness for implementation. This webinar will focus on three primary objectives:

  • To engage palliative care clinicians and others on practice site clinical innovations in primary palliative care in urology
  • To delineate the clinical roles of various clinicians in the implementation of primary palliative care
  • To understand the perspectives of urologists at various stages of training regarding preparation for the implementation of palliative care concepts in urologic practice

This second webinar is a part of the AUA2021 Annual Meeting Kickoff Weekend. Attendees must be registered at the Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze package to access this education.

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In-Person Session

Laying the Foundation for Primary Palliative Care in Urology

September 13, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PDT

At the AUA2021 in-person session, nationally recognized speakers and meeting attendees will co-design an implementation strategy to disseminate best practices and pilot a multi-site palliative care intervention for patients with urological conditions. The in-person session of the summit will focus on six primary objectives:

  • To define strategies that would allow urologists and palliative care clinicians to co-manage patients in a sustainable fashion, given the current palliative care clinician shortage
  • To create a health services research, policy, and dissemination agenda that advances urologist-palliative care partnerships to ensure that all aspects of care are adequately addressed among those with advanced disease
  • To cooperatively build an intervention that can be implemented at participating sites after the conference is completed
  • To obtain consensus on a framework for ongoing assessment, collaboration, and identifying future funding sources
  • To outline strategies to disseminate the best practices agreed upon to comprehensively address patient needs in advanced disease states
  • To establish a mechanism to create educational content to meet the needs of the urological community regarding palliative care principles

Attendees would benefit from attending the two QI Summit webinars and must be registered for the AUA2021 Annual Meeting at the Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze package to attend the in-person session. Visit AUA2021.org to register and add this educational session to your schedule.

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Travel Scholarship Available for Upcoming Quality Improvement Summit

In order to promote resident and fellow attendance to the in-person portion of the QI Summit, the AUA is offering a program by which awardees’ travel expenses (up to $500) will be reimbursed by the AUA.

The deadline to apply is June 1, 2021.

A selection committee will select recipients no later than June 15, 2021. Selection will be based on:

  • Interest and relevance exhibited in a statement of interest
  • Strength of recommendation
  • Commitment and contributions to quality improvement and patient safety activities and other relevant programs

Recipients must attend the 2021 Quality Improvement Summit at the AUA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on September 13, 2021. The travel scholarship will be dispersed after the Quality Improvement Summit.

How to Apply


Each applicant must submit one letter of reference attesting to the applicant’s involvement in/ knowledge of quality improvement and patient safety issues.

Statement of Interest

Applicants must provide a personal statement describing his/her experience and/or interest in quality improvement and/or patient safety issues important to urology and why he/she should be selected to participate in this program. The statement of interest should explain how attending the Quality Improvement Summit would prepare the attendee to assume a leadership role in this arena on behalf of urology and how the attendee may contribute to urology’s advancement of the matter. Please limit the statement of interest to 500 words or less.

Curriculum Varitae

Please provide a recent copy of the applicant’s CV.

To submit an application, or if you have questions about this program, please contact Quality@AUAnet.org.

Funding for this conference was made possible [in part] by grant R13 HS 27765-01 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.