Presentation Authors: Brittney Cotta*, San Diego, CA, Kurt McCammon, Virginia Beach, VA, Keith Rourke, Edmonton, Canada, Daniel Rosenstein, San Jose, CA, Jill Buckley, San Diego, CA
Introduction: The Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons (GURS) currently offers 20 verified fellowship positions through a centralized match process. The GURS fellowship match was initiated during the 2013-2014 academic year. Fellowship directors and graduated fellows were surveyed regarding their experience in their matching process, fellowship, employment opportunities, and their current practice.
Methods: A web-based survey was distributed to GURS fellowship graduates and directors. A total of 20 and 14 open ended and multiple choice questions were asked of graduated fellows and fellowship directors, respectively. Multiple choice questions were rated using a Likert scale. Responses were statistically analyzed.
Results: A total of 24/41 (59%) graduated fellows and 14/17 (82%) fellowship directors completed the survey. Overall satisfaction for the application and match process was 4/5 for both groups. An average of 96%, 92%, 92%, and 88% of graduates felt competent in urethral reconstruction, male incontinence, urinary diversion/ureteral reconstruction, and male sexual health, respectively, upon graduation. To the question, &[Prime]overall, I feel competent to enter unsupervised reconstructive urology practice after fellowship,&[Prime] 100% agreed or strongly agreed. A total of 23/24, or 91.7% of respondents would have repeated the GURS fellowship that they had completed. On average, 87.5% secured employment during fellowship and the remaining graduates within 6 months, for an employment rate of 100%. A total of 92% of GURS graduates practice in a location that they consider in their top 3 destinations. The majority, 58%, practice in academia. An average of 83% feel that the volume of reconstructive cases in their practice is sufficient and 88% feel that their hospital resources are adequate. An average of 36% of fellowships directors would favor an additional training track and 64% would not. Those who responded &[Prime]yes&[Prime] suggested a robotic/abdominal reconstruction track and a prosthetic track.
Conclusions: The Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons (GURS) has offered a recognized fellowship since 2014. Recent graduates express positive support of their fellowship training with excellent competency and employment opportunities. Fellowship directors continue to discuss broadening training to further advance this dynamic field.