Urology Residency Information

Urology facultyThe University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) five-year urology training program is in the process of expanding to two residents per year. We will begin accepting two new residents per year starting in the 2020 match. There may be an opportunity to add additional vacant years beyond PGY-1. For the most current information, please check this website and the American Urological Association (AUA) Matching Program. Effective July 1, 2019, all ACGME accredited Urology Residency Programs will be 60 months in length (5 years). Pre-requisites that were once completed in a General Surgery program prior to matriculation into a Urology program will become part of the Urology Residency Training Program. 

The program is based at several hospitals in the Galveston/Houston area: UTMB Jennie Sealy Hospital (recently opened in April 2016), UTMB League City/Victory Lakes Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine/St. Lukes Hospital and Galveston Hospital (Texas Department of Corrections). UTMB is a designated Level 1 Trauma Center.


The URO-1 year is an integration between the Division of Urology and the Department of General Surgery. Six months consists of Adult Urology and the remaining year with various General Surgery rotations outlined according to the Urology Residency Program Requirements.

The URO-2 year offers concentrated outpatient services where the resident learns urologic diagnosis, radiography and endoscopy with supervision from the chief resident and attending staff. Rounds and nights on call give contact with inpatients, and time is spent in the operating room assisting and, as skills develop, performing surgery. This rotation also allows the URO-2 resident to learn and participate in the initial evaluation, diagnosis, selection and implementation of therapies, and management of complications in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. It also gives the resident the opportunity to learn and perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the outpatient setting and to gain surgical experience in the operating room setting. The URO-2 also spends time running the pediatric service with both outpatient and inpatient responsibilities as well as performing cases in the operating room.

The URO-3 year includes a two (2) month off-campus rotation in pediatric urology at Texas Children’s Hospital.  The remaining rotations for the URO-3 include all aspects of services provided within the program in both outpatient, inpatient, and OR settings.

The URO-4 year incorporates intensified experience in inpatient and operative urology. Open, endoscopic, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery are performed both as assistant and primary surgeon, with appropriate support from the chief resident and faculty. Additionally, this year includes 3 months of off-campus rotations in urologic oncology & reconstructive surgery at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, as well as infertility with Dr. Larry Lipshultz at Baylor College of Medicine.

Leading overall urological services is the hallmark of the URO-5 year (chief resident). With appropriate supervision the URO-5 participates in all major procedures performed with the goal of operating autonomously by the end of training. The URO-5 also runs the inpatient services, overseeing the team in managing perioperative patients as well as consults. They have the opportunity to serve as mentors to junior residents as well as students. Administratively, the chief assists in managing resident schedules, education conferences, and ensuring the day to day operations of the service go smoothly.

UTMB Division of Urology Faculty

Stephen B. Williams, MD, MS, FACS (Division Chief)

Joseph Sonstein, MD (Program Director)

Laith Alzweri, MD, MRCS, FECSM

Bilal Farhan, MD

Eduardo Orihuela, MD

J. Nicholas Sreshta, MD

Ravi S. Radhakrishnan, MD, MBA

UTMB Division of Urology Staff

Kristi Arceneaux, NP

Chelsie Chinoski, NP

Pam Gramm, NP

Maria Pinnock, NP

Debra Burkley

Lori Boston

Joint teaching rounds with medical oncology, pathology, radiology, and radiation oncology supplement basic clinical instruction. Clinical teaching rounds are held at each of the hospitals with key members of faculty. Distinguished national and international lecturers are often invited as guests. Intensive exposure to selected topics of basic science, endocrinology, genetics and medical advances is achieved during weekly teaching seminars, monthly journal clubs and selected grand rounds.

Research Opportunities
The program is supplemented by the opportunity for scholarly activities and research. Residents are encouraged to plan projects and to arrange collaborations with other disciplines in the UTMB area. Current projects in the various urology laboratories of the program include research work in population-based outcomes in urologic oncology and in particular prostate and bladder cancer. This is balanced with opportunities to engage in basic science research in tumor immunology, molecular biology and oncogenes, novel combination chemotherapeutic approaches, tumor metastases, and infectious related diseases. This experience affords the resident an opportunity to write scientific papers and to present data at national and international meetings.

Each September we recruit for residents to begin at the PGY-1 level the following June.

Residency positions for the Urology Residency Program are matched via the American Urological Association (AUA) Matching Program.

We accept applications through the AAMC ERAS electronic residency application system. Programs participating in ERAS accept only those application materials sent electronically through ERAS. We will not accept any additional supporting documents by mail. Please contact ERAS at https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/residency/.

The Urology Residency Program at The University of Texas Medical Branch has recently been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for a permanent increase in resident complement, from 1-1-1-1 to 2-2-2-2. Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Requirements and Deadline
Paper applications are not accepted. Our program's deadline for applications is September 30, 2018. Applications must be complete by this date to be considered. The following items must be included with ERAS applications to be considered complete:
• Personal statement
• Curriculum vitae
• Transcript from medical school
• Letter from the Dean of the School of Medicine (MSPE)
• National test scores (USMLE/COMLEX)
• Three letters of recommendation from faculty members

Selection of Interview Candidates
Each application is reviewed in its entirety with an eye toward a combination of overall academic excellence, leadership ability, career development potential and personal character. We interview approximately 35-40 candidates for the urology program each year. Although we receive applications from many well-qualified candidates, it is not possible to interview all who apply. Every effort is made to notify applicants of their interview status in a timely manner, to allow adequate time to make travel arrangements.

Interview Dates
Interview dates for the fall of 2019 will be announced on this web site. You may also contact us for more details.
Residency positions for the Urology Residency Program are matched via the American Urological Association (AUA) Matching Program.

Interview Format
The interview day begins early in the morning or just prior to lunch time with a brief group orientation session with the Program Director, Joseph Sonstein, MD. Following the orientation session, each candidate will be interviewed by both the chief and program director, followed by twenty-minute interviews with other UTMB faculty members. Current UTMB urology residents will be on hand throughout the day to visit informally with the candidates between interviews and to conduct hospital tours.

Travel and Hotel Accommodations
For the purposes of making travel arrangements, applicants may anticipate being finished with all interview and tour activities by 4:00 PM. Please see hotel accommodations for more information.

Contact Information
Debra Burkley
Residency Program Coordinator
The University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-0540