The American Urological Association began in 1902, and is committed to advancing urology through education, advocacy, and research. The AUA offers educational conferences, materials and opportunities to urologists in all stages of their careers. Its biggest educational conference is its annual meeting, which showcases advances in urological research, guidelines and medicine from the United States' leading urologists. The AUA organizes itself into multiple, regional sub-chapters, each of which also has an annual meeting, according to the association's website.
Additionally, the AUA provides educational programs and seminars on a variety of topics throughout the year. It also produces a core curriculum for urologists wishing to stay on top of their field, and a medical school curriculum, for students desiring to enter urology, explains the Education section of its official website.
The AUA itself lobbies at both the federal and state level for issues related to urology. The organization also coordinates activists through its membership, by organizing events, and through its published issue guides, as outlined on the Advocacy section of the organization's website.
The association supports research through funding, publication, resources and initiatives. The AUA provides data grants for research projects collecting data that address knowledge gaps in the urological field. It also provides funding to support early-career research for both MD and PhD urological researchers, funds urologists during the residency stages of their educations and provides salary-supplementing funds for urologists who desire to pause their careers in pursuit of research, explains the Funding section of the association's website.