"Urology is a surgical subspecialty focusing on the urinary tract of men and women, as well as the reproductive system of men. …Urologists are masters of everything that has to do with the passage of urine, from its production in the kidney to its release through the urethra. They surgically correct problems such as obstructing posterior urethral valves in newborn boys or bladder outlet obstruction caused by benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) in elderly men. Urinary tract infections (UTIs), which affect every age group and can be quite destructive, make up a large proportion of cases seen by urologists, especially if it progresses to a worrisome infection of the kidney itself (pyelonephritis).”
— Freeman, B. (2013). The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Medical Specialty. 3rd Ed. Lange Medical Books/McGraw-Hill: New York. p. 467.
- What advice would you offer first- and second-year students who are interested in pursuing your specialty?
Make sure you look closely at all specialties before reaching a final decision.
- How important is a research experience in your specialty? If important, does it need to be in the specialty itself?
Should try to participate in a research project of some sort and derive publication. Does not matter if it's not in urology.
- What M4 electives would you recommend to a student who is interested in pursuing your specialty?
Anesthesia, critical care, general surgery and radiology.
Suggested electives include:
- Transplant surgery
- GI surgery
- Laparoscopic surgery
- Plastic surgery
- Interventional radiology
- GU radiology
- Oncology (with emphasis on GU if possible)
- Does your specialty recommend doing away rotations?
- If your specialty recommends doing away rotations, how many "aways" do you recommend?
One to two.
- If away rotations are necessary, when should they be completed?
In the summer of the application year.
- Which month do you recommend taking off to interview?
- Does your specialty recommend that all letters of recommendation be written by members of your specialty?
- If letters can come from other disciplines, do you have a recommendation as to which disciplines are more highly valued?
- Does the academic rank of the letter writer matter?
- Does your specialty require a letter from the chairman?
Yes, you should have a letter from the chair.
- Urology Specialty Session - Winter / Residency Application Information
During the winter of the M3 year, students should attend specialty sessions sponsored by the Department of Urology to learn more about the specialty and to meet attendings and residents in the field.
Urology as a specialty encompasses complete medical and surgical urological care of patients. A broad range of surgical skills including microsurgery, laparoscopic surgery and extensive open surgery are utilized; therefore rotations in a variety of surgical subspecialties are applicable. Background in any of these areas would prove beneficial, though exposure to all fields cannot reasonably be achievable nor is this expected. In addition, experience in medical renal diseases and renal transplantation is highly beneficial due to close interaction and the multidisciplinary care provided for these patients. As for any surgical specialty, an understanding of basic anesthetic care and options is optimal.
Urology is an early match specialty that is run through the American Urological Association.
- Urology Match Lists
- AAMC Careers in Medicine: Urology Specialty Information
- American Urological Association
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For More Information
Department of Urology
Feinberg School of Medicine
303 E. Chicago Ave., Tarry 16-703
Chicago, IL 60611-3008