Prospective Resident F.A.Q.

U-M Department of Urology Residency Program F.A.Q. 
By Kate Kraft, M.D., Residency Program Director; Sapan Ambani, M.D., Associate Residency Director; and Associate Chair for Education, Khaled Hafez, M.D, Ph.D.

Q. As a potential applicant, why should I consider your program?


Among our peer institutions, University of Michigan’s Urology Resident Education program stands apart for three important reasons:


1) We offer exceptional opportunities: The U-M Department of Urology has outstanding faculty, working together in a top-rated department, located within one of the World’s leading academic research institutions. Urology resident education is a top priority for all of our faculty members, and our urology residents have opportunities to gain vital experience in all urologic sub-specialties by working in a collaborative environment with multiple faculty members who have received national and international recognition in their respective areas of expertise.


2) Our program is rigorous, yet rewarding: Our urology residents are expected to provide input, and to voice their opinion throughout their training. We provide our Urology Residents with the knowledge, skills, and tools to succeed — within a program that maintains exceptionally high standards for our urology residents, faculty, and programs.


3) We are committed to being the very best: We are fully committed to providing all of our urology residents with the best possible training, education, and career opportunities. It is my personal mission to assure that our program is one of the best — if not the best — in the nation.


Q. What types of Urology Residents are you looking for?


The U-M Urology Resident program maintains rigorous standards, and we have high expectations for all of our residents. There is no question that residency is tough: Our residents work hard, but we do everything possible to inspire them to be ever-better and to never settle for mediocrity. In addition to having demonstrated scholarly activity and an outstanding academic record, we encourage medical students who are motivated, hard-working, ambitious, ethical, and most importantly — trustworthy — to consider joining our program.


Q. What aspects do you consider most important in ranking applicants?


Academic performance, scholarly activity, and letters of recommendation are carefully considered. Performance during M4 rotations is also taken into consideration. During the interview process, we look for candidates who are personable, well-rounded, and compassionate. We also solicit feedback from our residents and program coordinator and consider that within the context of other attributes.


Q. What advice do you have for medical students hoping to match in Urology?


Be realistic — but always challenge yourself to do your best, and to achieve your dreams. Be organized and enthusiastic, but most of all — be yourself. Maintaining good academic performance and obtaining clinical research experience during medical school is always helpful.