Academic Enhancement Track

University of Virginia Academic Enhancement Track

The University of Virginia (UVA) has a long and distinguished history of training leaders in academic and private practice Urology. Over the past 15 years, nearly 70% of our graduating residents completed a fellowship or attained positions at teaching hospitals. Similarly, UVA Urology has trained many thought leaders who have taken on leadership or administrative positions within the private practice setting.

Upon graduating residency, many Urologists pursue secondary degrees or may become interested in leadership or administrative positions. We believe such training is best initiated earlier in the education trajectory and residency is an opportune time to acquire these skills, prior to entering clinical practice.

The Academic Enhancement Track (AET) is not designed to be a traditional research year and incorporates educational flexibility and opportunity that is novel and largely unparalled. The program is flexible to meet personal goals, which may include translational research or outcomes studies as well as pursuits within the global health, business of medicine, public health and policy realms. The program is malleable based on the residents interests and could include tracks incorporating many of the graduate programs at UVA. Residents have a faculty mentor prior to and throughout the AET year to help design the curriculum to meet their individual goals.

Our standard track consists of 9 months of pre-urology and four years and 3 months of urologic training for a total of five years.  The AET track is a one year advanced clinical training program embedded between the R-2 and R-3 years of our standard five year residency.  We match one candidate for each of the two tracks. Candidates can rank these tracks separately.

There is the opportunity to pursue a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research (M.S.C.R.) degree through the School of Public Health. This is a 32 credit curriculum with classes in Statistics, Epidemiology, and Public Health Policy. In addition to the standard courses offered, students are free to supplement their coursework with classes at UVA’s Law, Business, Education, Data Science, Global Health and Leadership schools.

It is expected that the resident will complete several research projects during this year. Though residents in our standard track 5 year program have ample research opportunities and may go on to academic careers, we are confident graduates of our 6-year AET program will transform urology as the leaders of Tomorrow.