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BackTable / Urology / Podcast / Episode #111

Applying for Urology: Recipe for Success

with Dr. Steve Hudak and Dr. Theresa Olmstead

In this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Bagrodia, program director Dr. Steve Hudak (UTSW) and resident doctor Dr. Theresa Olmstead (UC San Diego) discuss the tangible advice for having successful urology away rotations and crafting an outstanding urology residency application.

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Ep 111 Applying for Urology: Recipe for Success with Dr. Steve Hudak and Dr. Theresa Olmstead
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BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2023, August 14). Ep. 111 – Applying for Urology: Recipe for Success [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com

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Podcast Contributors

Dr. Steve Hudak discusses Applying for Urology: Recipe for Success on the BackTable 111 Podcast

Dr. Steve Hudak

Dr. Steven Hudak is a practicing Urologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Theresa Olmstead discusses Applying for Urology: Recipe for Success on the BackTable 111 Podcast

Dr. Theresa Olmstead

Dr. Theresa Olmstead is a resident physician at UC San Diego in California.

Dr. Aditya Bagrodia discusses Applying for Urology: Recipe for Success on the BackTable 111 Podcast

Dr. Aditya Bagrodia

Dr. Aditya Bagrodia is an associate professor of urology and genitourinary oncology team leader at UC San Diego Health in California and adjunct professor of urology at UT Southwestern.

Show Notes

First, the doctors discuss advice for first and second-year medical students interested in urology. Students in the early stages of their medical journey should be honest and transparent with themselves and mentors about their interests, abilities, and goals. The removal of STEP 1 scores and other metrics has allowed students to determine if a specialty is right for them without the fear of being turned away. Connections, research, and opportunities for first and second year medical students are important, but taking the time to find a mentor who resonates with them and committing to projects that will help them move forward is also essential.

Then, the doctors discuss the process of applying for away rotations and Theresa shares her experience of doing three away rotations. Additionally, they explain the job interview-like process of away rotations and how to best prepare for the process, like taking the time to understand and orient oneself in the situation. Both Theresa and Steve agree that punctuality, being oneself, and assessing program fit are very important.

Next, the doctors share tangible advice on how to ask for stellar letters of recommendation, such as having tangible examples to share with letter writers, taking the time to talk to faculty ahead of time, and providing their curriculum vitae and personal statement. They also discuss the pros and cons of the signaling process. Finally, they give interview tips, such as having unique stories to share, and being concise and succinct when answering questions.

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