The Endourological Society Inaugural Census Report
Journal of endourology
The Endourological Society, the premier urological society encompassing endourology, robotics and focal surgery, is composed of a diverse group of over 1,300 urologists. However, limited information has been collected about society members. Recognizing this need, a survey was initiated to capture data regarding current member practices, as well as help the society shape the future direction of the organization. Presented herein is the inaugural Endourological Society census report as the beginning of a continued effort for global improvement in the field of endourology. Using a REDCap® database, an email survey was circulated to the membership of the Endourological Society from May through June 2021. Twenty questions were posed, categorizing member data in terms of epidemiology/demographics, practice patterns, member opinions, and future educational preferences. Responses were received from 534 members, representing 40.3% of membership. Data demonstrated that the average age, sex, race, and ethnicity of the typical Society member respondent is a 48-year-old Caucasian male working in the United States, with a mean of 25 years in practice. Retrograde endoscopy and percutaneous nephrolithotomy were identified as the most common practice skills, and 50% of members are involved in robotics. Importantly, the census confirmed that the World Congress of Endourology and Technology (WCET) remains popular with Society members as a means of educational advancement. To sustain and advance the Society, information is required to understand the career interests and future educational desires of its members. This inaugural census provides crucial data regarding its membership and how the Society can achieve continued success and adjust its focus. Future census efforts will expand on the initial findings and stratify the data to elucidate changes in the needs of the Society as a whole. Circulating an annual census will allow for continued improvements in the field of endourology, and ultimately, better care for urologic patients.
Moreland H, Smith L, Stowasser V, et al. The Endourological Society Inaugural Census Report [published online ahead of print, 2022 Nov 2]. J Endourol. 2022;10.1089/end.2022.0516. doi:10.1089/end.2022.0516