Educational Activities

The Urology department is actively involved in the teaching of medical students and urology residents.

Medical students rotate through the department for 1-4 weeks and learn from department staff about a wide range of urological issues including in-depth discussions on adult urology.

Two candidates a year are accepted into the department’s Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited program. The residency encompasses the entire breadth of urology and is a 5 year training program with the first year spent in the general surgery department. Urology residents receive gradually increasing responsibility each year and participate in adult urological care in two hospitals, the VA External link and University Hospital.

The clinical and surgical experience is enhanced through:

  • Didactic and seminar programs by department and local faculty
  • Visiting faculty presentations
  • Clinical presentations
  • Weekly Grand Rounds
  • Monthly Morbidity & Mortality conference
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Bi-Weekly Urology/Radiology conferences
  • Weekly Campbell’s club meetings

Recent Grand Rounds topics included Hemostatic Agents in Urologic Surgery, Renovascular Hypertension, Renovascular Disease, Voiding Dysfunction, Trauma, Oncology, Uropathology, Medical Uro-Oncology, Andrology, Endourology, Nephrolitiasis and Testicular Pathology.

Recent visiting Professors include:
Joel Sheinfeld, MD, Deputy Chief, Urology Service, William G. Cahan Chair in Surgery Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, speaking on Management of Advanced Nonseminomatous Germ Cell Tumors;
Gerald C. Mingin, Jr., MD, Assistant Professor of Urology, University of Vermont / Director of Pediatric Urology, Fletcher Allen Health Care, speaking on Antibiotic Prophylaxsis for UTI.

Resident educational opportunities are further enhanced by collaboration with colleagues. We continue to work with other training programs and share resources in our individual areas of excellence.

Graduation from the residency program is conditional upon satisfactory completion of the required experiences and certification in the six clinical competencies as described by the Council on Graduate Medical Education and published by the ACGME External link.