Intern Academy Hands-on Skills Training (2023)

June 10, 2023 to June 11, 2023


The AUA Intern Academy is a new initiative created specifically to meet the needs of early career urology residents (primarily PGY1s) and will include both in-person and virtual components. The aim of the Intern Academy is to apply standardized and foundational urologic skills to the first year of residency practice in order to improve clinical proficiency and promote patient safety. The in-person component will be a 2-day Hands-on Skills Training held on June 10-11, 2023 in Cleveland, Ohio. The training includes several clinical scenarios that the urologic intern may find themselves encountering in real life. It includes six critical stations: catheters, endoscopy, surgical skills, priapism, ultrasound, and communication skills, which will serve to provide the urologic intern with valuable experience in a controlled setting before they are encountered in the emergency room, ward, or operating room. 

Also included is an exclusive and dynamic Intern Academy virtual community to post discussions, answer questions, share resources, and engage with colleagues!

Preview of the hands-on skill stations with Course Co-Directors, Dr. Ahmed Ghazi and Dr. Sammy Elsamra

Course Co-Director, Dr. Ahmed Ghazi, shows how the hands-on skills training simulation models are created!

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Registration Fees

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Hands-on Skills Training Pricing:

Membership Category

Early Bird Registration

On or Before May 12, 2023

Standard Registration

On or After May 13, 2023


Target Audience

  • Early Career Urology Residents

Learning Objectives

After the completion of the Intern Academy, participants will be able to:

  1. Increase fund of knowledge about foundational and applied urology topics that will improve patient care and allow participants to excel as interns
  2. Apply standardized and foundational urologic skills to their residency practice to ensure baseline proficiency and improve patient safety.
  3. Recognize the characteristics and habits of successful interns and residents.
  4. Identify opportunities to network and build community with their peers.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 13.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 13.00 Non-Physician Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/10/2023 - 7:00am EDT
Event ends: 
06/11/2023 - 5:00pm EDT

Intern Academy Hands-on Skills Training Scientific Program

Saturday, June 10

7– 8 am Registration/Continental Breakfast 
8 – 8:30 am Welcome and Hands-on Skills Training Overview
8:30 – 8:35 am Move to Rotation #1
8:35 – 10:35 am Rotation #1
10:35 – 10:55 am BREAK
10:55 – 11 am Move to Rotation #2
11 am – 1 pm Rotation #2
1 – 2:30 pm LUNCH BREAK
2:30 – 4:30 pm Rotation #3
4:30 pm Course Adjourns for the day

Sunday, June 11

7– 8 am Registration/Continental Breakfast 
8 – 8:30 am Welcome and Hands-on Skills Training Overview
8:30 – 8:35 am Move to Rotation #4
8:35 – 10:35 am Rotation #4
10:35 – 10:55 am BREAK
10:55 – 11 am Move to Rotation #5
11 am – 1 pm Rotation #5
1 – 2:30 pm LUNCH BREAK
2:30 – 4:30 pm Rotation #6
4:30 pm Course Adjourns

Hands-on Station Rotations

The underlined text are the titles of the stations, and the bullet points below them show the specific skills that will be demonstrated in those stations.   There are five (5) clinical stations and one (1) non-clinical station. There will be three rotations of two hours each day Saturday and Sunday.

  • Station 1: Catheters
    • Introduction to catheters – Foley, nephrostomy, suprapubic
    • Patient prep and insertion – Foley, nephrostomy, suprapubic
    • Catheter placement, irrigation, and removal- Hands-on Demo and Simulation
    • Difficult Foley management – Hands-on Demo and Simulation
  • Station 2: Endoscopy
    • Ureteroscopy – 1 hour
      • Instrument Orientation
      • Pass up wire, dual lumen catheter, second wire, ureteral access sheath, stone basket small stone
    • Cystoscopy – 1 hour
      • Cart overview – introduction to scopes and instruments (flexible, rigid, portable cystoscopes)
      • Full diagnostic cystoscopy (Urethra, bladder, bladder neck, prostatic urethra ) with retroflexion
      • Cannulate a ureteral orifice and Stent placement
      • Advance wire in right ureteric orifice; grab stent in left ureteric orifice
  • Station 3: Surgical Skills
    • Knot tying
    • Suturing (mattress sutures, straight line and repair with subcuticular, 2-layer closure with large ellipsoid)
    • Incision and drainage
    • Patient positioning and preparation
  • Station 4: Priapism
    • Management, irrigation, injection
  •  Station 5: Ultrasound
    • Basic – Knobology
    • Abdominal – renal (obtain kidney measurement and identify upper and lower pole and lesion and stone; drive needle into collecting system)
    • Suprapubic needle insertion under ultrasound guidance
    • Bladder scan and bladder volume estimation
    • Ultrasound-guided biopsy – prostate (includes introduction to transperineal biopsy)
  • Station 6: Non-Clinical –Communication skills via role-play
    • Four scenarios for role play – learners will play both patient and practitioner
    • Scenario topics:
      • Scenario in clinic
      • Scenario in emergency consult
      • Scenario in the OR
      • Delivery of bad news to patients
Program as of December 15, 2022
Cleveland Clinic - Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute
Cleveland, OH
United States

Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195


Phone:  216.444.5600


Welcome to Cleveland!

Cleveland has several museums, popular shopping malls, and distinctive cultural options for theater, music and dance. Browns football and Indians baseball have cult followings and draw thousands of travelers each year to see a home game. Some of the city’s best nightlife and entertainment options are found in the historic Warehouse District and on Cleveland’s E. 4th Street. In each area there are numerous bars, pubs, and clubs, and a wide selection of dining options.

Award winning restaurants can be found in both districts, including Chef Michael Symon’s Lola and Chef Jonathan Sawyer’s The Greenhouse tavern and Noodle Cat. The Flats of Cleveland was once a thriving entertainment district but is currently under redevelopment. You can find a few popular bars around the Flats and attractions like the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Watersport rentals are offered in this district during the summer for access along the Cuyahoga River, and there are river and lake cruises that begin here.

Getting Around


5300 Riverside Dr, Cleveland, OH 44135


Suggested nearby hotels are listed below. The AUA is not holding a room block for this meeting, therefore rates and availability cannot be guaranteed.  Please reserve your accommodations as soon as possible to ensure availability.

8650 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone:  216-707-4200
8800 Euclid Avenue Cleveland Ohio 44106
Phone:  216-707-4389
6955 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103
Phone:  (216) 361-1004

Vacation rentals in downtown Cleveland


Things to Do


COVID-19 Policies

General Cleveland Clinic COVID policies related to patients and visitors are located here.

During the course, you will need to be masked in public/patient/visitor areas (Entering/Leaving Cleveland Clinic, hallways going to and from the Bunts Auditorium and Building Q, etc).  You will not need to be masked while eating, in the Bunts Auditorium, or Q8 and Q9 during your training.


Relevant Disclosures:

NameCompany NameRelationship TypeEnd Date
Abouassaly, RobertNone  
Ahn, Justin SeungchanNone  
Bayne, DavidMendaeraConsultant or Advisor04/07/2022
Chang, Helena C.None  
Elsamra, Sammy E.HatchleafConsultant or Advisor07/12/2022
Elsamra, Sammy E.Intuitive SurgicalConsultant or AdvisorCurrent
Ghazi, Ahmed E.Olympus AmericaConsultant or Advisor12/08/2021
Ghazi, Ahmed E.Intuitive surgicalScientific Study or TrialCurrent
Ghazi, Ahmed E.Johnson and JohnsonConsultant or AdvisorCurrent
Ghazi, Ahmed E.VirtuosoConsultant or AdvisorCurrent
Johnsen, Niels V.None  
Kavoussi, NicholasNone  
Khater, NazihCook MedicalConsultant or Advisor12/13/2023
Kovac, EvanKoelisConsultant or AdvisorCurrent
Kovac, EvanPerineologicConsultant or AdvisorCurrent
Kreshover, Jessica E.None  
Krupski, Tracey LynnNone  
Lee, Byron H.None  
Tabakin, Alexandra L.None  
Tong, Ching Man CarmenNone  


PDF icon Education Council Disclosures_2022.pdf


PDF icon COI Review Work Group Disclosures_2023_0.pdf


AUA Office of Education Staff has nothing to disclose.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.



The American Urological Association (AUA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The American Urological Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The AUA is not accredited to offer credit to participants who are not MDs or DOs. However, the AUA will issue documentation of participation that states that the activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.


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Available Credit

  • 13.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 13.00 Non-Physician Participation


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AUA Members save 25%!  For more information on membership benefits, visit 

Hands-on Skills Training Pricing:

Membership Category

Early Bird Registration

On or Before May 12, 2023

Standard Registration

On or After May 13, 2023





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