Johns Hopkins University Program - Ronald Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., Residency Program Director

Attach to Residency Program: 
Johns Hopkins University
Survey Respondent: 
Ronald Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., Residency Program Director
If you were an applicant, why would you choose to train in your residency program?: 
* Extraordinary breadth of urologic practice ranging from oncology, endourology, pediatrics, infertility, reconstruction, erectile dysfunction, neurophysiology, stones, female urology, and basic sciences.
* A large faculty with a wide variety of excellent mentors, with established history of innovation and leadership.
* Outstanding research opportunities, with labs specializing in cancer genetics, cancer biology, proteomics, role of nutrition in cancer pathobiology, experimental therapeutics, gene therapy, erectile physiology, bladder cancer progression and metastasis, radiobiology of urologic cancers, and engineering applications to urologic practice.
* Multidisciplinary teams. Faculty includes urologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, engineers, physicists, epidemiologists and immunologists.
What is your program looking for in a graduating medical student?: 
Academic performance, productivity, self-initiative, commitment to excellence, strong interpersonal skills (e.g., ability to work well with others) and a genuine commitment to an academic career.
What part of an application do you consider most important in ranking applicants?: 
Ranking of applicants is a complex process which involves the integration of academic performance, written essay, letters of recommendation and personal interviews. The ranking process is not performed until ALL of the components have been completed and applicants are then ranked as a group. No one component carries the same weight for every applicant.
What advice do you have for medical students hoping to match in Urology?: 
Relax and be yourself. Open and honest discussion allows both you and the programs you are evaluating to most easily determine whether or not there is a "good fit". The matching process should not be looked at as a competition, but rather as an attempt to best place individuals into the programs which best fit their mutual needs.