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Make a Difference! Serve on an IUGA Committee! Applications will be accepted from October 13 – November 15, 2021.

Applications to serve on the IUGA committees listed below will be accepted from October 13 – November 15, 2021:

  • Education Committee
  • Fellows, Trainees & Early Career Professionals Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Public Relations Committee
  • Publications Committee
  • Research & Development Committee
  • Social Media Committee
  • Terminology & Standardization Committee

Eligibility

Membership on IUGA's committees is open to all interested individuals who hold current membership in IUGA. The intent is for committee membership to mirror the geographic and practice diversity of the IUGA membership. Members from Africa, Asia, Latin American & the Caribbean, and Oceania are especially encouraged to apply, as well as non-physician members (nurses, midwives, allied health professionals).

Members may only serve on one committee at any given time, with the exception of the Fellows, Trainees & Early Career Professionals Committee members who may also be assigned to another committee in order to represent the trainee perspective across the work of the association.

Term

Members added to IUGA committees as a result of this Call for Committee Volunteers will have a term start date of January 1, 2022. The length of the term is specific to each committee and listed below.

Apply

To apply for a committee position:

  1. Complete the Committee Application Form by Monday, November 15, 2021.

  2. Complete the Online Disclosure Form by Monday, November 15, 2021.

Application Deadline

A complete application and the disclosure form must be submitted by Monday, November 15, 2021, 11:59pm CST, for your application to be considered complete. Only complete applications will be forwarded to Committee Chairs for consideration.

Committee Descriptions

Education Committee
Term Length: 3 years
Description: The Education Committee develops, promotes, and maintains the educational offerings of the association, including the IUGA Academy. It oversees the program content for Regional Symposia and eXchange programs, and reviews applications submitted for Endorsed Programs and observership grants. The Education Committee also conducts the workshop selection process for the Annual Meeting and guides other educational activities of the association (e.g., webinars). Members of the Education Committee are assigned to one of three subcommittees: the E-learning Subcommittee whose primary focus is developing and sourcing content for the IUGA Academy; the Program Subcommittee which is responsible for program endorsement as well as developing/reviewing/approving the programmatic content for Regional Symposia, eXchange meetings, and regional and collaborative webinars; and the Workshop Subcommittee which is responsible for reviewing and recommending workshops for the Annual Meeting as well as reviewing observership grant applications and recommending recipients.

Fellows, Trainees & Early Career Professionals Committee*
Term Length: 2 years
Description: The main duty of the IUGA Fellows, Trainees & Early Career Professionals Committee is to contribute to the academic development of fellows, trainees, and those within their first five years of practice out of training in the field of urogynecology/female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery by fostering international scholarship and making recommendations to the Education and Research & Development Committees regarding activities.  

*Applicants to this committee should be enrolled in a fellowship or training program, or be within their first five years of post-training practice.

Membership Committee
Term Length: 2 years
Description: The Membership Committee works in partnership with IUGA staff to develop and execute member recruitment and retention strategies and to provide input on membership-related processes.

Publications Committee
Term Length: 3 years
Description: The Publications Committee publishes the bi-monthly IUGA Spotlight – the official newsletter of IUGA – and determines if submitted content is best suited for inclusion in the newsletter, online news posts, or on social media channels. Committee members are involved in suggesting content/article topics, sourcing authors for articles, and writing and reviewing articles.

Public Relations Committee
Term Length: 3 years
Description: The Public Relations Committee is responsible for the development and management of (media) communications on behalf of IUGA to the community, patients, physicians and IUGA members. The IUGA Patient Information Leaflets, the patient website (www.YourPelvicFloor.org), the online IUGA Store, and the IUGA Public Forum are all developed and managed by this committee.

Research & Development Committee
Term Length: 3 years
Description: The Research & Development Committee is responsible for the IUGA Research Grants (in basic science and clinical research) and reviewing surveys and requests to disseminate surveys to the IUGA membership. The committee also develops and promotes research manuscripts and projects through its members and interested individuals. Specific expertise in urogynecology research (basic sciences and/or clinical) is required.

Social Media Committee
Term Length: 2-3 years
Description: The Social Media Committee is responsible for developing and executing the social media strategy of the association. Members of this committee should be regular social media users who will provide guidance on using social media for society purposes as well as provide urogynecological content for posts and monitor/share IUGA’s posts on their own channels to help increase the visibility of IUGA. Committee members will also play a lead role in posting with IUGA-related hashtags during IUGA events.

Terminology & Standardization Committee
Term Length: 3 years
Description: The Terminology & Standardization Committee is responsible for the development, publication, and subsequent management of IUGA documents related to terminology and standardization. At times, there will be joint projects with one or more other societies. Subsequent management includes translation of the published documents.

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