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LINTHICUM, MD, June 18, 2009--The American Urological Association (AUA) is pleased to announce its collaboration with The Urological Society of India (USI) to develop a new initiative to promote the highest standards of urological clinical care through education and research worldwide. Recognizing that the interchange of urological skills, expertise and knowledge is critical to the continued success of urology in the world community, the AUA has taken a leading role in international information exchange. By partnering with the USI on the “Educational Bridge Initiative,” the AUA has taken one more step in expanding its international collaboration.


The Educational Bridge Initiative is designed to encourage knowledge sharing across geographic boundaries through a number of collaborative activities that will assist the USI in standardizing urologic education throughout India. Some of the activities include annual board review courses, in-service examinations and post-graduate educational courses.  Post-graduate education in India is obtained through academic University-based programs (MCh) or via private/non university teaching centers (DNB). However, the program content and teaching varies from institution to institution. The USI has made significant progress to improve this process and, according to USI President, Dr. Ganesh Gopalakrishnan, the educational bridge will, “make a seamless border between our two organizations that will encourage scientific exchange, improve awareness of urologic disease on either side and cultivate a long lasting friendship.” 


As the field of urology in India continues to expand, a partnership between the USI and AUA will directly impact the educational opportunities for trainees and urologists while improving the quality and delivery of care to patients in India. In addition, the USI/AUA partnership will enhance the knowledge and global perspectives of AUA members in North America. For instance, representatives from each organization will attend the other organization’s annual meeting to give lectures or teach new courses. Long-term, the organizations are exploring ways to digitally share research and new information from journals and clinical update texts.


As part of the initiative, the AUA and the USI will participate in a reciprocal Academic Fellowship Exchange Program. Two young urologists from each country will visit the other country for one month to engage in knowledge sharing and networking, and to foster a closer alliance between the two organizations. The Fellows will also attend the Annual Scientific Meetings for each organization.


In addition to the academic fellowship exchange program, the AUA and USI have also developed a new Resident Scholar Program as part of the initiative. Urology residents in India can apply for a complimentary trip to the AUA Annual Meeting, where they will be provided a customized educational schedule based upon the resident’s area of interest and/or specialty. This competitive program will only accept two outstanding residents per year.


“The AUA’s expansion of its international outreach initiatives will broaden the exchange of knowledge, education and networking opportunities among urologists from around the world,” said AUA SecretaryRobert C. Flanigan, MD. “The more we can learn from each other, the more we can improve patient care.”


Please contact Lacey Dean at 410-689-4054 for more information on the Educational Bridge Initiative or to schedule an interview with AUA Secretary Robert C. Flanigan, MD.


About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is the pre-eminent professional organization for urologists, with more than 16,000 members throughout the world. An educational nonprofit organization, the AUA pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care by carrying out a wide variety of programs for members and their patients.

Lacey Dean, AUA