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Leadership Program

AUGS formal leadership program seeks to identify future leaders of the organization with a special emphasis on junior members. The curriculum was designed by Dr. Deborah Myers, Past President and Dr. Adam Steinberg, and features both didactic learning and engagement with AUGS committees, special interest groups, task forces, abstract review, and/or sub-committee work. 

Goals and Objectives

  • Identify future leaders of the organization with special emphasis on junior members
  • Mentor junior members to become AUGS leaders
  • Educate participants on AUGS history, governance structure and what it means to be a volunteer leader


  • AUGS Members in good standing for at least three years
  • Members who are active in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery clinically  or through basic science
  • 15 years or less out of training who have demonstrated leadership skills within organized medicine or community involvement and have an interest in developing these skills

Selection Requirements and Process

  • Applicants will complete application which includes:
    • CV
    • Personal statements (1-2 pages) describing why they should be chosen
    • Signed statement stating they will have the time to participate, pay dues for the next three years, be able to attend the designated in-person meetings and signature of support from the chairperson of your department
  • Nine applicants will be chosen for the program
  • Individuals are selected based upon the strengths, enthusiasm and relevance of their personal statement, and the commitment to education and leadership 
  • After program completion, participants will be expected to be active in the following year’s Leadership Program, as well as hold a voluntary position within AUGS (committee, task force, leadership program mentor).

Leadership Program Specifics

  • Face-to-face Meetings: Two in-person meetings are planned and will be scheduled in conjunction with the AUGS Urogyn Update Course and Annual Scientific Meeting. Dates are listed below:
    • February 23-24, 2019
    • September 24, 2019
  • Project-specific work: Participants will be divided into three work groups for their project-specific work. Each group will be assigned a mentor to help facilitate this work. As a group they must select a project to work on together. Projects will be presented at the conclusion of the program during the Annual Scientific Meeting in-person meeting.
  • View the tentative curriculum.

Application Process

The application process is now closed. Applicants will be notified in December.

Past Participants


Vivian Aguilar
Susan Barr
Catrina Crisp
Tola Fashokun
Bela Kudish
Jaime Long
Shazia Malik
Tyler Muffly
Gina Northington
Blair Washington
Amanda White


Marianna Alperin
Sylvia Botros-Brey
Gena Dunivan
Tanaz Ferzandi
Betsy Greenleaf
Andrew Hundley
Lisa Johnson
Steven Minaglia
Beri Ridgeway
Megan Schimpf
Renee Ward
Tajnoos Yazdany



Chi Chung Grace Chen
Cara Grimes
Heidi Harvie
Christine Heisler
Sangeeta Mahajan
Samantha Pulliam
Lieschen Quiroz
Gary Sutkin
Emanuel Trabuco
Jennifer Wu