Akron General Medical Center

Urology during General Surgery: currently 3mo, considering 6mo beginning in 2014. Kimberly Sloan Stakleff, MS, PhD Phone: 330.535.5173 Fax: 330.535.5174 E-mail: kimberly.stakleff@akrongeneral.org

State Code: 
Ohio
Faculty Survey Results: 

Northeastern Ohio Universities / Akron General Medical Center Program - Phillip Nasrallah, MD, Program Director

Attach to Residency Program: 
Akron General Medical Center
Survey Respondent: 
Phillip Nasrallah, MD, Program Director
If you were an applicant, why would you choose to train in your residency program?: 
The NEOUCOM residency utilizes one pediatric and two adult hospitals that have long been invested in medical education. All three offer state-of-the-art technology including laparoscopy and robotics, as well as an extensive range of surgical experience in oncology, endourology, infertility, female urology, pediatrics, and general urology. The faculty is comprised of 14 board-certified urologists, many fellowship-trained. The environment is conducive to an excellent educational experience. Although our mission is to prepare our graduates to enter general urologic practice upon completion of the 5-year program, our graduates desiring extra training have been very successful in obtaining fellowships.
What is your program looking for in a graduating medical student?: 
Urology is a very competitive specialty and a solid academic record is a given. We are looking for a student who will, as a resident, bring positive energy to the team (enthusiasm,reliability, interpersonal skills, and an intense work ethic).
What part of an application do you consider most important in ranking applicants?: 
Strong performance on the USMLE 1 and 2 examinations are very important for consideration. The letters from urology faculty at institutions where the student did a rotation are extremely important. These letters must reflect the positive energy described above. Finally, the applicant's personal statement is very valuable. It should reflect an attitude of service, unselfishness, and community involvement.
What advice do you have for medical students hoping to match in Urology?: 
There are several traits that would indicate that a student has the potential to be an excellent resident. Come early and stay late. Know the patients assigned to you and study about their disease processes. Roll up your sleeves and show the resident staff that you can work right along side them and keep up with their pace. Manual dexterity should be practiced at home and not learned in the operating room.

Comments

A community based program, which is what the chairman is shooting for. Had a blast with the residents the night before. Attendings were very friendly. They spend a lot of time in the interview trying to impress upon you that they take GREAT care of the residents. They did seem to have a bit of a complex about the other programs in Ohio, particularly Ohio State and Cleveland Clinic. They mentioned quite a few comparisons, and it all made sense, it just seemed to come up an awful lot.