of the American Urological Association
Pioneers in Urological Education since 1923
Western Section

By Sean Stroup, MD, Chairman

WS Rep to AUA Young Urologists Committee

This year’s WSAUA Young Urologist Forum occurred on Tuesday, August 8 from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM in Vancouver, BC. We had a thoughtful and lively roundtable discussion about different career paths and employment opportunities in urology.  We were honored to have a fantastic group of speakers and attendees that shared different perspectives about being in academic, employed, and private practice. Our guest speakers included Dr. Lance Walsh in private practice in Rancho Mirage, CA; Dr. Ryan Kopp from the VA in Portland, OR; Dr. Erik Castle from the Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ; and Dr. Eugene Rhee the regional Chief of Urology at Kaiser Permanente, Southern California.  Specifically, we discussed the challenges and benefits of choosing a particular practice environment. Our speakers and attendees shared tips for Young Urologists seeking employment, including giving some advice to help prepare for interviews and essential questions to ask of the practice.

The AUA Young Urologists Committee is dedicated to providing a number of early career resources for young urologists.  This year the AUA Young Urology Committee launched a speed-mentoring program with great success, and we are planning future programs next year. The AUA Young Urology Committee also updated its “Transitioning From Residency to Practice,” guide which is a useful resource for residents, fellows, and early career urologists seeking employment.  This reference can be found on the Young Urology page on the AUA website.  The YU Online Community is an exclusive AUA member benefit for young Urologists to collaborate with their peers, to raise questions, and to discuss interesting topics.  Webcasts on a variety of topics are also available for viewing on the AUA YU online community library.  Lastly, the committee is working on the development and implementation of an introduction to understanding business concepts and practice management course that we hope to roll out as one of the available courses for the upcoming AUA annual meeting.

Ultimately, we hope to facilitate residents, fellows, and other urologists in our section develop robust professional networks and better understand the opportunities and challenges associated with the practice of urology. Please join us next year in Maui for WSAUA 2018.

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2017 New Members:


Kashif  Alvi, MD

Jason  Archambault, MD

Rosanne  S.  Arnold, HP

Casey  Barnett, HP

Steven  C.  Bereta, NP

Raymond  Mark  Bernal, MD

Jennifer  Botelho, PA-C

James  M.  Bresee, MD

Kadi-Ann  Bryan, MD

Sierra  J.  Carmello, PA

Jay  Cascio, RpH

June  Chan, DSc

Samuel  T.  Chan, MD

Marina  Cheng, MD

Kalyani  Chilukuri, HP

Charles  H.  Chung, MD

Lee Ann  Clark, PA-C

Sophia  Drinis, MD

Jia  Emslie, RN

Winnie  Eng, PA-C

Heidi  Felton, PA-C

Melissa  R.  Garcia, HP

Daniel  Gilbert, DO

Greg  E.  Gin, MD

Shelley  Godley, MD

Kiran  Gollapudi, MD

Erin  Grantham, MD

Lindsay  A.  Hampson, MD

Mark  A.  Handley, PhD

Katy  Holder, HP

Robert  Hoy, PA-C, MPAS

George  J.  Huang, MD

Marketa  Injayan, HP

Nicole  Jensky, HP

David  C.  Johnson, MD, MPH

Richard  Jones, HP

Kimberly  Keller, HP

Stacey  A.  Kenfield, ScD

Nazih  P.  Khater, MD

Louis  Koncz, PA

Ryan  P.  Kopp, MD

John  Y.  Lee, MD

Denise  Lepley, PhD

Robert  Louie, PharMD

James  R.  Lucas, PA

Robert  Lurvey, MD

Jules  P.  Manger, MD

Julia  S.  McCord, HP

Laura  Stansell  Merriman, MD

Dennis  Mitchell, HP

Kenneth  Mitchell, PA-C, MPAS

Chinedu  Mmeje, MD

Allan  Murray, HP

Sylvia  D.  Nguyen, NP

Parag  D.  Nihalani, Pharmd, MS

Sepehr  Nowfar, MD

Brock  B.  O’Neil, MD

Mary  O’Rourke, HP

Vernon  A.  Orton, II, MD

Edward  Park, PharmD

Brent  Pitcher, PA

Leigh  R.  Platte, RN

Krishna  Ramaswamy, MD

Jacqueline  Reilly, PhD

Daniel  Reznicek, MD

Evan  G.  Rosen, MD

Yahir  A.  Santiago-Lastra, MD

Amy  Schlaifer, MD

Casey  Seideman, MD

Jay  B.  Shah, MD

Hilary  Shreves, MS, ACNP-BC

Toni  F.  Shull, RN

Kristien  Sima, HP

Jung  Suh, HP

Robert  M.  Sweet, MD

Youssef  S.  Tanagho, MD

Joel  Tappay, HP

James  R.  Templeton, PhD

Alan  E.  Thong, MD, MPH

Matthew  Uhlman, MD, MBA

Erin  VanBlarigan, ScD

Kevin  Wayne, PA-C

Jason  Woo, MD

Sara  Woodruff, HP

Mary Jo  Worischeck, PA

Faysal  A.  Yafi, MD, FRCSC