Dedicated research time in urology residency: current status

Urology. 2014 Apr;83(4):719-24. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2013.09.072. Epub 2014 Feb 5.


Objective: To gauge the importance of dedicated research time during urology residency and how this influences rank-list preferences when applying for residency.

Methods: An American Urological Association survey was emailed to US resident members. The online form consisted of 14 questions addressing demographics, career plans, and training program characteristics. Two additional Likert-scale question series evaluated rank-list preferences and the value of dedicated research time during residency.

Results: A total of 263 of 956 urology residents (27.5%) responded to the survey. More than 70% responders valued the opportunity to be involved with scholarly research and agreed that doing so will enhance their education and/or training. About 88.2% interviewed with at least 1 program with a dedicated research year. About 33.5% preferred or were indifferent to applying to 6-year programs with dedicated research time vs a traditional 5-year program. About 76.4% residents preferred doing an extra year of research in fellowship as opposed to residency.

Conclusion: Dedicated research time is one of many components influencing rank-list preference. Residents value the opportunity to participate in research, but there is limited interest in an additional year during residency. However, one-third of applicants favor or are willing to accept an additional year of research in urology residency.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / trends
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • Urology / education*