BALTIMORE, Jan. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier today, the Society of Academic Urologists (SAU) and the American Urological Association (AUA) announced the results of the 2020 Urology Residency Match ("the Urology Match"), the system through which U.S. medical students, and other applicants from around the world wishing to specialize in urology, learn where they will complete their residency.
Of the 484 students registered in this year's Urology Match, 91 percent submitted preference lists, competing for a record-high 354 positions across the country. Of those who submitted lists, 80 percent matched, leaving only one program vacancy open.
This year's Urology Match was also another paramount year for females applying for and matching with urology programs, as a record-setting 105 of the 122 female participants (86 percent) matched with programs, compared to 85 of the 103 (83 percent) who matched last year.
"The 2020 Urology Match not only had the most applicants we've seen since 2014 but also a record number of women matching with programs," said SAU President Louis Kavoussi, MD. "The future of urology is bright indeed and I look forward to working with our newest residents when they begin training later this year."
Urology Match Day is an annual rite of passage for U.S. medical students and other applicants from around the world. Medical students begin the residency application process at the start of their final year in medical school. After applying to various registered programs across the country, select candidates are invited by programs for interviews, which are held in the fall and early winter. Once the interview period is over, both registered parties submit their preference lists to the AUA, which has performed the Urology Match annually on behalf of the SAU for more than 35 years.
"The AUA has been a proud part of the Urology Residency Match for decades and each year the program gets stronger and the applicants are more talented than ever," said AUA President John Lynch, MD, FACS. "It's an honor to watch a growing number of young physicians choose urology and to be a part of this milestone event for our specialty."
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Results of the Urology Residency Match are closely watched as they can be predictors of future trends in physician workforce shortages and supply. View statistics on the 2020 Match and past Match results.
About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology, and has more than 21,000 members throughout the world. The AUA is a premier urologic association, providing invaluable support to the urologic community as it pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care through education, research and the formulation of health policy.
About the Society of Academic Urologists: Formed in 2016 when the Society of University Urologists and the Society of Urology Chairpersons and Program Directors merged, the Society of Academic Urologists (SAU), provides academic urologists with a forum to discuss, review and work toward resolving critical issues in all aspects of academic urology. Additionally, SAU maximizes benefits for educational urology programs, streamlines communications with the AUA, RRC, ABU, and other societies, as well as gives academic urology a voice in the AUA Match program.
Christine Frey, AUA
SOURCE American Urological Association