Applicants must be a graduate of a medical school approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or a school of osteopathy approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association, and have completed a urology residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada [RCPS(C)]. ACGME training programs in urology are described in the American Medical Association Graduate Medical Education Directory, Section II, “Essentials of Accredited Residencies in Graduate Medical Education: Institutional and Program Requirements.”
The American Board of Urology mandates a minimum of 5 clinical years of postgraduate medical training. Training must include:
Research rotations cannot interfere with the mandated 12 months of general surgery or the 48 months of clinical urology.
Residents must comply with the guidelines in place at the time of enrollment in the program.
All rotations listed above that are not part of the core urology training must have been approved by the candidate’s program director. As part of the core urology training, the candidate must have completed at least 12 months as a chief resident in urology with the appropriate clinical responsibility and under supervision during the last two years of training in an ACGME-approved program.
Physicians who attended medical school in Canada and received all pre-urology and urology residency training in approved Canadian programs must satisfactorily complete the same training as listed above. Certification by the RPCS(C) is not required for the Qualifying (Part 1) Examination, but is required to be admissible to the Certifying (Part 2) Examination.
Exam applicants who graduated from medical schools outside the United States or Canada who provide an equivalent medical background and
A) Have completed an ACGME-approved urology residency and the prerequisite ACGME-approved pre-urology training in the United States may qualify for examination, or
B) Have completed a RCPS(C)-approved urology residency in Canada will be reviewed on a case by case basis. All such applicants must have a valid certificate from the Education Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
Entrance into the certification process differs for individuals who completed a urology residency program not approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). For these International Medical Graduates (IMG), an alternate pathway into the certification process is available. However, The American Board of Urology (ABU) considers this situation to be extraordinary and approves or disallows entrance into this alternate pathway on a case-by-case basis. The requirements for application and entrance into the certification process are listed below.
REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION
1) Currently employed in the US at an academic center on the core teaching faculty of a residency program approved by the ACGME.
2) Hold the rank of full professor.
3) At least 7 years of experience in a full-time faculty position in a program with an residency program accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada (RCPS-C) providing outstanding clinical and educational service in such a program. This service could have been accumulated at more than one such program, including in Canada.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRACE INTO CERTIFICATION PROCESS
A resident may only transfer once during the urology portion of training and the last two years of residency training must be spent in the same institution. A resident who wishes to transfer must notify the ABU in writing six months in advance of the transfer and copy the current Program Director and Designated Institutional Officer. The Program Director from the recipient program must send a letter to the ABU verifying there is an appropriate residency slot in the program for the resident to fill.
Each residency program may provide sick leave and vacation leave for the resident, in accordance with institutional policy. However, a resident must work at least forty-six (46) weeks during each year of residency. In other words, each year of credit must include forty-six weeks of full-time urologic education.
Vacation or various other leave may not be accumulated to reduce the total training requirement. Should circumstances occur which keep a resident from working the required forty-six weeks in one year, the program director must submit a plan to the ABU for approval on how the training time will be made up, and an extension of the residency may be required.
Leave for educational/scientific conferences are at the discretion of the program director.