The Division of Urologic Surgery’s Residency Program is a five year program intended to provide the experience, inspiration and an environment enabling residents to become well rounded, technically competent in clinical and surgical skills.
Post Graduate Year One (PGY-1)
The first year of residency is spent in General Surgery training. The program is designed to provide residents with a thorough understanding of general surgical principles including preoperative and postoperative care of patients, caring for patients in the intensive care unit, and the management of emergently ill patients. In addition residents are taught technical surgical skills that will become the foundation of their urologic surgery training.
First year residents will also rotate through various medical and surgical specialties, including Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Surgical Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine, Gynecology, Vascular and General Surgery, Urologic Surgery, and Trauma. In addition, the first year residents will attend all monthly OPTI required didactics in Osteopathic Principles and Practices throughout the year and will attend all weekly divisional urology meetings.
Post Graduate Year Two (PGY-2)
After gaining a foundation in general surgery during the first year, second year residents will begin to transition into urologic surgery. Second year residents will learn to obtain thorough history and physicals for urologic surgery patients. The residents will master the basic endoscopic procedures, and the ability to perform a wide range of diagnostic procedures and non-invasive therapies. The resident will learn to review and study pertinent lab values and radiological studies. Additionally, the resident is expected to continue to develop organizational skills in the management of patients, in a collaborative way working with faculty, residents, students, and other medical and paramedical staff. The residents will also receive extensive experience in management of outpatient urological diseases in the clinics. The diagnostic evaluation and management of patients with genitourinary diseases will be emphasized during this year.
Post Graduate Year Three (PGY-3)
The third year of residency will focus on expanding on the surgical and cognitive skills learned. In addition, the resident will now serve as a teacher to both medical students and junior residents. The residents will assist in major open cases and perform minor open cases under the supervision of senior residents and attendings. Major cases include nephrectomies, pyeloplasties, ureterouretostomies, cystectomies, penile and urethral surgeries. Residents will continue to advance their endoscopic knowledge base by performing more complicated procedures including ureteroscopies, laser lithotripsies, and percutaneous nephrolithotomies.
Post Graduate Year Four (PGY-4)
Fourth year residents will continue to expand on the surgical and knowledge base from prior years. They will perform as independently as possible with total patient care and management under the supervision of the attending. They will begin to transition into the role of junior attending and perform major open cases with minimal assistance. They will be able to supervise a junior resident in open cases.
Post Graduate Year Five (PGY-5)
Fifth year residents will transition into junior attendings and will perform under minimal supervision all major open, laparascopic and endoscopic cases. The chief resident must demonstrate progressive surgical and advanced level responsibilites in the specialty. The resident will oversee and teach all junior residents and medical students. In addition, chief residents will have administrative responsibilities including organization and participation in the educational conferences.