Attach to Residency Program:
If you were an applicant, why would you choose to train in your residency program?:
The urology residency at Vanderbilt University combines an intense clinical and operative experience with a comprehensive educational program designed to prepare the resident for a career of lifelong achievement and contributions in urologic surgery. Our residents have an almost unparalleled volume of operative cases but our curriculum is also carefully designed to provide extensive experience in the outpatient setting. Our hospital mix is almost ideal with a large university hospital, a freestanding pediatric hospital, an adjoining Veterans' Affairs hospital, a nearby city hospital, and a rotation at a busy private hospital. Our greatest source of pride, though, is the general camaraderie and cooperation which exists among residents and faculty.
What is your program looking for in a graduating medical student?:
Virtually all applicants to urology residencies are highly qualified based upon their academic accomplishments and Board scores. From this group, we strive to select individuals who are highly motivated and dedicated to making substantial contributions to the field of urologic surgery during their career. Although we are supportive of our residents who pursue private practice, we are seeking individuals most likely to pursue fellowships and academic urology. We want residents who are self-motivated and will fit in with an atmosphere of high expectations without sacrificing personal quality of life.
What part of an application do you consider most important in ranking applicants?:
We select for interview only applicants who are highly ranked in their medical school class and who have performed well on Boards. Nonetheless, these are not the most important criteria in selecting applicants. We strongly consider letters of recommendation but rely heavily upon our perception after interviews. Our interview process is designed to allow maximum exposure and contact between the applicants and our own residents and faculty. Applicants interested in Vanderbilt should consider performing a senior elective with us although this is far from essential.
What advice do you have for medical students hoping to match in Urology?:
Applicants should prepare their applications and personal statements carefully and in a timely fashion and seek meaningful letters of recommendation. During the interview process, the applicant should simply present himself or herself in a relaxed and open manner. We attempt to provide as much honest information about our program as possible and applicants should do the same. This will allow applicants to match at the program best suited for themselves.