Predictors of a Successful Urology Resident Using Medical Student Application Materials

R. Houston Thompson, Christine M. Lohse, Douglas A. Husmann, Bradley C. Leibovich, Matthew T. Gettman

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Abstract

Objective To evaluate features from the medical student application record that predict for a high-quality urology resident because there are currently sparse data on factors that are associated with a successful urology residency. Materials and Methods We reviewed the Mayo Clinic experience with 53 urology residents who matriculated between 2000 and 2011. Residents were independently scored 1-10 based on overall quality by the Program Director and Associate Program Director. Discrepant scoring by >2 was resolved by the former Program Director. Associations of features from the medical student application with an excellent score (defined as 8-10) were evaluated with logistic regression. Results Discrepant scoring >2 was noted in only 3 residents (6%). Among the 53 residents, the mean overall score was 6.2 (standard deviation 3.0, range 1-10) and 20 residents (38%) had an excellent score of 8-10. Univariably, higher United States Medical Licensing Examination step II score (P =.011), election to Alpha Omega Alpha (P =.017), no negative interview comments (P =.044), lower ranked medical school (P =.015), honors in obstetrics and gynecology clerkship (P =.044), and honors in all core clinical clerkships (P =.007) were significantly associated with an excellent score. In a multivariable model, no negative interview comments (P =.018), lower ranked medical school (P =.012), and honors in all core clinical clerkships (P =.006) were independently associated with an excellent score; the c-index for this model was 0.91. Conclusion We demonstrate features associated with an excellent urology resident, most notably an honors grade in all core clinical clerkships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-28
Number of pages7
JournalUrology
Volume108
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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