June 15, 2017
  

                                                                                                                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABU and AUA promote professional self-regulation

The ABU and the AUA are opposed to legislation that tries to undermine our efforts to provide certification and education of urologists.  The mission of the ABU is to act for the benefit of the public to ensure high quality, safe, efficient, and ethical practice of Urology by establishing and maintaining standards of certification for urologists.  The mission of the AUA is to promote the highest standards of urological clinical care through education, research, and the formulation of health care policy. 

The AUA and ABU are committed to teach and test competencies in urology.  The AUA does so by providing lifelong learning.  The ABU provides initial and continuing certification. The AUA advocates for certification that is not burdensome, but rather a tool for continuous improvement and study. The ABU is flexible and recognizes that their processes are in constant development and will need revision, in part based on feedback from practicing urologists.

The ABU and AUA reaffirm the importance of professional self-regulation of urologists to ensure competency and safety in practice.  As such, efforts at the state legislative level that undermine the ABU’s responsibility to set standards for certification endanger the safety of the public and the quality of care.


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The American Board of Urology (ABU) is organized to encourage study, improve standards, and promote competency in the practice of Urology. The Board evaluates candidates who are duly licensed to practice medicine, and arranges and conducts examinations for the purpose of certification, subspecialty certification, recertification, and ongoing maintenance of certification. Certificates are conferred by the Board to candidates who successfully complete all requirements for a given certificate...

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