Top 10 urology DEI stories in 2022

As the year comes to a close, we revisit some of this year’s top content on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

There’s been incredible strides surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in urology over the past year, but there’s still a long way to go. In light of all that has improved and all that is yet to come, Urology Times® is counting down the top pieces of content surrounding DEI in 2022.

10. The underrepresentation of women urologists in surgical panels

Rena D. Malik, MD, discussed the background, findings, and takeaways of the study, “Representation of women on surgical panels in urology,” which was presented during the Society of Women in Urology Annual Clinical Mentoring Conference. Watch now.

9. Study shows gender differences with bladder pain

The findings, published in  Frontiers in Pain Research, indicated gender differences in the pain experiences and treatment needs of people with Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndromeand could be used to improve interventions and reduce gender health inequality in the care experience of these patients. Read more.

8. For Medicaid-insured patients with cancer, health insurance does not always mean health access

“This study underscores that having health insurance alone does not necessarily mean that patients can practically access healthcare,” said Michael Leapman, MD, MHS. Read more.

7. Prostate cancer disparities have deepened since USPSTF negative screening recommendation

Ram Pathak, MD, an assistant professor at Mayo Clinic, discussed how the United States Preventative Services Task Force grade D recommendation against PSA screening has resulted in a disproportionate increase in the incidence of metastatic prostate cancer among minority populations at screening. Watch now.

6. Dr. Sebesta on studying social determinants of health

Elisabeth M. Sebesta, MD, shared the take-home message from the study, “The burdens of incontinence: Quantifying incontinence product usage and costs in women,” for which she served as an author. Watch now.

5. Background of UReTER Mentorship Program for underrepresented populations in urology

The UReTER Mentorship Program was created by residents in the UCSF Department of Urology as a resource for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Latinx Urology applicants. Watch now.

4. Study shows gender disparities in CKD detection and treatment

A research study conducted in Sweden and published in JASN, found that there are sweeping differences in the detection, monitoring, and management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) between sexes. Read more.

3. Recent study associates unmet social needs with urologic conditions

Elisabeth M. Sebesta, MD, discussed findings of a study presented at the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction 2022 Winter Meeting which showed that patients who experienced more unmet social needs were at increased risk of multiple urologic conditions. Read more.

2. Dr. Micha Cheng on improving diversity in urology

Micha Yin-Zheng Cheng, MD, MPH, MS, a resident in the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Urology, discussed the challenge of improving diversity in the urology workforce. Watch now.

1. First Black recipient of prestigious SUO award discusses his path in urology

This year, the Society of Urologic Oncology awarded Curtis A. Pettaway, MD, the Huggins Medal for achievement and contributions in the field of urology. Read more.