LUGPA Resident Newsletter -  December 2020
Integrated Practices | Comprehensive Care
December 2020

2020 Annual Meeting Recap  



Though we couldn’t meet in person this year, our two-day virtual meeting was jam-packed. We exchanged ideas, heard valuable insights, and discussed solutions to enhance, improve, and grow our individual groups. The opportunity for LUGPA members to convene annually was the reason for our foundation and it remains one of the most valuable aspects of our organization. This year’s theme was Facing the Future Together – which is quite timely as we face the challenges ahead amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 600 registered for the meeting and approximately 400 attended the event live and on demand so far. We could not have done it without all of your hard work and participation.  

Read the entire recap and see images from the virtual meeting here.  


Fight Burnout by Putting on Your Suit of Armor 
by Dr. MacDiarmid 

      Scott MacDiarmid, MD

I have spent a lot of time thinking and writing about healthcare and physician burnout and it concerns me that so many residents are struggling with burnout or possibly heading in that direction. Many are emotionally fatigued or frustrated. Others are frightened, discouraged, and even wondering if they’ve chosen the right career.

Please join me for a few moments to discuss the battle against burnout. Hopefully, I can share with you a few encouraging thoughts that may be beneficial to you or perhaps your family or to those around you.

And email me with any questions or feedback. I would love to hear from you. Cheers!

Scott MacDiarmid, MD
[email protected] 


Residents are welcome to hear LUGPA President Jonathan Henderson, MD, Lawrence Karsh, MD, and Gordon A. Brown, DO, discuss Erleada for the treatment of metastatic and non-metastatic prostate cancer. The live presentations will be held three times on Thursday, January 21, 2021 and will not be available on demand later. Click here for registration information


Tips from a Physician Recruiter
by John K. Wallace, Goldfish Medical Staffing 

If you are stressed about the prospect of being late to the party in your job search, step back, take a breath and take comfort in the fact that once again, Urology is among the top-5 most in demand specialties for the umpteenth year in a row!

Let’s take a quick swim through some of the job search/interview topics (from a recruiters perspective) that you should probably be considering or aware of at some level.

Those Pesky Recruiters

Those phone calls and e-mails that you are wading through on a daily basis could very well be the path to your dream job. There is certainly an art to dealing with recruiters, but you need to know what kind of recruiter you are communicating with.

There are two types of firms: Retained and contingent. Ask which one they are. Retained firms are literally contracted by a hospital or practice to help with a specific search project. They will have much more detailed information about the opportunity other than location and compensation. They will know the payor mix, have details about call schedules, historical production volumes, CPT trends and will usually have spent time in person with members of the practice on site, touring the facilities and community.

Contingent recruiters are typically just looking for your CV. They could easily be working on 100 or more searches. It tends to be a volume game with them, and eventually some are going to stick. This is how your CV winds up in Scranton, PA to Pocatello, ID and 25 other places in between. 

Read more.


Health Policy Roundup  

As the leading voice of independent urology group practices in the US, LUGPA educates policymakers on the benefits of integrated urologic care. LUGPA's Health Policy and Political Affairs committees drive grassroots efforts by developing thoughtful analysis and engaging public officials through comment letters on major legislative and regulatory proposals. Here's a recap of some of LUGPA's recent activities.  



Do you want to get published?
Contribute to Reviews in Urology  

Reviews in Urology is LUGPA’s quarterly journal presenting the latest advances in urology.  

Do you want to get published? Contribute to RIU!

Review Articles or Original Research

  • 2500 to 3500 words (10-15 double-spaced pages)
  • 25-35 citations
  • At least two graphics (figures or tables)
Case Reviews
  • 1500 words (6 double-spaced pages)
  • 10-15 citations
  • Pre- and post-treatment images
Literature Reviews
  • Covers 1 to 3 articles
  • 600-1000 words (2.5- 4 double-spaced pages)
  • Focus on clinical relevance and impact
Op-eds of 600-1000 words (2.5- 4 double-spaced pages)

Potential topics may include
  • Practice operation
  • Implementation of clinical guidelines
  • Analysis of clinical guidelines
  • Best practices

Learn more about submitting to RIUOr visit the RIU archives.   


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See Who is Hiring in LUGPA's Career Center


LUGPA's Career Center website is a place where urology residents can post their resumes, apply for jobs and get job alerts.

The site also features: 

Career Coaching - Coming from a variety of professional backgrounds, LUGPA's Career Center offers certified coaches that have the experience, training, and expertise needed to help you achieve your career goals.

Resume Writing - LUGPA's Career Center offers experts who are ready to critique your existing resume or help you craft a document that gets you noticed.

Reference Checking - Get your references checked, confidentially and professionally so you can be confident your past employers are helping, not hurting, your candidacy.

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Bladder Cancer Academy Postponed  


Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the next Bladder Cancer Academy (BCA) has been rescheduled for March 11-13, 2021. For more event information, or to register, click here 

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