Integrated Practices | Comprehensive Care
March 2021

Urology Resident Summit and Virtual Job Fair
Now Open to PGY2, 3, 4 and 5    


Clockwise: Tim A. Richardson, MD, Mara R. Holton, MD, Jason M. Hafron, MD, and Gordon A. Brown, DO will present the highly-ranked session "Questions I Should Have Asked During the Interview Process."   

LUGPA’s Urology Resident Summit is an essential professional education and networking opportunity for physicians approaching their final years of residency.

This FREE program is dedicated to supporting PGY2, 3, 4 and 5 urology residents during their transition to full-time practice. The Urology Resident Summit covers the latest insights and crucial topics on vetting employment contracts to important questions to ask when interviewing and offers residents an opportunity to personally engage with key urology leaders from some of the largest independent urology practices in the country. View the agenda for the event here.  

Meet prospective employers at the Virtual Job Fair

LUGPA's Virtual Job Fair will be held the same day, April 20, 2021, in conjunction with the Urology Resident Summit. By attending, you can gain access to more than 20 of LUGPA's most prominent practices – all of whom are HIRING!

Residents will be able to create their own profile, upload CVs, and schedule live chats with leading urology practices across the country.

Joseph Acquaye, MD, attended the job fair in 2020. "I was very impressed by the user friendly interface, the ease with which I could check details of the positions and the ability to ask some preliminary questions via chat and then follow up with zoom where I saw fit. Having my resume available with the click of a button was also very helpful. It was a great experience and a great alternative to the in-person set up."

Please note the Summit and the Job Fair have separate registrations. Residents do not need to register for the Summit to participate in the online job fair. 


Robert Jansen, MD
Urologic Surgeon 
Atlantic Urology Clinics, Myrtle Beach, SC

      Robert Jansen, MD

In this video interview, Dr. Jansen talks about the advantages of being a part of an independent practice vs. being employed by a health system.  He gives advice to third-year residents and talks about maintaining work-life balance. 

Dr. Jansen received his undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Clemson University and his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.  He completed his internship and residency at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.  Following his residency, Dr. Jansen moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and joined Atlantic Urology Clinics in August 2014.  He practices general urology with a strong focus on men’s health including erectile dysfunction, hypogonadism, and benign prostatic hyperplasia.  Dr. Jansen is a board-certified urologist and is a member of the American Urological Association, The International Society of Sexual Medicine, and the South Carolina Urological Association. On top of practicing urology, he is a busy husband and dad of three boys, spending his time at the beach, at the bottom of a family dogpile or in front of a piano.

Watch LUGPA's full interview with Dr. Jansen here.  


Resident Clinical Innovation Award
presented by LUGPA Forward


LUGPA Forward, a special interest group of young physicians at LUGPA, invites you to apply for the Resident Clinical Innovation Award.

Launched in March of 2020, the Resident Clinical Innovation Award was developed to recognize and celebrate the innovative clinical work of urology residents that promotes - and has the potential to enhance -  quality clinical outcomes.

Suggested topics include:

  • New or innovative technology or devices
  • Process and/or operational improvement using innovative approaches
  • Implementation of effective approaches to diagnose, treat or prevent disease using innovative techniques
  • Transformative programs or projects in care delivery and health promotion

The recipient(s) will be recognized at LUGPA's Annual Meeting with a plaque. There is a cash award of $1000 and travel support to attend the LUGPA Annual Meeting in Chicago in early November [if the event proceeds as an in-person conference].

The applicant must be actively enrolled in an ACGME-approved urology residency program in the United States or in an approved fellowship.


Learn more here.  


Advocating an Ideal Work-life Balance Will Motivate Leaders to Innovate
by Mara Holton, MD 

For many of us, one of the most anticipated elements of the transition from residency to newly minted board-eligible urologist is the possibility of a modicum of free time to spend with family and friends and indulge in hobbies or outside interests.

