Letter from Chairman

Letter from Chairman

Chairman's Letter

Urological Residency Program at the University of Virginia

We are an ACGME approved four-year urology residency following one year in general surgery (the basic 3 years as assistant resident and 1 year as chief resident).  Arrangements are made with our Department of Surgery for the year of surgical residency.  It is required that you take the surgery residency at the University of Virginia .  In addition, we can guarantee 2 to 3 years of laboratory research after residency for those individuals interested in academic fellowship with an opportunity for a combined Ph.D.  The clinical training program is supervised by eight geographical full-time urologists, Sean Corbett, Ray Costabile, Stuart Howards, Alan Jenkins, Tracey Krupski, Marguerite Lippert, Noah Schenkman, and William Steers.  Our program provides a busy adult and pediatric urology service at the University Hospital . 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.  The residents and attendings see patients daily in a busy urological 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.

There is a weekly tumor board and urological pediatric clinic supported by the Commonwealth of Virginia for children having congenital urological anomalies.  Weekly, Chairman teaching  rounds on the ward offers bedside instruction.  The Urology Department offers radiological services, ultrasound, endoscopy, videourodynamics, laser, brachytherapy and lithotripsy facilities in our clinic area.

Residents attend a weekly Tumor Board involving urologists, oncologists, radiotherapists and pathologists. Our Department also hosts the annual Basic Science Course for urologists sponsored by the American Urologic Association (AUA).  A separate Prostate Center and Center for Translational research has been developed to oversee clinical trials. In addition to prostate cancer, 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 extensive opportunities for basic research in the areas of  prostate cancer, neuropharmacology, developmental biology, and male reproductive physiology. We have trained numerous AFUD scholars and fellows. Our department is the recipient of a NIH Training Grant and NIH and corporate research grants.  We are also fortunate to have 5 endowed professorships and the $20 million Paul Mellon Urologic Cancer Research Institute.

All information is on the ERAS program.

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 require a visit to our department.  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.  Clinical clerkships are also available.

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.  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 139 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 percentile.
  • 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.

Completed applications must be received by no later than November 5th. 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