The Society of Women in Urology

Member Benefits


If you have questions about applying for membership, the member benefits, or the categories of membership, please contact the SWIU at 847-517-7225 or e-mail us at

The Society of Women in Urology meets annually at a special breakfast held in conjunction with the national meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA). A guest speaker presents on a timely topic for women in medicine and includes scientific and research news, as well as business issues like marketing and managed care. A special meeting just for networking is also held one evening at the AUA meeting. It is an important opportunity to meet SWIU members at an informal gathering and to establish relationships that you will value throughout the year.

SWIU also holds a yearly winter conference for professional development and clinical mentoring. This meeting offers a full scientific program including, in recent years, a hands-on interactive lab experience for all attendees. The meeting also has a strong mentoring focus, forums and discussions designed to help female urologists with their career development.

These meetings present an unmatched opportunity for serious learning as well as networking through meeting new members and welcoming old friends. You’ll also enjoy relaxing at locations that have been selected for their beauty, comfort and amenities.

Membership Directory

One of our favorite member benefits, the directory is updated annually and provides valuable information you can’t get anywhere else. The current member list includes phone and fax numbers and e-mail addresses. We also include the subspecialty of each member and whether she accepts referrals.

Mentor Program

The SWIU Board of Directors is reinvigorating the Mentor Program. A benefit available only to members, SWIU is working to create a searchable database of mentor volunteers, activities at SWIU-sponsored events, and mentoring-related resources. Visit the Mentoring Program section of this site to learn more.


Published three (3) times a year, the SWIU Newsletter offers a calendar of events, job notices, AUA reports, feature articles from our members, and the President’s Message. Members are encouraged to submit articles of interest. We are also happy to recognize your personal and professional accomplishments in the newsletter. The SWIU NEWSBLAST is a new benefit for SWIU members. An e-mail newsblast provides important, current information for the membership in a short, accessible format.


Networking is a vital and valuable way to gain new knowledge and insight and perhaps make a friend along the way. Through our annual meeting, membership directory, and mentor program, SWIU members have access to the finest minds in women’s urology! Choose a quiet moment for a phone call or attend a meeting where your voice is one of those being heard. We need you! And, we need each other!

Elizabeth Pickett Research Award

Funds are available for small research grants for basic science or clinical urologic research. The awards are to continue or supplement a current project or to initiate new study. Applications are reviewed by the SWIU Research Committee and are judged primarily on the scientific merit of the proposal. The awards are for one year.

Research Surveys

SWIU accepts requests to distribute research surveys to its members on a quarterly basis. Only surveys that support the mission of SWIU will be considered and at least one of the investigators must be a SWIU member in good standing. To learn more about how your research surveys can reach the SWIU membership, visit the Research Survey section of the website.

Speaker Database

SWIU’s Speaker Database supports the professional advancement of women urologists and encourages diversity in speaking opportunities. Individuals must be SWIU members to be listed in the database. However, the database will be available to the general public for anyone searching for a speaker. To complete a speaker application or request a copy of the database, visit the Speaker Database section of the website.