Application Process

Positions Offered

Three residents are accepted each year, primarily from fourth-year medical school candidates but occasionally from surgical interns or residents from other training programs. The department participates in the American Urological Association (AUA) matching program. Selection of candidates is made on the basis of medical school transcripts, National Board scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal interview. Final ranking is by faculty consensus. The updated timeline for the 2021-2022 Urology Residency Match will be followed as directed by the Society of Academic Urologists (SAU) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).   Interviews are by invitation and are limited to medical school graduates in the upper half of their medical school classes who have also generally scored at least 220 on Part I of their National Boards.

The University of Kentucky Urologic Surgery Residency Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) and only accepts electronic applications through ERAS. Contact your medical school or ECFMG to complete the application.

Application Requirements

For an application to be considered complete and warranting a review, the University of Kentucky Urologic Surgery Residency Program requires the following materials in the ERAS application:

    • Personal Statement
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Three letters of recommendation (including a letter from the Program Director)
    • Dean's Letter
    • USMLE scores (Although USMLE transcripts may appear as optional on the ERAS application, we require that these scores be included. You will need to request official transcripts from NBME be mailed to us through ERAS.) **You are expected to pass all portions of USMLE 1 and 2 or COMLEX by applicable match deadline, or you will likely not be ranked by the program. You must pass all portions of USMLE 1 and 2 or COMLEX prior to starting your residency/fellowship program. 

We have also added a supplemenetal question to the application process.  In addition to the standard ERAS documents, we strongly encourage you to add to the bottom of your personal statement a brief explanation of your interest in completing your urology training at the University of Kentucky.

All materials must be sent electronically using ERAS. Incomplete applications and applications not submitted through ERAS will not be considered. Interview invitations will be sent out via email.

Visa Sponsorship

To be eligible for employment as UK resident or fellow, GME residents and fellows must be citizens of the United States or hold a permanent immigration visa (‘green card’), Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or hold a visa. GME physician residents and fellows who require visas are sponsored on J-1 visas 15 through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). GME residents and fellows are sponsored on H-1B visas only in rare cases with extenuating circumstances. H-1B visas require justification from the applicant and program director, with both the candidate and the program responsible for associated individual and institutional fees. Non-physician GME residents and fellows can train on an Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa. Visa issues or questions should be referred to the GME office.  (https://gme.med.uky.edu/gme-policies-procedures)
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Additional information regarding prospective residents can be found on the University of Kentucky Graduate Medical Education (UK GME) web-site (http://gme.med.uky.edu/gme-residents-fellows).

 The UK GME staff (http://gme.med.uky.edu/about-gme) can also answer questions for prospective candidates requiring visas.