American Urological Association Releases 2021 AAU Census Results
BALTIMORE, April 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The number of Hispanic and African American/Black urologists practicing in United States continued to increase in 2021. In 2020, there were 497 (3.8%) practicing Hispanic urologists and 268 (2.1%) practicing African American/Black urologists and these numbers increased to 584 (4 .4%) and 321 (2.4%) respectively in 2021.
These new data, along with other findings regarding the growing number of urologists using telemedicine in United States and the causes and impact of burnout, are highlighted in the recently released 2021 Annual Census Report by the American Urological Association (AUA), The state of the urology workforce and practice in United States.
Committed to providing a definitive base of data regarding the urology community, the AAU launched its first annual census in 2014. It not only defined and estimated the population of practicing urologists, but for the first time in the history of urology, has reported the labor and practice characteristic of the entire population of practicing urologists. Today, the census remains a new source of data that explores the urological profession and reports both cross-sectional variations and trends. The survey results provide a range of information aimed at filling knowledge gaps, addressing increased research needs, and ultimately improving patient care.
Additional results from the 2021 AAU Census:
- The population of urologists in the United States in 2021 consists of 13,790 practicing urologists.
- While the urological workforce of United States remains predominantly male, the percentage of female urologists continued to increase to 10.9%, up from 8.8% in 2017.
- States with the largest number of practicing urologists include California, Florida, New York and Texas. Wyoming has the fewest number of practicing urologists.
- More than half of practicing urologists in United States are over 54, while nearly 30% are 65 or older.
- Approximately 81% of practicing urologists participated in telemedicine in 2021.
- Among practicing urologists who experienced burnout, nearly 46% said the COVID-19 pandemic was attributable to that burnout.
“AAU US Census data continues to demonstrate an evolving urology workforce, as well as other facets of the specialty, including the long-term structural and practical impacts of COVID-19 on practicing urologists,” said Danil V. Makarov, MD, MHS, AAU Data Committee Chair. “The census serves as a resource on the realities of practicing urology during a pandemic for the urological community at large as well as for health policy makers.”
Additional data trends regarding work-life balance, patient visits, retirement details, and other practice characteristics can be found in the 2021 report. The full report can be viewed at the AAU website at www.AUAnet.org/CensusReport.
About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and based near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is one of the leading advocates for the specialty of urology with nearly 24,000 members worldwide. The AAU is a leading urological association, providing invaluable support to the urological community in pursuit of its mission to promote the highest standards of urological care through education, research and health policy formulation.
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SOURCE American Urological Association