Presentation Authors: Samuel Engelsgjerd*, Melissa Wong, Adam Koraym, Jay Sandlow, R. Corey O'Connor, Milwaukee, WI
Introduction: The urology residency match is a highly competitive process. Each year over 450 senior medical students apply for approximately 300 available training positions. As a result, well-qualified students may go unmatched. We sought to determine if a training program's "familiarity" with an applicant played a role in the successful match into a urology residency.
Methods: We analyzed data from successful allopathic urology residency applicants in the United States between 2015 and 2018. Information was collected from the American Association of Medical Colleges applications and UrologyMatch.com including each candidate's name, hometown, undergraduate institution, graduate program (if applicable), medical school, location of visiting sub-internships in urology and urology residency program.
Results: Complete data were available for 920 of 1,197 applicants (77%). 221/920 (24%) successful students matched into their home urology training programs. 342/920 (37%) applicants rotated as visiting sub-interns prior to matching at their respective programs. 45/920 (5%) candidates matched into residency training programs in which they previous studied as undergraduate or graduate students. Finally, 76/920 (8%) applicants matched into programs within 150 miles of their recorded hometown. Overall, 684/920 (74%) successful urology match candidates met a minimum of one recorded metric.
Conclusions: Program "familiarity" with students may play a major role in where urology candidates successfully match. Our study demonstrated nearly 3/4 of urology residency applicants matched into either their home institutions, visiting sub-internship programs, site of previous undergraduate/graduate studies or training programs within 150 miles of their hometown.