The Urology Care Foundation (UCF) has awarded Randy Vince Jr, MD, MS, the first-ever Health Equity Fellowship, which was “created for early career urologists who have a passion for humanitarian work to help them be successful in connecting with diverse communities, especially those most marginalized,” according to a news release from the UCF.1
Dr. Vince is currently the director of Minority Men’s Health at the Cutler Center for Men at University Hospitals and an assistant professor of urology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has an interest in disparities in urologic care, specifically among patients with prostate cancer.
“We are excited to select Dr. Vince as our first Health Equity Fellow because of his lifelong dedication to humanitarianism and his commitment to help the field of medicine to ‘do better’ when it comes to health equity. We are looking forward to providing him this opportunity so that he can achieve his goal of improving health care for those who have been underserved,” said Urology Care Foundation president Harris M. Nagler, MD, in the news release.1
According to the Urology Care Foundation website,2 applicants to the fellowship must be an AUA member urologist and demonstrate “a commitment to or have deep interest in the field of healthcare equity and resolution of healthcare disparities”.
As a Health Equity Fellow, Dr. Vince will take part in the 2-year program, which will include 1 year of didactic education focusing on health disparities as an ethical issue. This will be done in partnership with the Center for Urban Bioethics at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The program will also place an emphasis on developing written and oral advocacy proposals for stakeholders in key roles within healthcare.
A capstone project will be submitted at the end of the first year. In year 2, Dr. Vince will receive a $4500 grant and ongoing mentorship to support implementation of his capstone project.
According to the UCF website,2 by the end of the program, fellows will be able to:
- Use an urban bioethics lens to better understand the social and structural forces impacting communities,
- Gain familiarity with effective methods for working with communities,
- Apply the didactic knowledge to advocacy work.
Completion of the program will be marked with a certificate from Temple University and UCF, an official nonprofit foundation of the American Urological Association.
The 2023 UCF fellowship program will begin in August in concordance with the start of Temple University’s fall semester.
1. Urology Care Foundation announces inaugural Health Equity Fellow. News release. American Urological Association and Urology Care Foundation. July 18, 2023. Accessed July 20, 2023. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/urology-care-foundation-announces-inaugural-health-equity-fellow-301879953.html
2. Urology Care Foundation Health Equity Fellowship. Urology Care Foundation. Accessed July 20, 2023. https://www.urologyhealth.org/humanitarianism/apply-for-funding/health-equity-fellowship