Urology Match 2019
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Step 2 available to programs (y=1/n=0)Step 2 score (if released prior to match)Class quartile (number only)# you matched on rank list# sub-internships (including home)# interviews offered# interviews attended# programs ranked# publications, presentations, posters on ERASAOA (y=1/n=0)Number of Programs Applied# of interviews from waitlists / cancellationsMatched BELOW AWAYS (y=1/n=0)US Sr (1), US Reapplicant (2), FMG (3) DO(4)
20012203101010~10-150115+801If you love urology, go for it
210.01.0243. time off for research which is probably the only way I was able to get the interviews I got, though I do think step 1 still hurt me after interviews and is part of the reason I dropped on my rank list; that being said, I'm still very happy where I ended up; one thing I found helpful was for each program to think of at least one thing I'd be excited about if I ended up there; fwiw home chair said explicitely that he looks at thank you notes when ranking people; happy to answer any specific questions
Any chance I can get in contact with you? Currently in a smiliar-ish position
216.01.0253.0middle third2. had a low step 1 so did everything I could to make up for it. Did well on 3rd year rotations, drastically improved step 2, had a productive research year and got strong letters of recommendation. Also had some interesting volunteer and leadership experience that may have helped. Wrote emails to programs if I didn't get an interview offer and know for sure that I got at least 3 interviews from that, including the program I matched at. Sent thank you emails to the PD after each interview. Sent a letter of intent to my #1 and sort of love letter to #2 and #3. Incredibly happy with where I matched.
222.01.0260.'ll reiterate exactly what the other individual with a low step 1 score did: worked incredibly hard on aways in order to get strong letters of recommendation, applied broadly, took step 2 early and greatly improved upon my score; rounded out my application in every aspect so that step 1 was my only red flag; I also reached out to programs in my region that I hadn't heard from and believe I got 2-3 interviews directly from that; I sent a love letter to my number 1, as well as emails to my 2 and 3 telling them that after the interview season has wrapped up that I would love to work/match there. I ended up at my number 2 choice which I did not do an away at, I am incredibly happy with the result
225.01.0256. a research year, made up for step 1 with clinical rotation grades and step 2, was intentional about away rotations. Lucky to have solid mentorship at my home institution that translated to strong LORs, wrote thank you notes/emails after most interviews. Told my #1 they were #1.
232.01.0233. step 1 score made me strongly consider dual applying general surgery. Only high passed my rotations, average shelf scores, dedicated time for CK and did not do much better (I guess I'm learning that I don't test well haha). Anyways, I worked very hard on my sub-i's and always had a positive and curious attitude. I got to the hospital before the intern, I smiled a lot, joked around, took notes on every patient on the list, I became friends with everyone (the secretary, the nurses, the cleaning staff). Take that 1 month and show them you belong there. In short, my numbers were sub-optimal, and I really had to claw for the 12 interviews I was invited to. I would recommend spending time cultivating your interests, I know that helped get me interviews because an intervierwer said it shows self-motivation, drive and curiosity. I sent a "you are my #1" to my number one, and a "I am ranking you highly" to the next few. I matched at my #1, where I did an away. It was by far the most competitive and highly ranked program I interviewed at. I did not send thank you letters to any programs. Strong letters helped immensely. Also, I am not at a top tier medical school (>#50).
234.01.0240. at my number 1 choice which is a highly sought after program each year it seems. Had lower test scores, but as has been mentioned above, if you do away rotations and work your ass off you will be fine. Did 4 aways because I do not have a home program and received some incredible LOR as a result. I specifically had a PD tell me "most programs can train a monkey to be a urologist, we want applicants that are enjoyable to be around and will work hard."
235.01.0254. a low step scores but improved on step2. Worked hard on home sub-is and aways, make good impressions and got good letters. Sent LOI to my No.1 and was told that they liked me too. Pretty happy that things work out. So don't give up if you didn't do well on your step1. Make it up with research and work ethics.
