Current Urology Reports

, 20:86 | Cite as

The AUA Curriculum for Medical Students: Current Resources and Developments

  • Seth A. CohenEmail author
Education (G Badalato, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Education


Purpose of Review

To summarize the advancements and offerings of the American Urological Association’s (AUA) Medical Student Education Committee (MSEC).

Recent Findings

The AUA MSEC is focused on advocating for urologic education in medical schools by promoting core principles and practices in urology. The origins of the MSEC go back to 2008. With comprehensive support from the AUA Office of Education, the MSEC continues to refine and expand the resources available for medical students through the AUA Medical Student Curriculum website.


The AUA Medical Student Curriculum website offers a repository of resources for medical students. This information is meant to serve as a foundational curriculum for undergraduate medical student education in urology.


Medical education Medical student Urology Didactics Curriculum 



American Urological Association


Medical Student Education Committee


Massive open online course


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Seth A. Cohen declares no potential conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Urology and Urologic Oncology, Department of SurgeryCity of HopeDuarteUSA
  2. 2.Division of Urology and Urologic Oncology, Department of SurgeryCity of HopeGlendoraUSA

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