Launched inaugural Annual Urology Advocacy Summit
Submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to recommend delay of Evaluation and Management Visits changes in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule.
Met with Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, CMS and National Association of Insurance Commissioners to discuss solutions to address regulatory burdens impacting urologists.
Successfully advocated with advocacy partners to secure a $2 billion funding increase in 2019 for National Institutes of Health, including $100 million for prostate cancer research and $20 million for kidney cancer research.
Hosted roundtable with commercial insurers, Medicare Administrative Contractors and the medical community to discuss issues of mutual concern such as prior authorization, telemedicine and coverage issues.
conventions and meetings
Provided nearly $1.5 million in research funding to 53 young researchers new investigations in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of urologic diseases and conditions.
Selected the first-ever Physician Scientist Residency Training Award (PSRTA) recipient, Mr. Joel Berends, entering urology residency in July 2019 at the University of Michigan.
Conducted the sixth Annual AUA Early-Career Investigators Workshop, providing grant writing, career development and scientific perspectives mentoring by leaders in the field.
Launched first online Research Education course in AUAUniversity, “Writing a Successful Career Development Award Application” .
Launched inaugural year of the Urology Scientific Mentoring and Training (USMART) Academy, providing external scientific mentoring to early-career urology investigators to facilitate their transitions to independence.
From an applicant pool of 64, an equal number of men and women were selected to the 2018-2019 AUA Leadership Program class.
2018 Urology Residency Match
The Didusch Center for Urologic History hosted an art exhibit exploring the medical ethics of the Bowery Prostate Study. Curator of this exhibit, Dr. Lawrence Wyner, won the 2018 AUA Earl Nation Retrospectroscope Award for his corresponding History Forum presentation and paper, LESSONS LEARNED FROM A HURRICANE.
“Giants” of medicine are those men and women who add great, important and unusual contributions to our specialty. They are often erected from elements of life that include education, mentors, research, teaching, training, exploration and risk. Such giants inspire us to contemplate our own achievements to ask, what will build the giant in me? AUA Annual Meeting attendees enjoyed the 2018 History Exhibit on Erecting Giants, dressing in early 1900s-style surgical gowns to handle instruments designed and used by famous urologist Hugh Hampton Young in an “operating room” set up for Young’s perineal prostatectomy operation.
Check out these tweets and photos from the Quality Improvement Summit on Opioid Stewardship in Urology: #AUAQIS18
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