236.01.0254.0NA3. a meh step 1 score, so I tried to improve with step 2 as well as up my research experience. There are just some things you can't change in your app so you do what you can to improve on the things you can change. Also getting good LORs make a HUGE difference. I'm also one of the people trying to couples match with someone doing the regular match, so I reached out to the programs where my SO had interviews at and received around 7-8 interviews just from that. So if you're thinking of sending a love letter to a program you really want to interview at, I think it's definitely worth a shot! Especially if you're trying to couples match, programs want you and your SO to stay together :) and if they don't, they probably aren't that great.
237.01.0251. a love letter to my #1, where I did an away rotation, but it was a top program and still definitely a reach for me based on my step 1 score. I pretty much knew I wasn't going to match there, but did everything I could. Also sent a "I am ranking you highly" to two other programs in my top 5 because they specifically requested correspondence if we were interested in matching there.
238.01.0258. the end of the day it only takes 1 program to really like you- don't sell yourself short. Be a normal, fun person who is fun to work with and you will be fine. Treat your co-subIs and everyone around you well. The residents and attendings care far more about how you function as a team member than what you know. At interviews and aways do everything you can to portray that you are here to work your ass off, take care of your patients and fellow residents, and have fun while doing it.
24212651322621235168101Both of my sub-Is interviewed me which was clutch (I'd recommend choosing places that do this.) I was confident in my application (main weakness was research, but had a few measly projects in med school and one pub in undergrad) but applied broadly and went on as many interviews as possible because 1) why not? and 2) can't account for politics, and I don't have a home program. That many interviews was totally exhausting, not sure I'd recommend. But then again I'm really happy with the outcome so #noregrets. Good luck all you future urologists reading this! Be yourself, work hard, have fun, and don't forget why you love urology/surgery. Then interviews will be a piece of cake and you will match somewhere that appreciates you for who you are! :)
26 #1 letter, worked my butt off on my aways which really paid off. Be easy to work with, smile, improve when people criticize. Had multiple red flags on app and still matched with this philosophy
27 "I am ranking you number 1" letter to my number 1 (away rotation). I sincerely believed it helped. Nothing to 2 or 3. No TY notes at all. Research your aways heavily before applying, work your ass off and make them count. Best shot at matching.
243.00.0251. a middle tier med school, middle/lowish Step 1, did not release Step 2, had some urologic research, but other research I could speak about from undergrad and earlier medical school. What really carried me were strong letters from my home and aways, and strong interview skills. Applied all over geographically, and was asked why I would come to program X in state X at nearly every interview. Had a well-rehearsed, but honest answer. Lots of comments on my away letters. Sent a love letter to my #1, thank yous to all programs unless explicitly told not to, and letters of interest to programs #2 and #3. I feel like I am the quintessential average uro app, but matched at my number one because it was a perfect culture fit, I was honest with my chances at other programs/interviews and my letters scored me big-time points. Also got along well with the residents I met on interview day and they went to bat for me.
245.01.0255. goal was to match, and would have been happy at just about every program I interviewed at! Sent very few thank you letters, no letters of intent. I had roughly average scores, average/below average research (very little related to urology or even surgery, mainly poster presentations), so I suspect either my LORs, AOA, or pure chance were what helped me get a good number of invites. I would recommend trying to keep a sense of humor and an open mind during this process - otherwise your head will explode.
245.01.0255. letters of interest to top 5 - probably was overkill. Did not say "I am ranking you number one"
245.01.0257. TY/LOI emails to top 3, but didn't help me in matching at those places.
245.01.0264. only letter of intent to my #1 and love letters to 2 and 3. Matched at my #1 which I did an away at.
38 lower than i figured byt still happy where i ended up. Ranked below my away which had an unfilled spot so maybe they didnt even rank me even though i got good feedback? Also, dont listen to any programs. They will straight up lie to you +2
<-- what made you decide to do the research year despite a comfortable step score?
247.01.0259. the dream. Amazing field amazing people
44 idea how I dropped so low, maybe my hopes were too high from having a bunch of interviews at top tier programs.
248.00.0NA11. believe anything anyone tells you ever. Not residents. Not PD. Not your home program. Nobody < +2
46 letter to my #1. Also sent TY letters to every program director I interviewed with (unless they said not to). aside from really crushing away rotations by being super hardworking, dependable, friendly/likable, its hard to say why some people get more interviews than others. I had good stats, but go to a mid-low tier med school. While I got about 17 interviews, I was somewhat surprised by the geographic location of some of them, and definitely think that top programs consider the reputation of your med school (in addition to board scores and research). Nothing you can do about that. Doing an away rotation at a top program, or wherever you want to be, is definitely your best shot. I think that A LOT people send letters to their #1, so by not doing this, you are missing out.
