Oregon Health & Science University Program - John M. Barry, MD, Department Chair

Attach to Residency Program: 
Oregon Health & Science University
Survey Respondent: 
John M. Barry, MD, Department Chair
If you were an applicant, why would you choose to train in your residency program?: 
There are no fellows to dilute the experience of the urology residents. Two years of general surgery are followed by four years of urology. The exposure in urology covers all subspecialty areas in urology, including renal transplantation. There are eight geographic full-time faculty members. University Hospital, Children's Hospital, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center are connected to one another with sky-bridges. There is only one off-campus rotation in urology, and that is a six-month exposure to a managed care system in which 2/3 of the urologists were trained at our institution. The two closest civilian urology residency training programs are 3 ½ and 13 hours away, by automobile, respectively. There are three ski resorts within 90 minutes of University Hospital, and the largest night ski area in the United States is one hour away. There is a salmon run through the middle of the city every Spring. World-class wind surfing is ninety minutes to the east and the Oregon coast is ninety minutes to the west of Portland.
What is your program looking for in a graduating medical student?: 
Intelligence, academic achievement, ability to overcome obstacles along life's path, hand-eye coordination, interpersonal skills, appearance, volunteer work, publications, and trustworthiness.
What part of an application do you consider most important in ranking applicants?: 
Academic achievement, hand-eye coordination, and trustworthiness.
What advice do you have for medical students hoping to match in Urology?: 
Meet the requirements outlined in item 2. If you are not in the top 1/3 of your class, it is unlikely that you will be invited to interview.