Einstein Health (Philadelphia) Program

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Einstein Health (Philadelphia) Program - Jay Simhan, MD, Associate Program Director

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Einstein Health (Philadelphia) Program
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Jay Simhan, MD
If you were an applicant, why would you choose to train in your residency program?: 

The Einstein Urology Residency is a diverse training program with multiple wide-ranging experiences offered through several campuses. Through these additive experiences, our residents graduate with a comprehensive understanding of urology and are further armed with tools from each urologic sub-specialty that can in return provide each graduate with long-term success. Fellowship-trained faculty include: urologic oncology, reconstruction, prosthetics, endourology, voiding dysfunction, and pediatric urology. A brief description of our main rotation sites:

  • Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and Elkins Park – This is the principal site of the residency. Residents here are exposed to advanced oncologic cases, robotic urology, as well as a generous exposure to endourology with the highest volume of PCNL performed in the region.
  • Einstein Medical Center Montgomery – This is a community-based hospital located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. With this experience, residents gain valuable training in urologic reconstruction and prosthetics. An immersive robotics program at this hospital further augments training in complex urologic reconstruction and oncology.
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center – A total of 6 urologic oncologists provide residents with a diverse learning environment at the only NCI-designated cancer center in the metropolitan region. Residents obtain comprehensive training in open, robotic, and laparoscopic oncology as well as participate in numerous multidisciplinary programs with the center’s medical oncology and radiation oncology programs.
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Eight pediatric urologists serve as mentors to the residents on this rotation. With such a diverse learning experience, residents are provided with an immersive experience consisting of didactics, case exposure, and collaboration with pediatric urology fellows.
What is your program looking for in a graduating medical student?: 

We are looking for self-starting, motivated residency candidates that are eager to work hard and are ready to make the transition to residency. Additionally, we are most interested in medical students that provide a good “fit” and work well in team environments, interact well with residents and faculty alike, and take pride in their care of the patients.

What part of an application do you consider most important in ranking applicants?: 

No one part of the application is more important than other parts. We are looking for a well-rounded candidate that has performed well in medical school classes and clerkships but also on their urology specific rotations.

Once candidates arrive at the interview stage, all candidates are generally considered “equal.” The interview process allows us to determine whether the candidate is a good “fit” for the program. Letters of recommendation from urologists help us in determining “fit” into our specialty.

What advice do you have for medical students hoping to match in Urology?: 


There are so many programs that offer comprehensive urologic training – and few programs that have glaring “weaknesses.” Try to embrace the process of looking for a program, and heed the advice of many of the urologic leaders on this forum! Urology is a great field with enormous breadth and scope – and we look forward to meeting you on the interview trail. Seek the advice of urology mentors and residents during your urology rotations. Try to demonstrate your interest in the field during your sub-internship months and attempt to involve yourself in urologic research, if possible.



We very much thank you for your interest in our program. Please visit our program website at https://www.einstein.edu/education/residency/urology to learn further regarding the experience for our residents.