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The value of residency program characteristics changes throughout urology training
Department of Urology, Department of Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Dec  2023 (Vol.  30, Issue  6, Pages( 11724 - 11731)
PMID: 38104329


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  • Introduction:

    The purpose of this study was to determine which characteristics of urology residency programs are most highly valued by medical students and residents, and how these change during training.

    Materials and methods:

    We distributed a survey to urology residents and medical students interested in urology via program director email and social media. The survey collected demographic data, future career plans, and asked respondents to rank the relative importance of six categories of residency program characteristics and specific characteristics within each category.


    Among the six categories of residency characteristics, resident experience was ranked most important by both medical students and residents, followed by geography and clinical experience which were tied. Medical students ranked clinic experience and formal mentorship with greater importance while residents placed higher value on the active role of clinical faculty and help from advanced practice providers. Trainees planning for an academic career ranked research experiences and resident diversity as more important than those entering private practice.


    Residents and medical students mostly agreed on the relative importance of residency program characteristics. The differences observed suggest that as trainees gain experience they place greater importance on informal relationships with faculty and value characteristics that enhance surgical training such as support from advanced practice providers and less time in clinic. These findings may guide programs on what information to include on their websites and presentations.