Program Director's Note

Jane Lewis, MDThe University of Minnesota Department of Urology has a rich history, not only of advancements in the field of urology but also in training urology residents.  Many urology firsts have occurred through the wider University of Minnesota faculty that have significantly affected the field's trajectory.  This includes being the birthplace of Endourology, the establishment of the Gleason's grading system for prostate cancer, the development of the artificial urinary sphincter and the inflatable penile prosthesis.  Our trainees have gone on to serve as leaders in urology around the country, in academic institutions as well as in community practices.  We are extremely proud of all of them.

Training in our department is excellent.  We have a diverse faculty, in a variety of ways.  We have every subspecialty of urology represented--oncology, reconstruction (male & female), stones, infertility, pediatrics--and provide training in laparoscopic, endoscopic as well as open surgical techniques.  We have a Simulation Center, Robotic Surgery Trainers, and endoscopic training modules.  Our didactic curriculum is structured to cycle every 2 years to be sure each resident is exposed to every pertinent urology topic in depth at least twice during residency.  Residents are highly encouraged to be engaged in research, with the goal of at least one project per year.  Residents are trained in how to critically appraise medical literature, which also fuels their excellent research endeavors. 

Currently, we match 3 residents per year.  The training program is 5 years.  In the first year of training, 6 months is spent on General Surgery rotations either at the University of Minnesota or one of its teaching hospitals (e.g. Regions in St. Paul, Veterans Administration in Minneapolis).  Otherwise, 4 1/2 years are spent in the Department of Urology.  There are two main training sites for our program: MHealth Fairview--University of Minnesota Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center.  Both of these sites are located in Minneapolis, about 6 miles apart.  Other sites where our residents spend 4-month rotations include: MHealth Fairview--Southdale & Ridges, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), and University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.  While there is no dedicated research block, there is a 4-month block during the PGY-4 year at the VA when the clinical load is somewhat lighter, permitting more time for research endeavors.

We are thrilled that you are looking into our program and hope that you might consider applying here for residency.   Please contact me, Dr. Jane Lewis, the residency program director, or our residency coordinator, Liz Mayock, if you have more questions about our program.

How to Apply

The University of Minnesota uses the AAMC’s Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for all of our urology resident applications.  When you’re ready to apply, visit the ERAS website to get started.

The process for urology residency matching starts the summer before you wish to begin your residency. The general timetable looks like this:

  • October 21, 2020: ERAS Registration Opens
  • November 1, 2020: Application Deadline
  • November 2020 into January 2021: Virtual Interviews.
  • December 7, 2020 Resident Interview Day 1
  • December 10, 2020 Resident Interview Day 2
  • January 12, 2021: Rank List Deadline
  • February 1, 2021: Match Results Released

If you have any questions, contact Liz Mayock