47 not send a #1 letter but sent a letter to the program I matched at
251.01.0254. home. wanted to. but rotated and interviewed at awesome places to figure out what was out there. Told PD they're my number 1. Got good scores and evals and feedback on sub-I's. I have posters and abstracts but no published manuscripts, but it's something i'm working on.
Don't be afraid to write emails youself to the programs you want interviews at. Didn't write many thank you notes, did not write #1 letter
53 TYs to my SubIs that fortunately also gave exit interviews. Did not attend any interviews off of WL as my schedule couldn't accomodate. I knew research was my weakness since I had no pubs (although had projects in process), but honestly, was not an issue, as programs who wanted research oriented applicants didn't offer interviews, and the ones that did were not research minded which made interviewing much less stressful. Told #1 who was my away SubI that they were my #1, which I believe helped only because we were already fond of each other.
54 not send #1 letter
55 #2. did away @ my #1 & sent LOI. no other letters. Thank yous to most PDs + Chairmen, not to other faculty. Only received "we really want you" from #3. Didn't get my 2nd away letter til late november, so no programs saw it. It was a west coast program and I only received 1 interview that way (east coast med school) so disappointed it wasn't in earlier, may have helped get more interviews out that way
253.01.0268. research was mostly in a different field than urology. My publications and posters also were mostly from before medical school. Faculty was still interested in it, and I do not feel like it was a huge challenge to appeal to programs that like research. That being said, I think it is very valuable to at least try and get involved in some urology research if possible during your third year. It is never to late to reach out and see what pops up! I did more subi's than most people recommend because I wanted data for myself. You get a really good feel for a program, and a lot of my preconceived ideas of programs were proven wrong once I spent more than a week there. If you show up, do the work, get involved, ask questions, etc. you will do fine- so DON'T limit yourself on aways because you are afraid you will blow it! You're going to do wonderful things. Lean on those who have done it previosuly, and make friends in your cohort. I am so close to so many people from the trail, and I am so excited to be in this field with them for the long haul! This is an amazing field!
57 #1 letter or thank yous, match to top tier program
59 1 was home program, so I met with the PD who is my advisor and let him know. He then sent emails on my behalf to my number 2 and 3 (both of which were away programs). Matched at my 4 which I have zero connections to and had no post-interview contact with.
258.01.0244. 3 programs were all reaches, probably only got an II b/c of the sub-I's, so I matched exactly where I thought and I'm quite happy about it. Also, don't listen to any feedback programs give you, just do your thing. didn't sent any TY letters except to #1, but some people called on my behalf (including the place I matched.) Probably helped.
259.00.0260. high scores and good grades but very little research so got passed up by some more research heavy programs. Away rotations were super important for me and enabled me to match at my 1. Would have spread my aways out geographically more in retrospect.
259.01.0263. you only to #2 & 1, no loi
262.01.0256. TY notes only to PDs and PCs in top 7 programs, don't think it made a difference. Did not send LOI to #1.
67't send any thank you notes after the interview. I think it's pretty pointless; if a program liked you, they aren't going to decide to not rank you because you didn't send them a thank you. If they didn't like you, a thank you isn't going to change it. Most attendings I've talked to say that thank yous just clog their inbox. I sent a letter of intent to my #1 but nothing to my #2 and 3. I had my department chair call my #1 on my behalf as well. I don't know if that made any difference, but I matched at my #1 so maybe? I worked hard on both of my aways and it paid off with fantastic LORs.
243.01.0257. a research year, sent letters of intent and took second looks at programs i was interested in.
253.01.0260. a DO student, I'm happy to have matched where I did but I had to work my ass off on Sub-Is and do a one month research elective as well. Clearly my stats were comparable/more competitive than most MDs but I still didn't get many interviews. Not many DOs match obviously, so to get my 4th choice was a miracle but I still was pretty sad about not getting into my top 3. I would suggest to always plan for the worst, but hope for the best!