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Preference Signaling

Welcome to the Urology Match Preference Signaling Program, officially developed by the Society of Academic Urologists and the American Urological Association. Development input was also done in conjunction with key stakeholders, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Preference Signaling is an applicant driven, fair and equitable, formal process for applicants to express credible interest to a program. Programs can use signals in their application review process to assess credible interest amidst rising applications numbers. The process is completely voluntary for both applicants and programs although we believe it will add value to the Match process. We hope applicants will find the program useful to standout to programs in which they are truly interested, and programs will appreciate another metric in their review process to facilitate holistic review and optimal interview selections.

Please read through the Overview, Guidance, and FAQs provided to learn about this program. A webinar overview of this year’s SAU Match Updates & Preference Signaling is also available for urology match applicants and medical students to review preference signaling strategies and frequently asked questions.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact us.

2023 – 2024 Match Cycle Update

After reviewing feedback from applicants and programs, and considering the preference signal experience of other residency matches, the SAU/AUA has elected to expand the preference signal initiative to 30 equally weighted preference signals per applicant. Note, applicants are now also instructed to use signals on home and away rotation programs. SAU has a detailed background on this decision, which can be found here. We encourage you to review these details.