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Q&A and Statistics about Urology

Urology is the perfect blend of clinical medicine and surgical care.

How long is the residency?
5 years of training

How competitive is the Urology Match?
Very competitive. High Step 1 and Step 2 scores are required. For more information and statistics, please visit the AUA Urology Residency Match Statistics webpage.

Should I take Step 2 boards?
Yes. An excellent Step 2 prior to ERAS application release may improve your chances.

How important is the AOA status?
AOA status gives program directors an idea of your class rank and academic performance and is highly valued.

How important is research?
Demonstrating participation in research projects, presentating research projects, as well publishing abstracts and manuscripts is a very important part of the urology residency application.

Should I do a Urology 4th year elective?
Yes. Anyone interested in Urology as a career should rotate on the Urology service early in their fourth year.

Should I do an “away” rotation?
Yes. Doing externships is very important. They give you an opportunity to see what life is like outside KU while also allowing you to demonstrate your knowledge, work ethic, and personality to another Urology Department. This may help you during the interview process and may help generate additional letters of recommendation. Again, earlier in the year is usually better, but we would recommend completing your KU rotation first.

How many programs should I apply?
This will vary from applicant to applicant depending on the goals of the applicant as well as how competitive an applicant is.

What is the resident lifestyle like?
Surgical specialty residencies are intense learning experiences requiring ability to balance, multitask, and performing under pressure. Our urology residents are some of the happiest residents in the country.

How often do resident take call?
Again, variable among programs, but no one takes call more frequently than every third night. At KU, our residents average 5 – 6 call nights per month and this is “home call”.

Do I need to meet with the KU Urology Program Director?
We recommend you meet with the Urology Program Director, Moben Mirza, MD, Associate Program Director, Casey Kowalik, MD, Clerkship Director, Kerri Thurmon, MD, or another Urology faculty is highly advisable. We can help you determine your application strengths and weaknesses as well as answer questions about our field or application process. Our residents are also very approachable and willing to discuss Urology as a career path.

Urology Residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine Department of Urology

The overall objective of our educational program is to create a complete board certified urologist. That is, a practitioner who can combine superior surgical skills with sound clinical judgment, compassion, and professionalism. All of this must be based upon a core of clinical and basic science knowledge that incorporates the full depth and breadth of our growing field. The resident’s 5-year rotation schedule, the weekly conferences, the exposure to research, the administration of the in-service examination, the exposure to current concepts of urologic care through attendance at national meetings, are all designed to assist the residents to meet the requirements of the American Board of Urology.

2019 KU Match Statistics: 264 applicants applied, 40 interviewed, 23 rotating medical students considered, for 4 residency slots available. Four matched within top 10 on our rank list.

Criterial and Guidelines Used For Applicant Candidacy:

  • Letters of Recommendations from Urology Physicians
  • USMLE Step 1 Score => 235
  • USMLE Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge) Score => 235
  • Grades; Especially Urology and Surgery Clerkships
  • AOA / Academic performance / Class Rank
  • Research Productivity
  • Gold Humanism
  • Honors and Awards
  • Dean’s Letter of Recommendation
  • Community Service
  • Extracurricular Activities
Last modified: Jan 30, 2020