Attach to Residency Program:
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
If you were an applicant, why would you choose to train in your residency program?:
The UTHSCSA Urology training program has a number of features that graduates have reported, in retrospect, to be major strengths. The clinical volume and breadth of pathology is substantial, allowing the graduate to choose the (1) subspecialty fellowship training program of choice or (2) to move into a clinical practice with an expertise that is on-par or above-par with urologists who are already working in the community. The fact that all subspecialties of Urology are a component of the UTHSCSA program has been a strength on all previous evaluations. For those individuals who are looking to develop a foundation for an academic career, the combination of large clinical trials and translational science studies provides an excellent foundation for the practice of Urology. Finally, a brief chat with the residents and faculty will highlight the teamwork and good spirit of the group.
What is your program looking for in a graduating medical student?:
The ideal medical student applying to UTHSCSA Urology training program is bright, enthusiastic, shows initiative, enjoys a collegial working relationship with other residents, and has the habit of 'doing a bit more than is expected'.
What part of an application do you consider most important in ranking applicants?:
While academic achievement is important, we look for students who have shown the initiative to start a research project, develop a new way of doing something, volunteer to improve the lives of others or some other aspect of their character that lets us know that they have the potential for leadership and will be able to advance the field of Urology.
What advice do you have for medical students hoping to match in Urology?:
Because it is so competitive and because there are so many excellent candidates interested in Urology, the student who is looking to match in Urology should strongly consider: Working on an elective with a mentor who can provide a strong letter of recommendation and can comment beyond the usual 2-3 week rotation observations. Work on a project and write a paper with a Urology physician at your institution. This shows initiative and helps the student to understand how papers make it into journals. It also sometimes 'breaks the ice' and could lead to a fascinating and rewarding career in academic medicine. Do an outside rotation in Urology especially at an institution that you may want to consider for your training. Guidance for this is usually available through the local Urology program coordinator. The rotation will give the student a better idea of the breadth of Urology and may cement interest in the specialty. If the student works hard, is helpful and enthusiastic, the rotation could potentially provide an additional strong letter of recommendation.