Letter from Chairman

Urological Residency Program at the University of Virginia

The University of Virginia Urology Residency Program has 2 distinct program tracks: 1) a standard 5-year program, consisting of one year of general surgery and four years of urology and 2) an academic leadership track which adds a year of academic coursework and research to the standard track between the R-2 and R-3 years.  (For more information on the academic leadership track, click here.) The R-1 internship year in surgery must be completed at the University of Virginia.

We emphasize a diverse, forward thinking faculty with collaborative inter-professional relationships. Our fellowship trained faculty covers the full spectrum of urologic subspecialties. The faculty features oncologists Tracey Krupski and Stephen Culp ; endourologists Alan Jenkins and Noah Schenkman; andrologists Ryan Smith and Raymond Costabile; Neurourologist David Rapp; and pediatric urologists Nora Kern and Sean Corbett. During the first year of urology, residents begin extensive training in ultrasound (Laurence Watson) and urodynamics (Dr. Mikel Gray) in addition to direct patient care.

Care is provided in a busy urology clinic that sees over 13,000 patients annually. Last year residents graduated with nearly all of surgical cases averaging over the 50% percentile for the U.S. residencies.  Over 1000 open and/or laparoscopic surgical cases are performed annually at the University Hospital.  More than half of recent graduates have pursued fellowships and faculty positions throughout the U.S.

Residents attend a bi-weekly Tumor Board involving urologists, oncologists, radiotherapists and pathologists.  We also have a separate Small Renal Mass conference monthly. We host the annual Vest Memorial Visiting Professorship in April of each year, which allows residents to  interact with national urology leaders in an intimate setting.  Our research priorities include health services projects, novel health cared delivery projects, and the entire spectrum of GU cancers. Our department is actively engaged in clinical research trials involving surgical and drug therapies for benign and malignant genitourinary disorders.

In addition to a strong clinical program, the Department offers opportunities for basic research in the areas of prostate cancer, developmental biology, and male reproductive physiology. We have trained numerous AFUD scholars and fellows. Our department is the recipient of various NIH and corporate research grants.  We recently were awarded a grant by the American Cancer Society for an innovative approach to telecystoscopy.  We are fortunate to have 5 endowed professorships and the $20 million Paul Mellon Urologic Cancer Research Institute.

All information is available on the ERAS website.

We require at least two years of training in a U.S. medical school to be considered for review. If you are seriously interested in a residency here at the University of Virginia, we encourage you to apply for a clinical clerkship in the June- October timeframe.   Two to three students are accepted during each monthly rotation. A visit here would enable you to see our facilities, talk with our current residents, and an opportunity to meet and interview with our faculty.  Visits to our department outside of the clinical clerkship experience are also encouraged.

History of the University of Virginia School of Medicine

Thomas Jefferson and the original Board of Visitors created the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine in 1819.  It became the tenth medical school to be established in the United States. It opened in 1825 and began awarding Doctor of Medicine degrees in 1828.  Walter Reed received his MD degree from the University of Virginia in 1869.  Significantly, Hugh Hampton Young, the father of American urology, graduated with his M.D in 1892 before going on to establish the Urology department at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Many other distinguished medical graduates have followed.  In 1995 and 1998 Nobel Prizes in medicine were awarded to individuals for work performed at the University (Al Gilman, Ferid Murad).

The Department of Urology benefits from a progressive university culture which, in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village , provides opportunities for clinician/scientists to work side-by-side with outstanding basic researchers in other disciplines.  The University of Virginia boasts of premier Physiology and Cell Biology departments, which focus upon smooth muscle physiology and reproductive biochemistry biology.  These departments maintain formal and informal affiliations with the Urology Department through joint appointments and center grants.

Selected University of Virginia Medical School Highlights

The University Of Virginia School Of Medicine flourishes today with a dedicated faculty, an outstanding student body, a modern flexible curriculum, patient care of the highest quality, and biomedical research programs nationally recognized for their stature and productivity.

  • Each year the school received over 5,000 applications for 151 seats in its current first-year medical school class.
  • The average GPA for University of Virginia first-year medical students is 3.6 out of a possible 4.0.  Their MCAT scores are above the 85th
  • The Medical School enrollment is over 560 M.D. students and 200 Ph.D. candidates.

In summary, the strengths of our Urology Training Program are: 1) an outstanding full-time faculty devoted to patient care, teaching, research, national leadership, and scholarly activities; 2) a large outpatient and surgical experience where the house officers are offered responsibility for patients; 3) an academically oriented program; 4) a challenging and stimulating learning experience among bright and cohesive co-residents in an environment rated one of the most desirable in the country by Money and Outdoor Magazines. These strengths result in a premier educational, research, and surgical experiences to enable the resident to go into either private or academic positions.

Successful applicants will have their materials complete in the ERAS system by early September. The interviews  begin in November and end in early December.  We will plan to rank our selections by the first week of January.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely yours,

Raymond A. Costabile, M.D.
Chairman and Professor of Urology