Influential Factors in Pursuit of Pediatric Urology Fellowship Training

Bradley Morganstern, Vinaya Vasudevan, Preeya K. Mistry, Adam Howe, Wayland Wu, Lane S. Palmer

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Introduction: We investigated factors that helped recent fellows achieve a successful match and sought to understand the influences in pursuing a career in pediatric urology. Selecting to continue training after urology residency entails much consideration. However, there are few tangible resources available to help residents understand the process. Methods: A 20-item web based survey was e-mailed to second year fellows and recent graduates of pediatric urology fellowships (103) from the graduating classes of 2013 to 2015. The survey explored factors that affected the decision to pursue this field along with the influence of mentors, fellows and other residents who applied to pediatric urology. We assessed the key factors that helped applicants achieve a successful match. Descriptive statistics and univariate logistic regression analysis were used to determine relationships between program characteristics and respondents' decisions to apply and interview at various programs. Results: In total, 59 of 103 individuals surveyed (57.3%) responded to the survey. Faculty, program reputation and clinical volume had key roles in ranking programs, while satisfaction with the match result was contingent upon accurately assessing programs based on key factors such as family considerations, location, program reputation, faculty, clinical year volume and gut feeling. In addition, our survey demonstrated that having a pediatric urology fellow at one's institution had little impact on a resident's decision to pursue pediatric urology. Conclusions: As the subspecialty of pediatric urology continues to grow, we identified key elements that help shape and influence choices to participate in the future of this ever evolving field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-68
Number of pages5
JournalUrology Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • education medical graduate
  • internship and residency
  • mentors
  • pediatrics
  • urology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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