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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 272-276

Survey of Saudi urology program directors: What do you look for in a candidate?

1 Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Al-Majmaah, Saudi Arabia
2 College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh; Department of Urology, College of Medicine, Majmaah University, Al-Majmaah, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Fahad A Alyami
P. O. Box: 145111, Riyadh 4545
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/UA.UA_146_20

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Introduction: Prospective urology applicants in Saudi Arabia must go through a rigorous matching process. Defining which aspects of an applicant's portfolio or interview will get them matched is difficult. Our objective is to provide information on which aspects of an application are the most important. Subjects and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, an electronic survey was sent out to all urology program directors (PD). The survey included 27 items from an application that were rated by the respondent using a 5-point Likert scale. Results: Twenty-three urology PD completed the survey (79.3% response rate). Most of the PD subspecialized in endourology and minimally invasive surgery. The three most important aspects as perceived by all responding PD were as follows: performance during rotation at the respondent's centre, publications in urology, and the total number of electives in urology. The three least important factors were as follows: presentations in fields other than urology, recommendation letters from nonurologists, and quality reference letters from nonurologists. Conclusion: Performance during rotations has been shown in our and other studies to be one of the most important factors in an application. Surveying PD on what they value the most in an applicant, provides valuable information and more transparency regarding the match processes. We also recommend that our colleagues from different specialties conduct similar studies.

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