5-YEAR PROGRAM
1 Year of General Surgery
4 Years of Urology

The UK urology residency program is a five year program, consisting of an initial internship year in general surgery, with four months on the urology service, followed by four years of urology. The residency is compiled of three trainees per year. The goal of the program is to produce an exceptionally well-trained urologist qualified to enter either academic urology or private practice. The residency has allowed for graduates to obtain fellowships or enter directly into practice with confidence. The residency program uses adjoining facilities at University of Kentucky Hospital and Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).

Residency Program Director

Jason Bylund, MD, MPH


Positions Held:
  • Associate Professor of Urology (Endourology Division)
  • Urology Residency Program Director

GME Program Coordinator

Stephanie Ann Gaiser


Positions Held:
  • GME Program Coordinator, Department of Urology

Associate Program Director

Alison Rasper, MD


Positions Held:
  • Assistant Professor of Urology (Reconstructive Division, Male)

Associate Program Director

Campbell M Grant, MD


Positions Held:
  • Assistant Professor Pediatric Urology (Pediatric Urology Division)

Application Process

For an application to be considered complete and warranting a review, the University of Kentucky Urologic Surgery Residency Program requires the following materials in the ERAS application:

  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (including a letter from the program director)
  • Dean's letter
  • USMLE scores (Although USMLE transcripts may appear as optional on the ERAS application, we require that these scores be included. You will need to request official transcripts from NBME be mailed to us through ERAS.) **You are expected to pass all portions of USMLE 1 and 2 or COMLEX by applicable match deadline, or you will likely not be ranked by the program. You must pass all portions of USMLE 1 and 2 or COMLEX prior to starting your residency/fellowship program. 

We have also added a supplemental question to the application process.  In addition to the standard ERAS documents, we strongly encourage you to add to the bottom of your personal statement a brief explanation of your interest in completing your urology training at the University of Kentucky.

All materials must be sent electronically using ERAS. Incomplete applications and applications not submitted through ERAS will not be considered. Interview invitations will be sent out via email.

Visa Sponsorship

To be eligible for employment as UK resident or fellow, GME residents and fellows must be citizens of the United States or hold a permanent immigration visa (‘green card’), Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or hold a visa. GME physician residents and fellows who require visas are sponsored on J-1 visas 15 through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). GME residents and fellows are sponsored on H-1B visas only in rare cases with extenuating circumstances. H-1B visas require justification from the applicant and program director, with both the candidate and the program responsible for associated individual and institutional fees. Non-physician GME residents and fellows can train on an Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa. Visa issues or questions should be referred to the GME office.

Resident Benefits

Vacation

All PGY levels receive 15 days of vacation, 9 holidays (10 during presidential election year) and 4 floating or ‘bonus’ days.

*In accordance with University policy/or in compliance with board requirements.

Health Insurance

UK credit for plan and coverage level chosen

Parking Permit

The resident parking expense is deducted from payroll and GME credits payroll for the allotted allowance.  This allowance is usually based on the expense of the E-Permit.  

Lab Coats

Three per year

KY Dental/Medical Licensure

Medical: Original cost for Residency Training (R) / Institutional Permit (IP) plus yearly renewal

Disability Insurance

After twelve months of employment

Life Insurance

  • One times stipend coverage provided at no cost
  • Optional up to five times stipend

Meal Allowance

A meal allowance is added to the resident payroll.

Retirement

Residents are eligible for the University’s retirement plan (matching contribution).

Additional information regarding prospective residents can be found on the University of Kentucky Graduate Medical Education (UKGME) website. The UKGME staff can also answer questions for prospective candidates requiring visas.

Current Residents

We have 15 current residents from all parts of the US. See all of our residents here.

Urology Alumni

Our prior alumni have gone on to do remarkable things. Here is list of some of alumni

Residency Schedule

The urology residency program is designed to provide a graded and progressive level of cognitive and technical skills for the resident to achieve a well-rounded experience in all of the domains of urology.

PGY-1

The residents are expected to acquire basic skills in patient care, including pre-operative and post-operative evaluation and management. Basic surgical principles and skills should be learned as well.  Each of the residents will spend 4 months in urology and the other 8 months will be spent in a variety of surgical specialties, including, but not limited to, surgical critical care, colorectal surgery, surgical oncology, transplant, and pediatric surgery.

PGY-2

The resident is expected to begin to develop a broad base of knowledge of urologic anatomy, physiology, and pathology. They are also expected to learn the basic diagnostic procedures performed by urologists. The hospital rotation will provide the opportunity for residents to improve their patient care skills and begin learning open, endoscopic, and laparoscopic urologic procedures. During this year, the resident should develop areas of interest for scholarly activity during the remainder of the training program.  The resident rotates on the UK pediatric urology service (4 months), VA (2 months), and back to UK for endourology (2 months), and flex service (4 months).  The flex service’s primary responsibility is Good Samaritan consults. 

PGY-3

This year focuses on refinement of basic diagnostic and surgical skills as well as expanding each resident’s cognitive abilities. Each resident serves as junior resident at the VA and UK adult urology services. During the Pediatric Urology rotation, the resident is expected to learn diseases and procedures that are specific to this area of subspecialty, including out-patient and in-patient activities. The resident rotates on the UK pediatric urology service (2 months), VA (2 months), and back to UK for reconstructive (4 months), oncology (2 months), and endourology (2 months).

PGY-4

During this year, the resident will receive broad exposure to more attending urologists and gain greater proficiency in complex diagnostic and surgical procedures. Areas such as lithotripsy, endourology, and laparoscopy will be emphasized. A wide experience in major open operative cases will also be expected.  The resident will spend 4 months in Pediatrics, 4 months in Community Practice, 2 months in Endourology, and 2 months in Reconstructive Urology.

PGY-5

The Chief Resident at each hospital, UK and VA, will be responsible for the administrative aspects of the daily coordination of in-patient and out-patient care by the resident staff as well as coordinating conference schedules. This will be done under the supervision of the Program Director and the faculty.

Each Chief Resident will gain extensive experience in the more complex procedures as well as broadening her/his overall knowledge base.  Each Chief will spend time at the VA (4 months), in oncology (4 months), in reconstructive (2 months), and in endourology (2 months).


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