Urology Match: Important Factors Women Consider When Choosing a Residency Training Program

Sarah A. Strausser, Kirsten Mansfield, Amy Zheng, Debarati Bhanja, Meloria Hoskins, Molly Piper, Madison Goss, Sarah McNutt, Jay D. Raman, Amy S. Burns

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Objective: To determine factors that women urology resident physicians rate as most influential when selecting residency programs. Methods: Surveys were emailed to female urology residents during the 2021-2022 academic year. Residents scored 19 factors influencing residency program choice from 1 “least” to 5 “most” important and ranked their top 5 most influential factors. Data were analyzed via descriptive statistics and quantile regression. Results: One hundred thirty-six (37%) of 367 female urology residents who received the survey participated. Eighty-two percent had no children and 57% did not plan to have children during residency. The three highest scoring factors derived from Likert scale ratings were resident camaraderie (4.6 ± 0.5 [mean ± SD]), resident happiness (4.6 ± 0.6), and case variety/number (4.4 ± 0.8). As a whole, the lowest scoring characteristics were attitudes toward maternity leave (2.6 ± 1.2) and maternity leave policies (2.5 ± 1.2). Married residents were more likely than those who were single and engaged/in a committed relationship to rank attitudes and policies toward maternity leave as more important (3 vs 2 vs 2, P <.0001). Residents with children were more likely than those without children to rank maternity leave policies as more important (3 vs 2, P <.0001). Conclusion: As a whole, women urology residents prioritized non-gender-related factors. However, gender-specific factors were rated highly by married residents and those with children or planning to have children. Urology training programs may use these results to highlight desirable characteristics to aid recruitment of female residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-300
Number of pages13
StatePublished - Jan 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Urology

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