Understanding Options for the Unmatched Urology Applicant

Shreya R. Lamba, Casey A. Seideman, Nishant D. Patel, Ryan W. Dobbs

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Purpose of Review: To evaluate recent literature regarding the pathways and options for unmatched urology applicants. Recent Findings: Urology remains a competitive surgical sub-specialty with a match process independent of the National Resident Matching Program. Each year a cohort of competitive applicants go unmatched and are faced with the decision to reapply the following cycle while doing a research fellowship or a preliminary internship in the interim or choose a different specialty altogether. In this review, we sought to evaluate the current match process and literature regarding outcomes and options for unmatched applicants as well as to provide future directions for research and improvements to support unmatched urology applicants. Summary: Presently, data regarding outcomes for unmatched applicants is relatively limited. Going forward it is imperative for national urology organizations to create centralized resources for applicants to provide the best possible information for applicants and mentors alike.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-219
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent urology reports
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2023


  • Employment
  • Graduate medical education
  • Internship and residency
  • Job application
  • Medical education
  • Urology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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