How well do urology residency program webpages recruit underrepresented minorities?

Can J Urol. 2022 Jun;29(3):11150-11153.


Introduction: Historically, the field of medicine has suffered from a lack of diversity. This project examines if urology residency program websites were actively attempting to recruit underrepresented minority applicants with the hypothesis that while some programs would attempt to attract such applicants on their website, the majority would not.

Materials and methods: A cross-sectional analysis of program webpages for information regarding underrepresented minorities was performed. Electronic Residency Application Service residency database was used to identify 130 urology residency programs. Three were no longer accepting residents and were not included. The publicly available webpages of 137 urology residency training programs identified were reviewed.

Results: Only 26.3% (36) of programs included any information regarding diversity or inclusion on their webpage. The most common references to diversity were a link to a Department of Diversity and Inclusion (28, 20.4%) and information regarding a "commitment to diversity" (28, 20.4%). Only two programs included all seven categories searched for.

Conclusions: Residency program websites may be an important tool to recruit underrepresented minorities and currently there is significant room for improvement. Given that urology is already behind other fields in terms of representation, it is especially important to make an active, visible attempt to recruit underrepresented minorities.

Keywords: diversity; online recruitment; program webpage; residency; underrepresented minorities; urology.

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Minority Groups / education
  • Urology* / education