When deciding where to work, commuting distance, call and schedule must be balanced against other considerations including clinical and professional goals, salary, geography, and other priorities. Between clinical obligations, administrative requirements, research, patient outreach and education, and professional development one could easily fill a 50–80-hour work week. It is a truism that the work is never done, and thus it is incumbent upon each of us to define our priorities and carve out the time to accomplish them. It is critical that you be non-negotiable with commitments and recognize that the restorative time will reap dividends emotionally and professionally.

Young urologists are now making the choice of where to work with the need for downtime being a major factor. According to a 2019 AUA Survey of Urologist in Training, 86% of Residents and 79% of Fellows say that Family/ Lifestyle and Call Schedule is the most important factor influencing their future practice settings.

Fortunately, a few months into practice is a great time to take stock and look at where waste exists, and there are numerous efficiencies that can be implemented to maximize 'extra' moments. Ask yourself, are you traveling to multiple office/hospital/ASC locations that could be consolidated into fewer visits? Does one satellite location have staff who function differently (e.g., less or more efficiently) than another? Does your practice use APPs effectively to augment those GU services that can only be provided by a physician? Are there scheduling 'holes' which create small amounts of time that are difficult to maximize in isolation but could be consolidated to good use?

This self-survey of clinical effectiveness is a great opportunity to look at work processes and ask (politely) why things must be done 'that way,' and to gain either: (a) greater understanding of the workflow or (b) traction in identifying areas ripe for change.

Beyond your clinical skills and aptitude, you may well be able to generate tremendous value for your group as you identify, explore and advocate for innovative and/or alternative solutions to long-term problems.

Moreover, you can bring a fresh perspective to partners which can help grow and develop the practice.

Mara Holton, MD is the CEO and President
of AAUrology in Annapolis, Maryland.

       Dr. Holton 

As the managing partner and a practicing clinician in a medium-sized urology group, Dr. Mara Holton is committed to delivering the highest quality care to patients, and to creating and advancing leadership opportunities for women in the specialty.

Dr. Holton is vigorous in her advocacy of the preservation and protection of independent physician practices as incubators of innovation and as integral components for health care delivery. She is especially passionate about regulatory and legislative issues and serves in several professional organizations which represent the interests of urologic physician practices and urologic patients, including LUGPA, where she is Vice-Chair of the Health Policy Committee.


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.  



Ask The Experts, LUGPA Q&A

Young Residents are urged to ask their pressing questions to Jason Hafron, MD pertaining to a variety of subjects. Dr. Hafron, partner at the Michigan Institute of Urology, P.C. is experienced in all areas of adult urology, specializing in the minimally invasive treatment of cancers involving the prostate, kidney and bladder utilizing laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

As former Chair of LUGPA Forward, and board-certified Urologist, Dr. Hafron is dedicated to advising young residents on their transition to private practice.

Send your questions to [email protected] with the subject “Resident Newsletter, Ask the Experts Q&A” and answers will be published in the June 2021 issue of this newsletter.


Meet Jason M. Hafron, MD: 

Jason M. Hafron, MD is board-certified in the specialty of Urology by the American Board of Urology. Along with being a partner at the Michigan Institute of Urology, P.C., Dr. Hafron is also the Director of Research at MIU.

Dr. Hafron received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Loyola University Chicago-Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery and Urology Residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Hafron continued his training as a Fellow in Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, in Cleveland, Ohio.


Share This Newsletter with Your Resident Peers  
Forward this e-mail and encourage others to join LUGPA's mailing list


Enjoying this newsletter? Forward it to other urology residents to let them know about all LUGPA has to offer. 

If you are not the direct recipient of this e-mail, sign up for future issues of LUGPA's Resident Newsletter here 


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.

Visit the Career Center now:

LUGPA 875 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 3100, Chicago, IL 60611 
Phone: (312) 794-7790 [email protected]
Catch up on LUGPA's activities and make the most of your membership by visiting us online at