Before Applying for UMMC's Urology Residency

For more information about the University of Maryland Medical Center's urology residency, email residency coordinator Pam Griffin.

Medical Students

During the third year clerkship through the Department of Surgery, medical students have an opportunity to rotate with urology for two weeks. The students can also experience urology at the Veterans Affairs hospital as a part of their sub-specialty rotation as an MS-3.

Students from LCME accredited medical schools may elect a one-month rotation and this usually occurs during the months July through November when residency applications are active. To apply for a one-month elective, please do so using the Visiting Student Application Service. Applications will be reviewed only when complete and offers will be extended on a first come, first served basis of availability.

Should you have any questions regarding a visiting student elective, please contact Shannon Horne ([email protected]).

Residents are responsible for a great deal of the day-to-day teaching of the medical students. Teaching takes place in the clinic, OR, on the wards, or in small sit-down discussion sessions. There are scheduled lectures for the medical students with attendings and the final clerkship examination contains questions from these lectures.


Pre-Urology Years

One year of pre-urology training is required as part of the program. The year is spent as general surgery residents and no attempt is made to distinguish them from the rest of the general surgery residents. Their rotations are the same as the future general surgeons.

The content of this includes:

  • Gynecologic oncology
  • GI surgery
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Surgical oncology
  • Transplantation
  • Vascular surgery
  • VA general surgery

There is an emphasis on pre- and post-operative care of very ill patients. A secondary emphasis in general surgery is laparoscopic surgery. The residents have the responsibility for patient care under the direction of a chief resident in surgery and the attending staff.

Urology residents take the Surgery In-Service Examination and are expected to score as well as categorical general surgery residents (future general surgeons).