You are about to embark on an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. You will have the opportunity to learn the art and science of urology, an amazing discipline of which we feel being a member is a privilege. The Department of Urology offers an ACGME-accredited five-year Urology Residency Training Program, as well as clerkships in urology and pediatric urology for third-year medical students. Fourth-year medical student electives in urology include clinical urology, urology research, and neurourology/voiding dysfunction.
Our program serves the entire State of West Virginia. This dynamic program is fully accredited by the ACGME and accepts one resident per year for training. Residents are exposed to all aspects of Adult and Pediatric Urology. Chief residents graduate with more than 2400 cases performed. Pass rate on the American Board of Urology Examinations is 100%. The Department of Urology offers three elective rotations for medical students. We urge those students with a sincere interest in training with us to consider taking an elective rotation here. In the following paragraphs, our residency application process is described.
The Department of Urology strives to ensure a fair and non-discriminatory process for the selection of residents into the Urology training program. All applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Applicants also must register with the American Urological Association Matching Program. Information regarding participating in this program may be obtained by contacting the AUA Office of Education at (800) 282-7077, or by contacting their website at www.auanet.org.
The completed application will be reviewed by the Program Director and faculty. Candidates are selected on the basis of the above information. We typically receive approximately 175 applications for our one available position. Approximately 30 candidates are invited to participate in the interview process. The candidates are informed by letter or e-mail that they have been selected for an interview (on selected dates in November and December). Each candidate is given information regarding salary, benefits, local information, and lodging information at the time of interview.
All candidates meet with the Program Director, Department Chair, Urology faculty, and residents. They are evaluated on the application materials and overall impression during the interview. Residents are selected through the AUA Matching Program. A candidate will not be ranked on the match list unless he/she has had a formal interview.
After matching with the Department of Urology, the candidate must file an application with the Department of Surgery. All General Surgery must be completed at West Virginia University Affiliated Hospitals. West Virginia University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and will not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We wish you the best of luck in the application process. Please feel free to contact us with any further questions you may have.
We encourage our residents to pursue fellowship training. Since inception of the residency training program, approximately 20% of our graduates have pursued fellowship opportunities. To maximize our resident’s chances of attaining a fellowship, we formulate a plan of action for each resident which will include finding a mentor, conducting research projects, and presentations at regional and national meetings. Residents in past years have completed fellowship training in outstanding institutions such as:
- MD Anderson Cancer Center
- Roswell Park Institute
- University of Mississippi Medical Center
- City of Hope Medical Center
- Children’s’ Hospital of San Diego
- University of South Florida Moffitt Cancer Center
- University of Pittsburgh