Membership Engagement Advisory Board (MEB) Report

This spring, the membership engagement board winds up their first year of service to the AUA membership and potential new members. Drs. Bustillo and Vogt led a group tasked with reviewing and revising AUA membership nomination checklists and guidelines.  These new revised guidelines make it clearer for potential members and those nominating them which academic physicians meet our honorific thresholds for memberships as full or associate members.  Our committee also created three awards to honor members for their outstanding work. These awards will be presented at the 2024 AUA Annual Meeting.

Looking forward, we remain focused on facilitating the transition of associate members to full members. Based on our criteria, this transition requires substantial leadership in quality, service, and/or education.  We’d like to highlight existing tools available to members that may aid this transition. First, AUA supports a speaker exchange so that members can disseminate their work on a national level. Second,  AUA supports a mentoring program to pair associate members with full members who describe their academic areas of interest. This mentoring program is new, so we encourage full members to volunteer as mentors and associate members to seek out mentors with aligned interests.

We’d like to hear from you! Please share with us how we can best engage our members.  Bring your ideas to the Membership Engagement Board reception to share in person or feel free to reach out to us.


Valerie E. Armstead, MD, DABA, FASA
AUA, Co-chair, Membership Engagement Advisory Board
Professor of Anesthesiology, Clinician Educator
Department of Anesthesiology
Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Michael Aziz, MD
AUA, Co-chair, Membership Engagement Advisory Board
Professor & Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon