Attach to Residency Program:
If you were an applicant, why would you choose to train in your residency program?:
When you combine an active faculty with an outstanding location, an excellent program results. I think we have that combination at Emory. With five residency-associated hospitals, including a large county hospital and VA hospital, the variety of surgical cases and pathology is outstanding. Exposure to phenomenal clinical and basic science research is possible. Resident education is a priority. Most importantly, the potential for the individual and the program is limitless.
What is your program looking for in a graduating medical student?:
We are looking for residents who will take excellent care of our patients and who will act as good representatives of our department. We are seeking individuals with dynamic personalities who will question and examine new areas of urology. Moreover, we are looking to train people who are excited about their choice of urology and their future career.
What part of an application do you consider most important in ranking applicants?:
I read a candidate's entire application and then make an overall decision regarding academic strength and personality. I think each component has some weight in the choice to interview an applicant. Letters of recommendation are important because they give the most insight into how others perceive the applicant. Honestly, at most programs, I believe board scores, as they are the only objective standard, carry the most initial weight. Personal statements rarely help or hurt a candidate's potential.
What advice do you have for medical students hoping to match in Urology?:
Several things are important. First and foremost, look for a place where you could be happy for five or six years. Secondly, look for a program where things (e.g. research, resident development, surgery) are actively being developed and improved; historically good programs need to continue to be progressive. Last, find a program that will help you get to your next career step, whatever that may be. Good luck.