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Urology Care Foundation Health Equity Fellowship

The Health Equity Fellow Program is designed to train early career urologists who are passionate about humanitarian work within the United States so that they may be effective in engaging with diverse communities, especially those most marginalized. This fellowship will equip them with the skills necessary to develop and implement innovative approaches to address inequities in urological care.

Note: This program is designed to fit within a full time academic or private practice position. The fellowship can be completed by early career urologists without adversely impacting their work commitments and productivity.

Meet the 2023-2024 Health Equity Fellow

Program Description

The two-year fellowship program consists of one-year of didactic education in partnership with the Center for Urban Bioethics at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. The curriculum will include credit classes in two consecutive semesters with a hybrid learning format, and experiential exposure to advocacy. The curriculum will focus on health disparities as ethical issues and provide the fellow with a toolbox to practically address inequities. Given that disparities can be shown in nearly all domains or disease topic areas of urology, second semester studies will be customized with a urology focus.

Mentoring is a key component of this program (see Program Announcement). Interacting with Temple University's interdisciplinary faculty, the UCF Fellow will learn how to develop and present both oral and written advocacy proposals directed at stakeholders who play a key role in healthcare systems and population health.

At or near the end of year one, equipped with new skills, the fellow will submit a capstone project. This project is expected to meet the elements of working within a defined community, with goals/outcomes and movement toward the project’s sustainability. In year two, the fellow will be supported with a $4,500 grant and ongoing mentoring to carry out the capstone project.

Learning Objectives

After completion of the program, the UCF Fellow will be able to:

  1. Use an urban bioethics lens to better understand the social and structural forces impacting communities.
  2. Gain familiarity with effective methods for working with communities.
  3. Apply the didactic knowledge to advocacy work.

Eligibility and Time Commitment

This program is intended for early career urologists committed to humanitarian work who are within the first five years of practice or faculty appointment and have the support of their institutions to participate.*

*Support from institution to allow dedicated work hours (e.g., half day) would be optimal.

To apply you must:

  • Be an AUA member urologist.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to or have deep interest in the field of healthcare equity and resolution of healthcare disparities.

Participants will be expected to devote 3-4 hours per week to attend classes and complete assignments during fall and spring semesters. It is expected that there will be an opportunity to attend a one-day seminar/educational meeting during the two-year program that might include one night away from home.

Tuition and any travel related costs will be covered by the Foundation.

Applications

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. A personal Statement of Interest (500-1,000 words or no more than two pages) explaining why you are motivated to serve, your desired areas of focus and what outcomes you expect from the program.
  2. At least one letter of support from your current Program Chair/Director or mentor, or partner in private practice.
    Note: Applications do not require a mentor, however if you have identified a mentor, please provide that information in your application.
  3. Curriculum Vitae

Applications for the 2023 program are closed.

Read the Program Announcement

Read the Temple University Course Syllabus – Coming Soon!

Read the Terms and Conditions


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