Getting Into Urology Residency
with Dr. Blake Johnson and Dr. Steve Hudak
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2021, September 8). Ep. 15 – Getting Into Urology Residency [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com/urology
We talk with UTSW Program Director Dr. Steve Hudak and UTSW Urology Resident Dr. Blake Johnson about what it takes to get into Urology Residency these days, and pearls for a successful Urology rotation.
Dr. Blake Johnson
Dr. Blake Johnson is a Urology Resident at UT Southwestern.
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. Aaron Fritts
Guest host Dr. Aaron Fritts is a Co-Founder of BackTable and a practicing interventional radiologist in Dallas, TX.
In this BackTable Urology episode, Dr. Steve Hudak, UT Southwestern residency program director, and Dr. Blake Johnson, PGY-1 at UT Southwestern, give advice on how to successfully match into urology residency.
The doctors first discuss their personal journeys to urology, noting that many medical students may discover a passion for the field late into their medical education during their fourth elective rotations. Then, they review the necessary components of an application, such as: excellent performance on all clinical rotations, away rotations, research experience, strong letters of recommendation, and a strong STEP I score. They briefly discuss the transition to a pass-fail STEP I score and its effect on future applicants.
Then, Dr. Hudak explains the difficulties involved in the resident selection process. Because the urology match is competitive, he strongly assesses resilience, teamwork, and work ethic in each applicant. He notes that overcoming hardships should be noted in personal statements, as it is a salient demonstration of these qualities. Similarly, Dr. Johnson evaluates applicants based on their attitude and contributions in the clinic/OR.
Finally, the doctors share their advice for medical students on away rotations. Both agree that medical students should always remain professional, punctual, and helpful over the course of the rotation. Dr. Johnson also advises medical students to develop situational awareness by knowing when to ask questions and to anticipate residents’ needs.
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