University of Kentucky Program - Stephen E. Strup, MD, Department Chair

Attach to Residency Program: 
University of Kentucky
Survey Respondent: 
Stephen E. Strup, MD, Department Chair
If you were an applicant, why would you choose to train in your residency program?: 
Our program is well known for the emphasis we place on teaching. Yes, we have robotics, MIS surgery, open surgery, etc. but at UK, teaching residents isn’t an afterthought; it is why we are here. Our faculty take a genuine interest in developing our resident’s skills in all phases of their Urologic education. We also have a high and varied case volume that gives ample opportunity for the residents to master the art of Urology. The UK faculty are a diverse yet cohesive group which helps create a supportive educational environment. Finally, our residents complete their training in Urology and enter fellowships or private practice as skilled and confident Urologic surgeons.
What is your program looking for in a graduating medical student?: 
Quality, dedication, and a willingness to learn.
What part of an application do you consider most important in ranking applicants?: 
There are two important parts of the application. First is the personal statement. It is your opportunity to try to enlighten us as to who you are, what makes you tick, etc. The second part is beyond the actual paper application, but is the interview. We interview applicants in small groups in order to have as many faculty as possible interact with the applicants. Urology is a competitive specialty and I have yet to meet a candidate who, on paper, isn’t smart, dedicated to urology, and a world-class humanitarian. As a resident in our program, you become a vital member of the UK team and your personality and character (as well as your accomplishments) will be what make you attractive to us as a resident candidate.
What advice do you have for medical students hoping to match in Urology?: 
The first bit of advice is to immerse yourself in the field of Urology as a student. Be active in your school’s Urology program, go to conferences, check out the OR (even if you aren’t on service). This is just one way to make sure that Urology is right for you. To be a successful, motivated resident, you have to really enjoy what you do. The second bit of advice is to be yourself throughout the application and interview process. This helps you land at a program that is right for you. Most programs can see through the applicants who try to create a persona that they think may be attractive to a particular program. All Urology programs teach Urology, but there are many ways to do that and many different environments in which this education can take place. Find the place where you will flourish and you will meet your potential.