The 2019 Annual Urology Advocacy Summit brought together nearly 250 urologists, advanced practice providers, researchers, and patient advocates to advocate for key urologic issues in Washington, DC. There was representation from more than 30 different groups – including urology specialty societies – and roughly 65 medical students, residents, fellows, and young urologists in attendance.
At the Summit, the AUA unveiled our new grassroots service, Phone2Action. During the presentation from Phone2Action, 128 summit attendees sent out 249 emails and tweets to their representatives. This provided a preview of the issues each attendee would be discussing during the Tuesday Capitol Hill visits and allowed attendees to sign up for the AUA’s grassroots network.
If you did not sign up during the Summit, you can still do so by simply texting “UROSUMMIT” to 52886 to become a part of this new and exciting program. This allows you to communicate directly with your elected officials through email, Twitter, and phone.
We also saw the debut of AUAPAC, which over the three days raised $27,155 from 71 individual AUA members.Separately, the AUAPAC Board met and approved a slate of initial candidates that AUAPAC plans to support.
Follow-up surveys were sent on March 12 to all Summit attendees along with information on how to obtain up to seven CME credits for your attendance.
Please be sure to complete the CME survey and provide your thoughts on what went well and how we can improve future conferences. Log into https://auau.auanet.org and click on the "My Activities" choose "Pending Activities" and then click on “AUA Annual Urology Advocacy Summit (2019).”