Medical College of Georgia - Martha K. Terris, MD, Residency Program Director

Attach to Residency Program: 
Georgia Regents University
Survey Respondent: 
Martha K. Terris, MD, Residency Program Director
If you were an applicant, why would you choose to train in your residency program?: 
The Section of Urology at the Medical College of Georgia offers a fully accredited postgraduate residency training program designed to prepare selected physicians to evaluate, understand, and manage medical and surgical aspects of genitourinary disorders. In addition to providing a rigorous clinical training program, the Urology Section strives to create an atmosphere of scientific curiosity and endeavor. Residents complete the program with solid clinical skills and academic strength to start a successful clinical practice or a competitive fellowship.
What is your program looking for in a graduating medical student?: 
As with all programs, a student's performance on Part 1 of the National Board of Medical Examiners licensing examination, quality of their medical school, medical school classroom performance, letters of recommendation, and any research productivity are factors determining who will be offered an interview. At the interview, interpersonal skills, attitude, and compatibility with our team are evaluated.
What part of an application do you consider most important in ranking applicants?: 
There is no single component that is most important. Strength in one area may compensate for another area that is less strong.
What advice do you have for medical students hoping to match in Urology?: 
* First and second year medical students considering urology as a specialty should identify members of the urology faculty at their medical school who are willing to review their curriculum vitae and offer specific advise regarding enhancing their application. Generally, if the student's schedule allows, participation in a research project will improve the chances of matching with a program high on their list. The more in-depth the research, the more the application is enhanced. Research does not necessarily have to be in the field of urology to boost one's application. If the student is unsure of having adequate time to complete a project, however, she should not obligate herself. Failing to follow-through on the research commitment will reflect more poorly on the applicant than the lack of any research experience.
* Medical students interested in urology should participate in a urology rotation at their home institution late in their junior year or early in their senior year. Students should strive to perform their best during this rotation. Once becoming familiar with the faculty, prospective urology residents should solicit letters of recommendation from the urology leadership at their medical school. Participating in a urology rotation at an institution other than the student's home institution may be beneficial if it is a program at which the student is particularly interested completing residency training. A visiting student rotation can also give students the chance to impress the urology faculty at another institution if their clinical skills outweigh their academic record or who attend a medical school of lesser reputation. Other elective clinical rotations to consider during medical school include general surgery, renal transplantation, pediatric surgery, nephrology, neurology, gynecology, radiology, pathology, and anesthesia.
To arrange an elective rotation with the MCG Section of Urology or another MCG specialty, contact the Curriculum Office at (706) 722-4805 or check their website at For non-MCG students the URL is