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    Candidates show good understanding of factors considered by programs

    San Diego—Applicants to urology residency programs have clear ideas about what they are seeking in a training program and a good understanding of the factors influencing their rankings, according to the findings of a survey presented at the AUA annual meeting San Diego.

    “At a time when competition for acceptance into urology residency training programs has been increasing because the number of applicants is growing, our study indicates that medical students hoping for success with matching are well-informed about how they will be evaluated,” said first author Amir H. Lebastchi, MD, urology resident at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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    “In addition, our data might provide insight for program directors who seek to attract the top candidates in the applicant pool. Understanding what today’s applicants value during residency might allow institutions to optimally market their programs to future applicants,” added Dr. Lebastchi, who worked on the study with Sapan N. Ambani, MD, and co-authors.

    The survey was sent to individuals applying for the 2016 urology training programs at the University of Michigan, University of Toledo, University of Washington, and University of Florida.

    “Geographic location is a factor considered by applicants when applying to residency programs, and in order to minimize bias related to that issue, we conducted a multicenter study with geographically diverse sites,” Dr. Lebastchi told Urology Times.

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    A total of 322 applicants completed the survey, representing a 69% response rate. The majority of the respondents were male (77%).

    The survey asked applicants to rank in order of importance nine criteria by which they would evaluate training programs and 10 factors program directors would use in selecting residents.

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